Croatian Cupavci Recipe-Chocolate Coconut Cakes

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Try this Croatian Cupavci recipe- Sponge cakes soaked in chocolate sauce, then dipped in unsweetened, shredded coconut. This is a popular Croatian sweet that is especially great for Christmas and the holidays. Jump to Recipe

Croatian Cupavci  - Sponge cakes soaked in chocolate sauce, then dipped in unsweetened, shredded coconut

Čupavci are a traditional Croatian dessert – think of them as the European version of the famous Australian Lamingtons. Čupavci are a light and fluffy sponge cake dipped in chocolate sauce and covered with shredded coconut. Simple yet special and perfect for the holidays.

These chocolate coconut cubes are of my favorite desserts from my childhood as my German grandma made them each Christmas. I’m totally crazy about coconut in every shape and form. Did you try my Vegan Bounty Bliss Balls and my Coconut Ice Cream? 

While Lamingtons tend to have some jam filling in the middle, this traditional Croatian čupavci recipe skips the filling.

What are Čupavci ?

Čupavci means “furry” because of the fuzzy appearance of the shredded coconut coating. Čupavci are a traditional Croatian sweet served at weddings, kids’ birthdays and other festive occasions. For some, the Christmas table is not complete without these chocolate coconut bites.

Other popular desserts at Christmas in Croatia are Madjarica, povitica, ravioli-shaped cookies, cherry strudel and Fritule – small boozy doughnuts. I love making all of those things at home. 

What makes this Cupavci recipe especially good? 

These little cakes are light and airy and stay moist for days. For that perfect texture, a chiffon batter is made using oil, not melted butter. And that perfect airiness is achieved by stiff meringue that is folded into the base mixture.

Storage: 

They can last for 3-4 days. 

Yes, it’s possible to freeze the cupavci, just cover them with foil and put them into the freezer, and when you want to eat them, take them out and leave them at room temperature for a few hours, and you have a ready to eat snack.

For fans of chocolate and coconut, you might also want to try my Australian Lamingtons recipe. 

Croatian Cupavci  - Sponge cakes soaked in chocolate sauce, then dipped in unsweetened, shredded coconut

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Croatian Cupavci Recipe

Let's make traditional Croatian Cupavci - European version of the famous Australian Lamingtons. Čupavci are light and fluffy sponge cake cubes dipped in dark melted chocolate sauce and covered with coconut. Simple and tasty, perfect for the holidays
Course Dessert
Cuisine Croatia
Keyword croatian Christmas cookies
Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 20
Calories 89 kcal

Ingredients

Sponge cake

  • 3 eggs
  • 150 g sugar 3/4 cup
  • 100 ml oil 6 3/4 tablespoons
  • 100 ml milk 1/2 cup
  • 130 g all-purpose flour 7/8 cup
  • 10 g baking powder 2 teaspoons
  • Pinch of salt

Chocolate sauce

  • 250 g dark chocolate 10 oz
  • 250 g butter 0.5 pound
  • 200 ml milk 1 cup

Extra

  • 300 grams desiccated coconut 4 cups

Instructions

  1. Separate egg yolks and whites and mix whites in a firm airy foam
  2. Mix egg yolks and oil with the sugar and easily add flour and baking powder and so as the milk. Add a pinch of salt and gently stir in the egg whites using the spatula
  3. Pour the mixture in a baking tray covered with parchment paper and bake in a heated oven (180°C/350°F) for 20 minutes
  4. Let the sponge cake to rest for half an hour to cool down and then cut it in the same size pieces. I have cut my cake in almost cubic shape but feel free to do rectangles as you like
  5. Melt the chocolate with butter and milk to get a sauce
  6. Quickly dip all sides of the squares into chocolate, then roll them in coconut. It gets a little messy, but the results are worth it

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