Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Coconut Cake

This is one of the best coconut cakes I've eaten. It is so good! Another keeper recipe from "Kiss My Bundt" by Chrysta Wilson. 

Messy, that's me. I can never get the batter into the bundt pan without any drips onto the sides or centre of the pan. I spilled some batter into the centre of the hole when I was transferring the batter to the pan  :o)

Only half a cake?

A friend was around when I baked this. As soon as the cake came out from the oven, she wanted to try it, as it smells really nice! Well, we waited about 15 minutes, and could not wait any longer! She took a slice, goes "Wow" and ended up taking half the cake home with her. That's where the missing half went!

This cake is really moist, soft, crumbly and delicious! I did make a few changes. While this recipe does not call for coconut flakes, I added in about 3/4 cup of sweetened coconut flakes which I wanted to use up. I guess the coconut flakes gives a crumbly texture to the cake, but it is so good, I would suggest not to skip the coconut flakes, it makes a wonderful addition to the texture and taste of the cake. Instead of using the quantity of milk and coconut milk as given in the recipe, I switched the quantity the other way round (see recipe below). The coconut milk I used is "Cholestorel Free", I wonder if that's possible, but that's what printed on the pack! Next, I do not have coconut extract, so I use my own homemade rum-vanilla extract, mmm....  smells heavenly.  And as usual, the amount of sugar would usually be the first ingredient that I would adjust. I only use 180gm instead of 1-3/4 cup (320gm) as stated in the recipe, and the sweetness is just right. The cake gets a little bit more sweeter the next day. This is one of the cakes that gets really good after sitting overnight.

It's a good thing that my friend took half of the cake, otherwise I'll be eating more than I should! This is really good with a cup of tea.

I'm sharing this with :
Hearth and Soul at Mom's Sunday Cafe
Sweet Tooth Friday at Alli n Son
Bake with Bizzy at Bizzy B. Bakes
Full Plate Thursday at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Coconut Cake
(adapted from "Kiss My Bundt" by Chrysta Wilson)
2-1/2 cups flour
2-1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup unsalted butter
1-3/4 cup sugar (I use 180gm)
3 eggs, at room temperature
1-1/2 tsp vanilla (I use 2 tsp homemade rum vanilla extract)
3/4 tsp coconut extract, (optional) * (I omit this)
3/4 cup whole milk * (I use 1/2 cup)
1/2 cup coconut milk (I use 3/4 cup)
3/4 cup sweetened coconut flakes (my addition)

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Sift flour and baking powder and salt together. (Mix in coconut flakes). Set aside.
  3. Beat butter with an electric mixer until soft, about 2 minutes.
  4. Slowly add the sugar. Mix for about 2 minutes.
  5. Crack eggs into a separate bowl and add to batter one at a time. Then beat on medium speed for an additional 2 minutes.
  6. Mix vanilla, coconut extract (optional) and the two milks together.
  7. Beginning and ending with the flour, mix 1/3 of the flour into the wet mixture, then 1/2 of the milk, alternating until all ingredients are mixed.
  8. Transfer batter to cake pan than have been coated with a baker's cooking spray that includes flour (or greased and floured), filling until cavity is about 3/4 full.
  9. Bake cake until an inserted toothpick or cake tester comes out clean - about 40 minutes for a big bundt.
  10. Invert cake onto a cooling rack or serving plate. If cake resists, cool in the pan for 15 minutes before inverting. (If cake still resists, cool an additional 15 minutes in the pan). Cool completely before frosting at least 1 hour for a big bundt.
* Coconut extract is optional but it will intensify the coconut flavour of the cake. For a more rich and exotic cake, you can omit the whole milk and use an additional 3/4 cup of coconut milk instead.


  1. My dear friend
    I'm glad that we are together again!
    Wonderful cake you, as always!
    many kisses

  2. I love coconut cakes! I love them. coconut is one of my favorite flavors indeed and adding it to a moist and fluffy cakes just makes me smile. It looks beautiful

  3. remember i told you abt the passionfruit cake i made? it has coconut too, it's actually my first time eating a coconut kind of cake. Looks so moist, Joyce!

  4. I love coconut cake, your look is with delicious!
    I hope your visit here:

  5. OMG!I love coconut and this cake look awesome dear Kitchen other bookmarked to my list, I lov ethis recipe thanks a lot dear! gloria

  6. Te ha quedado con una corteza estupenda.
    Un saludito

  7. Would please share any half of your cake with me? Looks so good.. yummy!

  8. I believe while baking this coconut cake, your whole kitchen must be full of coconut aroma..this look really good.

  9. Joyce, the coconut cake looks moist and yummy! I believe the aroma of it is amazing!

  10. Oh, coconut cake is my favorite and this sounds great. I can imagine the great aroma in your kitchen and waiting to slice into it.

  11. Awesome ~ you should totally consider opening your own bakery ~ you are such a talent :)

  12. I have bookmarked this one. I like the adjustments that you've made and then nice to know it worked out great. I alway lessen the amount of sugar, I think I added coconut flakes to a coconut bread that I made when it didn't call fo it too. :) I can't wait to try it.

  13. Sounds like a really nice cake, especially after your tweaking!! I would love to have a slice right now for my afternoon tea! :)

  14. Coconut cake. This looks delicious!

  15. From the photo the cake really looks good. I wanted to try a different coconut cake last week end but couldnt get some of the ingredients at supermarts so no coconut cake. I shall book mark this...

  16. Love coconut and your cake looks fabulous! I like the tweaks you made and I can't wait to try it! Thanks for the great recipe!

  17. Joy, this cake looks like deliciousness shared! Adding the coconut seems like a perfect idea, thanks for sharing with the Hearth and Soul hop!

  18. I saw lots of great review about this book. Now seeing this coconut cake, I'm fully convinced with all the positive reviews of this book. This looks very yummy even being just "half"...LOL

  19. Cake looks damn delicious with a fabulous flavour, yummy..

  20. The cake looks light and perfectly moist!

  21. Cake looks tooooo delicious and I love coconut cakes and your's is perfect!

  22. Olá, amei seu cantinho e seu beijinho.

  23. Wow, this coconut cake looks delicious, so moist...can you believe that I never had coconut cake? Time to try this out :-)
    Hope you are having a fantastic week and thanks for this nice recipe!

  24. I LOVE the name of that book! That said, your coconut cake looks delicious!!! I sure wouldn't mind a tiny piece about now,

    Thanks for sharing...

  25. I love coconut cake! Your recipe looks wonderful! I also love bundt cakes!

  26. looks so good, sounds like the half cake went to a good cause!!!! love the name of the book, hehehe :)

  27. Greetings from the Amish community of Lebanon Pennsylvainia.Richard from Amish Stories.

  28. Not fair! That other half should have been mine...:D

  29. Hi friends,
    Thank you all for visiting and leaving your sweet comments! Have a lovely weekend!

  30. Hi Joy,
    This looks like a great coconut cake. It looks so moist and delicious. What a special way to welcome fall. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great week end!
    Come Back Soon,
    Miz Helen

  31. I have an obsession with coconut cake right now. I never really was a coconut fan, but there is something about it in cake form that just makes it the most amazing thing ever! Can't wait to try your recipe out. Thank you for sharing :)

    Stopping in from Full Plate Thurs.

  32. What a fantastic cake! Thank you for sharing your delicious recipe with the Hearth and Soul Hop.