12 Layer Coconut Cake Recipe

12 Layer Coconut Cake Recipe
Contributor
Peninsula Grill

It tastes just as good as it looks, trust us. 

20
Servings
1021
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 2  Cups  coconut flakes, medium shred
  • 1  Pound  unsalted butter
  • 3  Cups  granulated sugar
  • eggs
  • 1 1/2  Cup  heavy cream
  • 1 1/2  Tablespoon  vanilla extract
  • 4 1/2  Cups  all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2  Tablespoon  baking powder
  • 1/2  Teaspoon  kosher salt
  • sliced strawberries

Filling

  • 5  Cups  heavy cream
  • 3  Cups  granulated sugar
  • 1  Pound  unsalted butter
  • 4  Tablespoons  cornstarch
  • 3  Tablespoons  water
  • 1  Teaspoon  vanilla extract
  • 9  Cups  coconut, medium shred

Frosting

  • 1  Cup  unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 5  Cups  powdered sugar
  • 1/2  Pound  cream cheese
  • 1  Teaspoon  vanilla extract

Coconut Crème Anglaise

  • 1  Cup  heavy cream
  • 1/4  Cup  unsweetened coconut flakes, medium shred
  • egg yolks
  • 4  Tablespoons  granulated sugar

Simple Syrup

  • 1  Cup  sugar
  • 1  Cup  water

Directions

Method: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.Spread the coconut evenly onto a medium sheet pan and bake until lightly browned; eight to ten minutes. Reserve for the cake assembly.In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add the eggs three at a time, mixing well after each addition, until light in color.In a separate bowl combine the heavy cream, vanilla extract, and coconut oil. In another bowl sift the flour, baking powder, and salt. Starting with the cream mixture, alternately add the wet and the dry sifted ingredients until all are incorporated. Scrape down the sides of the bowl after each addition.Spray two (ten-inch) round cake pans with cooking spray and divide the batter evenly among them. Bake until toothpicks inserted into the cakes come out clean; about 50 minutes to an hour.

Filling

Method: In a medium saucepan combine the cream, sugar, and butter and bring to a simmer. In a separate bowl whisk the cornstarch and water together to form a slurry. After the cream comes to a boil remove it from the heat. Stir the slurry into the cream mixture, bring to a boil, then remove from the heat. Stir in the vanilla extract and coconut. Place in the refrigerator overnight.

Frosting

Method: In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment cream together the butter, sugar, and cream cheese until light in color. Mix in the vanilla extract until incorporated.

Coconut Crème Anglaise

Method: In a small saucepan combine the cream and coconut over medium-high heat, and bring to a boil. Set aside to steep for 20 minutes, then strain and discard the coconut. Return the cream to the saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat. In a mixing bowl whisk together the egg yolks and sugar until the sugar dissolves and the eggs are light in color. Pour 1/2 cup of the hot cream into the egg mixture very slowly, whisking constantly. Pour this mixture into the hot cream mixture, whisking constantly. Stir constantly over low heat with a wooden spoon until the mixture coats the back of the spoon. Remove from the heat, strain, and chill.

Simple Syrup

In a small saucepan combine sugar and water, and bring to a boil over high heat. Remove from the heat and cool completely before using.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
45g
64%
Sugar
8g
9%
Saturated Fat
18g
75%
Cholesterol
55mg
18%
Carbohydrate, by difference
138g
100%
Protein
16g
35%
Vitamin A, RAE
186µg
27%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
2mg
3%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
3µg
3%
Calcium, Ca
445mg
45%
Choline, total
22mg
5%
Fiber, total dietary
12g
48%
Fluoride, F
2µg
0%
Folate, total
156µg
39%
Iron, Fe
7mg
39%
Magnesium, Mg
36mg
11%
Manganese, Mn
1mg
56%
Niacin
6mg
43%
Pantothenic acid
1mg
20%
Phosphorus, P
199mg
28%
Riboflavin
1mg
91%
Selenium, Se
23µg
42%
Sodium, Na
913mg
61%
Thiamin
1mg
91%
Vitamin D (D2 + D3)
1µg
7%
Water
87g
3%
Zinc, Zn
1mg
13%

Coconut Cake Shopping Tip

Be sure to purchase the correct flour a recipe calls for – flours differ in gluten or protein content, making each suited for specific tasks.

Coconut Cake Cooking Tip

Insert a toothpick into the center of cakes, bar cookies, and quick breads to test for doneness – it should come out clean or only have a few crumbs clinging to it.