Coconut cake is a popular Southern dessert, either white or yellow cake, iced with 7-minute Frosting and covered with sweetened, shredded coconut. It definitely had its beginnings in the United States and along with Red Velvet it's become one of the most asked for in restaurants.
Heavenly Coconut Cake
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter at room temperature + more for the baking pans
2 cups granulated sugar
3 large eggs, separated, plus 2 large egg whites
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup canned coconut milk, shaken well before measuring
3 cups cake flour
2 tsp. baking powder
3/4 tsp. salt
1 1/3 cups shredded, sweetened coconut
Preheat oven to 350F-degrees. Butter three (3) 8-inch round cake pans and line the bottoms with parchment paper. Butter the parchment paper and lightly dust the pans with flour.
In a stand mixer, using the paddle attachment, cream the butter until light, then, while the mixer is running, slowly add the sugar. Continue beating until fluffy, about 4 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula. One at a time, add the egg yolks, beating well after each addition. Beat in the vanilla. Mix the dry ingredients together and add them in two equal portions with the coconut milk, mixing after each addition until smooth. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed. Add the coconut and stir to combine.
In a separate bowl, using a hand-held mixer, beat the 5 egg whites until soft peaks form.
Old Fashioned Boiled Icing (7-minute)
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup water
1/4 tsp. cream of tartar
4 large egg whites
Pinch of salt
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups shredded, sweetened coconut
In a heavy, medium saucepan, combine the sugar, water and cream of tartar. Stir, but once on the stove, resist stirring! Cook without stirring until a candy thermometer reaches 240F-degrees/115C-degrees (soft-ball stage). Meanwhile, place the egg whites in a stand mixer, fitted with the whisk attachment. Add the salt and beat until soft peaks form. Once the sugar mixture has reached 240F-degrees, add to the egg whites, slowly while the mixer is on high speed. Drizzle the hot syrup into the whites, avoiding the whisk and sides of the bowl. Whip until stiff peaks form. Add the vanilla extract. Frost the layers, about 1 1/2 cups per layer, then frost the entire cake. Press the coconut around the sides of the cake.
This cake is so moist and it was a delicious dessert. Are you a coconut lover? Enjoy!