Thursday, November 15, 2007

Gobble, Gobble: Coconut Pound Cake

Karla is hosting Gobble, Gobble The Good Stuff to collect those special holiday recipes.

I thought I'd share today's contribution to the Thanksgiving potluck at my husband's workplace, for which I was asked to bring a cake.

The baking project turned out like so many of my frugal experiments do: "not as directed," but in a good way.

The Asian market had fresh coconuts for fifty cents apiece. No time for a fluffy layer cake, though. With Bundt pan and laptop on the countertop, I Googled coconut pound cake recipes.

Low on butter? Try this Crisco version. No coconut extract? I substituted vanilla plus the coconut cream in the batter. Then I replacing the glaze's water with coconut milk. For decoration, I shredded some of the coconut meat with leftover chopped pecans. The remaining coconut meat goes into the freezer for another day.

As you can see, a little "mouse" couldn't help but nibble some of the crust when my back was turned. Oh, well. He reports that it was very, very good.


Christi said...

Oh, yum! It looks fantastic. You are such an inspiration to me!

Melissa said...

Now that is my kind of cake. I love pound cakes and coconut! Thanks for the recipe.

Anonymous said...

This looks fabulous! And fresh! Don't you love Bundt pans? They can make any cake look more decorative, serving is easier,etc. I'm thinking about getting a second one. Thanks for sharing this.


Meredith said...

I almost never bake a layer cake anymore.

I think Bundt pans are cheaper because you don't have to use parchment paper in three cake pans,

you don't have to use frosting (isn't the crust the best part?),

and as they are dense, one Bundt makes for many thin, satisfying slices.

Anonymous said...

I personally don't like coconut, but my husband loves it. I'm definately going to try this recipe out!

Anonymous said...

That little 'mouse' would have been in BIG TROUBLE here!


GiBee said...

I have never baked with fresh coconut ... I will have to try this out!

Alexandra said...

I like this recipe and I have some coconut milk to use up. Thanks!

Meredith said...

I should probably clarify that "the little mouse" was not my son : )

so how angry could I get?

Shannon said...

Yeah, it's those BIG mice we have to look out for!

Karla Porter Archer said...

this sounds SO yummy! my parents love coconut, so I think I am going to mark this one for Christmas time, when they come to visit!