Monday, January 2, 2012

Coconut Rum Cake

I remember making this recipe years ago and it being delicious.
I did have a small mishap, where the middle of the cake caved in a bit.
It was easily hidden by coconut.  :::insert whistle:::

At my cookie party (prior to the hospital drama), my cousin asked if I could make the
cake for the holidays.
I was finally able to make the cake for our New Years Day family get together.
(We had a blast playing Uno Attack!)

It was firm and delicious with the perfect amount of coconut, creamy icing and
definite taste of real rum.
The family raved about it and there was not a crumb left over.
(They all like their rum :)  )

After a quick internet search, I was able to find the original recipe from Epicurious.
I knew I wanted to make some recipe tweeks,
so I began reviewing all the lovely blogs that have also made the cake.
I really liked this version of the recipe, plus she has a great blog and yummy recipes.

Coconut Rum Cake Recipe

Yield: makes 12 servings
Baking Time: 40 min / Total Time: 2 hr


For Cake:
•1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
•1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
•1/4 teaspoon salt
•4 large eggs plus 3 large yolks
•1 1/2 cups sugar
•1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
•1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, melted and cooled

•3/4 cup well-stirred sweetened cream of coconut such as Goya Cream of Coconut or Coco Lopez
•1 shot glass of Dark Rum, such as Captain Morgan (This will make your cake taste very strong.  Lessen the amount to your liking)
For icing:
•4 tablespoons cream cheese, softened
•3 tablespoons well-stirred sweetened cream of coconut
•2 tablespoon dark rum, such as Captain Morgan
•3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
•2 - 3  tablespoons heavy cream
•1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar

Shredded Sweetened Coconut to top the cake.

9-inch round cake pan (2 inches deep)

Cake Preparation:

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degreesF with rack in middle. Lightly butter cake pan then flour pan.

2.  Mix together flour (1 1/4 cups), baking powder, and salt.

3.  Beat together whole eggs and yolks, sugar, and vanilla in a large bowl. Gradually beat in flour mixture until combined, then beat in butter until just combined. Pour into cake pan and rap pan on counter to expel air bubbles.
4.  Bake until golden brown and cake starts to pull away from side of pan, about 40 minutes. Cool in pan on a rack 10 minutes.  Invert cake onto rack and cool 10 minutes more.

5.  Poke holes all over the cake with a fork.  Take you shot of rum and spoon it or brush it generously all over the cake until soaked in.

6.  Pour your cream of coconut onto the top of the cake and brush it around the top and sides until soaked in.

7.  Cool completely.

Make icing:

1.  Beat together cream cheese, cream of coconut, rum, vanilla, and 2 tablespoons cream with an electric mixer until smooth, then beat in confectioners’ sugar. Icing should be smooth and slightly runny; Add in more cream cheese to stiffen the icing or more heavy cream to loosen if necessary.

2.  Pour icing over top of cooled cake, allowing  to drip over side, then top with shredded coconut

Here are some pics of the cake in the works.

Look how nice this looks!
(I smoothed it out before baking)

If you have a Kitchen aid, I highly recommend the Scraper Beater Blade.
It is amazing and I love, love, love mine!! 
It leaves your batter nice and fluffly and it also leaves your bowl nice and scraped.
(not a paid endorsement, I really love it)

The original recipe calls for 45 minutes of baking, but this is mine after 40...

Once a bit cooled, poke holes into your cake using a fork and pour on the secret ingredients.

First your rum...

Then your cream of coconut...

All absorbed and ready for icing!

Topped with the icing and coconut. 
Just pour the icing in the middle and give the pan a little shimmy.
I left my icing on the thicker side, but you can make it more of a glaze if you want.

It was oh so delicioso!!!
And you shouldn't drive afterward. :)

I hope you enjoy it.


Featured on:

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Linking to:

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  1. Yummy! Love coconut! Visiting from Sunday's Best!
    (FIY, turn off word verification. There's really no need and oftentimes visitors will not take the time to comment!)

  2. Yum! Just found Jeff's Birthday Cake if I can't find a ricotta cake. :)

  3. This sounds fantastic. Definitely added to my "must try" list!

  4. This sounds delicious! love anything with coconut, and then there's alcohol in it too. What more could one want. thanks so much for sharing with us over at Sunday's Best. fyi - I agree with Jan, don't need word verification! blogspot is very good at handling spam!

  5. @ Jan and Cathy - Thanks for the comments, I didn't realize that feature was still on. Google was able to assist me in disabling it. Thanks again and glad you both like the recipe!

  6. That looks soooo good! Coconut? Rum? What's not to love? ;) Visiting from Home Stories A to Z. Hope you'll stop by my blog to say hi too. :)

  7. It has rum, it must be good! Thanks for sharing...stop by Hating Martha sometime and say hi!

  8. I love rum, I love coconut, I love cake. Perfect recipe for me! I have just started a new years diet so maybe i'll just add it to my recipe book for when I give up the diet! x

  9. Volim i kokos i rum, haha...
    Torta mi izgleda savršena i sigurna sam da je jako ukusna..

  10. That sounds awesome, and I agree about the kitchen aid blade, love it!

  11. This looks so yummy!! I featured you today - come check it out!

  12. This looks yummy! and I love family game nights. So fun!! Thanks so much for linking up and sharing!

  13. This absolutely looks delish!!!

    Can't wait to try this!!!

    I’m stopping by from TT & J… and would LOVE for you to come by and link this up at my “Create and Inspire” Party!

    I am now following and looking forward for more of your awesome posts!

    Angie from A Little Inspiration

  14. looks DELICIOUS! Thanks so much for linking it to "20 Below Thursday"! :)

  15. What a gorgeous cake and the birthday party is adorable! Thanks so much for sharing at our Pin'Inspiration party last week. Your cake is being featured this week. Pop by and grab a feature button when you have a minute :-)

  16. Hi Melysa! I featured you again! This cake looks fabulous!

  17. This looks delicious , but do you think it will taste good without yum? I don't use alcohol at all.
    New follower!

  18. @sazamom - I think it would taste as good, all coconut can't be bad, right? :)


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