Coconut Cake Recipes
Blueberry, Lemon and Coconut Cake
This simple butter cake can be topped with any kind of in-season fruit you may have on hand. Try strawberries in spring, figs in fall or poached pears in winter. This summer version is bursting with fresh blueberries, lemon and coconut. You can use either fresh or frozen berries for this cake, but don't defrost before using if frozen is all you have, or their juices will seep into the cake batter.
Coconut Cake with Saffron Cream
Saffron's earthy yet sweet flavors make the spice versatile enough to work in both savory dishes and desserts. Here, Tyler Brown of Nashville's Hermitage Hotel uses saffron to flavor the pastry cream for his moist, airy take on coconut cake. Instead of making a classic round, Brown bakes the cake in a 9-by-13-inch pan and cuts it in half, then stacks the layers to make a handsome rectangle.
Golden Yuca-and-Coconut Cake
Known as enyucado in Colombia, this cake is traditionally cooked in a skillet and browned on both sides like a Spanish tortilla; some Colombian cooks like to bake it in the oven. The result is a dense, chewy cake that is cut into wedges and served as a side dish with savory foods or as a dessert.
Coconut cake, a dainty dessert, was in vogue in the 1920s for ladies' gatherings. Traditionally made with marshmallow frosting, the cake was famously served to President Truman during a trip to Florida in the 1950s.
Coconut Chiffon Bundt Cake with Coconut Frosting
Joanne Chang is a master of all kinds of desserts, from elegant French to homespun American like this classic coconut Bundt cake.
Six-Layer Coconut Cake with Passion Fruit Filling
This towering dessert is made up of layers of super-moist, almost puddinglike coconut cake spread with tangy passion fruit curd, then topped with whipped cream and crispy flakes of toasted coconut. The recipe is from Cynthia Wong, pastry chef in Decatur, Georgia. The cake may look intimidating, but it's easy to make: "Just pop the layers out of the baking pans and slap them together," Wong says.
Deep Dark Chocolate Coconut Cake
Feeling blue? Have a slice of this cake. The chocolate and yogurt it's made with can supposedly boost levels of the feel-good brain chemical tyrosine.