Tuesday, November 30, 2010

White Coconut Cake

Bekah thanks a Million for introducing me to one of the best cakes of all time!! And the fabulous Calzones beforehand......

Ingredients

Rum syrup:

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup light rum
  • Splash coconut extract
  • 1/2 cup sugar

  • 3 cups cake flour, plus more for pans
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • Pinch kosher salt
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pans
  • 2 cups baker's or superfine sugar
  • 4 whole eggs
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • Splash coconut extract
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • Coconut Buttercream, recipe follows

  • 1 cup sweetened flake coconut (long, lacy flakes)

Directions

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

Make the rum syrup. In a small saucepan heat the water, rum, coconut extract and sugar until the sugar dissolves completely. Simmer for 5 minutes then remove from heat.

Sift together dry ingredients: cake flour, baking powder, and salt and set aside. Line and grease 2 (9-inch) cake pans with butter then dust lightly with flour.

In a bench-top mixer (with the paddle attachment), cream butter and sugar until pale in color and light and fluffy - about 2 to 3 minutes. Scrape down the sides with a rubber spatula then with the mixer on low add eggs 1 at a time. Mix for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the milk, coconut and vanilla extract and mix on low until combined. Gradually add the flour mixture, scraping down the sides, if necessary. Once flour is fully incorporated stop the mixer.

Divide batter evenly amongst the 2 cake pans and bake in the center of the oven for 40 to 50 minutes until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean. When done, transfer cakes to wire racks and allow to cool completely.

Remove paper lining then carefully cut each cake in half horizontally using a bread knife. Remove the domed top off 1 of the halves so you have 3 flat disks and 1 domed disk (this will be the top layer).

Assemble the cake directly on your platter by layering 1 of the disks on the plate as a base. Using a pastry brush, wet the layer evenly with the rum syrup then spread with a 1/2-inch of coconut cream. Repeat this process of wetting and spreading until you reach the 4th top layer which will be the domed disk. Place on top and lightly wet the entire cake with remaining rum mixture. Cover the rest of the cake with the frosting and sprinkle all over with coconut flakes.

Set in the refrigerator for 1 hour before serving.

Coconut Buttercream:

  • 1 pound (4 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 pounds (about 8 cups) confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tablespoon coconut extract
  • 1 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • Pinch kosher salt

In a stand mixer fitted with whip attachment, whip the butter until light and fluffy. Add the sugar, 1 cup at a time, until fully incorporated. Add the coconut and vanilla extracts and pinch salt and blend just until incorporated. Refrigerate until needed, but no longer than 20 minutes

Monday, November 15, 2010

Spelling Bee

Lincoln, awesome job! Really proud of you.

Always a treat to see some familiar faces at school.

Noah, your a great supporter of Lincoln

Ferret?
Lincoln, you'll never forget that word, right?

Friday, November 12, 2010

Veterans Day Parade






Just





because

Santa and Auntie Candice


Candice you sweetie for coming down and taking great care and interest in my kiddos. Bass Pro Shop, movie time, Mattas, and babysitting. They always enjoy every minute, (as do I). I feel very blessed.
This time of a year is absolutely fantastic. It has been so much fun to see Cash get excited about Santa. Lincoln and Noah never had any interest in Mr. Claus.

Talking about the holidays with the kids makes giddy. I love the cold, I love the long sleeve weather, I love the fires every morning, (even if it's not quite cold enough). All the comfort food. The gatherings with loved ones, even the hectic part of never slowing down. I want to push pause for these next couple of months at different moments. Life is way to fast.




Goodbye... See you in the Spring




A parent loves anything their child finds joy in.....

Halloween