When I think of beaches and tropical islands, coconut always comes to mind. I wanted to create a cake that transports your mind and your tastebuds to a far away land and so this Coconut Beach Cake was created! It’s made of a flavour packed coconut sponge using coconut oil, creamed coconut blocks (which you can easily find in the Asian food section) and dessicated coconut. I’ve filled and covered it with a coconut flavoured buttercream with a blue watercolour effect to remind you of those beautiful blue seas from exotic lands. On top is crushed digestive biscuit and white chocolate shells for more of that beach vibe!
Step by step…
To start I melted two creamed coconut blocks with coconut oil, then I stirred them into caster sugar and let the mixture cool for 10 minutes.
I whisked in eggs, then self raising flour and dessicated coconut.
I divided the batter between the tins and baked the cakes for 35 minutes.
To make the buttercream I mixed together butter, icing sugar and coconut flavouring until smooth.
I stacked up the cake, spreading buttercream between each layer. Then I covered the whole cake in a crumb coat of buttercream and chilled it in the fridge.
To create the watercolour icing effect I first separated some of the buttercream into bowls and coloured it two shades of blue. Then I covered the cake in a layer of the white buttercream, then added blobs of the blue buttercreams all around.
I smoothed the buttercream out to create the watercolour effect.
To decorate I added crushed digestive biscuits as sand and some white chocolate shells I had made in a silicone mould.
This Coconut Beach Cake will fill your mind with memories of your last beach holiday, and make you want to book another one immediately!
The sponge of the Coconut Beach Cake is a different texture to the cakes I normally make using butter, it’s denser but in a good way! And it’s absolutely packed with coconut flavour!
Recommended equipment & ingredients*
|8″ cake tins||Mixing bowls||Cooling rack|
|Kitchen scales||Creamed coconut||Blue food colouring|
|Shell mould||Electric hand mixer||Round cake tin liners|
|Decorating turntable||Buttercream scraper/smoother||Angled palette knife|
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Coconut Beach Cake
Cake packed with coconut flavour and decorated with a watercolour buttercream effect
For the sponge
- 400 g Creamed coconut block
- 100 g Coconut oil
- 500 g Caster sugar
- 9 Eggs large
- 500 g Self raising flour
- 150 g Dessicated coconut
For the buttercream
- 475 g Butter or baking spread
- 950 g Icing sugar
- 3 tsp Coconut flavouring
- Blue food colouring I use Pro Gel
For the decorations
- 6 Digestive biscuits crushed
- White chocolate shells optional
Pre-heat your oven to 160C Fan/180C/350F/Gas Mark 4, and grease and line three 8" cake tins
Melt the coconut oil and creamed coconut blocks in a pan on a low heat
Remove from the heat and pour into a mixing bowl, add the caster sugar and mix well, leave to cool for 10 minutes
Add the eggs and whisk until fully incorporated
Add the self raising flour and whisk in until you can't see any flour anymore
Mix in the dessicated coconut
Divide the mixture between the tins, use scales for accuracy
Bake them for 30-35 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean. Leave them to fully cool either in the tins or remove from the tin and place on cooling racks
To make the buttercream mix the butter and icing sugar together. Once it starts to come together add the coconut flavouring and mix until smooth. I use my electric hand whisk to do this but you can also do it by hand with a spoon
If the cakes have domed on top, level them off with a cake leveller or a serrated knife
Put one of the sponges on a decorating turntable and spread over some buttercream, add the second sponge and spread over more buttercream, then add the third sponge
Fully crumb coat the cake, this means cover the whole cake in a thin layer of buttercream to seal in the cake crumbs, then put it in the fridge for 30 minutes to firm up
Put two heaped tablespoons of buttercream into a bowl and colour with the blue food colouring to a light blue shade, do the same with two more heaped tablespoons of buttercream in another bowl and colour it a slightly darker blue (or lighter if you've gone too dark with the first batch)
Cover the whole cake in a layer of the white buttercream then add blobs of the two blue buttercreams randomly all around the sides
Use a cake scraper to smooth the sides and create the watercolour effect, making sure to wipe off excess buttercream from the scraper as you go. Once the sides are smoothed to your liking, add some blue buttercream to the top of the cake and smooth it out using a palette
Transfer the cake to your cake stand or serving plate
Add the digestive biscuit on top and around the sides
Add your chocolate shells and any other decoration you are using
Leftovers will keep in an airtight container in a cool place for 2-3 days
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