Coconut Tea Cake

Looks moist in the middle, doesn't it?


This week Carmen of Carmen Cooks selected Dorie’s Coconut Tea Cake for the TWD Bakers to bake. Visit Carmen Cooks – her food photos are brilliant! Her Dulce de Leche Duos look fabulous! If mine turned out like hers, I’d bake them again for sure!
I was dubious about baking the Coconut Tea Cake. I’m not a fan of coconut but lately don’t seem to mind it as much. It calls for unsweetened coconut milk and amazingly, coconut milk can be found at your local grocery store!
I decided to try the Coconut Lime Tea Cake in the Playing Around section of Dorie’s book. While I was slowly pouring the coconut milk/butter mixture into the batter I remembered that I had bought 2 limes for this cake. Argh! I wasn’t able to blend the lime zest with the sugar obviously but I was able to squeeze the juice out of one of the limes and add it to the batter just in time. Yeesh. No rum to be had in the house so an alcohol-free cake this time.

It sure looks nice, maybe a little too golden?


Can you spot the crack? I hid it pretty well!


I set the timer for 60 minutes, at the end of which the knife came out clean. After cooling 10 minutes on the rack, flipped the bundt pan over and chaos! The pan slipped from my hand, crashed onto the counter and cracked the cake (and scared Marshall who ran into the bedroom upon hearing the crash)! Rats! I was so mad at myself, but naturally I ended up blaming the cake. HAH! I wasn’t going to glaze the cake, that’ll teach it to slip out of my hands. The Beau didn’t think that was such a good idea, although he wasn’t disagreeing with me since I was still mad at that point. After I had cooled down for 10 minutes, I decided to make a glaze to try to cover the crack. I mixed some of the leftover coconut milk and some lime juice with powdered sugar and glazed the cake. It looked soo pretty, how could I hold a grudge against the cake?

The coconut milk/lime juice glaze was soo tasty!


But then I tried to slice a piece of cake and had some misgivings. It was kind of hard to slice the cake and that’s not a good sign is it? The crust was a bit crusty although the inside wasn’t. I sliced thecracked part for the Beau and I to try and we both thought it was a bit dry. We both liked the flavor though. He’s taking it to work today for his co-workers to have with their morning coffee instead of their afternoon tea. I sliced the whole cake and the other pieces, while still crusty on the outside, felt more moist on the inside. I’m hoping that the piece we ate was more dry because of the crack in the cake, at least that’s the reason I keep telling myself…
Check out the other TWD Bakers to see how their Coconut Tea Cakes turned out! Seems like some came out dry and others came out moist. Some used cardamom too! And for heaven’s sake already, buy the book!
UPDATE: The Beau’s co-workers ate it all up! They also thought it was moist too! Phew! I saved another piece for the Beau and I to have for dessert last night and it was moister than our first piece! I’d make this again, only this time I’d remember to rub the lime zest with the sugar and add some to the glaze as well!

Last Week: Dulce de Leche Duos
Next Week: Mocha-Walnut Marbled Bundt Cake

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27 responses to this post.

  1. Your cake looks delicious! I also couldn’t resist adding a glaze to mine. It just finishes the cake off and looks so pretty!

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  2. Looks delicious with the glaze! I found the outside a bit tough too, but it soften up and get moister.

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  3. I just love that bundt pan… and the glaze, too!! 🙂 Beautiful job!

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  4. Hey! We have the same pan! 🙂 It came out beautiful! Love your glaze.

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  5. I love your pan and the shape it makes. Where did you get it?

    Really can’t tell you had a disaster. Nice save.

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  6. I really don’t like kitchen disasters! I don’t have time for them. I only cooked my cake 50 minutes,it was moist and delicious. Love your pan.

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  7. Im glad it ended up being moist. Mine never got there…

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  8. This looks fabulous! I can’t even tell there was a crack. We thought it was moister the second day, too.

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  9. Your cake looks great! I’ve learned with this TWD group that one of my favorite things to do is rub zest in to sugar!
    I made mini bundts with lemon. Good stuff.

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  10. I don’t even see the crack in the cake! I thought that this one got better with time, too. It looks wonderful with the glaze and I’m glad everyone enjoyed it!

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  11. I’m wondering if it gets less dry over time. Mine seemed to be more moist the next day.

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  12. You can use a vegetable peeler or a mandolin to get the shaved coconut. I used the peeler, as I’m a bit afraid of the mandolin.
    😛
    Getting into a fresh coconut is easy: just get a hammer and a pointy thing (screwdriver/metal skewer). Poke through the eyes and drain the coconut water, then hammer it till it breaks! I do it on my balcony, and I’m sure the whole neighbourhood thinks I’m nuts! Then pry it out of the shell with a flat screwdriver/oyster or cheese knife. You can peel the brown skin, but if I’m shaving it into thin strips, I leave it because it looks nice and isn’t too tough when there’s just a thin strip.
    So, this Easter, tackle a coconut!!

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  13. It looks so pretty! Don’t be mad at it! I think this is a good office treat – my coworkers loved it.

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  14. so pretty!

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  15. Your cake is gorgeous – beautiful pan and lovely glaze! Glad it was a hit with the CWs!

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  16. I couldn’t see the crack anywhere! Great looking cake and it looks even better with the glaze!

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  17. Nice job fixing the crack, the glaze looks yummy! I’m glad it was a hit with the co-workers; I always feel bad when I bring in treats I’m unsure about (everyone loves homemade goodies, though).

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  18. Beautiful cake! It looks moist and perfect!

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  19. Gorgeous cake! I love that plate too.

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  20. Posted by Eliza on March 31, 2010 at 10:53 am

    Ahh i also forgot to rub the lime zest in the sugar, but i made up for it with the juice! great job hiding the crack! i couldnt even tell it was there. glad the beau’s co-workers enjoyed. it looks great with the glaze

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  21. I’m glad people liked it even though you found it to be a little dry! I did find mine to be a bit dry but everybody still seemed to love it. Next time, I’m going to bake mine for 5-10 minutes less. Thanks for baking with me this week!

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  22. looks perfect- glad the coworkers enjoyed it

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  23. your cake looks good. dang i love glaze. and don’t you love when co-workers gobble things up. fun!

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  24. Your cake is beautiful! And I love the plate you have it on!!

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  25. Looks great — I love the way the glaze runs down the sides.

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  26. Funny, mine was moist too – I wonder what was with the “dry” ones…. glad everyone loved it – it looks wonderful. I too – love the serving plate! Next time, try the rum – definitely worth it! 🙂

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