19 Apr 2011

Nutmeg, Almond and Coconut Swirls with Cream Soda Glaze (for 'The Last Warner Woman')

"The cry of the Warner Woman carries with it a scent, and if you are close by when she prophesies you will smell it too. It is the smell of nutmeg, of earth, of rocks, of rain coming in from a distance, of salt, of ocean, of egrets, of oil, of cream soda, of coconut, of dust." (p. 114)
"Revival was pain and joy mix up together like flour and water." (p.81)
Between the two above quotes this recipe practically wrote itself. I chose to shape them into swirls because when Adamine is taken with a prophesy she spins wildly, as though caught in the gale of a storm.

How would you interpret The Last Warner Woman by Kei Miller? All cakes and comments welcome.

Nutmeg, Almond and Coconut Swirls
Makes 12 buns

For the filling:
220g brown sugar (I used dark but I'm sure golden is fine too)
70g almonds (I used slivered but chopped would also work)
20g dessicated coconut
1tbsp nutmeg
57g butter, softened

For the dough:
575g all purpose flour
1tbsp baking powder
76g butter, softened
2 eggs
250ml warm milk

Cream Soda Glaze
150g icing sugar
enough cream soda to make a runny paste (about 3tbsp 2tbsp)
2tsp vanilla

Pre-heat oven to 200*C. Have a bun pan or cookie sheet at the ready.

Put all ingredients for the filling into a medium sized bowl and mix with a fork until well combined. (You may need to zap it in the microwave for 10sec to help the butter along). Set aside.

Warm the milk either on the stove or in the microwave making sure not to let it boil and set aside. In a large bowl, whisk together flour and baking powder until well combined. Add the butter, cut into small chunks, and massage with your fingertips until the mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs. In a small bowl, lightly beat the eggs with a fork before pouring into the flour mixture. Add the warm milk and bring together with a wooden spoon before turning out onto a lightly floured surface.

Gently knead the dough until it's no longer sticky. You may want to re-flour your surface before rolling out the dough into a large rectangle approx.1cm thick. Sprinkle all the filling evenly over the dough and then roll into a log shape starting at the narrow side of the rectangle. Cut the log into 12 slices and place each swirl onto your bun pan or cookie sheet. Bake for 12-15min.

To make the glaze combine all ingredients in a bowl. Pour a teaspoon of glaze over each swirl while they are still warm and wait until completely cooled before drizzling over the rest. Garnish with more almonds and coconut if desired.

Modified from Sugarlaws

Recipe, Dessert , Cinnamon Bun, Coconut, Almonds


  1. This is such an incredibly wonderful concept. You've inspired me to start thinking about creating a conceptual cake based on a book I read recently called The Feast of Love. It was wonderful, so if you're looking for something to read next, I recommend it. I'd be interested to see what you come up with.

  2. Hi Rebecca, thanks for the recommendation. I'll add it to the list and see what happens. I'd love it if you shared your conceptual cake creation! Contact me (see 'About' page) when it's finished and I'll feature it on Intercaketuality.


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