Third Time’s a Charm – Another Coconut Cake

A couple of years ago I decided to bake the Peninsula Grill Coconut Cake, after finding a recipe for the cake on the Martha Stewart website. The cake was very time intensive to make.  Also, after seeing everything that went into the cake it lost just a bit of its charm.  Now, I don’t expect my cakes to be healthy, after all they are cakes, but the Peninsula Grill Coconut Cake is DECADENT even for a cake!

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Another Sweet Birthday Surprise: Black Forest Whipped Cream Cake Recipe

This black forest whipped cream cake has been my birthday cake for as long as I can remember.  It is not like the black forest cakes often sold in bakeries and stores; the base of this cake is a whipped cream cake and not a chocolate cake like in many store bought versions.  I may be biased, but I like this one better! The whipped cream, which is folded in to the batter, makes this cake nice and moist.

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Recipe: Coconut-Buttermilk Pound Cake

I was excited to open this month’s Everyday Food and see a recipe for Coconut-Buttermilk Pound Cake. This cake combines two of my favorite ingredients (coconut and buttermilk) in a cake.

Coconut-Buttermilk Pound CakeWhat’s not to love? I started to make this cake, but then realized that I did not have time.  I simply had too much work that I needed to get done so I put away my bowls and I went back to work.  A couple of hours later Jaime came home and saw the magazine still open to this recipe on the kitchen counter and decided to make it.  A little while later, I got a text from Jaime asking if I wanted to come downstairs to take pictures of the cake for this blog. So, thanks to Jaime, here it is.

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Coconut Cake Recipe

Jaime and I first had this coconut cake at the Peninsula Grill in Charleston, South Carolina, and it quickly became one of our favorite desserts.

We made sure to get a slice when we were in Charleston this past weekend and I may have kept the leftover on ice in our hotel room and eaten it for breakfast the next day. . . .  Hey, I was on vacation! And, if you are wondering why we had leftovers if the cake is so good, then check out this photo from the Peninsula Grill website and count the layers (six!).

Anyways, when I asked Jaime what type of cake he wanted for his birthday, he immediately asked for this coconut cake.  Since at the time we were living several hundred miles away from the Peninsula Grill simply purchasing a cake was not an option, so I was thrilled to find the recipe for this cake on the Martha Stewart website, “courtesy of Robert Carter from the Peninsula Grill, in Charleston, South Carolina.”  Score!

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Hot Air Balloon Cake and Recipe for Vanilla Cake with Strawberry Filling

I was very excited to pick up this month’s Martha Stewart Living and see an article, “A Cake Takes Shape,” on using sheet cakes to make animal shaped cakes.  A couple of months ago Jaime and I did something similar to make a hot air balloon cake for a baby shower.

Hot Air Balloon CakeI was tasked with making a hot-air balloon themed cake for a friend’s baby shower, a task that I delightfully accepted and then promptly roped my husband into.  I didn’t want to have to buy new pans for the cake, after all I didn’t see myself making many hot-air balloon themed cakes, so I made do with two basic 9” round pans and a 9 x 13” sheet pan. We had quite a bit of extra cake that we didn’t need for the balloon, that we happily ate.  You could probably make this with three 9″ rounds.

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