It’s no secret that I love making slices, and to be honest I don’t think I’ve come across a slice recipe I don’t like! I love how easy they are to put together, that you can have a small piece and not feel guilty (that is if you can stop at just one!) and I’m always coming across new ideas and recipes to try – perfect for feeding my slice baking addiction!
Recently I made a birthday morning tea for one of the very lovely (and patient) ladies who puts up with my husband at work all day. When she mentioned she loved Chocolate and Coconut Slice, I knew I had to make it and couldn’t believe I hadn’t made it before!
I turned to my Mum’s old recipe folder to find this recipe, which is appropriate as this slice reminds me of my childhood. It takes me back to school cake stalls , when we would pool together our pocket money to buy a plate and then argue over which one to buy. Chocolate and Coconut Slice was always high on our wish list because: Chocolate Slice – do I really need to say anything else?
After delivering both this slice and a Lemon and Blueberry birthday cake (recipe to come soon) to the birthday girl, I waited until the boys were both asleep before sitting down with a hot coffee to try the two little squares I had kept for myself. It was everything I remember and more. The slice itself is delicious and moist, and the thick chocolate icing sets it off perfectly. I decorated it with shredded coconut, but you could also use 100s and 1000s to make it something a little more special.
Chocolate and Coconut Slice
- 2 cups self raising flour
- 2 tablespoons cocoa
- 1 1/2 cups coconut
- 250 g butter or margarine
- 1 cup sugar
- For the Chocolate Icing
- 2 cups icing sugar
- 1 cup shredded coconut
- 2 tablespoons cocoa
- 6-8 tablespoons hot water
- Preheat you oven to 180°C and line a slice tin with baking paper, making sure to leave plenty hanging over the sides.
- Combine the flour, cocoa and coconut in a large mixing bowl.
- Place the butter in a medium saucepan with sugar and heat until melted. Pour over dry ingredients and then mix until combined.
- Press mixture into the lined tray and place in the oven to bake for 15 minutes.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly
- Combine the icing sugar and cocoa, add hot water a tablespoon at a time until your icing is thick but still can be spread.
- Spread icing over the warm slice and sprinkle the coconut over the top before placing in the fridge to cool Once cool, cut into small squares.
What is your favourite childhood slice?