Coconut Layer Cake (Everyday Food)

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Coconut Layer Cake
Coconut Layer Cake with Lemon Curd Filling

As I mentioned in this early post, I want to make the four cakes from "The Best Cakes" episode of Everyday Baking. I made the Spiced Carrot Cake in February, and here is cake #2: Coconut Layer Cake.

Coconut Layer Cake recipe on the Everyday Food website and on Martha Stewart's website.

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This recipe has two layers of basic vanilla cake, seven minute frosting and a frosting/lemon curd filling. It said to use store bought lemon curd and although I have a basket full of Meyer Lemons, I felt like picking up this jar at Trader Joe's (it is way good and only $2.99).

I just love the Seven Minute Frosting - egg whites, sugar, corn syrup, cream of tartar can turn into magic frosting! This is the second time I made it...and both times missed the part about beating it off the heat (after beating it over a double boiler for 7 minutes) for another 3-5 minutes to cool it down. I just slathered on hot frosting...oops. I also like bringing out the old school plug in mixer! I think there is a 30 year old patina on it!

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The lemon curd/frosting filling is covered with coconut. I'm not a fan of shredded coconut so I tend to scrape that part off! :)

Coconut Layer Cake
Recently, I made the Southern Coconut Cake from Sky-High Cakes. I think a combo of these two cakes would be perfect. Sky-High has a great cake - it is made with cake flour and coconut is soft and delicious. I do like the addition of lemon curd in this one and the frosting was light. I messed up the Sky-High frosting so I threw on a cream cheese frosting. I think either the seven-minute or cream cheese frosting would be good...and, of course, without those pesky coconut strands (but I think some would balk at that! :)

Coconut Layer Cake
Coconut Layer Cake
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Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

omg, yum! :) I love coconut, and lemon curd. Have never seen them together until now though! :)

Steph said... [Reply to comment]

Mary, the cake looks great! I'm not sure if blogger sent the other message before telling me there was an error (grr!). Lemon curd makes everything yummier. Btw, how did you think this frosting compared with Dorie's. I liked Dorie's because I didn't think it was too sweet, but boiling the sugar can be pretty dangerous..haha. I was thinking of trying a 7 minute frosting the swiss meringue way, but was afraid it would be too sweet and gooey. At least your frosting didn't disappear or flatten out between the layers!

Pearl said... [Reply to comment]

coconut and lemon? someone please put a drool bowl underneath my chin.

Audrie said... [Reply to comment]

My mother-in-law's birthday is coming up and she loves coconut anything :) It's such a beautiful cake... I think it's a sign that I need to make it for her!

Y said... [Reply to comment]

Beautiful! I love that all-white exterior.

Donna-FFW said... [Reply to comment]

Oh My Word! This looks unbelievably gorgeous. I love coconut flavored cakes. Its so pretty. And imagine with lemon curd, beyond delicious. I do so LOVE your blog!!

Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

Gorgeous! I love coconut cake. I tried the Barefoot Contessa's recipe for coconut cake last year and that one was good too!

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Hello from one librarian to another. I just found your blog & love it.

Have a great day! Happy blogging.

CookingCourtney said... [Reply to comment]

mmm coconut, delicious looking cake!

Janssen said... [Reply to comment]

Wow, coconut AND lemon curd. That sounds amazing.

Elyse said... [Reply to comment]

Yum! This cake is gorgeous. I love lemon curd--and lime curd, too!

Foodiewife said... [Reply to comment]

This cake looks so good, and beautifully photographed. (You do have a gift for that, you know).

I just made lemon curd, have a craving for 7 minute frosting and I just bought some coconut. Looks like this is on my weekend baking plan.


Monica H said... [Reply to comment]

It's beautiful and i like your new layout too :-)

cakeflower said... [Reply to comment]

That's beautiful too! :)

Maria said... [Reply to comment]

Such a pretty cake! I love coconut and with lemon curd, YUM!

Snooky doodle said... [Reply to comment]

this looks lovely I love coconut and lemon and this cake has them both. Yummy !!

Shannon said... [Reply to comment]

Drool worthy! I would eat it for breakfast that's for sure.

Sara said... [Reply to comment]

This looks amazing! I love Everyday Food, I have a lot of success with their recipes.

Esi said... [Reply to comment]

Coconut and lemon sounds like a good combo. I wish I had you around on Saturday when I was so stressed about making a layer cake. Yours always look so great and professional!

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

I love coconut cake. Your cake is gorgeous. Don't be hard on yourself!

Debbie said... [Reply to comment]

Just discovered your wonderful blog. So many great recipes! Love the coconut cake!!!

Jennifer said... [Reply to comment]

HOLY COW! Your cake looks scrumptious!!!!!

Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

oh this looks lovely! such a pretty sight for sore eyes.

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

AIYOH! OH MY GOODNESS! Dear food librarian come and join me in saying "AIYOH!" like a true Malaysian I am. that is one darn lovely cake! The coconut is calling out to me! LOVELY!!!!!

Pamela said... [Reply to comment]

And are killing me with cake! I love it.

Katie said... [Reply to comment]

Beautiful, I love a good coconut cake and the lemon curd is a great addition!

April said... [Reply to comment]

Looks divine! Lemon curd is so versatile and I think the combo of coconut and lemon sounds (and looks) delicious!

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Ive made this cake before. Its excellent. Messed up the frosting too. I cooked it for too long and so it got really hard after I put it on the cake. Otherwise delicious!

eatme_delicious said... [Reply to comment]

Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm looks so good. I'm a sucker for coconut anything. I love how the icing is so high on top. And filled with lemon curd mmmm. I recently made a cake like this but with coconut custard instead of lemon - now I'll have to try lemon! And I definitely won't be leaving off the shredded coconut! ;)

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Wow - beautiful cake! I have that on my list to make this week or next - my first! I have collected so many coconut cake recipes, but I like your recipe with the coconut milk. Can't wait - now I REALLY have to make it soon after browsing your blog. Fantastic photos!

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Great-looking cake. It sounds like combining the lemon curd and frosting from this recipe with the Sky High coconut cake would be delicious.

Sandy Smith said... [Reply to comment]

Beautiful! How I wish this cake were sitting in MY fridge right now! :)

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

I know this sounds odd but this cake looks "sexy", and I save many of your recipes in my feed, gosh this is beautiful!!!

Dhanya Ganesh said... [Reply to comment]

Wow beautiful cake. It looks so yummy and delicious.

James said... [Reply to comment]

mmmm.. this is making my mouth water.
i can't wait to eat. Thanks for recipe, i must try.

Susie Tyler said... [Reply to comment]

Ah O! need I say more......:)

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