South Asian people traditionally don't really do cakes, they celebrate those special occasions like parties, weddings, birth of a child (grandchild, great grandchild....) and significant events like Diwali, Eid and Vaisaki and so forth with a colourful boxes of Mithai - which loosely translates as Sweets.
Laddu or Ladoo are probably the most well known Indian Sweet, followed by Barfi and Jalebi.
I often describe Laddu's as the original bliss ball!. Laddu's are golden balls of crumbly deliciousness,
If you have ever watched the outstanding movie Monsoon Wedding, you will have noted throughout the film various scenes leading to the wedding day (and the wedding day) where various characters are having their mouths stuffed with a whole laddu. I could never eat a whole one in one go - honest. Little mouse bites for me. Yes, I am a lady - sometimes.
Laddu's are ttraditionally made with flour, ghee, milk, sugar, nuts. However, my inauthentic version is vegan made with coconut flour, dessicated coconut, coconut oil and coconut paste. These melted in the mouth a bit like candy floss and were not overly sweet which I liked.
If you want to know more bout South Asian Sweets then follow this fantastic guide by DesiBlitz.
White Coconut Ladoos
180g dessicated coconut
125g coconut flour
2 teaspoons Natural coconut extract paste or vanilla
4 tablespoons maple syrup or agave syrup
1/4 teaspoon salt
170g coconut oil
Blitz all the ingredients in a blender, then measure using either a teaspoon or tablespoon and roll into neat round balls, until all the mixture is used.
Refrigerate until ready to eat.