Lemon Coconut Cake

Coconut Lemon Cake 1

It’s that time of year again where spring has sprung upon us and Easter is right on our doorstep!  It’s an exciting time of year for these reasons but also because the days are getting longer and the weather warmer.

Now, spring is one of our favorite times of year because we truly enjoy the colors that awaken with spring.  Easter is also our grandmother’s favorite holiday and because of this, it’s such a wonderful way to use such colors in these baked goods to brighten up her day.

Lemon and coconut are usually popular items and coupling for this holiday so we wanted to share with you our creation with this combination.  Usually you see complex or over the top concoctions but we wanted to do something simple and elegant, just the way spring is.  So we decided to make a lemon cake with a lemon frosting and coconut topping.  Let us tell you, this is a cake everyone will enjoy.Coconut Lemon Cake 3

 

 

Coconut Lemon Cake 2

We do recommend that if you are going for a tall cake to double this recipe.  If you are looking for a smaller cake, follow this recipe to a t.  But remember, the most important part is to have fun with it.  So grab your lemon and let’s go.

Coconut Lemon Cake 4

Cake Ingredients:

  • 4 large eggs
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • ¼ half and half
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 ½ sticks butter, softened
  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder

Lemon Frosting:

  • 6 tablespoons flour
  • ¾ cup half and half
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • 1 ½ sticks butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • Unsweetened coconut

Cake Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Place butter and sugar in a mixer and beat until well combined.  Add in the eggs, one at a time, and beat until well mixed.  Pour in the vanilla and lemon and combine.

In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt and mix together.  Pour small amounts into the butter and sugar mixture and mix just until combined.  DO NOT over mix or this will result in a toughened cake.  By mixing only until the flour is just combined ensures a less dense good.  Scrape down sides frequently to get every part of the batter.  When half of the flour mix has been combined, add in half of the half and half and mix until combined.  Pour the remaining flour mix gradually and then the final amount of the half and half, repeating the mixing process.

In two greased, 8 inch cake pans, pour equal amounts of the batter into each pan.  If you want just a single layer cake, use only one pan.  We used two because it makes it easier than cutting the cake in half after it’s been baked.

Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.  To make sure you don’t over bake, just check on it every 10 minutes.

Once done, allow to cool for 10 minutes and then remove from pan and place on cooling racks.

Frosting

Base Instructions-

In a small saucepan, pour the half and half and flour into it and stir with a whisk to combine.  Turn the heat on to medium heat and continue whisking until it begins to feel thick.  At this point, allow it to sit for several seconds to begin solidifying and then use a rubber spatula to stir the mixture.  Once the flour and half and half have completely solidified into a pudding like texture, remove from heat and pour into a separate bowl.  Allow to fully cool.  You can speed this part up by placing in the fridge and stirring frequently.

Frosting-

Once the flour and cream mixture has completely cooled, you can begin making the actual frosting.  In a mixer with the whisk attachment, combine the sugar and butter and mix until well combined.  Scrape down sides and mix again.  Add in the base mixture as well as the extract and lemon juice and whip on high speed for several minutes or until everything is mixed extremely well.

This frosting was enough to fully cover the cake from the above recipe.

Decorate your cake with either flaked or shredded unsweetened coconut as well as any other decorative items you would like.

Enjoy!

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