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Monday, November 25, 2013

♥ 'Mounds Bar’ Chocolate Coconut Cake♥

  • 1 cup boiling-hot water
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • Rounded 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups packed dark brown sugar
  • 4 large eggs at room temperature for 30 minutes

Make cake layers:
Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 350°F. Butter 2 (9- by 2-inch) round cake pans and line bottom of each with a round of wax paper. Butter paper and dust pans with flour, knocking out excess. 

Whisk together hot water and cocoa powder in a bowl until smooth, then whisk in milk and vanilla.
Whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt in another bowl. 

Beat together butter and brown sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer at medium-high speed until pale and fluffy, 3 to 5 minutes. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Reduce speed to low and add flour and cocoa mixtures alternately in batches, beginning and ending with flour mixture (batter may look curdled). 

Divide batter between cake pans, smoothing tops. Bake until a wooden pick or skewer comes out clean and edges of cake begin to pull away from sides of pans, 25 to 35 minutes total. Cool layers in pans on racks 10 minutes, then invert onto racks, removing wax paper, and cool completely. 


Coconut Vanilla Frosting
2 sticks unsalted butter, room temp
1 can coconut milk, reduced until thickened (use 1/3 cup)
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
pinch of salt
1 3/4 cups sweetened coconut flakes
 Assemble the cake:
(1) Blend butter, sugar, coconut milk, vanilla and salt with an electric mixer until smooth.  Add more milk if too thick to taste.
(2) Frost bottom layer of cake, adding 1/2 cup of coconut flakes spread evenly on top.  Then add top layer.
(3) Frost top layer and sides of cake.  Sprinkle remaining coconut flakes on top and along sides.
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