The new generation probably doesn't know it. But the "coconut cake" is a delicacy that has lulled the childhood of a whole generation. What makes it special? It consists of grated coconut, sugar and sometimes pistachios. The final touch: a few pieces of orange peel for a more sumptuous taste. However, this little delicacy seems to disappear with time. You have to go to places like China Town to find these cakes.
250 ml water
375g white sugar
125g dessicated coconut
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
2 drops of food colouring
Grated orange zest
Heat the sugar and water in a saucepan over medium heat until a syrup forms.
Add the vanilla and food colouring (you can separate the mixture if you want to make different coloured cakes).
Stir in the coconut and stir gently until all the syrup is absorbed by the coconut.
Add the orange peel pieces to the mixture
Using a mouth spoon, form balls and place on a tray lined with baking paper. Leave in the fridge for half an hour and serve.