I was instantly drawn to this cake based on the name. It is instantly a feel-good type of cake. Who doesn’t gravitate towards the hazy world of dreams and dreaming?
In retrospect, I was a dreamer as a young adult. Virtually anything seemed possible to me. I had no doubt that I would bungee jump, skydive, master photography, knit a hat or travel to Vietnam. It just seemed like a matter of time before I got around to it all. I was busy living and didn’t write down lists (such as, the bucket list phenomenon). The only thing that I did accomplish from the previous list was skydiving. I’m just delving into the wonderful world of photography and now have zero interest in bungee jumping. I also don’t have plans to take up knitting any time soon. Of course, I still think about Vietnam and I know that one day, that will happen.
It is a fantastic world to live in. Living more for the moment. As we age, living for the moment becomes more difficult. It is something that we need to be reminded of- put down the phone, turn off the television, stop working at home after your work hours are over. There are even more things on our plate. We have far more responsibilities than we did in our 20s. It’s not easy. But every so often, we catch a glimpse of our former selves. Our wandering souls who had a vague plan and were content with not knowing. With taking things as they come.
There’s nothing wrong with this. It’s always important to re-examine where we are, where we’re going. It’s part of the ebb and flow of life. It becomes a problem when we re-examine and realize that we’re not headed in a direction that we love. A direction of our dreams. We’re so caught up in the reality of day to day living that we forgot who we once were. Perhaps, we have forgotten what brings us joy or we’re afraid to make a change. The effort or risk may seem like too much to take on. I encourage you to really think about it. Is it something you truly want to achieve and if it is, you better get to work! If not, move on and do not dwell on it for another minute.
Start small. The key is to just start. Carve out an evening after work or several hours on the weekend. Familiarize yourself with your subject. Know that it is going to be hard and you’re going to be tired. Maybe you’ll find that it is not as enchanting as it once was or maybe you’ll ask yourself why you waited so long.
Easy Coconut Dream Cake
Makes: 35 x 25cm (13 x 9 inch) pan
Time: 20 minutes (prep time) + 30 minutes (baking time)
50g (scant ¼ cup) unsalted butter, melted
4 large eggs, lightly beaten
250g (1 ¼ cups) granulated sugar
200g (1 2/3 cup) all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
200ml (3/4 cup plus 2 tbsp) whole milk
100g (1/2 cup) unsalted butter
150g (2 ½ cups) desiccated coconut
250g (1 ¼ cups) brown sugar
50ml (¼ cup whipping cream
50ml (¼ cup) water
1. Line a 13x9 inch pan (35x25cm) with butter and parchment paper.
2. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).
3. Beat the eggs and sugar in a stand mixer or electric mixer until light and fluffy. Whisk the flour, baking powder and salt in a separate bowl and fold into the wet mixture. Gently fold the butter and milk. Pour into prepared pan. Bake for 15-18 minutes.
4. While the cake is baking, put all the ingredients for the topping in a saucepan and stir over low heat. Ensure that the butter melts and that the sugar is dissolved. Turn off the heat.
5. Spread the topping over the baked cake. Return to the oven for 10 minutes. Cool for 15 minutes before cutting into squares and serving.
Enjoy this cake with a dollop of whipped cream and berries. Or, consume earlier in the day with a strong coffee.
Recipe adapted from Scandinavian Baking by Trine Hahnemann