Coconut Cake for Denise and Friends

July 1st, 2009 / Comments 9

Baking a fabulous cake is fun. Tonight we celebrate Denise’s birthday at a pot luck dinner with friends.

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I’ll bring the cake. When I have finished, the cake will be delicious and beautiful, but at the moment my kitchen looks as if Lucy and Ethel have had yet another disaster.

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I’ll post the details of this delight later today, but first I have to tidy up the kitchen before Ricky gets back.

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Okay, most of the sugar and coconut is off the counter, there may be some on the floor but I’ll mop after I post the details.  Here’s how I did it.

Coconut Cake

Using my trusty Kitchen Aid, I creamed together two sticks of unsalted butter, one and three quarters cup of sugar and one cup sweetened cream of coconut until fluffy. Then I beat in four egg yolks and a teaspoon of vanilla.

I whisked together two and three quarters cups of white flour, one teaspoon baking powder, half a teaspoon baking soda and half a teaspoon salt in a second bowl.

I whipped the egg whites with a pinch of salt until they were stiff but not dry in a third bowl.

I combined half a cup of yogurt with half a cup of milk in a measuring cup.

Time to put it all together.

With the mixer on low, I added the flour and milk mixtures alternately by thirds, mixing until just blended.  I folded the beaten egg whites in with a spatula.

I poured the batter into two nine inch cake pans that had been smeared with butter and dusted with flour.

After forty-five minutes in a 350 degree the cake had pulled away from the side of the pan and a toothpick inserted in the center came out clean.  I cooled the cakes in pans on a rack for ten minutes, then ran a small knife around the pan to loosen cakes and turned the cakes out onto rack and cool completely.

Strawberry Buttercream

I put three tablespoons of unsalted butter, one and a half cups confectioners’ sugar and beat it together into the mixer bowl, when it was combined, I beat in a generous tablespoon of strawberry jam and enough heavy cream to make a spreadable frosting.

I put the first layer on a cake plate, sprinkled it with two tablespoons of cassis, and spread half of the strawberry buttercream on top and then repeated this process with the second layer.

The fluffy outer covering is one pint of heavy cream (minus the three tablespoons I added to the buttercream) whipped to soft peaks with one tablespoon of powdered sugar added to stabilize the cream.

With the mess expanding, I sprinkled a generous layer of flaked coconut on the top, pushed more coconut around the sides and used the last bit of strawberry buttercream to make tiny rosettes.

The cake rested in the fridge and I rested in my studio until dinner time.

Notes on ingredients: make sure to separate the eggs and add only the yolks to the butter sugar mixture, I had cake flour and used that but use what you have, the sweetened coconut cream comes in a can or a plastic bottle and can be found near soda and drink mixers at the grocery store, cassis is optional – rum or cointreau would also work or you can skip this step, I prefer heavy cream that is not ultra-pasteurized, I will be very disappointed if you use ‘whipped topping’.

Download and print cake recipe with an ingredients list here.

Download and print strawberry buttercream recipe with ingredients list here.

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• 9 Responses to “Coconut Cake for Denise and Friends”

  • kate reeves says:

    It was the BEST cake I have ever eaten. My kind of cake. Moist
    and great texture with WHIPPED CREME!! hats off to the chef.

  • Carol, I brought the cake to my WOW meeting and it was a huge success! It was delicious and it’s definitely a keeper. I will make it for my next family gathering. I gave you credit and am passing this recipe on from here. Thanks Carol ! judy

  • annie houston says:

    mmmmm…can i have a birthday cake when we come for a visit…i’ll clean up the coconut and sugar!!!…

  • Carol, coconut is my absolute favorite and this cake sounds yummy. I am looking for an excuse to make it so I am going to make it for my WOW meeting next week. I will let you know how it turns out and will give you credit……unless I mess up.

  • Nirmala says:

    Wow! This looks SO yummy. Thanks for sharing your art and your food.

  • Carol Egbert says:

    It was yummy….thanks for your kind words. I am in the midst of changing from a pc to a wonderful Imac and trying to cook and blog as well so encouraging words are very welcome.

  • applecrumbles says:

    I bet that tasted like heaven! I've never made a coconut cake which is really odd since I absolutely love it. Really great job, Carol.

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