Thursday, February 6, 2014

~ Lemon Coconut Cake ~

Lemon-Coconut Cake

  • 1 cup butter, softened 
  • 2 cups sugar 
  • large eggs, separated
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour 
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 cup milk 
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Lemon Filling
  • Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 2 cups sweetened flaked coconut

  • 1. Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until fluffy; gradually add sugar, beating well. Add egg yolks, 1 at a time, beating until blended after each addition.
  • 2. Combine flour and baking powder; add to butter mixture alternately with milk, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat at low speed until blended after each addition. Stir in vanilla.
  • 3. Beat egg whites at high speed with electric mixer until stiff peaks form; fold one-third of egg whites into batter. Gently fold in remaining beaten egg whites just until blended. Spoon batter into 3 greased and floured 9-inch round cake pans.
  • 4. Bake at 350° for 18 to 20 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks 10 minutes; remove from pans, and cool completely on wire racks.
  • 5. Spread Lemon Filling between layers. Spread Cream Cheese Frosting on top and sides of cake. Sprinkle top and sides with coconut. 

  • Lemon Filling
  • 1 cup sugar 
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1 cup boiling water 
  • egg yolks, lightly beaten
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon rind
  • 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons butter 
  • 1. Combine sugar and cornstarch in a medium saucepan; whisk in 1 cup boiling water. Cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, until sugar and cornstarch dissolve (about 2 minutes). Gradually whisk about one-fourth of hot sugar mixture into egg yolks; add to remaining hot sugar mixture in pan, whisking constantly. Whisk in lemon rind and juice.
  • 2. Cook, whisking constantly, until mixture is thickened (about 2 to 3 minutes). Remove from heat. Whisk in butter; let cool completely, stirring occasionally.

  • Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened 
  • (8-oz.) package cream cheese, softened
  • (16-oz.) package powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1. Beat butter and cream cheese at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Gradually add powdered sugar, beating at low speed until blended; stir in vanilla.
I hope you'll try it ~ you will be glad you did, I promise!

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  1. Mmmm, lemon and coconut - two of my favorite flavors! And so pretty too!

  2. Hi, Pat... Am playing cat up, and I had to stop in when I saw this gorgeous cake. Yum! I definitely want to copy this. Sounds divine!



  3. I'm with Sharon. These are seriously two of my favorite flavors here Pat. It looks mouth watering, I can't wait to make this.

  4. OH MY, I want a piece RIGHT now:) I LOVE Coconut ANYTHING! Have a blessed weekend dear friend, THANKS for the recipe! HUGS!

  5. This would be a GREAT recipe for that special cake to take somewhere! I may have to print off the recipe! Thank you!!! Bet it smells heavenly!

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  7. Oh Yummmm!!! What a lovely cake. I'm visiting from Michael's Foodie Friday party. Nice to find you - I'm off to see more of your blog.

    Take care,
    Patricia @ ButterYum

  8. Visiting from Rattlebridge. This looks a cake to make when company is coming or I would eat it all by myself.


  9. Sounds like a winning combination. Your cake looks so pretty - my layer cakes always come out lopsided.

  10. Oh my gracious!!!!!!!!!! Oh, oh, oh! Just look at and listen to that. :-)

    It's a very good thing, that I have to live gluten and dairy free. Because if I didn't, and got near to such a marvelous dessert, I'd want to eat the whole thing.

    Everyone who can make it, enjoy some, for me. :-)


  11. That cake looks yummy.

    I am not making the dessert for our dinner party - someone else offered. Sweets are actually the only thing I am good at making.

  12. What a fabulous cake!... it looks like I want a piece right now! Thank you so much for the récipe, it'll be my next birthday cake to make! Have a lovely week ahead.

  13. Mmmm....this looks amazing! I've never heard of the lemon/coconut combo, but I love both!! When can I come over for a piece? ;)

  14. Oh yummy Pat!Great recipe. Thanks for sharing.

  15. Oh that looks absolutely heavenly! I will have to make it! Have a beautiful week! xxx

  16. Congratulations!
    Your recipe is featured at Full Plate Thursday this week. Have a great weekend and enjoy your new Red Plate!
    Miz Helen


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