Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Coconut Filled Lemon Cake

Summer is just around the corner and we have bountiful of citrus fruits here. The lemons that I bought that day were huge and I used it to make this cake. I got this recipe from King Arthur Flour website. This cake is perfect in many ways. It has golden brown crust, fine crumbs and the coconut filling is a nice surprise. If you don’t fancy coconut you can just omit the filling and have a lemon cake instead.

Ingredients for the Filling:

2 large egg whites
¼ tsp cream of tartar
1/8 tsp salt
½ cup powder/confectioner’s sugar
½ tsp of coconut flavor or 2 tsp vanilla (I used vanilla)
2 tbsp flour
2 cups shredded sweetened coconut (I used only 1 ½ cups)

1. In a clean mixing bowl, whisk egg white, salt and cream of tart until soft and fluffy. Add in the powder sugar and continue to whisk on high speed until stiff. Stir in the vanilla.
2. Toss the coconut with the 2 tbsp of flour. Add into the egg white and mix well. Set it aside while you make the cake.

Ingredients for the Cake:

2 stick/1 cup/226 grm unsalted butter – room temperature
2 cups sugar (I used only 1 ½ cups)
1 tsp salt
4 large eggs
2 tsp baking powder
3 cups flour
1 cup milk
Zest of two lemons


1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
¾ cup sugar (I used only 1/3 cup)

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 9" to 10", 9 to 10-cup capacity Bundt-style pan, or a 10" tube pan. Sift flour, baking powder and salt and set it aside.
2. Beat together the butter, sugar, and salt, first till combined, then till fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition, and scraping the sides and bottom of the bowl after adding each egg.
3. Add in the flour alternately with the milk, starting and ending with the flour. Mix until smooth. Stir in the grated lemon zest. Mix well. Spoon about 1/2 of the batter into the prepared pan, smoothing the top with a spatula.
4. Distribute the filling atop the batter, centering it within the ring of batter so it doesn't touch the sides of the pan. Pat it down gently. (I put the filling in a piping bag and pipe it to the center of the batter) Dollop the remaining batter on top, again smoothing it with a spatula.
5. Bake the cake for 50 to 55 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean. While the cake is baking, make the glaze by stirring together the lemon juice and sugar. Set it aside.
6. Remove the cake from the oven, and set it on a rack. After 5 minutes, run a knife around the edge of the pan to loosen, and turn the cake out onto a rack. Poke the hot cake all over with a cake tester or toothpick. Stir the glaze to combine, and immediately brush it on the hot cake, Let the glaze sink in, then brush on more glaze, continuing until all the glaze is used up. Allow the cake to cool before cutting into it.


Shereen said...

Very pretty cake and the texture look so fine.However,I think I'll skip this cake as I don't like coconuts between my teeth..lol.Baked your Banana bread with walnuts and cranberries and it is delicious.That recipe is a keeper.

Bakericious said...

very nice baked cake, must b very yummy esp with coconut filling, special, wil bookmark it. Thanks for sharing.

My Little Space said...

Emm.mm...love the coconut filling in there! I bet it tastes as wonderful and tasty. yummm....
Have a nice day!
Cheers, KRisty

Sueozana said...

Hi Gert,
The cake looks so perfect n so yummy..!

Kitchen Corner said...

I've bookmarked this recipe. It's nicely baked! Since I have this cake mold, I should make this as well. Thanks for sharing!

WendyinKK said...

The coconut is cute... like my daughter wanting to prance out for a Peekaboo.

tasteofbeirut said...

This looks delightful! I love citrus in cakes and the filling sounds like a great addition to it! So you get lemon plus coconut~

MaryMoh said...

Oh no, I won't omit the coconut filling. It adds awesome flavour. I use it a lot in my cooking and baking. Looks very delicious.

ann low said...

I seldom use coconut filling in my bakes, must bookmark this. Thanks!

vanillasugarblog said...

i am printing this one out. i love filling in cakes and muffins. this looks so good. your hubby is lucky to have you around...how do you stay so thin?

Little Corner of Mine said...

Indeed, so interesting with the coconut filling, it kick the usual lemon cake up a notch.

Cheah said...

Mmm... nice lemon cake, would prefer it minus the coconut filling. Thanks for sharing!

ICook4Fun said...

Shereen, you can always omit the coconut or you can put some nuts with dried fuit paste for the fillings. In fact I am going to do that the next time I make this cake again.

Bakericious, thank you. Hope you will try this cake out.

My Little Space, yes the taste and smell are heavenly :)

Sueozana, thanks

Kitchen Corner, hope you like this cake.

Wendy, ha ha..that is a nice description of the cake :)

Tasteofbeirut, thank you.

Mary, thank you.

ICook4Fun said...

Anncoo, yes do try this cake out.

Dawn, me THIN!! I need to loose about 40 pounds ha ha... I always share my bakes so that we don't eat all of it.

Angie's Recipes said...

A very different cake...love the coconut filling. I shall try when I have guest in the house.

COLARGOL said...

i love it, it delicius !! Bravo

FC88 said...

You always have good recipe. I like citrus and coconut. Will definitely keep in mind to make this one day.

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Such a lovely idea to "stuff" the coconut filling inside. ;) Bet the extra texture makes it even more yummy!

Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover said...

Coconut and Lemon combination, sound good and delicious !

Yummy Bakes said...

Hi, textue of this cake looks soft and fine.

Bits said...

Such a nice looking cake!

Pete said...

Well done, nice texture and colour. Love the lemon tangy flavour in cakes!

Cherine said...

This look wonderful!

Pei-Lin said...

This is an interesting cake! The filling just makes it look so different! Oh, yes! I've tried pairing up coconut with lemon in my lemon bars and layered cake. Not in this type of cake though ... The one I made was chiffon.

ICook4Fun said...

LCOM, yes I too like anything lemon.

Cheah, you can always omit the coconut filling.

Angie, hope you like the cake.

Calorgol, thanks.

FC88, thank you.

Bee Bee, this cake is good. Do try it out if you want something different from the usual cake :)

Sonia, delicious indeed :)

Yummy Koh, yes it is.

Bits of taste, thank you.

Pete, thank you.

Cherine, thanks

Pei-Lin, I am not a huge fan of shredded coconut but in this cake it seems to work out pretty well with the lemon.

Katerina said...

I saw that cake in King Arthur's site and I thought it would taste great. You made it really good.

Sarah, M'sia said...

Your cake looks scrumptious. Would it be ok to use freshly grated coconut with a bit of sugar tossed in? If ok, how much do you think I should use? I don't keep stock of storebought sweetened coconut, and neither would I want to omit the coconut filling. Thanks for yr response.

Farrah said...

This looks interesting, I haven't tried any fillings to bundt cakes. Since my kids aren't coconut fans I guess I'll have to make this and share it with a friend who is a nut for coconut and she craves for anything lemon. Thank you for the recipe. This sounds like a winner!

Anonymous said...

I love the surprise centre! Wonderful cake!

Reanaclaire said...

a darling cake, i can say.. with the coconut fillings embedded, this is some cake one cannot resist savoring!

Jeannie said...

Very gorgeous cake with hidden treasure inside!

ICook4Fun said...

Katerina, thanks for stopping by.

Sarah, thanks for stopping. I am not sure if using fresh coconut will give you the same flavor and texture but you can always try. But maybe you can toast the coconut in the oven to dry it up a bit as fresh coconut do have a lot of moisture. Do let me know how it turn out ok.

Farah, I am sure you and your friend will enjoy this cake.

Ellie, thanks you.

Renaclaire, yes this is a pretty interesting cake.

Jeannie, thank you.

Anonymous said...

That is one nice looking cake. Wish I can have a slice now for my coffee.


lumpkins said...

just baked this....just wonderful...didn't havr sweetened coconut so i just mixed dry coconut shavings with some sugar...turned out great anyway..however i foud that the amount was too much...so next time i'll just 1 cup...great recipe..it's a keeper