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Coconut Crunch Cake with Chocolate Ganache

 

Boy oh boy, do I wish Spring was here.  When I start thinking about Spring,, I start thinking about Easter.  When I think about Easter I start thinking about coconut.  Oh man am I ever a diehard coconut fan.  I’m one of those people who could just eat it straight from the bag, or in the form of a cake…or pie…or ice cream… or candy.  Okay I love anything and everything coconut, especially my latest find… this Coconut Crunch Cake drizzled with Chocolate Ganache. 

As you already know, I love to post many of my own recipes, but I also love to test other recipes by making and taste testing them.  When I ran across this recipe from Martha Stewart, it looked so yummy that I just had to try it out and it only took one bite for me to give this cake a  5 STAR  rating.  I literally can’t wait to add it to my Easter dessert table this year.  

Don;t let the looks of this cake confuse you.  This may look like a pie because it’s one single layer and cut into wedges, but trust me it’s a cake.  And guess what?  It’s not like your ordinary cake.  The texture of the top of this cake is like that of a Coconut Macaroon.  Yes, the very top is slightly crunchy with a chewy texture underneath.  Under the chewy coconut layer is a layer of cake.  I would have named this cake Coconut Macaroon Cake.  Either way, it’s delightfully delicious!

Here’s how easy it was to make this cake…

The Cake Batter:

Top:  I creamed together some butter and coconut oil in a large mixing bowl.  then I whisked some egg whites and added them in, followed by an addition of dry ingredients.

Bottom:  I spread the cake batter out evenly in a butter and greased springform pan.

The Topping:

Left:  I whisked together egg whites and salt, added some vanilla and milk and folded in some coconut.

Right:  I spooned dollops of the topping over the batter and gently spread it over he entire top.

For the Chocolate Ganache:  

Left:   I heated some heavy cream and sugar over medium heat until it was very hot but not boiling.  Next I added some chocolate, vanilla and butter and allowed it to set for about 3 minutes.

Right:   I whisked the mixture until it was smooth.  This my friends, is ganache!

If you love coconut, check out my recipe for Coconut Bon Bons #1  and Coconut Bon Bon’s #2.

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Coconut Crunch Cake with Chocolate Ganache


  • Author: Cindy Gibbs @ My Country Table
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Cook Time: 60
  • Total Time: 90

Ingredients

For the Cake

  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour, plus more for dusting pan
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 can cream of coconut, 5.4 ounces
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs

For the Topping

  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk, 14 ounce
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 3 cups sweetened shredded coconut, 8 ounces

For the Chocolate Ganache

  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate chopped ( I used a 4 ounce bar of Ghirardelli bittersweet chocolate)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Butter and flour a 10-inch springform pan.

For the Cake

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt and set aside.
  2. In a large measuring cup or medium bowl, whisk together the cream of coconut and vanilla and set aside.
  3. Add the coconut oil and butter to a large mixing bowl. Using an electric mixer, mix the mixture on low for about 1 minute, then on medium high until smooth, about 1 minute. Slowly add the sugar and beat for 3-5 minutes on medium high until mixture is pale and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time mixing well after each addition, and scraping down the sides of mixing bowl as needed. With mixer on low, add the flour mixture in 3 batches, alternating with 2 batches of the cream of coconut mixture. Mix just until incorporated. Do not over mix. Spread the batter evenly in the prepared springform pan.

For the Topping

  1. Using the whisk attachment, if using a stand mixer, whisk the egg whites and salt until frothy, about 1 minute. Stir in the milk and vanilla, then fold in the coconut.
  2. Dollop spoonfuls of the topping over the cake batter. Using an offset spatula, carefully spread the topping in an even layer.
  3. Place cake on a rimmed cookie sheet and bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with moist crumbs, about 1 hour. If cake begins to brown too quickly on top, cover it with a tent of foil.
  4. Transfer cake to a wire rack. Allow to set for about 5 minutes. Run a sharp knife around edges and release and remove the outside ring of the springform pan. Allow cake to completely cool on the wire rack.

For the Chocolate Ganache

  1. Add the sugar and heavy cream to a small saucepan. Heat over medium heat, stirring constantly until sugar has dissolved and mixture is very hot, but NOT boiling. Remove from heat.
  2. Add the chocolate and butter and allow to set for about 3 minutes. Stir until smooth and add vanilla. Stir to mix.

To Serve

  1. Slice cake into wedges. Drizzle chocolate ganache over each piece and spoon a small puddle of chocolate beside each piece if desired.
  2. Store in an airtight container. Cake will stay fresh for up to 5 days.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 10

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