Yay, we happy that spring is finally here. We love all the seasons, but spring is definitely one of our favorites. Spring is a wonderful time to try out new recipes that allow you choose from the abundance of spring’s delicious bounty. The Hawaiian Carrot Cake With Coconut Icing is the perfect recipe to start the season off with. The recipes calls for coconut and pineapple which pairs great together to create some pretty tasty island flavor and the cake is great for a causal spring get-together of coffee and cake or serve it up after one of your fabulous dinner parties. However you present it, it will be welcomed.
Here’s the recipe:
- 1 cup (250 mL) chopped canned pineapple
- 4 cups (1 L) grated carrot
- 2½ cups (625 mL) all-purpose flour
- 1 tbsp (15 mL) baking powder
- 2 tsp (10 mL) baking soda
- 1 tsp (5 mL) salt
- 2 tsp (10 mL) cinnamon
- 1 tsp (5 mL) nutmeg
- 1 cup (250 mL) butter, at room temperature
- 1¼ cups (300 mL) golden brown sugar
- 4 eggs
- 2 tsp (10 mL) vanilla
- ½ cup (125 mL) milk
- Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Spray or oil two 9-inch (1.5-L) round cake pans.
- Finely chop drained pineapple, place in a sieve and press with a spoon to remove as much juice as possible. Grate carrots using a food processor. Measure out 4 cups (1 L) and set aside. Place flour in a large bowl. Sprinkle with baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Stir until blended.
- Place butter in a large mixing bowl and beat with an electric mixer until creamy. Gradually beat in sugar, then beat on medium for about 3 minutes. Beat in eggs, then vanilla. Beating on low speed, add about a third of flour mixture and beat just until mixed, followed by half the milk. Repeat additions, ending with flour. Batter will be very thick. Gradually mix in pineapple and carrots.
- Divide between pans. Spread to pan sides. To remove air pockets, bang pans on counter 5 to 6 times. Bake until centers seem set when lightly tapped, from 40 to 45 minutes. Place on a baking rack to cool. After about 15 minutes, turn cakes out of pans and cool completely on racks. It’s best to bake cakes a day ahead of icing and leave at room temperature overnight.
Garnish: For fresh coconut curls, break open a coconut (see below) and remove the meat from the shell. Leave the brown skin on if you like. Using a vegetable peeler, shave long curls from the largest piece of coconut. Spread curls out on a foil-lined baking sheet. Place in a 300°F (150°C) oven until they dry a little and curl. Watch closely since this will happen in 5 to 6 minutes and then they can burn quickly. To open a coconut, penetrate through the softest of three “eyes” at the end of the coconut with a screwdriver, drain the water and place the shell in a 400°F (200°C) oven for 15 minutes to soften, then place in a towel and whack with a hammer until it breaks open.
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