Saturday, September 17, 2011

Coconut Cake with Pineapple Filling

This was our family's traditional birthday cake that my mother made for us every year. It is a three layer yellow, moist cake with thick pineapple filling and seven-minute icing with sweet shredded coconut spread all over the cake. I created a cookbook with all of my mother's recipes and here is a taste of one of the recipes. It is yummy!

Ingredients for cake:

3 cups cake flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
1 2/3 cups white sugar
½ cup butter, softened
3 eggs, beaten, room temperature
1 ¼ cups whole milk, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Preheat oven 375 degrees F. Butter and flour three 9-inch cake pans and set aside.

In a medium bowl, sift flour, baking powder and salt. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar, add beaten eggs, milk, and vanilla and use a hand mixer to blend together. Add flour mixture in three batches, using mixer to incorporate all ingredients.

Pour evenly into the prepared cake pans and bake for 25 minutes. Use a toothpick to make sure cake is done. Remove from oven and cool on rack 5 minutes and invert cake onto rack to finish cooling.

Ingredients for Pineapple filling:

½ cup sugar
1 1/2 tablespoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon butter
1 (20 oz) can crushed pineapple in its own juice (do not drain)
Dash salt

Combine ingredients, cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until thick and clear. Cool before using.

Ingredients for Seven-Minute Icing:

1 ½ cups sugar
¼ teaspoon cream of tartar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup water
2 egg whites
1 ½ teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 cups sweetened shredded coconut

Place sugar, cream of tartar, salt, water and egg whites in the top of a double boiler. Beat with a hand mixer for 1 minute. Place pan over boiling water, being sure that the boiling water does not touch the bottom of the top pan. (If this happens, it could cause your frosting to become grainy). Beat constantly on high speed with mixer for 7 minutes. Beat in vanilla.

Assemble the cakes:


Take a pedestal cake dish and put first layer of cake, spread half of the pineapple filling, take second layer cake and put on top first layer and spread with other half of filling, take third cake and place on top second layer and start icing around the sides of the cake. Put the rest of the icing on top of cake and make big swirls for a nice finish. Take sweetened shredded coconut and immediately put around the sides and on top of cake before the icing dries. Enjoy! 

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