March 09, 2009

Kristina's Cake


This cake was specially made for my DIL Kristina's birthday. Kristina had mentioned to me quite some time ago that she wanted a coconut cake. So, in my search for coconut cakes I found this one from Cooking Light.



The frosting is a fluffy meringue flavored with vanilla and coconut extracts (like my Nanny would make for my mayonnaise cake ~without the coconut extract!). The cake is topped with coconut between layers and on the top of the cake.


The butterfly cake dome? That was a gift to Grumpy and I when we were married - from Kristina! We also got a beautiful butterfly salad bowl to match. I love how springy the cake looks in the bright light with colorful butterflies and the white frosting!

Yeah, I did get a little photo happy. I didn't get photos of the inside of the cake because I sent it home with Justin and Kristina. If they happened to get a photo, I'll drop back by this post later and add the sliced pic.



Double Coconut Cake
Cooking Light, December 2001

Cooking spray
1 tablespoon cake flour
2 1/4 cups sifted cake flour * (see note)
2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 2/3 cups sugar
1/3 cup butter, softened
2 large eggs
1 (14-ounce) can light coconut milk
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
Fluffy Coconut Frosting * (see below)
2/3 cup coconut

Preheat oven to 350°.

Coat 2 (9-inch) round cake pans with cooking spray; dust with 1 tablespoon flour.

Combine 2 1/4 cups flour, baking powder, and salt, stirring with a whisk. Place sugar and butter in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended (for about 5 minutes). Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Add flour mixture and milk alternately to sugar mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Stir in vanilla.

Pour batter into prepared pans. Sharply tap the pans once on countertop to remove air bubbles. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes on wire racks, and remove from pans. Cool completely on wire racks.

Place 1 cake layer on a plate; spread with 1 cup Fluffy Coconut Frosting. Sprinkle with 1/3 cup coconut. Top with remaining cake layer; spread remaining frosting over top and sides of cake. Sprinkle 1/3 cup coconut over top of cake. Store cake loosely covered in refrigerator.

(Totals include Fluffy Coconut Frosting.)

*NOTE: If you do not have cake flour you can substitute all purpose flour. For every cup of all purpose flour you use, remove 2 tablespoons.

Yield: 14 Servings

WW Points: 7

*Fluffy Coconut Frosting

4 large egg whites
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
Dash of salt
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon coconut extract (I did not have coconut extract on hand so I went with all vanilla)

Place egg whites, cream of tartar, and salt in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at high speed until stiff peaks form. Combine sugar and water in a saucepan; bring to a boil. Cook, without stirring, until candy thermometer registers 238°. Pour hot sugar syrup in a thin stream over egg whites, beating at high speed. Stir in extracts.


46 comments:

Bob said...

Mmmmm, coconut cake. Looks delicious and lovely!

Creative One said...

What a delicious looking cake! Your pictures look great.

Elyse said...

This cake looks absolutely fabulous!! Love that you used the butterfly cake dome for Kristina's cake. How perfect. This cake looks like it could totally cure my winter blues. Mmm, delicious!

Cristine said...

The cake looks fantastic! I love coconut! Your daughter-in-law is a lucky lady... hope she enjoyed her birthday!

Marthe said...

This cake looks absolutely gorgeous! What a great gift for your daughter in law!!

Katy said...

Beautiful, beautiful white frosting! And I'll bet the cake was so delish! You are both well blessed to have each other in each other's lives :o}

natalia said...

You made a chef d'oevre ! I'm sure Kristina knows everyday more I much you love her !!!

Danielle said...

the cake looks great!

Donna-FFW said...

This cake looks awesome. It must have been delicious!! Your daughter in law is so lucky to have you..

Anj said...

That is one beautiful cake. Such a nice thing to do for your daughter-in-law.

Barbara Bakes said...

What a beautiful cake! I'm sure she was so pleased! Love the butterflies too!

recipes2share said...

I am constantly amazed at your 'cooking light' it really is fantastic!

Megan said...

I love the stark whiteness of it!!! It's just beautiful. Damn-it's barking at me. ;-) Maybe for Easter!
Love LOVE the butterfly cake dome!

Carrie said...

That looks so gorgeous! What a lucky DIL!

Ingrid said...

Looks beautiful and how white the frosting!
~ingrid

Gera @ SweetsFoods said...

Can you make me another one for a friend's birthday that I've soon??

Look this gorgeous heavenly frosting :))

Maria said...

Beautiful cake!! I love the coconut! I am sure your DIL was in heaven!

Debbie said...

The cake looks great. I like the list of ingredients - it all sounds good!

Laura said...

Wow that's an impressive cake to have not tried it!

Talita said...

What a gorgeous cake! So simple and in the same way so great! I love it!

Pam said...

Will you make this for me for my birthday? This is the most beautiful cake ever - nice job Shelby.

Spryte said...

That's BEAUTIFUL!!

The Hungry Mouse said...

OMG what a lovely cake!

+Jessie

Meg said...

GORGEOUS!

Zesty Cook said...

This looks amazing!!!

CookiePie said...

That is a gorgeous, amazing-looking cake!!!

Jessie said...

I love your cooking light posts, especially when it's the sweet treats, I have such a weakness for sweets! these cooking light posts help me out a great deal.

J.Danger said...

That does look nice and springy! It makes me want to eat it outside! ALL OF IT.

tamilyn said...

What a beautiful cake. She's a lucky girl!

Pamela said...

That looks fabulous!

Clumbsy Cookie said...

It's so pretty! I love how white it is!

Maggie said...

Stunning! I bet it would be great egg shaped for Easter.

ChefBliss.com said...

I LOVE coconut cake and this is beautiful!! And so white and gorgeous and pretty. I could go on! :)

Lynda said...

Mmmmm, I love coconut cake! I love your pictures too!

duodishes said...

Sorry, but did you say mayonnaise cake? We love coconut, but a mayo cake is also intriguing...

Bobby said...

What a great birthday cake, it looks perfect!

teresa said...

How beautiful! You take wonderful pictures, and the cake looks delicious, don't you just love Cooking Light!

Nila Rosa said...

Delicious looking cake! I almost want to lick the screen :P

Sara said...

Yum, I've seen that cake before but never tried it- it looks so good.

By the way, I just noticed that you weren't on our blogroll- I don't know why, but I just added you!

Happy cooking,
-Sara

Olga said...

omg, that looks like snow!

Maya said...

I adore coconut cake!!!

Bunny said...

Everything about this cake is fantastic Shelby, the frosting looks so good!!

Tangled Noodle said...

I have recently been on a coconut jag so this comes at a perfect time! It looks wonderful and the recipes sound absolutely delicious.

Lynnylu said...

I haven't had coconut cake in forever. Looks great!

averagebetty said...

Good gracious! I just saw this!! Makes me think of being home with my Mom... YUM!

s. stockwell said...

Wow! what perfect timing? We need a coconut cake for a special birthday girl this Saturday and we are making this one. Thanks, always love your posts. Best, s

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