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Friday, November 30, 2012

Friday's Recipe ~ Coconut Cake from the Halekulani Hotel, Hawaii

Disclaimer right off the top.  Do not read the nutritional info. Just bake and enjoy!



This fabulous cake came from the majestic Halekulani Hotel on Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, Hawaii, where it has been the hotel’s signature cake for years. It’s cut into three layers, then pasted together with pastry cream. Don’t worry if your layers aren’t perfect; once it’s put together, you’ll never know. The taste is all you’ll care about.

Ingredients
Sponge Cake:
 
1 1/2 cups cake flour
2/3 cup sugar, plus 1/2 cup, divided
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
2/3 cup water
8 egg whites
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar

Pastry Cream:
 
2 cups 2% reduced-fat milk, divided
1/2 cup sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
6 tablespoons cornstarch
2 eggs
2 tablespoons butter
1 1/4 cups sweetened flaked coconut
1/2 cup amaretto

Whipped Cream:

3 cups heavy cream
3 tablespoons sugar
1/2 cup sweetened flaked coconut
Prep Time - 25 min.
Cook Time - 10 min.

Instructions

1. To prepare the cake, preheat the oven to 350F. Grease and flour a 9-inch springform pan.

2. Sift together cake flour, 2/3 cup sugar, salt and baking powder in a small bowl. In separate bowl, combine oil, egg and water; add to flour mixture. Mix until smooth.

3. Whip egg whites and cream of tartar. Gradually add 1/2 cup sugar and whip until stiff peaks form. Fold egg whites into batter until just combined.  

4. Pour into pan and bake about 30 minutes or until center is set. Remove from pan set aside to cool. Store in the refrigerator several hours before cutting.

5. To prepare the pastry cream, combine 1 3/4 cups milk, sugar, salt and vanilla in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium-high heat until tiny bubbles form. Combine remaining milk with cornstarch; add eggs and beat several times.

6. Add ½ cup hot milk mixture to egg mixture; mix well. Pour egg mixture back into milk mixture in saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until thick. Remove from heat and stir in butter. Scrape custard into a bowl. Cover with plastic wrap. Store in the refrigerator.

7. To prepare the whipped cream, combine heavy cream and sugar in a nonreactive mixing bowl and whip until stiff peaks form. 

8. Add 1 cup of whipped cream, amaretto and 1 1/4 cups coconut to pastry cream; stir well. Set remaining whipped cream and coconut aside.

9. When cake is completely cooled, cut into three layers using a serrated knife. Place one layer on a 9-inch cake board or a serving plate. Place half the pastry cream on top and spread to edge evenly. Place second layer of cake on top of pastry cream and spread remaining pastry cream on top. Place third layer of cake on top. Frost top and sides of cake with remaining whipped cream and sprinkle with 1/2 cup coconut.


Recipe by permission from the Halekulani Hotel, Honolulu.
Nutritional Info (per serving)
Calories 600
Fat 35g 
Saturated Fat 20g
Polyunsaturated Fat 4.5g
Monounsaturated Fat 9g
Cholesterol 155mg
Sodium 360mg
Potassium 250mg
Carbohydrates 61g
Fiber 2g
Sugars 38g
Protein 9g

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3 comments:

Ellis Vidler said...

You're a wicked woman, Leslie. :-) How can I resist? I have to try this. I looks delicious, something I'd love.
Thanks for sharing (I think) the recipe!

Leslie Ann aka LA said...

Hi Ellis,
Wicked you say. Well, maybe! It's always good to have a divine recipe like this for special and whenever-you-want-to-splurge moments.

Let me know how it turns out.

LA

Audra Harders said...

OMG, Leslie! I don't know whether to laugh or cry over this cake and the recipe. Ellis calls you wicked...I call the cake sinful.

LOL! Only our taste bud win, eh?

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