February 03, 2011
Although we don't make cakes very often, Dooley and Doolia just HAD to make the Coconut cake from The Complete America's Test Kitchen TV Show Cookbook. It looked so tender and creamy.
First we attempted to toast the sweetened shredded coconut--and it burned. So we lowered the oven temp and this time found that it was overdone on the bottom but was still snowy white on the top after 3 minutes. Overdone but not burnt. So we said that was good enough.
Then we prepared the cake, following every instruction very carefully. We ended up with two gorgeous cake layers and made the mellow buttercream frosting. Icing the cake was easy because it didn't have to look perfectly smooth--we coated it with the toasted coconut and it was really beautiful! And it's beauty doesn't hold a candle to its flavor. Wow, this recipe is worth the price of the book.
Posted by jdooley at February 3, 2011 11:27 AM