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Coconut Cream Cake Recipe | Anne Thornton | Food Network image

Provided by Anne Thornton, Host of Dessert First

Categories     dessert

Total Time 2 hours 5 minutes

Prep Time 25 minutes

Cook Time 40 minutes

Yield One 9-inch 2-layer cake

Number Of Ingredients 18

2 sticks unsalted butter, softened, plus more for pan
3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for pan
1 1/3 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
Fine sea salt
1 2/3 cups granulated sugar
One 13.5-ounce can sweetened cream of coconut, well stirred (recommended: Coco Lopez)
4 large eggs, separated
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup buttermilk
Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting, recipe follows
1 1/2 cups sweetened shredded coconut mixed with 1 1/2 cups toasted sweetened shredded coconut
Two 8-ounce packages cream cheese, at room temperature
1 1/4 sticks unsalted butter, softened
2 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
1/2 cup canned sweetened cream of coconut, well stirred (recommended: Coco Lopez)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Fine sea salt


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter and flour two 9-inch diameter cake pans with 2-inch high sides.
  • Pour the flour, baking powder, baking soda and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a medium bowl. Use a whisk to stir together. This will get rid of any lumps and pseudo-sift the ingredients. In a separate large bowl, beat the sugar, butter and sweetened cream of coconut until fluffy and it resembles whipped cream, about 2 minutes. Beat in the egg yolks and vanilla extract. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and stir to incorporate all the ingredients. With the mixer on low speed, beat in 1/2 the dry ingredients, followed by the buttermilk, and the remaining dry ingredients, scraping down the sides in between each addition, just until blended.
  • Using clean, dry beaters, beat the egg whites with a pinch of salt in another clean large bowl until the egg whites are stiff but not dry. Cook's Note: You want to get the most volume from your egg whites, that's why it is essential that the beaters and bowl are clean. Just to be safe, I like to wipe the bowl out with a dash of vinegar, white or apple cider is best. The vinegar cuts through any fat in the bowl leaving only a sparkling bowl behind. And don't worry, you won't be able to taste the vinegar-I promise!
  • In batches, fold the beaten egg whites into the batter, being careful not to deflate the whites. Divide the cake batter evenly between the prepared cake pans. Spread the batter with an offset spatula to level the batter in the pan. Bake the cakes until a tester inserted into center comes out clean, 40 to 45 minutes. Cool the cakes in the pans on a wire rack, about 10 minutes. Gently run a small sharp knife around the pan sides to loosen the cakes. Cook's Note: As the cakes cool they will shrink slightly, pulling away from the sides of the pan. By running the knife around the sides of the pan you are helping in the process by taking away any resistance. Turn the cakes out onto the racks and cool completely.
  • With a pastry brush, gently brush any crumbs from the cooled cake layers. If the cake baked up with a slight dome in the center, you can trim it to even it out or just remember to place that cake layer dome-side down on the cake plate. Place 1 cake layer, flat-side up, on a cake plate. Spread 1 heaping cup Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting over the cake layer, leaving a 1/2-inch border of cake around the edge. This will give the filling a place to go or spread when the second cake layer is placed on top-you don't want it to bulge out the sides!
  • Sprinkle 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut mix over the frosting. Top with the second cake layer, flat-side up. Spread the remaining frosting over the top and sides of the cake. For a retro look, I like swoopy swirls. The best way to achieve it is to spread the frosting using the back of a spoon. It's that easy!
  • Sprinkle the remaining coconut mix over the cake, gently pressing into the sides to adhere. Coconut Layer Cake can be prepared up to 1 day ahead. Refrigerate at least 1 hour.
  • Beat the cream cheese in a medium bowl until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the butter and beat until smooth. Add the sugar, sweetened cream of coconut, vanilla extract and pinch of sea salt and beat until well blended, scraping down the sides as needed, for about 3 more minutes. Cook's Note: For a tropical twist, I add just a splash of fresh lime juice and a dash of finely grated lime zest to the mix!


Chocolate Beer Cake Recipe | Food Network Kitchen | Food ... image

Stout's malty and roasted cocoa notes are enhanced in this cake with the addition of malted milk powder and Dutch-process cocoa -- plus a syrup made with more stout. This sheet cake makes an ideal birthday cake for a grown-up (served with a few pints, of course!).

Provided by Food Network Kitchen

Categories     dessert

Total Time 4 hours 25 minutes

Cook Time 55 minutes

Yield 16 to 20 servings

Number Of Ingredients 19

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 1/2 cups milk
3 sticks (1 1/2 cups) unsalted butter, softened
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Two 1.4-ounce chocolate-covered toffee candy bars, such as Heath, finely chopped (about 1/2 cup)
1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled, plus more for the pan
3/4 cup Dutch-process cocoa powder, plus more for the pan
2 cups all-purpose flour (see Cook's Note)
2 cups packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup malted milk powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Two 11.2-ounce bottles stout, such as Guinness, at room temperature
1/4 cup granulated sugar


  • For the frosting: Whisk the sugar, flour and salt together in a medium saucepan, then stir in the milk. Place the pan over medium heat and bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Continue boiling, stirring constantly, for 3 minutes (this cooks out the raw flour taste). Remove the pan from the heat and scrape the base into a shallow bowl. Press a sheet of plastic wrap directly against the surface of the frosting base and refrigerate until chilled and thick, at least 2 hours.
  • For the cake: Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a 13-by-9-inch metal pan. Line the bottom and sides with parchment paper, then butter and dust the paper with cocoa powder.
  • Whisk the flour, brown sugar, cocoa, malted milk powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a bowl until evenly combined. In another bowl, whisk the butter, eggs, vanilla and 2 cups of the stout until smooth. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and whisk until the batter just comes together. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake until a cake tester inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean, 40 to 45 minutes. 
  • Meanwhile, pour the remaining 3/4 cup stout into a small saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Cook until reduced to 1/3 cup, 5 to 6 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and stir the granulated sugar into the beer until dissolved. Let the stout syrup cool.
  • Let the cake cool in the pan for 30 minutes, then invert it onto a cooling rack and remove the parchment paper. Flip the cake onto another cooling rack so that it is right-side up again. Poke several holes all over the cake with a toothpick or wooden skewer, then drizzle the stout syrup evenly over the cake. Let the cake cool completely, then slide it onto a serving platter or board.
  • Remove the frosting base from the refrigerator and let stand for 20 minutes to come to room temperature. Beat the butter for the frosting with an electric mixer on medium speed until lightened and creamy, about 3 minutes. Add a third of the base and beat until evenly incorporated. Add half of the remaining base, beat until smooth, then add the remaining base and the vanilla and beat until the frosting is fluffy and light, about 3 minutes.
  • Scrape the frosting onto the cake and spread it evenly over the top and sides with an offset spatula or butter knife. Sprinkle the candy bars over the top of the cake and refrigerate until the frosting has firmed, at least 30 minutes or up to overnight, before serving.

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