Light, delicately sweet, and wonderfully textured, this coconut cake makes the perfect early spring dessert…or even breakfast! A layer of frosting and toasted coconut flakes on top make this cake truly something special.
Recipe adapted from here
Yield 1 cake (about 10-12 servings)
3 1/2 cups of spelt flour
3 cups of unsweetened shredded coconut
2 tablespoons of baking powder
Zest of 2 lemons (about 3-4 tablespoons)
1 teaspoon of salt
2/3 cup of coconut nectar (or honey if you’re not vegan)
2 cups of full-fat coconut milk
1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
Coconut frosting, double the recipe (or even triple it if you love frosting!)
1 1/2 cups of unsweetened coconut flakes
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line two 9-inch cake pans with a circle of parchment paper and grease both well with coconut oil. Set aside.
In a large bowl, sift together the spelt flour, baking powder, and salt. Whisk together to combine, then add the shredded coconut and lemon zest. Stir and set aside.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients, then pour into the bowl with the dry ingredients, one half at a time. Use a spatula to fold everything together until JUST combined–too much and you’ll wind up with a tough cake.
Divide the batter evenly between the two pans, and bake until a toothpick comes out mostly clean in the center, about 35 minutes. Let cool in the pans for 30 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
Meanwhile, make the coconut frosting. Toast the coconut flakes on a baking sheet in the 350 degree oven until golden-brown, about 5 to 7 minutes, stirring every few minutes to prevent burning. Set aside.
Once the cakes are cool, use a serrated knife to cut off the rounded top on one of the cakes. (You can eat this–shh–I won’t tell anyone!) With a spatula or preferably an inverted spatula, spread a thick layer of frosting on the now-flat cake top. Place the other cake on top, then use the rest of the frosting to cover up the outside of the entire cake.
Strategically dump all of the toasted coconut all over the cake. I know the phrase “strategically dump” is an oxymoron but basically just go with it in an attempt to make something pretty. It will taste good no matter what.