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i want to make... a coconut cake

12.30.2009

I have a bag of coconut in my kitchen left over from holiday baking. It's just sitting there, mocking me... 'make me into a cake for New Years Eve'. So I scoured the internet for some recipes and there it was... this heavenly ginger lime coconut cake. Perhaps one final indulgence before a fresh start in the new year? Sure why not... I'll just have to share it with enough people that there can't possibly be any leftovers!

{image & recipe via bon appetit}


Ginger Lime Coconut Cake with Marshmallow Frosting

Ingredients

GINGER-LIME CURD
3 large eggs
3 large egg yolks
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup fresh lime juice
1/4 cup grated lime peel (from about 12 limes)
1 tablespoon grated peeled fresh ginger
Pinch of salt
6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, cut into pieces, room temperature

CAKE
5 cups sifted cake flour (sifted, then measured)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
3 cups sugar
8 large eggs
2 cups buttermilk, room temperature
Bamboo skewers

FROSTING
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 large egg whites
1/3 cup water
2 teaspoons light corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 7-ounce package sweetened flaked coconut (about 3 cups)

Directions
GINGER-LIME CURD
Whisk eggs, yolks, sugar, lime juice, lime peel, ginger, and salt in large metal bowl to blend. Place bowl over saucepan of barely simmering water (do not allow bottom of bowl to touch simmering water); whisk constantly until curd thickens, about 8 minutes. Remove bowl from over simmering water; whisk butter into curd. Strain through fine strainer set over bowl; discard solids in strainer. Press plastic wrap directly onto surface of curd; chill overnight.
DO AHEAD Curd can be made up to 2 days ahead. Keep refrigerated.

CAKE
Position 1 rack in top third and 1 rack in bottom third of oven and preheat oven to 350°F. Butter four 9-inch-diameter cake pans with 1 1/2-inch-high sides. Line bottoms of pans with parchment paper rounds. Butter parchment; dust with flour. Sift flour, baking soda, and salt into large bowl. Using electric mixer, beat butter in another large bowl until smooth. Gradually add sugar and beat until very well blended, about 5 minutes. Beat in eggs 1 at a time, scraping down sides of bowl before each addition. Beat in flour mixture in 3 additions alternately with buttermilk in 2 additions. Divide batter equally among prepared cake pans.
Place 2 cake pans on top rack of oven and 2 pans on bottom rack; bake until golden and tester inserted into cake centers comes out clean, reversing pans after 15 minutes, about 30 minutes total. Cool cakes in pans on racks 10 minutes. Turn cakes out onto racks; peel off parchment paper. Turn cakes right side up on racks; cool cakes completely.
Place 1 cake layer on platter. Spread 1/3 of ginger-lime curd (about 1/2 cup) over, leaving 1/2-inch plain border around edge of cake. Repeat procedure on 2 more cake layers. Let each cake layer stand 10 minutes. Stack cake layers, curd side up. Top with fourth cake layer. Let cake stand at room temperature while preparing frosting. Insert 3 or 4 bamboo skewers from top to bottom into cake to hold stacked cake layers in place while frosting.

FROSTING
Whisk sugar, egg whites, 1/3 cup water, light corn syrup, and cream of tartar in large metal bowl to blend. Set bowl over saucepan of barely simmering water (do not allow bottom of bowl to touch simmering water). Using handheld electric mixer, beat on medium speed until mixture resembles soft marshmallow fluff, about 4 minutes. Increase mixer speed to high and beat until mixture is very thick, about 3 minutes longer. Remove bowl from over simmering water. Add vanilla extract and continue beating until marshmallow frosting is completely cool, about 5 minutes longer.
Spread marshmallow frosting thinly over top and sides of cake. Remove bamboo skewers. Press flaked coconut into marshmallow frosting on top and sides of cake.
DO AHEAD Cake can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover with cake dome and refrigerate. Let stand at room temperature 2 hours before serving.

Karine (December 30, 2009 at 5:04 PM)  

Funny thing Miss Becca. You want to make a coconut cake and I want to eat one... Hmmmm...

Caroline (December 30, 2009 at 8:52 PM)  

Oh my.... please save some for me!!! xo

Duchess of Tea (December 31, 2009 at 12:25 AM)  

Darling, I thank you for your love and support this past year when I needed it most. Your kindness has left me feeling blessed. You have made my first year of blogging a memorable one!! I am certain that 2010 will be an amazing year for us both. Enjoy the last day of the year and have a marvelous 2010 full of good health, happiness, prosperity, love and blessings.

Love & Hugs
Duchess

Party Box Design (December 31, 2009 at 6:29 AM)  

so funny... Bobby Flay(my chef crush) totally had a coconut cake throw down on tv last night!!!

YUMMMMY!

AND HE WON!

That cake looks crazy insane good!

stacy di (December 31, 2009 at 9:08 AM)  

this looks amazing! I usually make Ina Garten's coconut cupcakes...but I love the idea of ginger lime curd. yum!!

Steve | Healthy Lunch (April 4, 2012 at 9:11 AM)  

I was pleased with myself when I tried your velvet cake recipe but this coconut cake is on another level. Guess I just love coconut more than anything else. But great recipes, thanks for sharing.

Shrey Patel (December 4, 2013 at 1:43 AM)  

I really like this Cake :) Great Job !
It is incredible and informative knowledge
Very inspiring.
This is great and just what i've looking for. Thanks a lot.

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