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FANCIES Fancies are sponge cakes cut into squares, dipped in diluted jam and rolled in coconut. Fancies can be decorated in a variety of styles and with different toppings to suit the occasion. Fancies are usually served on special occasions e.g.:  Eid, Weddings, Doopmaals, etc... This recipe makes 20 - 24 cakes depending on the size of the squares you cut your cake into. Fancies Ingredients: 1 cup castor sugar 4 eggs 1 cup cooking oil 5 ml vanilla essence 2 1/2 cups cake flour 3 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 cup milk For the coating: 3 tablespoons smooth apricot or strawberry jam 1 cup hot water 1 cup desiccated coconut Whipped fresh cream Fresh fruit of choice, well-drained canned fruit will also work Method:
  • Preheat oven to 180C.
  • Grease a 30x20cm baking tin with butter or oil.
  • Cover the bottom of the baking tin with greaseproof paper to prevent the cake sticking to the baking tin,
  • Cream eggs, castor sugar and oil until light and fluffy or until sugar has dissolved.
  • Add vanilla essence.
  • Add flour and baking powder and mix well.
  • Stir in milk and mix to combine until the mixture is a smooth dropping consistency.
  • Pour into prepared tin.
  • I always knock my baking tin a couple of times on a flat surface to even the batter out as well as to remove air bubbles.
  • Bake for 25 minutes.
  • To check if cake is done insert a skewer in the middle of the cake, if it comes out clean it is done.
  • Allow to cool slightly, turn out into a cooling rack to cool down completely.
  • Remove greaseproof paper.
  • Cut the cake into squares.
To complete the cakes:
  • Mix the jam and hot water together until the jam has dissolved.
  • Put the coconut into a little bowl.
  • Lightly dip the cakes one at a time into the jam water, do not drench.
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  • Roll the cakes in the coconut to cover completely.
Roll the cakes in the coconut
  • Using a piping bag , pipe a border or cover the top of the cakes with whipped cream. 
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  • Decorate with fresh or drained canned fruit.
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