Earlier in the summer I had my best friend and her husband over for a visit and I made them this very decadent, very yummy coconut cake. I garnished it with freshly shaven coconut and let me tell you, this cake was insanity! Here's the recipe:
Double Layer Coconut Cake
Adapted from Sweets: Soul Food Desserts & Menus by Betty Piner
2 sticks (one cup) of unsalted butter, softened
2 cups sugar
4 eggs separated
3 cups sifted cake flower (I prefer Swan's Down)
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup whole milk
1 cup sweetened flaked coconut
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Vanilla Buttercream Frosting
3 cups confectioner's sugar
1 cup butter
1 tablespoon heavy whipping cream
Milk as needed
2 cups sweetened flaked coconut for garnish
Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease the bottom and sides of 9-inch round cake pans with butter, then lightly dust with flower. Set aside. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside. In another large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg yolks one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Then alternate adding in the remaining dry ingredients and milk, a little at a time until well blended. Next stir in the coconut and vanilla. (I used store bought coconut for the cake batter, but fresh coconut for the garnish.) In a separate bowl, beat egg whites until stiff peaks form. Then fold the beaten egg whites into the cake batter. Divide the batter evenly between the two cake pans, place in the center of the oven and bake until a toothpick comes out clean, approx 30-40 minutes.
Remove cakes from oven and cool on wire racks for approx 15 minutes. Remove cakes from pan and place on wire racks, tops facing up, to cool completely. While the cake cools, start working on the frosting. Simply add your butter, confectioner's sugar, vanilla and cream to a large bowl and mix until blended. Add a few drops of milk as needed until you achieve your desired consistency. If your frosting ends up too thin, simple add more confectioner's sugar, a tablespoon at a time until perfect.
And the aftermath the following morning. For breakfast? You guessed it! More coconut cake! Mmmmm! If you'd like to know how to prepare and shave a fresh coconut, click "continue reading" for instructions.