Ystervarkies is one of my favourites. I don’t know if it is the chocolate syrup or the coconut you use to roll the pieces of cake in, maybe it is a combination of both, but NOTHING can beat the taste. In English they are also known as lamingtons, but for us they will always be ystervarkies 🙂
Let me share with you the recipe…. It is easy to make but can take some time so make sure you have enough time available to enjoy the whole process. First you have to bake the cake and then you make the syrup. Have a bowl of desiccated coconut separately to roll the cake in after you dunked it in the syrup….
Bake a sponge cake in a square or rectangle pan. Cut the cake into little squares, probably about 3cm x 3cm. It is not an exact science so cut them how big you want to, different sized are also just fine!!!!
To make the sauce you need to add the following in a pan:
60ml of cacao (2 tablespoons)
375ml boiling water
600g (3 cups) of sugar
15 ml of butter or margarine (1 tablespoon)
1 teaspoon of vanilla
Bring all the ingredients to the boil on the stove and cook for 2 minutes. Then remove the pan from the heat. You have to dunk the pieces of cake individually in the sauce. Try and use the sauce as warm as you can without burning your fingers. Once you covered all the sides of the piece of cake in the sauce, roll it in the coconut (you will need about 500g)…..
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