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Coconut Layer Cake with Fluffy Coconut Icing

 

Coconut Layer Cake with Fluffy Coconut Icing under goes some changes.

Coconut Cake made with Coconut Oil

Coconut Cake made with Coconut Oil

Sometimes I do not want to create, adapt or be inspired for recipes.  This was one of those times when I reviewed some of my own desserts.  So Coconut Layer Cake with Fluffy Coconut Icing was the treat of the week.  I am now  using more Coconut Oil  and less butter and  shortening.  Olive oil is still my ‘go-to’ oil for much of my cooking and baking.

Coconut Oil 360

I did adapt my own recipe, I did not have coconut extract, so I added 1/2 cup of shredded coconut.  The other change I made was in the jam  between layers.  In the original recipe that follows below, I used apricot preserves.  Since I did not have the preserves, I used strawberry jam between the layers.    The jam shows up in the serving of cake.

Strawberry Jam Between layers of Coconut Cake

Strawberry Jam between layers of Coconut Cake

The “Original” Coconut Layer Cake with Fluffy Coconut Icing

Coconut Layer Cake with Fluffy Coconut Icing

Coconut Layer Cake with Fluffy Coconut Icing

This is a yummy cake for the coconut lovers out there.   Instead of vanilla extract, I have used coconut extract to get more of the coconut taste.  Another idea, which I have not tried, would be to use coconut milk instead of regular milk.  The recipe makes a small cake, best to  bake in the older 8″x 1″ cake pans.

My aunt loved to cook and bake saving recipes from booklets put out by companies.  Two booklets I have are of about the same vintage, 1922: The New Royal Cook Book by Royal Baking Powder Co. and “The Rumford Way of Cookery and Household Economy”.

Serve a luncheon of Ham Salad Spread and Vegetable Fusilli Salad and a sweet dessert of Coconut Layer Cake with Fluffy Coconut Icing.

 

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Coconut Layer Cake with Fluffy Coconut Icing

A light and moist yellow coconut layer cake with a hint of apricot preserves under the fluffy white boiled icing and toasted coconut.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time42 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 10 servings
Author: Julia Ann

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea Salt
  • 3 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon coconut extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 jar apricot preserves
  • COCONUT FILLING and ICING
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 egg whites at room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon coconut extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 cup sweet shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup toasted coconut

Instructions

  • Preheat oven 350 F.
  • Grease and line 2 9-inch cake pans with parchment paper; grease the parchment paper.
  • Measure the flour, salt and baking powder together in a small bowl; whisk to blend.
  • In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar until fluffy.
  • Add the coconut extract and beaten eggs; beat just to blend.
  • Add the dry ingredients alternating with the milk.
  • Mix well after each addition and until smooth.
  • Pour the batter into prepared cake pans.
  • Bake 12 to 15 minutes.
  • Insert toothpick in the middle of the cake, when done, the toothpick will come out clean.
  • (This is a small batter.)
  • Cool on a rack for 5 minutes before turning out of the pans.
  • _______________________________________________________________
  • COCONUT FILLING AND ICING
  • Put sugar and water in heavy saucepan; cook until it is 238 F or soft ball stage.
  • Meanwhile beat the egg whites and cream of tartar in a large bowl until stiff.
  • When the sugar syrup has reached the correct temperature, dip the bottom of the pan in cold water for 1 second to stop the cooking.
  • Beat the stiff egg whites at high speed while pouring in a stream of sugar syrup.
  • Add the vanilla.
  • Continue beating until icing has cooked, about 5 minutes.
  • Spread the apricot preserves between the 2 layers before adding icing.
  • Put icing between layers, sides and top.
  • While icing is soft sprinkle with grated coconut and toasted coconut.

Notes

This was adapted from The New Royal Cook Book, Royal Baking Powder Co., New York, U.S.A., 1922, p 15...................... Julia Ann and cookbookinabox® in partnership with Netta Belle’s Choice® brings you great recipes for your cooking experience. ©2007-2018 Netta Belle’s Choice® The Art of Gourmet Cookery®
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Coconut Layer Cake with Fluffy Coconut Icing

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Caramelized Oranges with Almonds

Caramelized Oranges with Almonds

Caramelized Oranges with Almonds

A few years ago I was cleaning out boxes stored in a closet.  I found a cookbook in a box, Williams-Sonoma, Simple Italian Cooking recipes by Chuck Williams.  These recipes started my adventure in Italian cooking and eating.  The Mediterranean Diet works for my family with plenty of fresh vegetables and fresh fruit.  My Caramelized Oranges with Almonds is adapted from a favorite recipe “Oranges with Mint and Toasted Almonds.”  I made a few changes to  the recipe and serve as  an appetizer, salad or dessert.  It is wonderful with a brunch instead of orange juice.  Put the oranges on spinach or romaine lettuce the syrup for dressing;  there is a salad for dinner of chicken and pasta.  After eating a heavy meal of beef stew, Caramelized Oranges with Almonds lend a sweet and light dessert to the meal.

Caramelized Oranges with Almonds

Caramelized Oranges with Almonds

A dish of fresh oranges in mild sweet syrup with toasted almonds and coconut for an appetizer, salad or dessert.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Appetizers / Salad / Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 6
Author: Julia Ann

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon slivered orange zest
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon sweet Marsala wine optional
  • 4 large navel oranges
  • 4 tablespoons toasted almond slices
  • 4 tablespoons toasted shredded coconut

Instructions

  • Wash and dry oranges.
  • Grate the rind off the oranges to get the zest.
  • Cut off the top and bottom of the oranges.
  • Cut off the peel and white pith.
  • Slice the peeled oranges into 1/2 inch slices, put into a serving bowl.
  • Save any orange juice.
  • In a medium sauce pan, put the zest, sugar, lemon juice, wine and orange juice.
  • Cook over medium heat until mixture is amber colored, about 5 minutes without stirring.
  • Remove the syrup from heat and pour over the orange slices.
  • Serve chilled or at room temperature.
  • Serve slices with the toasted almonds and toasted coconut on top.

Notes

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