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Friday, April 25, 2014

Gluten-Free Coconut Layer Cake

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Gluten-Free Coconut Layer Cake

For Easter, I made a Gluten-Free Coconut Layer Cake and it was the first time I baked anything gluten-free and three layers, since I usually stick to baking two layer cakes. A family member can only eat gluten-free, and I wanted to bake something everyone could eat and enjoy. It took some effort to find some of the ingredients, but it was worth it. This Gluten-Free Coconut Layer Cake was perfection. The cake layers were spongy and so tasty, and the coconut really shined. The Coconut Frosting was silky, creamy and loaded with coconut goodness. After baking this cake, I am glad to add Coconut and Almond Flour to my baking repertoire. They are now new favorites to use, and I look forward to baking Gluten-Free desserts in the near future.

Ingredients for Cake
(Recipe from Epicurious - see link below)

1 ¾ cup Almond Flour

2 tablespoons Coconut Flour

10 large Eggs, separated

1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract

2 teaspoons Pure Coconut Extract

2 cups Confectioners Sugar, sifted, separate 1 tablespoon

¼ teaspoon Cream of Tartar

¼ teaspoon fine Sea Salt

Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Line 3 9-inch cake pans with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, whisk together Almond Flour and Coconut Flour. Set aside.

In bowl of electric mixer fitted with paddle attachment, beat Egg Yolks until pale yellow and fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes.

Reduce speed to low and beat in Vanilla and Coconut Extracts, and all but 1 tablespoon of Confectioners Sugar.

Scrape down sides of bowl with spatula, increase speed to high and beat until pale and thick, about 1 to 2 minutes.

Reduce speed to low, and gradually add Almond and Coconut Flour mixture, scraping down sides of bowl and folding with spatula the last of the flour. Set aside.

Using another bowl with paddle attachment, (I used my handheld mixer since I only had 1 bowl for my stand mixer) beat Egg Whites on medium speed until very foamy, about 1 minute.

Beat in remaining Cream of Tartar, Sea Salt and 1 tablespoon Confectioners Sugar.

Increase speed to high and beat until Egg Whites hold stiff peaks, about 2 to 3 minutes.

With spatula, fold 1 cup of the beaten Egg Whites into Yolk mixture to lighten, and then gently fold in remaining Egg Whites.

Divide batter between 3 pans, and smooth tops with offset spatula.

Bake until layers are golden brown and toothpick or cake tester inserted in center comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes.

Run knife around the cake layers to loosen.

Wait 5 minutes, and invert pans onto wire rack, peel off parchment.

Cool completely, about 1 hour.

Yummy Gluten-Free Coconut Layer Cake

Toasted Coconut

Ingredients
2 cups Sweetened Coconut Flakes

Directions
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Spread Coconut Flakes onto sheet tray.

Toast for 6 to 8 minutes.

Let cool completely before you add over Coconut Frosting.

Coconut Frosting
(Recipe from Hungry Rabbit - see link below)

Ingredients
4 large Eggs, whites

1 cup Granulated Sugar

1/8 teaspoon fine Sea Salt

4 sticks, Unsalted Butter, softened and each stick cut into 6 pieces

¼ cup Cream of Coconut, Coco Lopez

1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract

1 teaspoon Pure Coconut Extract

Directions
Combine Egg Whites, Sugar and Sea Salt in bowl of electric mixer, set bowl over saucepan containing 2 inches of barely simmering water.

Whisk until mixture is opague in color, and warm to the touch, and registers 120 degrees on an instant-read thermometer, about 2 minutes.

Transfer bowl to mixer and with paddle attachment, beat Egg Whites until barely warm and whites are glossy and thick, about 7 minutes.

Reduce speed to medium-high and beat in butter one piece at a time.

Beat in Cream of Coconut and Vanilla and Coconut Extracts.

With spatula, scrape sides of bowl.

Continue to beat at medium-high speed until well combined, about 1 to 2 minutes.

Place 4 pieces of parchment paper over the Cake Circle for easy clean up later. Place the bottom cake layer, and with an offset spatula frost the layers one by one.

Add Toasted Coconut and decorate with Pastel Color Malted Eggs if you wish.

I use a Cake Turntable to frost the cake since it is quicker and ensures an even coating of the frosting. I also use Wilton 10-inch Cake Circles to place the cake layers on, and it looks pretty when you are ready to serve. I take 3 teaspoons of the frosting and place it on the bottom tray of my Cake Carrier before I place the cake on it. This secures and binds the cake and prevents it from moving in transport. After the cake is frosted, I place it in my Cake Carrier and cool in the fridge overnight to let the frosting and cake layers set.

For the Gluten-Free Coconut Layer Cake, I used a recipe from Epicurious:

For the Coconut Frosting, I used a recipe from Hungry Rabbit:

Enjoy!

-Sophia/Two Frys

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