by Heather Harris Brady
I couldn’t wait to share this cake with you because I came across a tip that is literally life-changing, thanks to Cooks Illustrated. Apparently if you process heavy cream in a food processor you get frosting – that lasts for days! Who knew?
This is my “When Harry Met Sally” tribute cake because, as you might remember, in the movie Meg Ryan is very particular that her wedding cake be coconut with chocolate sauce. This cake has two layers of coconut cream, with chocolate ganache in the center. You will have enough ganache left over to serve it on the side of each slice. I used finely shredded coconut for this recipe, like this:
Coconut Cream Cake, Makes one 8″ two-layer cake
- 3/4 c. coconut milk
- 1/2 c. finely shredded coconut (plus extra for coating)
- 2/3 c. softened butter
- 1 c. granulated sugar
- 1-1/2 t. vanilla
- 2 large eggs
- 2 t. baking powder
- 2-1/3 c. cake flour
- 1 pint heavy whipping cream
- 1 T. sugar
- 1 t. vanilla
- One recipe coconut pastry cream
- One recipe chocolate ganache
Combine the shredded coconut and the coconut milk. Let stand for 10 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 350. Cream the butter and the sugar together well.
Beat in the eggs one at a time, then the vanilla and the baking powder.
Beat in the half the flour, then half the coconut mixture – repeat.
You should have a thick creamy batter.
Divide it between greased 8″ cake pans.
Bake for about 30 minutes, until the center springs back to the touch.
Cool the cakes on a rack, lightly covered with plastic wrap. Split the layers in half.
Put one half on a plate and cover it with coconut cream. Top with another cake layer.
Put half the ganache in the middle, between the two cake layers.
Now the magic part! Combine the whipping cream, sugar and vanilla in the food processor, with just the blade on.
Process for about a minute, until the cream has thickened.
Now process in 15-second pulses until you have what looks very much like soft-serve ice cream.
Cover the cake with the whipped cream. (Believe it not, it will keep very nicely in the refrigerator for days. I know – I didn’t believe it either. But I tried it and it worked!)
Then with more coconut. I used both finely shredded and the large flakes, just for fun.
Chill thoroughly and serve sliced with the reserved ganache. Store any leftovers in the refrigerator.