Best Coconut Cake Recipe
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tbsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 2/3 cups granulated sugar
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 tsp coconut flavoured extract
3 egg yolks
1 cup coconut milk
1 cup unsalted butter
1/2 tsp coconut flavoured extract
4 cups icing sugar, sifted and divided
1/2 tsp salt
3 to 4 tbsp coconut milk
2 cups unsweetened flaked coconut,
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PREHEAT oven to 350F. Spray 2 8-in. round cake pans with oil and line bottoms with parchment.
CAKE: Stir flour, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl. Beat butter and sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer on medium, until light and fluffy, 3 min. Beat in oil and coconut extract. Beat in yolks and eggs 1 at a time, scraping sides of the bowl after each addition.
ADD coconut milk and beat on low speed until just combined. (Don’t worry if batter looks scrambled; it will come together with flour.) Use a wooden spoon or spatula to gradually stir in flour mixture until just combined.
DIVIDE batter between prepared pans and tap on counter to eliminate air bubbles. Bake until golden and a cake tester inserted in centre of cake comes out clean, 35 to 40 min. Cool in pans on a rack for 10 min, then run a paring knife around edge of pans and invert onto rack. Remove parchment and cool completely, about 40 min.
FROSTING: Beat butter in a large bowl with an electric mixer on medium, until creamy, 2 min. Add coconut extract and 1 cup of the icing sugar and beat 1 min. Reduce speed and beat in remaining sugar in 3 parts, alternating with coconut milk in 2 parts. Beat on medium-high, scraping down sides of bowl as needed until fluffy, about 2 min.
ASSEMBLE cake on a cake stand. Place 1 cake layer, slipping 3 or 4 short strips of parchment paper under edges of cake to protect the stand. Spread 1 cup frosting evenly over first layer. Place second cake layer over frosting. Spread a thin layer of frosting on sides and top of cake. Spread remaining frosting on top and around the cake. Gently press flaked coconut on top and sides. Remove parchment strips.