I have a young bride asking for caramel cake and coconut cupcakes. I have never made a caramel cake; is it just a butter cake? My grandma made a coconut cake to die for. I remember watching her shred the coconut by hand but noone has found the recipe since she passed. She was from Tennessee so I know the recipe was full of rich ingredients. Any suggestions or recipes would be welcomed and very appreciated. Thanks ladies.
Caramel cakes can be of different types. An easy way is to use a good vanilla butter cake recipe and sub some or all of the granulated sugar with brown sugar. A caramel filling is also good.... I've also seen recipes for caramel cake that were basically yellow butter cakes with caramel filling/frosting. Duncan Hines also makes a caramel cake mix is you use mixes for your cakes.
When I make a coconut cake, I use my regular vanilla recipe and add a cup of finely ground coconut to the recipe. If you can get pure coconut extract, that would be nice too...but beware of imitation...a little goes a long way and it can have a very chemical taste to it. Duncan Hines also makes a coconut cake mix as well.
in the old red & white betty crocker picture cookbook circa 1951 there's a burnt sugar cake recipe i've made before -- i haven't made this one but this is the idea
For the coconut cake, I use coconut milk in place of any liquid. If you can't find coconut milk, add coconut pudding mix. I've never put shredded coconut in my cake... I use a vanilla buttercream and press the coconut to that. Good Luck!
Thanks for your input ladies and gentleman; I appreciate it. Jeff, does the coconut itself incorporate enough flavor or do I need an flavoring?
Ina Garden has a wonder coconut cake recipe that I use when people ask for coconut cake or cupcakes. When i make it into cupcakes or cake i usually use 1/2 to 3/4 of the amount of coconut but i give it a good chop and toast it a bit. It makes for a more pleasant feel in the mouth as well when service is done.
As for a caramel cake, I'd probably go with the brown sugar substitute and maybe use buttermilk for liquid. That paired with a caramel buttercream and drizzle sound tasty!