Coconut Layer Cake

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Author Notes: I make this cake all the time, it's a family favorite requested for birthdays and special occasions. I use my recipe for Tender Yellow Cake (I provided the link below) and adapted my favorite whipped cream frosting recipe to include coconut cream and cover the entire cake with shredded or flaked coconut. The cake is light and moist and the whipped cream icing with the coconut cream is heavenly. I lightly scent the whipped cream icing with some lime zest, the cake is both filled and frosted with the whipped cream icing.. sdebrango

Makes 9 inch cake

  • Your favorite yellow cake recipe or http://food52.com/recipes/11618-tender-yellow-cake
  • Coconut whipped cream Icing
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 cups heavy cream (divided)
  • 2.5 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup coconut cream (refrigerate full fat coconut milk and scrape the cream off the top it separates when refrigerated)
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon lime zest
  • shredded or flaked sweetened coconut to cover the cake I find that it takes about 2 cups approximately
  1. Place metal bowl and wire whisk beater or beaters in freezer to chill. In a small saucepan combine the powdered sugar and cornstarch whisk until mixed. Slowly whisk in 1/2 cup heavy cream whisk until smooth. Place on medium heat and stir constantly to prevent scorching at the bottom stir constantly until mixture thickens and almost comes to a boil. Remove from heat, transfer to a bowl and set aside stirring occasionally until it reaches room temperature. In the chilled bowl combine the remaining 1 1/2 cups of heavy cream, coconut cream,lime zest and the vanilla beat with the chilled whisk of your stand mixer or your hand held mixer until the cream begins to hold shape. While still beating add the powdered sugar mixture a little at a time. Beat just until the mixture forms stiff peaks when the beater is raised and is spreadable, be careful not to over beat. Use immediately.
  2. Fill and frost your cake with the whipped cream icing and generously cover the entire cake with the shredded or flaked coconut.
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8 months ago Gayle Sensi

How much cornstarch please??

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8 months ago sdebrango

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Gayle, I am so sorry. I don't know what happened. Its 2 1/2 tsp of cornstarch. I just re-added to the recipe.

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8 months ago Gayle Sensi

Thanks Suzanne- I ended up improvising and used only 1 tsp- it still came out great!!

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8 months ago sdebrango

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So glad it turned out and I am sorry I didn't get back to you on time. I am happy to know that 1 tsp worked out.

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over 1 year ago foxeslovelemons

I tried to talk my husband into a cake just like this for our wedding! Alas, he thought it wouldn't be a "crowd pleaser" for everyone, since there's lots of coconut haters out there (what is wrong with those people?!? :)) We went with red velvet instead, but I think he still owes me a cake like this someday.

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over 1 year ago sdebrango

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I know, there are coconut haters out there and I can't imagine that. Thanks so much, I think it would have made a lovely wedding cake but have to admit I LOVE red velvet too!

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over 1 year ago Madhuja

Now, this is what I call a show stopper! Wow!:)

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over 1 year ago sdebrango

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Thanks Madhuja, you are so kind!

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over 1 year ago TheWimpyVegetarian

This is just gorgeous, like a gift from the angels. I love your cakes so much, I know I'd love this one. Great, great job!!

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over 1 year ago sdebrango

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Thans so much Susan, it's such a light cake and I love coconut with the whipped cream icing.

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over 1 year ago Beautiful, Memorable Food

This looks heavenly!

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over 1 year ago sdebrango

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Thank you so much!

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over 1 year ago Midge

beautiful!

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over 1 year ago sdebrango

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Thanks so much Midge!

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over 1 year ago Kukla

This Cake looks light and airy like a bride’s gown,and sounds heavenly; very well done Suzanne!!!

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over 1 year ago sdebrango

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It is so light, thank you so much Kukla!

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over 1 year ago Bevi

Such a beautiful thought, Kukla, and so true!

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over 1 year ago boulangere

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Lovely, poetic words for an equally lovely cake.

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over 1 year ago sdebrango

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I know it is right, imagining a brides gown, so beautiful. Thanks B!

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over 1 year ago QueenSashy

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OMG, the cake worth dying for!

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over 1 year ago sdebrango

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Thank you, I just love coconut!!

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over 1 year ago aargersi

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Wow, that is a seriously beautiful cake!

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over 1 year ago sdebrango

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Thanks Abbie, I had to get a quick photo of it before it went off to the birthday party!!

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over 1 year ago lapadia

Bravo, Suzanne!!!

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over 1 year ago sdebrango

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Thanks so much Linda!

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over 1 year ago mrslarkin

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oh my gosh. it's breathtaking!

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over 1 year ago sdebrango

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Thanks so much Liz, its such a dreamy cake!

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over 1 year ago em-i-lis

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It's so beautiful!

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over 1 year ago sdebrango

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Thank you so much, I love coconut cake and this is my all time favorite.