For an out-of-the-ordinary, tasty treat, we’re eating a homemade coconut layer caked filled with layer upon layer of fresh whipped cream, mangos, kiwi, and
pineapple. The cake was iced with a coconut whipped cream and covered with toasted coconut flakes, then garnished with fresh fruit.
The whole shebangA: so… it looks like i held up my end of the deal, eh? post following mac & cheese…. CAKE!
T: ah yes, so it is. Well done Amanda! I was wondering why you didn’t want to blog dinner for the last 3 nights.
A: hehehe shut up! may that’s because we only ate dumplings for the last three nights!
T: 😛 I know, I was just messing with you. So, you know what I ate for lunch today?
A: carnitas tacos?
T: no. I had a chile relleno burrito.
A: hmmm… a chile relleno burrito? do they stuff the chile with cheese, deep fry it, then roll it up in a tortilla?
T: That was pretty much it. There was some lettuce in there too. It was alright. Not nearly as good as their California Burritos, though.
A: sounds just alright. but we need to focus here, t. we’re talking sweets tonight, not what the hell you had for lunch! 😉
T: ok, fine. let’s talk about sweets. right before lunch I had a granola bar. It was great. Have you had anything sweet today?
A: uh… Hellll-looo! this is a post about that awesome tropically coconutty cake! not about the granola bar you ate for breakfast…
T: damn woman. Why we always gotta talk about food you make? What about my granola bar? Just kidding. I don’t really want to talk about the granola bar. Yes, the cake was really quite delicious. It’s really cool to hear that the property manager liked it. Food is good for kissing the butts of people with power over you.
A: true dat! it was especially nice for me, because i freaking locked myself out of the house today and had to go suck up some more to that wonderful woman to get the master key…
T: Let’s give some food away to someone who could swoop in like an angel and save us from our day jobs.
A: oprah?… are you out there? are you reading this? i’ve got a piece of cake with your name on it!
T: you’ve had that piece of cake for 7 years now. It might be time to make Oprah a new piece of cake.
A: dude… i totally schalacked it. it’ll stay good for years to come… on the mantle. she can eat a piece of the coconut cake.
T: here’s a question for you, if you could make any dish for Oprah, what would it be?
A: hmmm… that’s a great question. i dunno… i know she grew up in the deep south so maybe i’d hit her with some soul food, or maybe a stuffed bread… or a stuffed burger… probably not sweets. they aren’t my strong suit.
T: We know she likes flavored popcorn. That’s all I personally know about her food likes. We should stalk oprah. Is it illegal to say that?
A: i dunno, but i do know that we are trying to get oprah to like us… not get a restraining order taken out on us!
T: yeah. I don’t really want to stalk oprah. I like Oprah… but not that much.
A: here’s a call to the goddess herself… Oprah, would you be our friend?!?
T: You know what? this is sad. We’re calling out to Oprah. Screw Oprah. we’re going to be the next Oprah.
A: okay, oprah… only tyler means that. I totally don’t! i would like to aspire to be as giving as you are though.
T: shit, you put a 25% tip on a meal and that’s more of your income than if Oprah gave away a small country filled with able-bodied workers.
A: hehehe you are too much. well, now that we’ve pleaded for oprah to swoop in and save us. let’s refocus. The cake. I’m not a masterfully skilled cake baker. frankly, i’ve never baked a cake like this before.
T: what do you mean “a cake like this”?
A: well… i guess i mean a cake. the only cake i’ve made from scratch other than this, is those green tea cupcakes with cream cheese icing i made a few weeks ago.
T: sadly they didn’t get blogged about. But they did get eaten, rapidly. But, what about the King Cake??
A: ah… well technically that’s not really a cake. it’s more of a filled sweet yeast bread. but it is called a cake.
T: yeah, I agree, it’s not a cake. So this is your first cake that wasn’t a cupcake or made from a box?
A: yup… that would be correct. I’m really not much of a sweets baker. i like to bake breads, but not really cakes. I love to eat cakes… but i’ve never really tried my hand at them. The one thing i will say, is that baking would be so much easier if i had some electrical devices to help me to do things like whip cream or egg whites into stiff peaks. as it is, my forearems and shoulders get a serious work-out making cakes. like would be easier if we weren’t living in another century in the kitchen.
T: yeah, I mean, crap. The 20th century is so over. Can we get some modern appliances, helloo! our oven is the size of a microwave!
A: on the real-ah. thankfully for this cake, i baked it at work, so it didn’t come out burnt on the bottom and raw on top.
T: You know, I don’t know if you can get a grasp of our tone by reading this blog. I was reading some of what we wrote, and it sounded like a 16 year old was chatting on myspace. But, that’s because we were making fun of 16 year olds. But readers don’t always know that. I mean, somebody emailed me asking me what grade I was in. For christ sake people. I’m 25. I’m not in a grade.
A: ha ha funny funny.
T: Alright back to the tropical coconut cake. Were you pleased with this cake?
A: overall, i was. the actual cake part was a little dense, i don’t know if that’s because of the recipe or the fact that i had to whip everything by hand and didn’t do that good of a job. but other than that, i dug it.
T: I actually liked its density. It was still incredibly soft and moist. It was just dense, and that was a good thing for me.
A: sweet… well, i give this cake a 4.0/5. It was quite tasty and had lots of yummy ripe fruits that balanced the flavors out. although when i first tried it i thought it was too sweet, every other time i ate it i thought it was great. i would definately make this again, only the next time, i will choose a different recipe to make the actual “cake” part.
T: I give it a 4.2/5. That may seem like a low rating considering how much I liked the cake, but… I know it was your first cake. I have to leave room for the ratings to go up!
A: sweet! you know, i really liked you suggesting a theme for me to cook for this post… any suggesting for the next post?
T: hmm……………………. I don’t know, has Rachael Ray made anything good lately?
*See note at end of recipe.
For the cake:
1 18.5-ounce package yellow cake mix
3 large eggs
1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
1/3 cup Coco LÃ²pez
1/3 cup water
fresh ripe mangos, peeled cored, and sliced
fresh ripe pineapple, peeled, cored, and sliced
fresh ripe kiwi, peeled and sliced
2 - 3 cups heavy whipping cream, VERY cold
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1 bag sweetened coconut flakes, 1/2 toasted - 1/2 untoasted
Make the cake:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Butter and flour 2 9-inch cake pans then line the bottom with parchment paper. Add all ingredients for the cake to a large mixing bowl. Beat just until smooth. Divide cake mix evenly into cake pans. Bake at 375 for 25 minutes or until a toothpick stuck into the middle of the cake comes out clean. Allow the cakes to cool on a rack for at 10 minutes then remove the cakes from the pan and allow to cool completely.
While the cakes are cooling, combine heavy whipping cream, sugar (to taste), and vanilla in a large mixing bowl. beat until thick (the texture of "whipped cream" - duh! :-) ). If the cream is refusing to get thick, try chilling it in the freezer shortly. The colder it is the easier it is to whip. Once whipped, fold in untoasted sweetened coconut flakes to taste.
Once the cakes have cooled, cut each of them in half to form 4 half-cake rounds. On a cake stand lined w/ parchment paper place 1 bottom half of a cake. Spread on a layer of coconut whipped cream. Layer mango over the whipped cream. Place another layer of cake on top of the mango. Repeat layering cake alternating with whipped cream, fruit, and cake so that you end with a top piece of cake. Once all the layers have been assembled, evenly frost the cake with the more whipped cream. Gently sprinkle and pat toasted coconut evenly over the cake. Finally arrange slices of fruit on top as a garnish. Keep cake chilled until 1 hour prior to serving. Store chilled. Enjoy!
*Note: I made this cake 1 1/2 years ago. I didn't make it with a boxed cake mix but I thought my cake was too dense so I've changed that aspect here. This "recipe" is coming from memory because of the high demand for it. I do not take any responsibility for bad results! Make at your own risk!