TJ's Coconut Chocolate Cake

Jessica S Recipe

By Jessica S jmsqueglia

This is now my "Trader Joe's" cake, because it's made with all treats I get at Trader Joe's. It's really the quality of the TJ's ingredients that make this cake delicious. The chocolate cake mix is moist, delicious, and free of "funky" chemical ingredients. I just discovered the health benefits of virgin coconut oil and how to use it in cooking/baking. Now, I can't get enough of it. Using coconut oil in place of oil/butter here adds a pleasant coconut flavor without being overpowering or fake tasting. Try it in all your recipes!


Recipe Rating:
 2 Ratings
Serves:
12-16
Prep Time:
Cook Time:

Ingredients

CAKE:
1 box
trader joe's(baker josef's) chocolate cake mix (substitute: your favorite chocolate cake mix/recipe)
1 1/3 c
water*
1/2 c
virgin coconut oil, warmed slightly to liquid state* (recommend: trader joe's organic)
3 large
eggs*
FILLING:
1- 13oz jar(s)
trader joe's cocoa almond spread, 1/3 cup reserved for frosting (substitute: nutella)
optional: powdered sugar**
FROSTING:
8 oz
cream cheese, softened, room temp
1/2 c
virgin coconut oil, room temp(soft white solid state)
1/3 c
trader joe's cocoa almond spread
1 tsp
vanilla
4 c
powdered sugar
sweetened coconut flakes
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Directions Step-By-Step

1
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour 2- 9" round cake pans.
2
Mix together cake mix, water, coconut oil, eggs until thoroughly combined. Divide evenly into the 2 cake pans.
3
Bake for approx. 40 minutes or until tester comes out clean.*** Let cool.
4
For frosting: Beat together cream cheese, coconut oil, 1/3 c. cocoa almond spread, & vanilla until smooth. Slowly add in powdered sugar. Beat until fluffy.
5
Spread the remaining cocoa almond spread in jar onto first layer.
6
Lay second cake on top(top side down) and frost. Sprinkle coconut on top. Enjoy!
7
*The measurements for the water, oil, & eggs is according to the Trader Joe's instructions. If you use another brand cake mix, use the ingredients/measurements according to the box. Substitute coconut oil equally for the oil or butter called for on the box instructions.
8
**I like the spread plain, however, it is not that sweet. Taste it. If sweeter filling is desired, beat in some powdered sugar to the spread to your tastes.
9
***You may make this cake in a 9x13 pan or make cupcakes. Make sure to use baking instructions on the box mix you choose to use.
10
Note: Coconut oil is a solid(white) at room temp and cooler. At temps above 76 degrees it becomes a clear oil. Store on counter at room temp for a soft butter-like consistency. Storing in fridge makes it hard(wax-like consistency). It very quickly can be warmed to an oil(10-15 seconds in microwave or if kept by oven).

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cakes, Chocolate
  • Comments

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    Teresa Bryant 4N6girl - Jun 26, 2012
    Is Trader Joe's a store or website? This cake looks awesome and I'm not even a chocolate cake fan! I'm really excited to try it.
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    Jessica S jmsqueglia - Jun 26, 2012
    Hi. Trader Joe's is a small grocery chain. www.traderjoes.com/ It has a lot of natural & organic things and stuff under their own label(good quality basics), but way cheaper than somewhere like Whole Foods. Personally, I don't do my regular "grocery" shopping there(but many people do), but it's where I go when I want inexpensive healthful foods and sinful treats! Their cocoa almond spread is their version of Nutella(made w/almonds instead of hazelnuts). It's heaven. Funny too, I can not stand chocolate cake and almost never eat it. This cake I just made for my dad's birthday. I'll admit I ate quite a few pieces! Hope you enjoy it!
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    Teresa Bryant 4N6girl - Jun 27, 2012
    I'll have to look and see if we have any in WPB, FL. If not, hope they have a web site. I am really looking forward to making this cake and if I can make it healthier (haha) I would love that!
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    Bea L. BeachChic - Feb 13, 2013
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