Where can I buy coconut essence in the UK for the Tropical Chocolate Cake?
Nigella's Tropical Chocolate Cake (from FEAST) is a moist chocolate sponge that is sandwiched with a coconut-flavoured meringue frosting. The cake contains pineapple and the frosting is flavoured with coconut to underpin the tropical theme.
Coconut essence may also be labelled as coconut flvouring or coconut extract. It can be found in the baking aisle of some larger supermarkets or you can buy it on line. If you are using the extract then you may only need to use 1 teaspoon, as it can be stronger than the essence, so just whisk it in a little at a time. If it is still difficult to find then replace the coconut with 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Using vanilla means that the frosting won't have quite the same tropical feeling, but it will still be a delicious cake.