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Megans Cookin: Coconut Lime Cake

Monday, April 13, 2009

Coconut Lime Cake

I hope everyone had a happy Easter. We didn't do much. We stayed home and had the usual Easter festivities among the three of us. We're going out of town this Spring break, so I need this time to get organized and ready.

Dinner? Awe, thanks for asking. It was lovely!
We had a spiral ham with Mac and Cheese. Kellie LOVES macaroni and cheese and this was the perfect opportunity to make this recipe again. Served with fresh roasted asparagus, it was delicious!!!

We also had a Coconut and Lime Cake that was scrumptious. I decorated it a bit for Easter. The coconut topping was perfect to decorate for the holiday and I used some leftover flowers I had from my wedding cake project.

I figure I better show this cake now, even if it's after Easter. I don't want the pictures to sit on my computer like my Christmas cake did. Who wants to see a pretty Christmas cake come Valentines? Exactly! You know what I'm talking about. So I don't want to show you my Easter cake on the 4Th of July. I can be lazy like that sometimes.

But don't think of this as an Easter cake! It was just decorated with an Easter theme. This is an everyday cake that's perfect with a cup of coffee first thing in the morning! ;)

I first saw this cake over at Maria's blog, Two Peas and Their Pod. She used buttermilk, I used regular. Go ahead, you can check out her cake here!

Coconut Lime Cake
1 cup sweetened flaked coconut
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
1 tablespoon grated lime zest
2 large eggs
1 3/4 cups Cake flour
1 tsp Baking Powder
1/4 tsp Baking Soda
3/4 cup milk
1/4 cup fresh lime juice, divided
1 cup confectioners sugar
1 tablespoon rum (optional)

Preheat oven to 350°F with rack in middle. Generously butter a 9- by 2-inch round cake pan and line bottom with a round of parchment paper.

Beat together butter, granulated sugar, and zest with an electric mixer until fluffy. Beat in eggs 1 at a time. Stir together flour and 1/2 cup coconut (reserve remainder for topping). Stir together milk and 2 Tbsp lime juice. At low speed, mix flour and milk mixtures into egg mixture alternately in batches, beginning and ending with flour.
Spoon batter into pan and smooth top. Bake until golden and a wooden pick inserted into center comes out clean, 40 to 45 minutes. Cool to warm, then turn out of pan and discard parchment.
Whisk together confectioners sugar, remaining 2 Tbsp lime juice, and rum (if using) and pour over cake. Sprinkle with remaining coconut.



Blogger Zesty Cook said...

Holy WOW - that cake looks amazing. I am craving something sweet right now and this is not helping Megan :)

April 13, 2009 at 9:53 AM  
Blogger Shelby said...

Looks awesome Megan!

April 13, 2009 at 11:10 AM  
Blogger Katherine Roberts Aucoin said...

Amazing looking cake! You are one talented lady Megan! Hope you enjoy Spring break!

April 13, 2009 at 11:24 AM  
Blogger Sara said...

What an amazing looking cake! Just beautiful. I'm sure it tasted great too.

April 13, 2009 at 12:10 PM  
Blogger Barbara Bakes said...

I saw this recipe on Maria's site and plan to make it. Your version is spectacular!

April 13, 2009 at 12:28 PM  
Anonymous Karen said...

Cute cake! Happy Easter.

April 13, 2009 at 1:48 PM  
Anonymous Julie said...

So pretty!! Great job!

April 13, 2009 at 4:13 PM  
Blogger April said...

Happy Belated Easter! Sounds like you had a great one! I need a piece of this to take me way to that tropical island!! It looks great, and the decoration is gorgeous! We need to chat soon, I've missed you!

April 13, 2009 at 5:17 PM  
Blogger Reeni said...

This is so pretty, Megan!! It looks just like Easter Grass. And did I say delicious? I love the flavor combo!

April 13, 2009 at 6:57 PM  
Blogger Donna-FFW said...

This cake looks so beautiful...perfect for the holidays.. The flavors must be wonderful together..

April 13, 2009 at 7:21 PM  
Blogger Laurie said...

That's so beautiful Megan, Happy Easter!!

April 13, 2009 at 7:38 PM  
Anonymous noble pig said...

What a beauty...I love those two flavors together.

April 13, 2009 at 11:16 PM  
Blogger Sara said...

So cute! What an awesome Easter cake. The flowers are gorgeous!

April 14, 2009 at 8:45 AM  
Blogger Maria said...

Love your Easter cake! Too cute! Glad you tried it!

April 14, 2009 at 9:42 AM  
Blogger The Food Hunter said...

This cake is beautiful. I bet it tasted just as good.

April 14, 2009 at 1:39 PM  
Blogger The Blonde Duck said...

That looks so proffesional! I love how you decorated it!

April 14, 2009 at 2:23 PM  
Blogger Screamin' Mama said...

YUMMMM...I love coconut...I'm sure this cake is divine!

April 14, 2009 at 2:49 PM  
Blogger Yan said...

its a pretty garden (cake) with blooming colorful flowers... delishly gorgeous!!!!!

April 14, 2009 at 7:35 PM  
Anonymous Sara said...

Gorgeous cake. I love the green coconut.

April 15, 2009 at 6:11 AM  
Blogger stephchows said...

this is TOTALLY the reason why I associate coconut shavings with easter :)

April 15, 2009 at 7:49 AM  
Blogger Dragon said...

I love coconut and lime together. This cake looks adorable.:)

April 15, 2009 at 7:32 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

That cake is so bright and pretty it makes me smile! Happy Easter!

April 16, 2009 at 7:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a beautiful cake, sounds like you had a lovely easter.

April 20, 2009 at 9:06 AM  
Blogger glamah16 said...

What a cute cake and love the flavor combo. Very nice.

April 20, 2009 at 2:18 PM  
Blogger Angela said...

That's such a great idea for a cake - it looks great.

May 3, 2009 at 8:08 PM  
Blogger Ingrid_3Bs said...

I've seen that cake a time or two and have had the same thoughts each time, mmmm this looks good and I need to give it a try. You did a great job making it festive looking for Easter.

Btw, thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting!

May 18, 2009 at 6:40 AM  

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