Ode to le weekend: coconut mango bundt-lettes


Week-end. Sleepy eyed morning, sun-bathed cafe.

Being a dilettante, flaneur, lady of leisure.

A wake-up-in-the-morning-and-jump-in-the-car day trip to Mittagong and Bowral. Where we ooh over antiques (a Indo-Persian chain mail helmet? Yes please), eat an intriguing tart (shiraz-poached pears and proschiutto, suspended in a barely-set, brie-enriched custard), and have a cheerful coffee:


(The coffee was in the Bradman Museum, aka Cricket International Hall of Fame. Yes, Mr Gander is a cricket fan. Yes, we bought a souvenir cricket ball. Yes, I still want that Indo-Persian chain mail helmet.)

A tropical thunderstorm on the drive back! While we wound our way down to that pretty little dam on the Nepean River, across a bridge that fits one car at a time, and up the other side.


That evening, making a promise to bake a layer birthday cake, while maybe mildly under the influence of the prettiest Pimms cocktail I’ve ever seen. Spending Sunday making and eating a coconut-mango cake (recipe below), before remembering the Pimms-enriched promise about a birthday cake. Dang.

Finally sneaking into Angie’s Fiesta Friday bash for the last of the Baileys-laced thandai. But this time, I know better than to make rash promises of baking birthday cakes.

The week ahead:

Planning a wine tasting for the team at work (wanted: understated yet fabulous canapes that perfectly match the rather decent wines, eeep).

Deadlines. Double eeep.

Eating this:


And these:


Coconut mango bundt-lettes

This comes from one of the first fail-safe recipes I found. The original is a coconut and raspberry loaf, a sweet, lighthearted, happy, any-time bake. Can a loaf or cake be happy? Yes, if it’s full of shredded coconuts and coconut cream and brightened by puddles of raspberries. This time, I had one of the last of summer mangoes, and a jar of kaya jam, and this somewhat experimental bake was born.

These cakes also made really good cake truffles.



1 3/4 cups desiccated coconut
1 cups coconut cream and half cup kaya jam (or use 1.5 cups coconut cream)
2/3 cup caster sugar (if only using coconut cream, use 1 cup sugar)
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
1 2/3 cups self-raising flour
2/3 cup diced fresh mangoes (or sub 1 cup frozen raspberries)


1. Combine coconut, coconut cream and kaya in a large bowl. Cover and stand for 30 minutes.

2. Preheat oven to 170°C / 340°F. If using loaf pan, Line base and sides of a loaf pan with baking paper, allowing some overhang at both long ends so the loaf can be lifted out after baking. If using a mini-bundt pan, generously butter the pan.

3. Using a spatula, stir sugar, egg and vanilla into coconut mixture. Sift flour over coconut mixture. Gently stir until combined. Fold in mango (or raspberries).

4. For loaf: spoon mixture into prepared pan. Bake for 1 hour 10 minutes to 1 hour 15 minutes. For mini-bundts: use a teaspoon, spoon mixture into bundt pans. Bake for about 20 minutes. Note: test the cake and remove from the oven when a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean (my oven is a bit unreliable at the moment, so please test the cake a little while before the end of baking times).

5. Cool in pan for 5-10 minutes, remove to a wire rack to cool completely. Dust with icing sugar or drizzle with your favourite glaze.

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51 thoughts on “Ode to le weekend: coconut mango bundt-lettes

  1. The Burlap Kitchen 16 March 2014 at 10:51 pm Reply

    these look great!

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  3. Michelle 16 March 2014 at 11:17 pm Reply

    Oh how I’d love to be “a dilettante, flaneur, lady of leisure” all the time! Learned a new word this Sunday morning (kaya). And don’t those little cakes look delicious?

    • saucygander 17 March 2014 at 2:56 pm Reply

      Yep, these three words sum up Saturday so well. Every weekend should be like that, and with cake.

  4. MB 16 March 2014 at 11:37 pm Reply

    Such lovely little cakes… so nice to have discovered your blog. Thanks Fiesta Friday!

    • saucygander 17 March 2014 at 3:11 pm Reply

      Thank you! Isn’t Fiesta Friday great, I’m still visiting everyone this week, also loving discovering lots of great blogs! 😀

  5. The Novice Gardener 16 March 2014 at 11:49 pm Reply

    Now I want a pretty coffee, just like that, with “enjoy” on it and pretty little cakes. You’re dangerous to have around, Saucy! But we like you so much we’re keeping you! 🙂

    • saucygander 17 March 2014 at 3:12 pm Reply

      Aww shucks, thanks Angie! Your parties are dangerous, but we like them so much we keep turning up! 😛

  6. Sally 17 March 2014 at 12:27 am Reply

    Bund-lettes. The name is as cute as they look.

    • saucygander 17 March 2014 at 3:15 pm Reply

      Thanks, Sally, I’m glad the experimental baking worked out.

  7. lapetitepaniere 17 March 2014 at 12:33 am Reply

    For a Dilettante, Saucy you made a beautiful Ode to le week-end 🙂

    • saucygander 17 March 2014 at 3:20 pm Reply

      Thanks Linda! It’s because I’m a dilettante that I had time to write an Ode to le weekend! 😀

  8. Experienced Tutors 17 March 2014 at 2:49 am Reply

    Great post. Love the content, love the images – especially love the first one.

    • saucygander 17 March 2014 at 3:32 pm Reply

      Thank you! That was taken on the phone, I was glad it worked out.

  9. indusinternationalkitchen 17 March 2014 at 3:51 am Reply

    omg these look soooo good! I so want to try making these. I am not familiar with kaya but looks like coconut cream would be a substitute? thanks for bring this to Fiesta Friday! 🙂

    • saucygander 17 March 2014 at 7:14 pm Reply

      Hi Indu, you can just increase the amount of coconut cream and sugar if you can’t find kaya. I used kaya because I liked the pandan flavour (pandan is used to flavour and colour some kaya), but it was quite subtle so just using coconut cream will still give a good result. The baking times may vary if the batter is more liquid.

      Hope that helps? 🙂

  10. tableofcolors 17 March 2014 at 3:53 am Reply

    Lovely…the whole post was beautiful eye candy 🙂

    • saucygander 17 March 2014 at 7:15 pm Reply

      Thank you, I always like visiting your blog, so appreciate your comment! 🙂

  11. Laura Weymouth 17 March 2014 at 4:31 am Reply

    Can you just move to America and live on my street so I can come over and taste your food all the time and boost your self-esteem by telling you how fabulous it is? Because I think that would be a solid arrangement. 😉

    • saucygander 17 March 2014 at 7:18 pm Reply

      Haha, deal! But only if I get to play with Maggie too. 🙂

      • Laura Weymouth 18 March 2014 at 4:55 am

        Oh, she would LOVE that. She’s ALWAYS up for making a new friend 😉

  12. Lorraine @Not Quite nigella 17 March 2014 at 8:17 am Reply

    How cute are these oil treats!? And I love the sound of that tart that you ate too!

    • saucygander 17 March 2014 at 7:23 pm Reply

      Lorraine, the tart was gorgeous, I want to make it at home!

  13. Alex 17 March 2014 at 10:15 am Reply

    I love the idea of a bundt-lette! So cute!

  14. Patty Nguyen 17 March 2014 at 10:38 am Reply

    I love anything with coconut and mango!! Yum!

    • saucygander 17 March 2014 at 7:28 pm Reply

      Aren’t they the best? Actually kaya has to be right up there too. Mmm kaya. 😛

  15. Gather and Graze 17 March 2014 at 10:39 am Reply

    Sounds like a fabulous weekend Saucy, ahead of a tough week! The bundt-lettes sound amazing… such beautiful flavours… plus a little glaze over any kind of cake and I’m sold! Hope the wine tasting/canape evening goes well for you – I’d love to be there! 🙂

    • saucygander 17 March 2014 at 7:51 pm Reply

      I’ll try to get some photos of the wine tasting, or at least do a write up. I’m excited about the event!

  16. thepaddingtonfoodie 17 March 2014 at 11:25 am Reply

    I’ve always believed my bundt-lette tin has the power to transform even the most humble cake batter into something extraordinary. Love the mango and coconut combination. Your bundt-lettes are so pretty.

    • saucygander 17 March 2014 at 8:05 pm Reply

      Yes, It’s a really versatile tin, the cakes are so pretty and perfect bite sized things. Magical powers indeed!

  17. lapetitecasserole 17 March 2014 at 2:00 pm Reply

    They are so cute! I love mango, I’ve never tried to use it in dessert, you gave me a great idea!

    • saucygander 17 March 2014 at 8:10 pm Reply

      Mango is great to accompany creamy and sweet things, have you tried Thai sweet sticky rice with mango? Though a good ripe mango is delicious just by itself! 🙂

  18. thehungrymum 17 March 2014 at 7:46 pm Reply

    love me a mini bundt! These are sooo cute.

    • saucygander 17 March 2014 at 8:12 pm Reply

      Thanks! There’s something about mini cakes, isn’t there.

  19. Daniel Etherington 17 March 2014 at 8:57 pm Reply

    They look great, though a bit exotic for small-town England (I suspect kaya jam would be impossible to source). BTW, you’re a flâneuse not a flâneur!

    • saucygander 18 March 2014 at 7:07 am Reply

      And that would be why I did badly at high school French!
      Actually, I was wondering why I’ve only read about flãneurs (ie the male variety), and remembered the surrealists were mainly a male crowd, bah patriarchy (kidding!)

  20. newsanchortohomemaker 18 March 2014 at 2:08 am Reply

    These look very “happy”. So cute!

  21. spiceinthecity 18 March 2014 at 3:55 am Reply

    Yum yum! I just got a new bundt cake pan. Adding this to my list of cakes to bake in it 🙂

  22. confusedbawarchis 18 March 2014 at 4:43 am Reply

    This looks like a very interesting recipe and tempting with all the coconut! 🙂

  23. Liz 18 March 2014 at 6:11 am Reply

    oh goodness, all so lovely. And fun to read 🙂 Love that you are a “dilettante, flaneur, lady of leisure.” Yay!

  24. petra08 18 March 2014 at 8:19 am Reply

    They look delicious! And who doesn’t love the weekend, I completely agree 🙂

  25. Victoria 18 March 2014 at 10:27 am Reply

    Those look heavenly!

  26. deliciouslynell 18 March 2014 at 10:54 am Reply

    All I can say is, YUM!

  27. nancyc 18 March 2014 at 11:54 am Reply

    Those bundt-lettes look so good! And it sounds like you had a wonderful, leisurely weekend!

  28. Johnny Hepburn 18 March 2014 at 12:55 pm Reply

    Loved your intro to your weekend including the Pimm’s and chain mail helmet. Actually, I really love that stuff. Not just because of studying metalwork. Anyway, kaya jam is a new one for me. And I want one of those littl’ cakes! Don’t care if it’s studded or puddled with mango or raspberries. In fact, I’ll have both. 🙂

  29. yummychunklet 19 March 2014 at 12:05 am Reply

    What cute desserts!

  30. DetoxMama 12 April 2014 at 7:17 am Reply

    These look awesome!

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