USA cake pans, and I just got these square ones. I wanted a cake recipe that wouldn't be too fussy to make-- but I wanted a lot of coconut flavor. I'm a fan of LorAnn oils and flavors and their coconut flavor is something I keep on hand. King Arthur unbleached cake flour is also a "must" in my pantry, because I always get tender cakes when I use it.
non-stick spray and lined the bottom with parchment paper. The recipe said to bake the cakes for 35-40 minutes. Erring on the side of caution, I always set two timers-- one to check 5 minutes earlier. Ding! The cakes were baked at 30 minutes.
The reason I love these cake pans so much, is that the cakes baked evenly and released without any problems. Whew!
There are two versions of frosting, for this cake. First, a buttercream frosting is made with a combination of cream cheese and butter. Win! Let's up the ante a bit. How about making a filling with real whipped cream, and some of the buttercream whipped into it?
Uh-huh. Brilliant. It's silky and billowy and just the right balance of sweet.
You definitely want to refrigerate this cake for at least two hours, before serving.
Here's why: The cake slice on the left isn't chilled as much. You can see that the filling is softer and the cake crumb is very loose. The slice on the right is chilled, and slightly brought to room temperature. The "crumb" is a bit tighter and the filling is set.
TASTING NOTES: The cake was super moist, thank goodness. I loved the beautiful white color, and the sweetness wasn't overpowering. In fact, this cake had the perfect balance of coconut flavor without being over-the-top sweet. The filling was my favorite part because the whipped cream toned down the sugary sweetness of buttercream frosting. How can anyone not love a cream cheese/buttercream frosting? There's that subtle tartness of the cream cheese and the crunch of sweetened coconut. NOTE: This time I chose not to toast the coconut, only because I wanted a pure white cake. If you want toasted coconut cake, go for it!
In case you are wondering if you can make these into cupcakes-- I would say "yes", but you'd have to choose which frosting you'd want to use. Or, you could pipe in a filling and then frost them-- but that sounds like a lot of work.
I also chose to make a square cake, because it seemed like fun to make a different shape. Otherwise, I'd bake these in round cake pans and split the layers for a spectacular tower cake. This recipe is very slightly adapted from "Completely Delicious" and a printable recipe is at the very end of this post.
Here are my other three coconut cake recipes: