"tropical" Cake

Decorating By BeckySue Updated 26 Apr 2009 , 4:59am by lostmomma04

BeckySue Posted 21 Apr 2009 , 8:50pm
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Hey everybody - I have a friend that is catering a party for 60 people. She is doing a tropical theme (mango chicken etc.....) and wants a cake to go with it. I don't need ideas on decorating as much as cake FLAVORS. Any ideas?!?

Also - would you do sheet cakes and serve them up pretty or make a pretty cake and display it, then serve it? My friend said I could do it either way.....

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imamommy1205 Posted 21 Apr 2009 , 9:02pm
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I have never made this one, but it might work. I also have a frosting recipe for it, but it isnt one you would decorate with. If you would like it though, just let me know.

Coconut Cake
5 eggs, separated
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1/2 cup shortening
2 cups sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup buttermilk, shaken
1 cup unsweetened coconut
1 cup pecans, finely chopped

1) Preheat oven to 350 and grease and flour 3 (8 inch) round cake pans.
2) Whip egg whites until stiff but not dry,
3) In separate bowl, cream butter, sugar, and shortening until fluffy.
4) Add yolks, one at a time, beating after each addition, then add vanilla.
5) Sift flour and baking soda together
6) Alternately add flour mixture and buttermilk to batter bowl.
7) Beat in coconut and pecans.
icon_cool.gif Gently fold in egg whites; do not overmix.
9) Pour batter into pans and bake about 25 minutes; be careful not to overbake.
10) Cool in pans for 10 minutes, remove from pan, and cool completely on rack.

Another coconut one
Coconut Layer Cake
Cake:
2 1/2 cups sifted cake flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 cup milk
zest of 1 large orange
a few spoonfuls, melted, drained, apricot preserves
shredded or flaked coconut

Fluffy White Icing:
4 egg whites
1/4 cup light corn syrup
2 tbsp water
2 1/2 cups confectioner's sugar
pinch salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp almond extract

Cake:
1) Preheat oven to 375, place rack in center of oven, and butter 2 (9 inch) round cake pans, line pans with parchment paper, and butter and flour paper.
2) Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt.
3) In large bowl, beat butter to soften a bit.
4) Add vanilla and sugar and beat for a few minutes.
5) Add eggs and milk and beat until smooth.
6) On low, add dry ingredients in 3 batches.
7) Stir in zest.
icon_cool.gif Pour into pans and bake 20-25 minutes.
9) Let stand for 5 minutes, invert from pans and cool right side up.

Icing:
1) Mix all ingredients except vanilla and almond extract in double boiler (must hold 8-10 cups).
2) Place over hot water or moderate heat.
3) Beat with electric mixer on high 5-6 minutes to stiff peaks.
4) Transfer to cool bowl, add vanilla and almond and beat 5 more minutes until very thick.
5) Frost cake, sprinkle top with coconut, and press coconut into the sides of the cake.

Pineapple Coconute Cake
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup vegetable oil
3/4 cup buttermilk
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 (8 oz) can crushed pineapple, drained
1 cup coconut, shredded or flaked

1) Preheat oven to 325 and spray cupcake pan with vegetable cooking spray.
2) In medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and salt.
3) In separate bowl, whisk together eggs, buttermilk, oil, and vanilla/.
4) Stir in sugar, pineapple, and coconut.
5) Add flour mixture, and mix well.
6) Pour into pan and bake 20-25 minutes.
7) Cool in pan on rack for 10 minutes. remove from pan, and cool completely.


This is for cupcakes, but you can always make it as a cake.
Pineapple Cupcakes
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup vegetable oil
3/4 cup buttermilk
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 (8 oz) can crushed pineapple, drained
1 cup pecans, chopped (optional)

1) Preheat oven to 325 and prepare cupcake pan.
2) In medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt.
3) In separate bowl, whisk together oil, buttermilk, eggs, and vanilla.
4) Stir in sugar, pineapple, and nuts.
5) Add flour mixture and mix well.
6) Pour into pan and bake 20-25 minutes.
7) Cool in pan on rack for 10 minutes, remove from pan, and cool completely.


HTh

kakeladi Posted 22 Apr 2009 , 12:14am
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Well I can't have coconut so I'd be more inclined to go with a pineapple or a lemonade cake.

BeckySue Posted 22 Apr 2009 , 1:41pm
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Wow imamommy1205 - thanks so much!!!
This is fun, if anyone has more recipies - keep 'em coming icon_smile.gif
I was wondering if a chocolate or yellow cake would be good with a mango filling? Comments?

imamommy1205 Posted 22 Apr 2009 , 2:41pm
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Mango filling and chocolate dont sound good to me. But I think it would go with yellow cake ok.

BeeBoos-8599_ Posted 23 Apr 2009 , 1:33am
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I have a recepie for a margarita cake that people love. It is a white cake with nonalcaholic margarita mix and lime zest in it. It has a very delicate flavor and is a real winner very refreshing. If you would like the recepie just let me know.

Jennifer1970 Posted 26 Apr 2009 , 2:04am
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I made a tropical cake for a Hawaiin themed 50th birthday party. Made a sheet cake using pineapple cake mix, and brushed the cake layer with Meyers Rum before frosting it with vanilla buttercream. I sprinkled the top with sweetened coconut. Everyone loved it!

lostmomma04 Posted 26 Apr 2009 , 4:59am
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What about an orange cake? mango, cherry, or strawberry filling would be good with that.

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