COCONUT CAKE FROM SAVEUR

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by Debra on April 2, 2012


Musical pairing – Soak Up the Sun by Sheryl Crow

I’m going to keep this short and sweet – if you are a lover of all things coconut, I may have just the cake for you. No really, I have spent the last month testing various coconut cake recipes and so far, this has been my favorite!

While most recipes have a cream cheese-type frosting and use bagged sweetened coconut, I find them much to cloyingly sweet for my taste. Not to mention heavy and not enough real coconut flavor. This recipe uses fresh coconut as well as the fresh coconut water inside – yes, it is a pain in the hiney to break, peel and grate said fresh coconut but the payoff is exponential with an oh-so-lovely-milky-coconut-flavor. The frosting has a cooked meringue-like taste, texture and mouth feel – as I said, this cake is now at the top of my list.

I will not lie and say you can whip all this loveliness in an hour or two; you can’t. But you can make your cakes at least one day, if not two days, ahead; the frosting comes together in less than 30 minutes total. Assembling the cake will take you another 30 minutes, give or take (if you’re a baker and make cakes with your eyes closed, it will take you less time than it did me); once assembled, you’ll need to allow another 2 hours of refrigerator time for the flavors to meld together.

Then it’s stand back and wait for the oohs and ahhhs . . . because those are gonna come . . . oh yes indeedy, they will come . . .

You might also like this recipe from our friends, The Peche!

© 2012, Debra. All rights reserved.

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Irvin @ Eat the Love April 8, 2012 at 4:25 am

I’m going be frank. I’m not a fan of coconut cakes usually. It’s not the flavor, as I love the flavor of coconut. It’s the stringy sweetened bagged coconut that seems to be utterly ubiquitous when coconut is called for.

But this cake looks glorious. Fresh coconut! I love it. I can totally be a coconut cake convert by this one.

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Robyn | Add a Pinch April 6, 2012 at 6:54 pm

Mercy! I do believe this is the cake they must serve in heaven.

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Jamie April 6, 2012 at 11:42 am

I love coconut cake but have never ever made one. This is one gorgeous cake!!

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Sara{OneTribeGourmet} April 4, 2012 at 10:35 pm

Gorgeous looking cake, love the coconut! Happy Easter!

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sippitysup April 4, 2012 at 3:23 pm

Good looking cake. I can’t help thinking about our cake conversation in Ohio when I look at it. GREG

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Debra April 4, 2012 at 5:20 pm

ahhh yes . . . our ‘cake’ discussion . . . fortunately this cake was a big success – and super tasty i might add!

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Winnie April 4, 2012 at 8:04 am

I love that you used real coconut in here…looks amazing!

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Debra April 4, 2012 at 11:49 am

Winnie ~ using fresh coconut AND the milky water inside is the key to this cake; a lot of extra work but totally worth it in the taste!

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Adryon April 3, 2012 at 3:37 pm

I love that you used fresh coconut. I sort of want to dive right into it – looks heavenly!

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Debra April 4, 2012 at 1:11 pm

Thanks so much Adryon ~ I have searched high and low for a great coconut cake . . . this one is at the top of my list . . . at least for now . . .

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kelley {mountain mamma cooks} April 3, 2012 at 8:54 am

I love anything and everything coconut. I made a coconut cake a few weeks back for a friends birthday and I’ll tell you that mine was nowhere as beautiful as yours. It did taste pretty good though!

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Debra April 3, 2012 at 9:39 am

Kelley ~ I’ve been a coconut fan since birth I think; Almond Joy candy bars, German Chocolate cake, Coconut Cream Pie – anything and everything coconut. This cake is to die for!!

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Lana @ Never Enough Thyme April 3, 2012 at 8:45 am

Oh, my! What a cake! This reminds me very much of the coconut cake my mother makes, except of course she doesn’t use fresh coconut :-) Besides being absolutely beautiful, it just screams “Spring!” to me.

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Debra April 3, 2012 at 9:33 am

coconut screams ‘Spring’ to me too Lana – and i bet your mama’s cake is fabulous!

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Rachel @ Baked by Rachel April 3, 2012 at 8:16 am

Beautiful job! My aunt use to always make a coconut bunny cake this time of year, and while yours obviously isn’t bunny shaped… it reminds me of it :)

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FramedCooks April 3, 2012 at 7:30 am

I have to say, this cake looks like the most perfect thing in the world to me! And your pictures! Just plain gorgeous. This whole recipe looks like spring! :)

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Debra April 3, 2012 at 9:32 am

truly is the best coconut cake i’ve tasted/made so far – using fresh coconut puts it over the top!

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Brian @ A Thought For Food April 2, 2012 at 10:46 pm

I’ve been a fan of coconut since I was a little kid and this cake looks like my little piece of heaven. Gorgeous!

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Debra April 3, 2012 at 9:33 am

thanks Brian – this is a fabulous cake and if you have the patience for it, highly recommend you make!

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