Sunday, March 14, 2010

'TIME TO SPRING AHEAD' ~ LEMON COCONUT CAKE

"The beauty of daylight-saving time is that it just makes everyone feel sunnier."

~ Edward Markey



Garden Clock and Daffodil

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LEMON COCONUT CAKE
~ Outstanding triple-layered treat from Oct 2007 Southern Living
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1 cup soft butter
2 cups sugar
4 large eggs, separated
3 cups all purpose flour
1 Tbsp.baking powder
1 cup milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 cups sweetened flaked coconut
mint or rosemary springs for garnish

Lemon Filling

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until fluffy; gradually add sugar, beating well. Add egg yolks, 1 at at time, beating until blended after each addition.
  • Combine flour and baking powder;add to butter mixture alternately with milk, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat at low speed until blended after each addition. Stir in vanilla.
  • Beat egg whites at high speed with electric mixer until stiff peaks form; fold 1/3 of egg whites just until blended. Spoon batter into 3 greased and floured 9-inch round cake pans.
  • Bake at 350º for 18-20 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. cool in pans, and cool completely on wire racks.
  • Spread Lemon Filling between layers. Spread Cream Cheese Frosting on top and sides of cake. Sprinkle top and sides wit coconut. Garnish with mint or rosemary sprigs.

LEMON FILLING:

1 cup sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
1 cup boiling water
4 lightly beaten egg yolks
2 tsp. grated lemon rind
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
2 Tbsp. butter

  • Combine sugar and cornstarch in medium saucepan;whisk in 1 cup boiling water. Cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, until sugar and cornstarch dissolve (abut 2 minutes). gradually whisk about 1/4 of hot sugar mixture into egg yolks; add to remaining hot sugar mixture in pan, whisking constantly. Whisk in lemon rind and juice.
  • Cook, whisking constantly, until mixture is thickened (about 2-3 minutes). Remove from heat. Whisk in butter; let cool completely, stirring occasionally. (1 2/3 cups)


CREAM CHEESE FROSTING:

1/2 cup softened butter
1 (8-oz.) package softened cream cheese
1 (16-oz.) package powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract.

Beat butter and cream cheese at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Gradually add powdered sugar, beating at low speed until blended; stir in vanilla. (3 cups)

25 comments:

Di said...

Joey, charming photo! but where is the lemon cake so I can live vicariously? Love lemons! and a basic cake, but can't do much sugar, so now I'll just think about it. ;)

Hope you are having a sun shining weekend. Headed out to cut more shrubs, then start more seeds.

Gatsbys Gardens said...

I subscribe to Sourthern Living, so I know it is going to be yummy! I did a whole buffet from Southern Living last summer for a friend who was moving south.

Thanks again for your recipes.

Eileen

Edith Hope said...

Dear Joey, Another delicious temptation in the form of a Lemon Coconut Cake. You do have at your finger tips such wonderful receipts, both savoury and sweet, that I think to be a guest in your house would be sheer delight. In fact, do your guests ever leave?

By now you will have me marked down as a complete no hoper in the kitchen - largely true - but I have been known to throw together a Lemon Drizzle Cake which is, even if I am the one saying it, more than passable.

beckie said...

Joey, we will see how sunny I feel in the morning when I have to get up for work. I normally get up at 4:00 which will now seem like 3:00!

The collage is inspired-time for the daffodils to appear and spring to come.

I have found my Easter cake! Thank you for what sounds like a delicious way to end Easter dinner. :)

Catherine said...

Joey~ The perfect quote, perfect photo, & that Lemon cake~sounds perfectly delicious!! I'd love to see pic of it too as Di said, but my mouth is already watering from just reading the recipe! :)
Have a great Sunday!! :)
<3 Cat

Catherine said...

Joey~ A belated but 'Heart felt' congrats on the 2009 Best Michigan Blog Award!! You so deserve it! :)
I'm so not a good friend...I disapear for way too long!:(
Congratulations!!

Big ((Hugs))
<3 Cat

Kiki said...

Hi Joey...So beautiful! I think it's the perfect flavor for the energy of Spring..fresh and vibrant! Lovely post and recipe...gorgeous!
yay..
Kiki~

donna said...

Regarding the quote....sunnier AND like summer.

I'm not so good in the layer cake baking department, but I excel in the layer cake eating deparment:)

donna

joey said...

Thank you, Di! I'm so tempted to lead a 'seedier' life after visiting you! I hear you about sugar, another evil in our lives. Today is not 'outside' beautiful but to me, 'inside' beautiful and just what I need!

Eileen, I have had so many subscriptions throughout the years, Southern Living always a favorite not only for creative gardens but good food. I clip/save/store/file, one reason I began this blog ... to organize my seasonal favorites.

Beckie, as much as I dream of daylight savings, I forget about wonderful people like you. I'm a night owl! Not the best for your hubby, this is a great Easter dessert and why I posted it. Perhaps a forkful would suffice ...

Aw, dear Cat,, thank you. I did not bake this cake today. Easter is coming and this is a family favorite, a request for the holiday. I am delighted to see you back in my life ... you are a treasure! Again, thank you. Surrounded by many talented award winning Michiganders, I am honored :)

How 'sweet', Edith. Indeed, we do have many house guests both here and at the lake but I have yet to find them hiding in the closets :) And do you share your Lemon Drizzle Cake recipe? A huge fan of 'the lemon', I adore tart desserts and you have intrigued me ...

Thanks Kiki ~ you are blessed with beautiful words.

Please know you are not alone, Donna! Count me in beside you with my battling fork!

imac said...

Wonderful post as always,. but a little early for the UK.lol.

joey said...

No daffs blooming here, YET, iMac ... but I live in hope of spring!

Rick said...

Very creative photo - but the daffodil is still on my wishful thinking list :(

Kala said...

That cake sounds scrumptious!

Andrea said...

Hmmmm, it's so yummy! Why did you not include the photos, it must be beautiful too. I'm hungry now!

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Joey: Thanks for the visit, very neat way to handle the time change.

joey said...

Thanks Rick. The daff is still on my wishful thinking list too.

Disappears too fast, Andrea! Seriously, no photo since simply posted a favorite seasonal recipe for spring/Easter.

A spring favorite, Kala. Trust me, it's yummy.

Thanks, Fishing guy! Since the daffodil is the flower of the month, thought this might be a creative idea.

Roses and Lilacs said...

I'm still looking for that first daffodil here too.

I set my bedroom clock Sunday morning but forgot to set the one in the kitchen. So of course I was almost late Sunday afternoon. Obviously it isn't enough that the everyone reminds me to set my clock. They need to remind me to set them all.
Marnie

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

I think that you got me on the cream cheese icing. That would be my downfall.

Oh yum..

Jen

joey said...

We must be patient, Marnie, but this week, weather wise, looks promising. I need to send Mr. Ho-Hum over ... he sets clocks ahead the day before, totally confusing everyone :)

joey said...

You are not alone, Jen! Chilled cream cheese frosting is the best (I also like whipped cream frostings). Hope your weather is delightful!

√ Abraham said...

Pretty post. Lots of things up and looking good on your blog. We have nothing up yet.

Gail said...

But first we feel tired; then we totally love DST! How are you my friend?! gail

joey said...

Thanks Abraham but still fairly quiet outside too. The sun surprised us this afternoon and it's a pleasant 54º ... not complainin' :)

I'm delighted when DST rolls around, dear Gail! It makes me as happy :) to see it come as it makes me sad when it goes away :(

Dirty Girl Gardening said...

Ohh, nice recipe. I'll have to try that this week sometime... I love lemon anything!

Krista said...

Wow... this recipe has my mouth watering! I might actually have to try this one!

Beautiful photo too! :o) I always love visiting here!