#Comfort Cooking

Coconut Cake

July 08, 2017

A friend reached out and asked me if I had a coconut cake recipe I was willing to share.  People think I know something about cakes, simply because there was that one year where I made a cake a week for my husband.  That's another story, though.

Well, in that year of cake making, I don't think I ever made a coconut cake.  So I told her I would check and see what I could find.  You need to know that I don't want to share a recipe unless I know that it's good enough.  So I had to make this cake before I would give her the recipe.  Let me just say that My Mr. B likes that policy, because he is my taste-tester.

So I make the cake and guess what?  I learned a few things, and it was super simple and really good.
That's why I can now share it with my friends - including all of you.  Just so you know, I found it in a Paula Dean Best Desserts magazine.

PRINTABLE RECIPE


Here is the recipe:
1 (18.25 ounce) box white cake mix with pudding in the mix
2/3 cup whole buttermilk
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup water
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon coconut extract
1 (15 ounce) can cream of coconut (*see note below)
1 (14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
1 (8 ounce) container Cool Whip
2 cups sweetened flaked coconut

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray a 12x9 inch baking pan with nonstick baking spray with flour.
In a large bowl, combine cake mix, buttermilk, oil, water, and eggs.  Beat at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth.  Beat in extracts.  Bake for 27 to 30 minutes, or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.

Using the end of a wooden spoon, make 1/2-inch deep holes in top of cake at 1-inch intervals.
In a small bowl, combine cream of coconut and sweetened condensed milk.  Pour evenly over top of cake; let cool completely.

Spread whipped topping over cooled cake; sprinkle with flaked coconut.  Store in refrigerator.


HERE ARE SOME NOTES AND WHAT I LEARNED:


I can never find an 18.25 ounce box cake mix.  They are all 15.25 ounces.  The only cake mix I can find with the "pudding in the mix" is Betty Crocker Delights.  Also, cream of coconut is NOT the same as coconut milk.  I know that because I Googled it.  You find cream of coconut on the beer and wine aisle.   I know that because I asked the clerk at the store, "Do you have something called cream of coconut?"   And later when I was in another store I looked for it and found it again on the beer and wine aisle.

Also, I did not measure the depth and distance of my holes that I poked with the end of a wooden spoon.  They were random, although pretty much in lines - just because I like a little uniformity.

I could only find a French Vanilla mix, but it worked just fine.

I must say, a piece of this cool cake on a hot summer day is just the ticket.  A big THANK YOU to my friend for asking, so I could make this and share it with her and you all.  Try it, you'll like it.

Thanks for stopping by!  I enjoy good company.









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