Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Coconut (not a) Layer Cake

It's time! It's time! 
The Cake Slice Bakers voted to bake the Coconut Layer Cake for April! 

 We are baking from Great Cakes by Carole Walter. 

As usual I didn't make it by the book. My layer cake turned into cupcakes because I wanted to serve them with our Easter dinner. I also didn't use the recommended frosting because I had not made a frosting as the book listed and chose to use a tried and true swiss buttercream instead.

This coconut cake was a bit different because it called for the coconut to be steeped in scaled milk for half an hour.  Then you put the milk and coconut into a food processor and blitzed until the coconut was broken down.  

I used coconut milk hoping for a stronger coconut flavor in the cake...*

The cake mixed up in the usual fashion - cream together the butter and sugar, add in the eggs then add in the dry ingredients alternating with the coconut milk.

Scooped the batter into the cupcake liners and into the 350 degree oven they went.  For reference ~ the recipe made 22 cupcakes and they were done in about 13 minutes.

Working in a leveled oven has sure been nice!  Ha!  The cupcakes rose with a nice round dome.

I let the cupcakes cool over night then went to work on them with the buttercream, which I flavored with just a hint of coconut flavoring.

And then topped with toasted coconut.

These cupcakes turn out nicely and we got good reviews of them at Easter dinner.  They have a nice airy texture and baked up well as cupcakes.

*I personally thought they could have used much more coconut flavor.  Since I added the coconut milk I am guessing that a small amount of good coconut flavoring would help boost the flavor.

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*I didn't publish the recipe because it comes from a copyrighted cookbook.


  1. 22 cupcakes!! I got 9 larger and 6 smaller (shown in my post) cuppies and one mini loaf! I really enjoyed this recipe! I infused the unsweetened coconut flakes in cream instead of milk! I should give the butter cream frosting a go one day!

  2. Your cupcakes are super cute! Your table loos amazing! I am happy I don't live close to you right now... I don't think I'd be able to resist and stay strong! :) Well done!

  3. Your cupcakes are so pretty! And look delicious!

  4. Anonymous10:13 AM

    They look lovely, I agree with you about the coconut flavour it could have been stronger for me.

  5. Cupcakes are my favorite, yours look beautiful!

  6. You have a leveled oven??? Every bakers dream! My husband has tried multiple times to my oven leveled! Unsuccessful each time! I'm so jealous!
    Your cupcakes turned out nicely! I thought the recipes buttercream tasted like Swiss buttercream, just a tad sweeter though, but just as silky!

  7. I find this cookbook to be lacking in flavor..the recipes always miss something for me and makes me wish it had included one more thing. I know we are supposed to stay as close to the recipe as possible but if I didn't add a dash of this and that here and there it would make me really grumpy..I have to atleast make it worth the extra cost of the ingredients so like you, I added some coconut extract but felt like it could have used a swift kick in the butt with more coconut flavor..lol

    Your cupcakes are beautiful :)

  8. Such pretty cupcakes, and I love just that little swirl on the top.

  9. They look good :)


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