Conkies are a delicious sweet polenta mixture of spices, coconut, sweet potatoes, and pumpkin.
It’s quite popular in most Caribbean islands.
For instance, in Jamaica, it’s called “Duckunno”, and in my Mother’s country St Lucia, it’s called “Paime”.
In my Grandmas country of Barbados, Conkies associates with the British colonial celebration of Guy Fawkes and eaten during Independence Day celebrations.
I remember the first time trying them; they were so good!
This recipe is not the healthiest, but with a few adjustments and moderation it won’t be too bad, doing regular exercise and eating a majority of fruit and veg during the day makes one small slice of cake worth it!
(Cooking time: 2hr )
- 160g cornmeal
- 100g self-raising flour (NOT plain flour)
- 170g light butter or nut butter
- 60g coconut sugar or raw cane sugar
- One teaspoon of nutmeg
- One teaspoon of cinnamon
- Three eggs or flax or chia egg
- 60g desiccated coconut
- 60g grated carrot or sweet potato
- A pinch of salt
- Two medium-sized overripe bananas or one large overripe banana
- Light cream cheese or vegan cream cheese
- Icing sugar
- One teaspoon of vanilla extract
- Firstly, preheat the oven to 170C (fan assisted oven).
- Mix the dry ingredients; the flour, coconut, carrots, cornmeal, sugar, salt, nutmeg, and cinnamon.
- Then, using an electric whisk, cream the butter and eggs. If you want to make the cake vegan use 170g of smooth nut butter and three lots of flax or chia egg. To make the flax or chia egg blend or crush three tablespoons of the seed of your choice. Then add six tablespoons of water. Let it sit for 8 minutes till it’s gooey and egg-like and it’s ready to use.
- Add some mashed banana to the butter and eggs.
- Combine the wet and dry mix and whisk.
- Grease a medium-sized cake tin and pour the cake batter into the tin.
- Place the cake in the oven for 40 – 55 minutes.
- Use a skewer poke the cake from the bottom. If the skewer comes out wet, then the cake needs to cook for longer. But do not bake for more than the time given to avoid a dry cake.
- When the cakes cooked, let it rest for an hour.
- While the cake is cooling, prepare the frosting, mix some light cream cheese with double the amount of icing sugar. Add more icing sugar if you would like it thicker or sweeter.
- Once the cake is not warm, pour the frosting over the cake and decorate it with anything, for example, walnuts, desiccated coconut, dried banana, or homemade streusel topping.
And it is complete!
I hope you enjoyed this recipe.
Thank you for reading and your support!
Have a lovely evening and a blessed week x