Recipes

Coconut Cloud Cake

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Ingredients

  • 4 c. sifted cake flour
  • 2 tbsp. sifted cake flour
  • 1½ tbsp. baking powder
  • ¾ tsp. salt
  • ¾ c. unsalted butter
  • 2¼ c. granulated sugar
  • 2¼ tsp. vanilla extract
  • 6 large egg whites
  • 1½ c. milk
  • lemon curd
  • Fluffy Meringue Frosting
  • ¾ c. sweetened flaked coconut or 1 fresh ripe coconut

Directions

  1. Make the batter: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Using a small brush, lightly coat three 9-inch cake pans with softened butter or vegetable-oil cooking spray. Dust with flour and tap out any excess. Set aside. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt and set aside. In a large bowl, using a mixer set at high speed, beat the butter and sugar until well combined. Add the vanilla and egg whites and continue to beat until light and fluffy — about 2 more minutes. Reduce mixer speed to low and add half the flour mixture. Beat just until flour is completely absorbed. Add the milk and beat for 1 minute. Add the remaining flour mixture and beat for 1 more minute.
  2. Bake the cake: Divide the batter equally among all 3 cake pans and spread evenly. Bake on the middle rack of the oven until the tops spring back when lightly touched and a tester inserted into the center of each cake layer comes out clean — 30 to 35 minutes. Cool in the pans on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Using a knife, loosen the cake layers from the sides of the pans and invert the layers onto the wire rack to cool completely.
  3. Frost the cake: Use a serrated knife to trim the mounded side of each layer to level them, if necessary. Line the edges of a cake plate with 3-inch-wide strips of waxed or parchment paper and place a cake layer, trimmed side down, on top. Spread the layer with 3/4 cup of lemond curd and place the second layer, trimmed side down, on top of the first. Spread another 3/4 cup of Lemon Curd on the second layer and top with the last cake layer. Frost the top and sides of the cake with fluffy meringue frosting and sprinkle all over with coconut. Remove paper strips and serve at room temperature. Store at room temperature for up to 4 days.
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