Monday, October 10, 2016

Best Coconut Cake Ever!!

I just finished this book called "The Coincidence Of Coconut Cake" about a chef and her romance/restaurant dramas. All I could think about while reading it is that I'd love to master a really kick ass coconut cake like she does in the novel. So this started the wheels rolling and I created what I'd like to think of as the bestest ever coconut cake. It's light but not crumbly and has an awesome but subtle coconut flavor. The cake alone is great but the frosting adds another dimension to it. I'd have to say I'm pretty in love with this cake. I'm thinking of making it again soon because it's that crave worthy. If you're a cake fan or a coconut fan- this is your next dessert to make at home!

Best Ever Coconut Cake

4 eggs, separated
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
1/4 cup milk

2 1/2 cups ap flour
1 3/4 cups white sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp coconut extract
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup thick coconut cream (I use Trader Joe's extra thick coconut cream in a can)
1/4 cup canola oil
Spray for baking dish

1 Bundt cake dish or 9x13 baking dish or 2 9-inch rounds
Large mixing bowl
2 medium mixing bowls
Electric hand mixer or standing mixer
Baking spatula
Measuring cups/spoons

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray your preferred baking dish with canola oil spray.

Using the mixer, cream together the softened butter and sugar. Add in yolks and coconut cream. Continue to mix. Then add in both extracts, milk and oil. Mix until just combined.

In separate bowl whisk the egg whites until almost stiff. Set aside.

In other medium bowl add all the dry ingredients left: flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Mix and then slowly add to the wet ingredient bowl, while mixer is on. Once it is all combined and you have scraped down the sides of the bowl with your spatula, begin to fold in the egg whites. Fold in until well combined- you do not want to see any white foam left.

Pour batter into your prepared baking dish. Place in the oven and bake for 30 to 40 minutes depending on which baking dish you chose. Check after 30 minutes. Cake is ready when a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean or when the top is golden and it is spongy to touch. Remove from oven and set aside to cool. Begin the frosting. See recipe below.











Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting

8 oz cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
4 tbs coconut cream, extra thick (should be leftover from the can)
1/2 tsp of coconut extract
Pinch of salt
2 cups of confectioners sugar
3/4 to 1 1/4 cup shredded sweetened coconut for decorating (optional)

In a medium bowl add the cream cheese and butter. Using a hand mixer or standing mixer, mix until well combined. Add your coconut cream, coconut extract, pinch of salt. Mix again. Then while mixer is on, slowly add your confectioners sugar. Taste frosting to make sure its your intended sweetness. If you prefer more sweet, you can add 1/3 cup more confectioners sugar. Once cake is cooled completely, frost the oustide and add the shredded coconut to decorate. I put mine on the outside of the bundt cake but you can cover the whole cake or whatever you prefer. Enjoy this cake! It was devoured in our household. It really is the BEST coconut cake ever!! So delicious!! xo




1 comment:

  1. Wow ! It is so yummy, I just love to eat coconut cake and It is my favorite, I note your making tips and I will try it in my home. You can buy the best quality of Cake Decorating Sets to make design cake.