Last week I made a cake. I didn’t make it just because I wanted to plant my butt on the sofa and eat a cake, (notice I didn’t say a piece) I made it because it was Obed’s birthday and birthday means cake. Last year I made him a carrot cake but this year I decided I would do something different. He is a ginormous fan of coconut….I mean HUGE fan, so I figured a coconut cake would be perfect.
Then I though I should put the lime in the coconut, you know your singing the tune now.
I was unable to do the step-by-step photos I usually take. I was under a deadline and I was tripping over puppies. Not to mention it got really cloudy and there was virtually no light in my kitchen at one point.
While I made the cake I sang “Put the Lime in The Coconut” and reminisced about a road trip with friends where we had that song on full blast and danced around like fools in our seats. If I am not mistaken there is video evidence of this event. I will pay good money to keep it off the internet. ;D
The cake was a hit at Obed’s office. The coconut flavor was present with out being over powering and the curd….. tangy awesomeness! The cake is very light and fluffy but it did fall apart some when cut, but it still tasted great. I was told that I even managed to convert a coconut hater….. sweet!
The cake is a bit time consuming if done all at once, but if you plan you can make the curd and frosting ahead of time. It worth the effort, time and opportunity to lick the bowl. I am all about licking the bowl.
For Lime Curd
- 3 large egg yolks
- 6 Tbs sugar
- 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
- 1 1/2 Tbs heavy cream
- 3 Tbs cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
- 1 tsp freshly grated lime zest
- 1/4 cup sweetened flaked coconut
- 2 3/4 cups all purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 3/4 cups sugar
- 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1 cup canned sweetened cream of coconut (such as Coco López)*
- 4 large eggs, separated
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, room temperature
- 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, room temperature
- 1 cups powdered sugar
- 1/4 cup canned sweetened cream of coconut (such as Coco López)*
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup sweetened flaked coconut, toasted
Make Lime Curd
In a heavy saucepan whisk together yolks, sugar, lime juice, cream, and butter and cook over moderately low heat, whisking constantly, 5 to 7 minutes, or until mixture just reaches a boil (do not let boil). Strain curd into a bowl and stir in zest. Cool curd, cover its surface with plastic wrap, and chill at least 4 hours and up to 2 days.
Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter and flour two 9-inch-diameter cake pans with 2-inch-high sides. Whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda and 1/2 teaspoon salt in medium bowl to blend. Using electric mixer, beat sugar, butter and sweetened cream of coconut in large bowl until fluffy. Beat in egg yolks and vanilla extract. On low speed, beat in dry ingredients and then buttermilk, each just until blended.
Using clean dry beaters, beat egg whites with pinch of salt in another large bowl until stiff but not dry. Fold beaten egg whites into batter.
Divide cake batter between prepared pans. Bake cakes until tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 45 minutes. Cool cakes in pans on rack 10 minutes. Run small sharp knife around pan sides to loosen cakes. Turn cakes out onto racks and cool completely.
Assemble cake layers and lime curd:
Put 1 cake layer on a cake plate and spread evenly with lime curd. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup sweetened flaked coconut and chill 15 minutes, top with remaining cake layer. Chill cake 15 minutes.
Beat cream cheese in medium bowl until fluffy. Add butter and beat to blend. Add sugar, sweetened cream of coconut and vanilla extract and beat until well blended.
Spread frosting over top and sides of cake. Sprinkle coconut over cake, gently pressing into sides to adhere.
Coconut Layer Cake can be prepared up to 1 day ahead. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate. Let stand at room temperature 2 hours before serving.
*Canned sweetened cream of coconut is available in the liquor section of most supermarkets.