I visited family for Easter and it seemed like a good time to make my Coconut Lemon Cake. It was a hit – though my niece would have preferred a less tangy lemon curd. I will admit, I made it super lemony because my brother and I both love lemon.
I made a few changes.
For the cake, I substituted coconut oil for both the oil and butter. When I originally made the cake, I didn’t keep coconut oil in the house, now it’s a staple. This upped the coconut flavor in the cake itself.
For the lemon curd, I flipped the water/lemon juice amounts. Using 1 cup of lemon juice and only 1/2 cup water. This upped the tartness substantially, so be prepared!
For the layers – this time I cut down from 4 to 3, using pie pans for the cake pans. This made for a much sturdier cake without losing any of the flavor – especially with the super tart curd.
Nom-nom. I really could have eaten the entire cake myself.
I’m off to do more prep on the vegetable garden. I have a hoop and 6 wall of water, so I’m hoping to get a head start later this month.
Depending on how the harvest goes, I’m definitely going to get a vacuum sealer to make freezing veggies easier. I. Do. Not. Can.
Are you planning your garden, yet?
Mrs J set her heart on a carrot cake to mark our birthdays, mine belatedly and her’s prospectively. No, I won’t tell you how many!We found a likely looking recipe and went at it this afternoon. We managed to follow it fairly closely, adding raisins and pineapple as is our wont.I suppose we could have been more attentive to the mechanics of grating the carrots, and there seems to be a fair sized chunk of pineapple that made it by the inspectors. I thought the addition of sugared pecans to the frosting was a nice touch. Sugared pecans are easy to make, whisk a couple of egg whites with vanilla until frothy, then toss in a bowl with pecan pieces to coat, then add a half cup of sugar, again tossing until combined, then bake at 300 for 15 minutes in a lined tray, stir, then bake another 10 or so minutes until the pecans brown.
Katie was enjoying the first snow free day a little too much. It’s a good thing she got her ya yas out because we got more snow:It started out with a little sleet but that turned to snow and that fell all day and didn’t taper off till after dark.
Not quite six inches. I got out on the tractor today and bladed the drive.One of Mrs J’s fortified carrot cakes was reward for my labors. It’s a box mix with extra shredded carrot, raisins, and crushed pineapple. Mmm… moist and sweet, especially with the toasted coconut on the cream cheese icing. There’s a little orange zest sprinkled on there, too. Smelled great!Quesadillas with egg, roasted pork, and cheddar garnished with sour cream and a nice hot sauce.Ginger Boy oversees doggie dinner prep. Mrs J buys dry kibble and leavens it with her own blend of goodies. She adds cooked chicken, rice, cottage cheese, green beans, sweet potatoes, liver, and ground beef in varying proportion, cooking it up in big pots and freezing it in plastic containers. The pups love it so she must be doing it right.A stir fry with chicken and various veggies over yellow rice. Not bad but far from my best effort.
I make these every year and they disappear quickly. This year was no different. Not all my pumpkin creations are a success. Playing around with an oatmeal pumpkin cookie, I came up with an inedible concoction. Luckily Bixby and his playmates were not quite so discerning, so it wasn’t a complete waste of ingredients. I was glad to whip a batch of squares up after that to restore my faith in my own cooking.
- 4 eggs
- 1-2/3 cup sugar
- 1 cup oil or butter
- 15 oz can pumpkin (not pie filling)
- 2 cups flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 2 tsp pumpkin spice (less if desired, I like them spicy)
mixing bowl & 13×9 baking dish, greased
Beat eggs, sugar, butter & pumpkin together, add dry ingredients, mixing well. Spread into baking dish, bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes. Cool & frost (frosting below). These are rich, so I would cut them into at least 24 squares.
- 16 oz cream cheese, room temp
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 3-3/4 cups powdered sugar
Mix together cream cheese, sugar & vanilla. Mix until smooth.
You can frost & freeze in an air-tight container for up to 2 weeks. Enjoy.
Originally posted 10/2011
We had fun doing this one. We started out thinking Black Forest Cake when the pastry cream in one of the images Google served up caught our fancy. Youtube has plenty of how to videos for nearly anything you need to learn about – this one is pretty good. One of the comments on a BFC recipe mentioned raspberry filling instead of cherry and before long we were winging it. We used a box mix for the cake, substituting strong coffee for the cup of water in the instructions on the back of the box. A quick trip to the store for the raspberries and we were good to go.
Coconut cake with lemon curd filling and brown butter cream cheese frosting. Mrs J went with box mix white cake and subbed coconut milk for the water and used coconut oil for the vegetable oil. We made 2 boxes worth of cake batter and divided that equally among three 9″ cake rounds. The lemon filling was from this recipe, and we doubled this recipe for the frosting – using browned butter rather than just plain “softened”. We used Splenda throughout. Splenda substitutes in recipes by volume and not by weight so I weighed out one pound of powdered sugar. That came to about 4 cups.
The “Better Luck” in the title is a play on the phrase “Better luck next time”, the first time we did this cake we really liked the taste but the presentation was a little lame. We are getting better but we are still on the learning curve.