Heavenly Coconut Seduction Cake

For my birthday I received the gorgeous cookbook Rose's Heavenly Cakes. I have read rave reviews about this book and couldn't wait to test out a recipe. I had my sights set on the Heavenly Coconut Seduction Cake but the problem was that I didn't have a can of cream of coconut. To say finding cream of coconut in Ontario, Canada is challenging would be an understatement. So my cake recipe had to wait but not for long.

My family and I decided to take a jaunt over to the US this past weekend and enjoyed an incredible shopping excursion in Syracuse, NY. I immediately hit up Pottery Barn and Williams Sonoma. I am in love with both stores and definitely plan on being a returning visitor.

While at Williams Sonoma, I decided to ask a clerk where I could find the infamous Cream of Coconut. She swiftly pointed me in the direction of a Wegman's and advised me that Wegman's is simply the best of the best. This store, sent from the heavens it seemed, would have everything and more. As I have never even seen a Wegman's before I thought that perhaps I would be in for a treat. I was. The store was HUGE! It had everything I could imagine including the cream of coconut. Their candy section alone was impressive. I have never seen a grocery store with so many selections before, let alone one that divides M&Ms into the difference colors and loads them up into lovely little dispensers for easy access. My daughter was delirious over the bakery department. She states she has never ever EVER seen so many different types of bagels in her life. Last but not least, they had jars of imported clotted cream which I was desperately seeking to make a clotted cream cake! So Wegman's has won me over. I am a true fan now and cannot wait to return to the US for another tour.

Back to the cake: after successfully locating cream of coconut, I started making this cake within one hour after returning from my trip. It is amazing how one can barely stand up one minute, exhausted to the bone, yet the baking addiction, forever present, quickly rises one up on their feet again and fills them with energy! Only after the cake was baked, cooled, frosted and eaten did I fall into bed and sleep like a baby.

The coconut cake is not a complex recipe at all. It has coconut in the batter as well as sprinkled on top. The cream of coconut adds moisture and flavor. The frosting is nothing more than stabilized whipped cream to which I added a bit of vanilla and a bit of coconut extract. By adding a cornstarch stabilizer blend to the whipped cream you avoid whipped cream separating and it preserves the consistency for 24 hours refrigerated. What I liked just as much was how the stabilizer changed the texture and flavor of the whipped cream to that one a smooth creamy heaven with hints of custard flavor. I could have easily sat back and eaten loads of it by the spoonful it was simply that good.

To get started have a small food processor nearby; one that can accommodate about 1 cup of dry ingredients. Now let's begin!

A must have !

The Heavenly Coconut Seduction Cake baked and ready for frosting!

*altered source recipe for Heavenly Coconut Seduction Cake: Rose's Heavenly Cakes



3 large egg whites at room temperature
2/3 cup creamed coconut (run through the food processor first to combine thoroughly)
3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3/4 teaspoon coconut extract
1/2 cup minus 1 tablespoon fine granulated sugar
1/2 cup desiccated unsweetened coconut
2 cups cake flour (sifted first into measuring cups and leveled off). I usually simply measure this to ensure accuracy. You are looking for 7 ounces (200 grams) of flour
2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter at room temperature, cut into small chunks


2 tablespoons powdered sugar
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon coconut extract
sweetened shredded coconut (optional)


MOVE OVEN RACK to lower third of oven
PREHEAT oven to 350F
GREASE bottom and sides of one 9 inch round cake pan. Line bottom with parchment paper and spray parchment paper with baking spray (a spray with added flour is great too).
IN MEDIUM BOWL, whisk together egg whites, 3 tablespoons cream of coconut, vanilla and coconut extracts. Set aside.
IN FOOD PROCESSOR, pulse together sugar and coconut until you have a fine powder
IN LARGE BOWL (or bowl of stand mixer), mix coconut/sugar mixture, flour, baking powder and salt on low speed for 30 seconds (stand or hand held electric mixtures both work well)
ADD butter and remaining cream of coconut
MIX AT MEDIUM SPEED for 1 1/2 minutes scraping down bowl when required
KEEPING BEATING at medium speed and slowly add egg whites mixture in 2 parts, beating 30 seconds after each addition
POUR batter into prepared pan
SMOOTH surface evenly
BAKE 30-40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Mine was perfect at 30 minutes on the dot! NOTE: do not remove until cake starts to pull away from sides of pan.
LET COOL in pan on cooling rack for 10 minutes
REMOVE from pan and allow to cool on cake stand


IN SMALL SAUCEPAN, over med/low heat, whisk together sugar and cornstarch.
GRADUALLY add 1/4 cup heavy cream
BRING TO LOW BOIL stirring continuously
SIMMER for a few seconds until thickened
SCRAPE mixture into heat proof bowl
LET COOL to room temperature
STIR in vanilla extract

IN LARGE MIXING BOWL (stand mixing bowl if using), BEAT remaining whipped cream until traces of beater marks begin to appear
ADD cooled cornstarch mixture
BEAT until stiff peaks form

FROST top of cake with whipped cream
SPRINKLE with sweetened shredded coconut if desired



Thank you for your comments!

Linda @ Lemon Drop