Tuesday, June 30, 2009

TWD: Perfect Party Cake


This cake has been on my radar since I joined TWD. I love coconut and a cake covered in it sounded delightful. Plus, this cake was chosen for a Daring Baker challenge before I joined and I knew I wanted to complete the past challenge but I decided to wait until it was picked for TWD.

Thankfully, this recipe wasn't chosen until now. While Nathan was deployed, 3 of my friends were my main taste testers and 2 of them don't like coconut. I am glad that Nathan was home for this recipe because he loves coconut and I knew he would love this cake!

The base for the recipe is a white cake flavored with lemon extract. It was very fluffy and incredibly delicious. It has a layer of raspberry jam and is covered in creamy buttercream and finished off with coconut. I loved the final product and am very glad that I made a mini cake or else I would've eaten WAY TOO MUCH cake!



I don't know if I would call this the perfect party cake because I know too many people who don't like coconut, but if you leave it off, then it would be the perfect cake. It would probably please most people.

On a side note, I felt like the cake should have been shaped like a bunny with all that coconut! :) Maybe it was the pastel plate I put it on. Anyway... it would make a PERFECT Easter cake!

Thanks to Carol of Mix, Mix... Stir, Stir for hosting this week. The recipe can be found at her blog!

25 comments:

Carol Peterman said...

Thanks for baking with me this week, and you got to kill two birds with one cake! The coconut garnish would make it a perfect Easter cake. I left the coconut off because I was feeding lots of people and I didn't know where they fell on the love/hate coconut scale. Great job, looking at your cake makes me want a piece for breakfast.

Ingrid said...

Mmmmm, it does look and sound like the perfect party cake. I think what makes it perfect is its adaptability.
~ingrid

finsmom said...

Another gorgeous dish (as usual) :)

Love the polka dot plates!

SUGAR B said...

I agree with you! Perfect cake but frosting not so much!

I made cupcakes instead . . are you surprised? ;)

vibi said...

Very nice Christine! Love the polka dot plate with it, makes it even more whimsical... such a nice funky look with all that coconut! Like a magical fairy cake right out of Narnia!

Susan @ SGCC said...

Lovely cake, Cristine! I happen to love coconut, especially in this cake.

I'm chuckling as I look at your lovely plate. I decorated my cake with multi-colored polka dots and it kind of looks a lot like that! :D

chocolatechic said...

Oh...it looks lovely, and so glad that your hubbie was home to enjoy it.

The Mortensens said...

I really love coconut, so I thought this cake was fabulous, but I think you are right--a lot of people don't love it, so it would be more perfect without it.

Look great!

Jules Someone said...

That is just lovely! Count me in the camp of people who don't like coconut. Ah well.

Flourchild said...

I have a bunny shaped cake tin I should use when I bake this. Your cake looks great!

margot said...

Cute little cake! I couldn't wait for this one either, I was so happy it was finally chosen. And this cake is great without coconut!

Leslie said...

That's the cutest plate, by far! I'm glad your husband was home to enjoy this cake with you!

isa said...

Lovely cake! Love the polka dot plate.

Katy said...

Looks perfect to me!

HoneyB said...

I made this cake with the Daring Bakers and it is the best cake I have ever made....of course, I love coconut. ;-)

Pamela said...

I skipped the coconut and agreed that this cake is a perfect cake for most situations. Very versatile. Glad you guys enjoyed it!

Lori said...

I like this cake, but the buttercream blows me out of the water!

I have to agree about the coconut- not too many people like it, especially the kids around here.


Great job Christine.

AmyRuth said...

Christine I love your darling plate! So cute. Cake does remind me of Easter a little too. Great job!

pinkstripes said...

Your cake looks yummy! Great job.

Megan said...

Isn't that funny - I know more people that DON'T like coconut than people that do.

Glad Nathan got to enjoy it!

teresa said...

I love coconut anything, so this would be a big hit at our house!

Clivia said...

A tiny perfect cake! I'm so glad your hubby's home to enjoy it with you. Well done!

Bunny said...

It is perfect Cristine! Sorry for my absence I had a very rough work week. Thank God it's behind me!

Snooky doodle said...

this cake is my dream! I go mad for coconut

Nancy/n.o.e said...

Your mini cake is adorable on that pretty plate. I'm glad it was a hit and that Nathan was there to eat that coconut goodness!

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