RICH'S COCONUT CAKE
FOR THE WHITE CAKE:
sifted cake flour
lemon extract, optional
6 egg whites, stiffly beaten
*coconut, milk extracted and coconut meat grated (for frosting), optional
FOR THE LEMON CURD:
fresh lemon juice
(1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
egg yolks, lightly beaten
freshly grated lemon peel
FOR THE FROSTING:
1 1/2 c
light corn syrup
1 1/2 c
*shredded coconut ( can use sweetened shredded or flaked coconut rather than fresh)
1TO PREPARE THE CAKE:
2Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour three 9-inch cake pans.
3With an electric mixer, cream shortening. Gradually add sugar, beating until fluffy.
Sift together flour and baking powder and add to shortening mixture, alternating with milk, beginning
and ending with flour. Stir in lemon and vanilla extracts. Fold in beaten egg whites. Pour into prepared pans.
4Bake for 25 minutes or until golden. Cool in pans for 10 minutes. Turn onto a rack and cool completely.
5When layers have cooled, brush generously with coconut milk (if using fresh coconut).*Can use canned coconut milk.
6TO PREPARE THE LEMON CURD:
7In a small bowl, combine lemon juice and cornstarch and stir until smooth. In a saucepan over low heat,
melt butter and stir in sugar. Whisking constantly, add egg yolks until combined. Add lemon juice mixture,
lemon peel and salt. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until thickened.
(If any bits of egg cook through, remove them or pass mixture through a sieve.)
Remove from heat and cool completely.
8TO PREPARE THE FROSTING:
9In a double boiler or large bowl over simmering water, place sugar, egg whites, corn syrup, salt and water;
beat and cook for 5 to 7 minutes, or until peaks form and hold. Remove from heat; add vanilla and beat for
10TO ASSEMBLE THE CAKE:
11Place one layer on a plate. Top with half the lemon curd. Top with next layer and remaining curd.
Top with next layer and frost top of layer and sides of cake. Press coconut into the frosting.
Ann Simmons AngelJasonsMom - Oct 25, 2010
FREDA GABLE cookin4me - Oct 25, 2010
I love Coconut anything and this really looks great. a keeper already.
Pamela Broussard Shakenbake3 - Nov 24, 2010
For anyone that is expecting a Coconut treat it's only in the frosting. The cake didn't pick up the coconut taste from the Coconut milk that I expected and I really didn't like the lemon filling with THIS cake. So I felt like it was more of a vanilla cake with lemon filling. The icing was a bit different. It was kind of like a marshmellow consistency and sweetness. It was a huge effort and a lot of clean up but I appreciate the recipe and like a champ I did try it but it's just not my fav.
FREDA GABLE cookin4me - Feb 20, 2011
Thanks for the Comment Pamela, I love a Vanilla cake with Lemon filling, So this Might be right up my alley. . . and Lemon Curd, Another fav. of mine.
Thanks for sharing your Efforts. I am sure the Submitter appreciates the efforts.