13 November, 2012

Dark Chocolate Coconut Cake

The perfect midafternoon snack- 
coffee and cake!

This Dark Chocolate Coconut cake is not overly sweet or decadent. 
It's sophisticated. 
Deep, dark, and chocolaty. 

The yogurt and coconut add another layer of sweet moistness.
And the glaze adds gives it a sheen chocolate crust.  
The perfect ending to a holiday brunch,
or perhaps a slice during teatime...
this cake will sooth the winter blues away.

You'll note instructions say to bake in a bundt pan.
You'll also notice in the pictures I did not bake mine in a bundt pan. 

A tragedy of moving- lost, forgotten kitchen supplies.
Like Toy Story, only it's my bundt pan and spatulas dancing around my room.

I encourage you to reconnect with your bundt pan though.  

Dark Chocolate Coconut Cake

 7 oz bag sweetened shredded coconut (about 2 cups)
1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
1 large egg white
2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tsp baking powder
scant 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 sticks (6 oz) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup plus 2 tbsp sugar
3 large eggs
3 oz bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, melted and cooled
2 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups plain nonfat yogurt

1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

1. Make the sweet coconut/yogurt filling. In a small bowl, combine the chopped coconut, egg white, and condensed milk.  Using your hands, form this mixture into an 18' long rope, and wrap in plastic wrap.  Refrigerate for at least 20 minutes, until slightly firm.

2. Make the cake. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, and butter and flour an 8-cup bundt pan.  In a small bowl, sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In a separate, large bowl, beat the butter until creamy. Add the sugar, beating until light and fluffy, and add the eggs one at a time.  Once combined, add in the melted chocolate and the vanilla.  Finally, add the flour mixture and the yogurt in batches- add a bit of flour, mix, add a bit of yogurt, mix, flour, mix, yogurt, mix, etc until all of the flour mixture and yogurt is gone and batter is smooth. 

3.  Pour the batter into the prepared bundt pan.  Remove the coconut rope from the fridge, unwrap, and place on top of the batter, following the circle of the pan.  Let the rope sink into the batter a bit (give it a few pokes to help it sink in) until the rope is beneath the surface and fully covered by about an inch of batter.  

4. Bake for one hour, or until toothpick comes out clean.  Cool on a wire rack in pan for 10 minutes, and invert to cool completely.

5. Make the Glaze. Bring the water and sugar to a boil in a medium saucepan, stirring frequently to dissolve the sugar.  Once dissolved, remove from heat and immediately whisk in cocoa powder and vanilla.  Let cool.  Do not attempt to pour the hot glaze on a hot cake.  That has disaster written all over it!

6. Once cake is cooled, and the glaze is cooled to lukewarm, brush the glaze over the cake.  Let this layer dry slightly (about 5-10 minutes).  Brush another layer on, let dry, brush, etc until glaze is gone.  Refrigerate the cake- the glaze will set and harden.  

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