Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Baking With Dorie: Apple Coconut Family Cake


There's something so rustic & comforting about the term 'family cake'. And I expected to like this one very much because of the unlikely combination of apples and coconut. As usual, I wasn't disappointed. 

I halved the recipe & used just one large apple for the filling. It may have been too little because my cakes were airy & moist whereas other BWD bakers described theirs as slightly 'mushy'. 


I used unsweetened, finely shredded coconut which lent a nice chewiness to these cakes & coconut was the dominant flavor here because I had subbed water for the rum. Once baked, I brushed my cakes with very little thinned orange marmalade because that is what I had on hand.

Verdict: very simple & delicious cake which, if given the chance to sit overnight, will taste even better the next day. Although this might be more of a 'cake for adults' as Tina said because even though my daughter 'helped' me make it (she layered the apples on top and then sprinkled them with sugar) she didn't quite seem to like it very much. Here's a look at one of her creations: 


If you'd like to get the recipe for this cake, please head over to Mia's wonderful blog Bright Morning Star, or to page 214 of Baking from my home to yours by Dorie Greenspan

Next up, we're baking Coffee Break Muffins. If you'd like to join our baking challenge, please drop me an email at needfulthings at ymail dot com. We'd love to have you bake along with us!

7 comments:

dorie said...

I love the way you turned the cake into muffins/cupcakes. They're very beautiful.

♥Sugar♥Plum♥Fairy♥ said...

I lovee minis too , way way muc!
I think i ended adding less apple too , coz i used the rest after all the cutting and shaping i did, lol!
Ur cakes are pretty and love the glaze too!
Ur rite , i loved the sound of family cake too:-))))
Thannxxx a ton for baking my choice with me and giving me a chance too:-)
Lookign forward to the muffins next and we arent baking in feb ,is it?

Sage Trifle said...

I also love the term, "Family Cake". I love baking with apples and my husband loves coconut, so I'm sure these would be a hit in our family.

I especially like the little cake decorated by your daughter.

Beth said...

These look delicious! Any time I can cut a recipe in half, I feel virtuous. Apple flavored anything is awesome!

rebecca said...

now i'm wishing i put the glaze on. it's the perfect finishing touch. they look delicious.

laurie said...

I love the cupcake version. So cute!

I thought this was a very good cake..flavor... texture..all perfect!

tina_bakes said...

they are gorgeous!! sorry for being late on commenting - I had come here much earlier via mobile and did not manage to leave a comment. I love the cake - apart from the slight mush - and your photos are tempting me to try them again as cupcakes!! looking forward to your take on coffee break muffins!!

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