Looking for a traditional Greek Ravani recipe? This locally sourced recipe with step by step instructions will help you make the most syrupy, fluffy, tasty ravani cake!
For the ravani
- 4 eggs (separated into whites and yolks)
- 1 cup of butter (at room temperature)
- 2 cups of sugar
- 1 cup plain flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 2 cups flaked coconut
- zest of 2 oranges
For the syrup
- 1 and 1/2 cup of sugar
- 1 and 1/2 cup of water
- juice of 1/2 lemon
- Preheat the oven to 180C.
- In most recipes for Greek coconut cake, the eggs are added whole in the mixture, but with this recipe the egg whites are beaten into meringues. This is the secret to a more fluffy ravani cake and to avoid the egg-y smell, which can ruin the flavour of your cake.
- To prepare the Greek coconut cake, start by mixing the butter and sugar (at high speed), until fluffy. Add the egg yolks, one at a time, allowing each one to be absorbed, whilst mixing. Set the mixture aside.
- Place the egg whites and a pinch of sugar in a clean mixing bowl. Make sure your egg whites, bowl and whisk attachment/s are free of any water. Use an electric mixer or electric hand beaters to whisk the egg whites until the mixture is very thick and glossy, and a long trailing peak forms when the whisk is lifted (meringues).
- In another bowl, blend the flaked coconut, the flour and baking powder.
- With a spatula add the meringues and half of the flour mixture into the whisked butter and blend lightly, until the ingredients are combined. Add the rest of the flour mixture and the orange zest; blend lightly with circular movements.
- To bake the ravani cake, use a round cake tin, approx 30cm in diameter. Use a cooking brush to butter the bottom and sides of the cake tin. Sprinkle with 2 tbsp of flour and shake the cake tin, so that the flour covers the butter; get rid of any excess flour. This technique will prevent the ravani from sticking on the pan.
- Bake the ravani in preheated oven at 180C for 40-45 minutes, until golden and cooked through. After baking the cake, let it cool down for a while.
- After the ravani has cooled down, start preparing the syrup. Add in a saucepan the sugar, the water and lemon juice; boil for about 5-10 minutes, until the sugar has dissolved and the syrup has slightly thickened. Remove the pan from the stove and ladle slowly the syrup over the ravani cake, allowing each ladle of syrup to be absorbed, before ladling again. Allow time for the syrup to be absorbed and place in the fridge.
- Serve this extra syrupy Greek coconut cake cold with a full spoon of vanilla ice cream. Enjoy!
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