Friday, June 8, 2012

spiced coconut cake

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i love little cakes. instant portion control, kind of.
it at least deters Justin and i from inhaling copious amounts of sweets in one or two sittings.
i had originally made this cake to bring with me to my my Pepe's 75th birthday.
but then Justin came home and was all "awww you made me a cake, you are the sweetest" -after that, the cake became "his". he is a good sharer so in the end it became "ours".
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this was sort of  an experimental cake. i have had a can of cream of coconut sitting in my cupboard for forever and a day - i thought, why not put it to use by way of cake.

please excuse the awkward looking cake rounds, i was totally being lazy and did not cut my parchment paper in to nice little rounds....yep, next time i will take the extra 2 minutes to do so.



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a few tablespoons of cream of coconut are put aside and used in the frosting.
coconut flakes are toasted - i absolutely adore toasted coconut
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frosting is sandwiched between the 2 layers of cake
Justin declared that he likes a little less frosting on his cakes - so feel free to frost to your liking. next time around i will only frost between the 2 layers and the top of the cake, leaving the sides naked.


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the cake is then topped with toasted coconut
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cinnamon and garam masala are two spices that worked really well with the coconut flavor base - feel free to experiment with your own spice combo.


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we all need a little coconut in our lives

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Spiced Coconut Cake
makes 1 - 8" cake or 2 -6" cakes

you will need:
1 1/2 cups spelt flour
2 tsp cornstarch
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp good cinnamon
1/2 tsp garam masala
(1) 15oz can cream of coconut - reserving 2 tbsp for frosting
3 - 3 /12 cups powdered sugar
3 tbsp vegan butter
3-4 tbsp almond milk
1/2 cup coconut flakes, toasted

assembly:
pre heat oven to 350*
line cake pan(s) with greased parchment paper - bottoms and sides

in a medium sift all dry ingredients
stir in cream of coconut, reserving 2 tablespoons for frosting
divide batter equally between the 2 - 6" cake pans, tap pans on the counter to remove any air bubble
place pans on a rimmed baking sheet and bake  for 20 - 25 minutes until a cake tester comes out with a few moist crumbs when tested in the center of each cake

remove from oven, allow to fully cool on a wire rack before removing from pans

frosting. in a bowl of a stand mixer fitter with the paddle attachment combine vegan butter & powdered sugar - on the stir speed, mix until butter is incorporated with powdered sugar. add cream of coconut and almond milk a tablespoon at a time, increase speed to medium, continue adding almond milk until desired frosting consistency is achieved.

toast coconut flakes in a non stick pan over medium heat until toasty brown and fragrant - set aside.

once cakes have fully cooled, remove from pans. place one cake half on your serving platter and frost the top - add the second cake layer and continue frosting tops and sides (if frosting the sides). top with the toasted coconut.

enjoy!

Yum

37 comments:

  1. Heheh, single serving sizes have never been enough to stop me... I just go for more servings! :P

    This cake is so adorable. I love it! And I never would have thought to use garam masala, but I'll be the flavor was wonderful. You have such wonderful taste!

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    1. Haha me too most of the time- the little servings make me feel a little less guilty :0

      I love using garam masala I don't use it often enough!

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  2. Perfectly round or not, it looks DELICIOUS!

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  3. What a cute little cake !! It looks so smooth and delicious ! The toasted coconuts on it is so pretty ! I think I might make it as my birthday cake...:)

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    1. Thanks Lysa; I LOVE the way toasted coconut adds a little extra special to cakes and cupcakes!

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  4. Lovely looking cake, and those gorgeous flakes of coconut!

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    1. Thanks Gerlinde! I have been keeping up with your posts but having problems with captcha so i have been unable to comment :(

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  5. Geez Heather, this is SUCH a beautiful cake. I almost don't want to touch it, it's so pretty. Oh who am I kidding? I will have that slice shoved into my mouth before you can even hand me a fork :) I miss you. I'm almost done moving and once I am, I will be back to my consisent stalking. Promise. Love! xo

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    1. You can dive head first into any of my cakes- no forks or spoons needed! Miss you to sweets, good luck with the move - sending postive vibes and thoughts to you!

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  6. Beautiful cake! I am also in love with that little yellow dish. Is it vintage?

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    1. The little yellow dish is actually from West Elm; it would be pretty cool if I could call it vintage :)

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    2. Oh wait - the little pink dishes are vintage, they are a set if carnival glass plates that I picked up at the Salvation Army :)

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  7. Aww, happy birthday to your Pepe!! and can we just admire the decadent fluffiness of that frosting?!?! i'm drooling over here! it looks so delicious! and i just love your photography -- such an artistic way of capturing this fabulous treat! have a great weekend!

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    1. Thank you- your comment has put a big ol' smile on my face :)

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  8. I'm so impressed with your decorating abilities. This cake turned out so pretty! And the coconut flakes on top look great(which reminds me, I need to get some! :D) I love how small it is - I need some small cake pans! I completely agree with the built in portion control, hehe.

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    1. I LOVE my small cake pans they are amazing and perfect for just a few servings- perfect for just the two of us!

      haha I wish I had cake frosting abilities - the toasted coconut actually hides all the imperfections...which actually makes the cake perfect in its on way :0

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  9. Happy birthday to your pepe! :)

    This cake looks incredible! I'm addicted to coconut lately and the topping of this cake looks to-die-for. My 30th birthday is in less than two weeks and I'm very tempted to make myself a coconut cake to celebrate the end of another decade. Beautiful photos sweetie! *HUGS*

    Hope you have a fabulous weekend! xoxo

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    1. Awww thanks Court! We turn 30 so close togther, mine is coming up soon too- craziness!

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  10. Sheer brilliance! I love the shape of those cakes- don't you apologize for not cutting the parchment paper properly. They look rustic! ;)

    Oh and garam masala- that sounds so interesting! You are making my brain spin with all the ways I could use this spice now- smoothies? Hmmm

    Thanks for such a great post yet again :) Talk to you in a few days my friend :)

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    1. Yes! Shall we call it rustic elegance?

      Oooo smoothies - yes, what a great idea!

      Hope you are having a great time in Boston!

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  11. that is one gorgeous cake. i cant imagine how someone would not touch(read gobble up) a pretty and ready cake sitting right ther ein front of them!
    love the set up with the burlap background. and the white and orange!

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    1. Thanks Richa! I love the texture of Burlap too :)

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  12. aaah that looks ri-DONK-ulously delicious. must make soon.

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    1. I totally love the fact that you just used ri- donk-ulously :) hahaha so awesome!

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  13. This cake is so adorable I can bearly stand it! The cake looks so moist and I love the idea of garam masala. You are so clever!

    Happy birthday to Pepe and have a great weekend! :-)

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    1. The cake was Super Moist! The garam masala was a fun addition to the cake flavors :)

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  14. This looks absolutely stunning my friend, iced and decorated to perfection :D
    Pepe must have been over the moon!

    Cheers
    CCU

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    1. Awww thanks Uru! My Pepe had a fantastic Birthday surronded by all his friends and family - if everyone was so lucky it would be a perfect world

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  15. what a beautiful coconut cake! i love that you used garam masala and cinnamon in it! (cinnamon goes with everything, i swear.) and i find the free-formed look of the cake very endearing.

    happy birthday to pepe!

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    1. I know , I LOVE cinnamon- it is like the perfect spice, I use it in everything - it is endearing isn't it - great word!

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  16. This looks lovely! I really like coconut cake, but I don't think I've ever done it with spices. The garam masala in particular just sounds really unique and delicious - what a great cake!

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    1. Thanks for coming over and visiting Sarah - the spices are a nice warm addition to the overall cake, we loved it!

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  17. Hi, Heather!

    Just thought I'd pop on over and say "hello!" We have so much in common :)

    xx.

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    1. YAY Hi Julia, I am so happy that you stopped by - I love reading your blog it is super cute! xo

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  18. Yum! You know I love coconut, so this cake is calling my name! I love that you added the spices to it and didn't add any sugar to the cake itself (I'm assuming the frosting was sweet enough). I like the way the top of the cake came out too - it looks like it has ridged edges designed to hold lots of yummy frosting!

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    1. The frosting and cream of coconut was the perfect balance of sweetness...Justin actaully thought that it could have used a tad less frosting..although that didn't stop him from devouring the entire half of the cake :0

      It actually did create a super awesome frosting and coconut bowl at the top!

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