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Coconut Easter Cake, King Arthur
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5 from 12 votes

My Coconut Easter Cake

Decorating a cake doesn't have to be difficult and with a few tips and tricks, you'll be making cakes for every occasion.
Prep Time35 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easter cake
Servings: 16
Calories: 651kcal
Author: Chef Dennis Littley

Ingredients

Cake

  • 12 tablespoons butter -softened 6 ounces
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar 12 1/4 ounces
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 4 large eggs 2 yolks - room temperature
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 11 1/2 ounces
  • 1 1/2 cup milk - room temp 12 ounces

Mascarpone frosting

  • 12 ounces mascarpone - room temp
  • 6 ounces butter - room temp
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 6 cups 10 x sugar

Topping

  • 4 ounces flake coconut
  • green food coloring
  • your favorite robin egg candy

Instructions

Cake

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  • In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter, sugar, salt and baking powder until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes
  • add the eggs in one at a time to the butter mixture, beating well after each addition. (make sure to scrape down the bowl between each step)
  • Add 1/3 of the flour, then half the milk, and repeat the process until you've added the last third of the flour. (scrape down the bowl frequently)
  • Pour the batter into greased and floured or parchment lined 9 inch baking pans and smooth out batter.
  • Bake for 25 - 30 minutes or until the cake begins to pull away from the sides of the pan.
  • Allow to cool on wire racks for 10 minutes, then turn out the cakes and continue cooling on wire racks until completely cooled.

Frosting

  • mix together mascarpone and butter and whip until light and fluffy (about 5 minutes)
  • Slowly add the 10 x sugar, one third at a time, mixing well and scraping down the bowl after each addition.
  • Add vanilla and mix until fully blended

Topping

  • mix 4 or 5 drops of green food coloring to the coconut (or more if you want it darker) and mix until all the coconut is the same shade of green

Assembly

  • Put together cake layers with one cup of frosting in between each layer.
  • Spread a small amount of frosting over the entire cake making a light coating, this is your crumb coat. Refrigerate for 20 minutes then apply frosting to the entire cake with an even coat.
  • Place frosting into a pastry bag, and using the star tip make little flour shapes by squeezing out the frosting and pulling up. Go around the top of the cake with large flowers, and around the bottom of the cake with smaller flowers
  • Place green coconut on the top of the cake inside of the circle of flowers.
  • Place candy robin eggs on top and refrigerate for 30 minutes before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 651kcal | Carbohydrates: 83g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 21g | Cholesterol: 109mg | Sodium: 301mg | Potassium: 170mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 67g | Vitamin A: 920IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 98mg | Iron: 1.3mg