Coconut Cake


INGREDIENTS

COCONUT CAKE

  • 3 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/4 cups canola oil
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup honey
  • 3 whole eggs + 3 egg yolks
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups full-fat canned coconut milk
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 6-8 homemade or store-bought meringues
  • edible flowers for decorating (optional)

WHIPPED RICOTTA CREAM

  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 16 ounce whole milk ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

TO ASSEMBLE THE CAKE

    • 1 cup fresh strawberries divided
    • 2 cups fresh raspberries divided
    • zest of 1 lemon
    • 1-2 blood oranges
    • 2 passion fruits
    • 6-8 homemade or store-bought meringues
    • edible flowers for decorating (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease three 8-inch (or 9 inch) round cake pans, or line with parchment paper, then butter/spray with cooking spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder and salt.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer (or use a hand held mixer) beat together the canola oil, sugar, honey, eggs + egg yolks and vanilla until smooth. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients with the mixer on low until there are no longer any clumps of flour. Add the coconut milk and mix until combined. Batter should be pourable, but not super thin. Stir in the lemon zest.
  4. Pour the batter among the 3 cake pans and bake 25-30 minutes, until the tops are just set and no longer wiggly in the center. Remove and let cool five minutes, then run a knife around the edges of the pan. Grab 3 large flat plates, line them with wax or parchment paper and invert the cakes onto the paper lined plates. Cover and let the cakes cool completely before assembling.

WHIPPED RICOTTA CREAM

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer (or use a hand held mixer) fitted with the whisk attachment, whip the cream cheese until light and fluffy. Add the ricotta and heavy cream, continue to whip until the the ricotta is smooth and the cream has fluffed, about 6-8 minutes. Add the honey + vanilla and whip until combined. Keep the cream covered in the fridge until ready to assemble.

ASSEMBLE THE CAKE

  1. In a bowl, mash together 1/2 cup chopped strawberry and 1/2 cup raspberries until you have a loose sauce.
  2. Place one cake layer on a serving plate or cake stand and drizzle lightly with honey. Spread 1/3 of the ricotta cream over the cake and then swirl 1/3 over the mashed berries into the cream. Crumble 2-3 meringues over top. Add a handful of fresh chopped strawberries, raspberries, orange slices and passion fruit. Repeat with the remaining 2 cake layers. Be careful not to over fill your layers with fruit or the cake will be hard to slice.
  3. If desired, decorate the cake with edible flowers.

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