I'm looking for the best coconut cake recipe. Non-traditional coconut cake would be great--Maybe with chocolate?? I need suggestions, please!!

This is for my partner's birthday (the ultimate coconut lover).

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Stephanie B.
Stephanie B. July 15, 2017

Tartine bakery has a coconut tres leches cake. Full disclosure: I haven't made it yet so I don't know if it's the best coconut cake, but it sounds really good. http://www.baketard.com/blog/2011/7/12/tartines-pastel-de-tres-leches-cake.html

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Nancy
Nancy July 16, 2017

Not chocolate, but from Rose Levy Beranbaum (of Cake Bible fame) and Southern Living magazine (region which loves coconut cake):
RLB heavenly coconut cake
http://aredbinder.com/2013/05/roses-heavenly-coconut-cake.html
10 coconut cakes
http://www.southernliving.com/food/kitchen-assistant/coconut-cake-recipes/coconut-and-pecan-strawberry-shortcakes-recipe-1

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Zoe Sasson
Zoe Sasson July 16, 2017

Thank you! Love Rose Levy Beranbaum. That looks fabulous!

Pegeen
Pegeen July 16, 2017

I've made Ina Garten's cake several times successfully. Do read the comments, though, in case you have preferences. Happy b'day to your partner.
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Zoe Sasson
Zoe Sasson July 16, 2017

Wow, this looks wonderful. Thank you!

PieceOfLayerCake
PieceOfLayerCake July 16, 2017

For layer cakes, I personally like to take simple, reliable recipes and put them together in unique ways...so instead of looking for a "chocolate coconut cake", I'd take a fabulous coconut cake and find a way to incorporate a chocolate component in the layering process, like a ganache or a chocolate buttercream, and then find a way to throw more coconut in there since chocolate has a pretty dominating effect.

If it were me....I'd bake that RLB coconut cake, because she's amazing....and then fill it with a chocolate ganache, frost it with a 7 minute frosting and cake it with toasted coconut....but that's me...and I tend to be extra.

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Summer of Eggplant
Summer of Eggplant July 16, 2017

What about a Hummingbird Cake? Ben Mims has a delicious version.

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dinner at ten
dinner at ten July 17, 2017

I once made a coconut cake that I filled with a passionfruit curd, and frosted with whipped cream that I'd included some coconut milk in. It was great! I used this cake recipe from Joanne Chang: http://cackalackyfoodie.blogspot.com/2011/03/birthday-coconut-cake-and-neglecting.html

and this recipe for passionfruit curd: http://www.foodandwine...

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Ali Worthalter
Ali Worthalter July 18, 2017

Have you tried this one? https://food52.com/recipes...
So good!

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Asha Loupy
Asha Loupy July 18, 2017
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Stella Parks, who contributes to Serious Eats, just wrote a recipe for Coconut Cake. It looks amazing!
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Zoe Sasson
Zoe Sasson July 19, 2017

Thank you so much, everyone, for your fabulous suggestions! I am going with the RLB coconut cake, using the frosting from Joanne Chang. I'm going to toast shredded coconut for the top, and then I'm going to crush up nice dark chocolate for the final topping. :) I'll let you know how it turns out!

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Rebecca
Rebecca July 21, 2017

Use the biggest unsweetened flakes of coconut you can find for the toasted coconut topping. Martha Stewart uses a vegetable peeler to get big shavings from a fresh coconut and it looks very dramatic.

ChefJune
ChefJune July 19, 2017

Here you go! This is my most requested cake, and one of the most popular here on Food52. https://food52.com/recipes...

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MarieGlobetrotter
MarieGlobetrotter July 19, 2017

Have you tried Coconut carrot cake ?

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