Friday, December 25, 2009

Snowy White Coconut cake

Its a white Christmas here in Washington DC! We are here to celebrate the holidays with our friends and this cake is a reflection of our snowy white environ! Though the cake has a wintry appearance, its inspiration is quite tropical. Its inspired by one of my favorite cocktails, the Pina Colada. So it has coconut, pineapple and rum!

Back in the summer I had tried this delicious
raspberry and buttermilk cake recipe from Gourmet. I used this recipe as the base for the coconut cake, substituting the buttermilk with coconut milk and the raspberries with pineapple. I also drizzled the cake with a liberal dose of rum, slathered it with a cream cheese frosting and topped it with some sweetened coconut flakes. Its a fittingly decadent treat for Christmas :).

Before I sign off with the recipe, I wanted to point out that I have signed up for a
recipe marathon on one of my favorite blogs, One Hot Stove. So this is the first of my seven posts starting from the 25th to the 31st of this month! I have never blogged daily before and I am quite excited.

Merry Christmas to you all, I will be back tomorrow with another recipe from our Christmas dinner!

Ingredients for the cake:
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
teaspoon salt
stick unsalted butter, softened
cup sugar
teaspoon pure vanilla extract
large egg
cup well-shaken coconut milk (I used the lite and unsweetened version)
cup canned/fresh pineapple (about 5 oz)
2 tablespoons of rum (or more as desired)

For the frosting:
1 cup reduced fat cream cheese
4 tablespoons coconut milk
3 tablespoons powdered sugar (more if you prefer it sweeter)
1 cup sweetened coconut flakes

- Preheat oven to 400°F with rack in middle. Butter and flour a 9-inch round cake pan.
- Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
- Beat butter and 2/3 cup sugar with an electric mixer at medium-high speed until pale and fluffy, about 2 minutes, then beat in vanilla. Add egg and beat well.
- At low speed, mix in flour mixture in 3 batches, alternating with buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour, and mixing until just combined.
- Spoon batter into cake pan, smoothing top. Scatter pineapple chunks evenly over top.
- Bake until cake is golden and a wooden pick inserted into center comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes. Cool in pan 10 minutes, then turn out onto a rack and cool to warm, 10 to 15 minutes more. Invert onto a plate and flip .
- Drizzle with a liberal amount of rum and cool completely.
- For the frosting beat cream cheese, coconut milk and powdered sugar till combined and fluffy.
- Slather it onto the cake top and sides and top off with sweetened coconut flakes.
- Enjoy :)

I am sending this as an entry to the Jingle Event hosted by the lovely Priyanka at her blog.


  1. Looks just like fresh snow. like the vanilla cake and coconuts on that looks beautiful.

  2. Talk about coconut and I am there..Just baked a apple-date cake and I've never used coconut milk in a cake. May be the next cake I make will be super moist because of this

  3. Hi Radhika,

    That cake looks so decadent -- and I love how you used light coconut milk -- that's what I usually buy. Really lovely!

  4. i guess i gooa try this soon,,will be glad if u send this for jingle event at my blog,..;-)

  5. wow..nice and very tempting cake. I love the coconut garnishing!!too good.

  6. Cake looks very tempting. Pic is awesome, a definite white Christmas. You have a nice space with interesting recipes.


  7. Hey Radhika,
    So, u r going to take a page off of 'Julie and Julia'? Have fun with the 7 recepies in 7 days! Look forward to reading them :-)

  8. Tastes just as good as it looks. The pineapple-coconut combination was indeed quite fantastic.

  9. Love the tropical flavors of this cake ... it's such a nice juxtaposition to the cold outside! Perfectly decadent too ... delicious!

  10. Thanks everyone! I had a lot of fun making this cake. The credit for the picture (actually all the pictures on the blog) goes to my husband.