Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Coconut Lime Tea Cake
This week’s Tuesdays with Dorie recipe was picked by Carmen of Carmen Cooks. She picked the Coconut Tea Cake. Some of the Tuesdays with Dorie bloggers opted to delay making this recipe for a week, so they could have it for Easter, but I decided to plug ahead and make it. This cake has a couple of variations and I ended up making the Coconut Lime Tea Cake. If you would like the complete recipe, visit Carmen’s blog.
Have I mentioned how much I love Bundt cakes? I just love them; no fuss, no muss and a great cake every time. (Next week’s recipe is another Bundt, yay!) I first started making pound cakes when I started baking and I always used a Bundt pan. You should see the page in my cookbook with the pound cake recipe. It’s so messy, but it’s been a great recipe and I’ve never been disappointed. This recipe, which you do bake it in a Bundt pan, is quite different than a pound cake. This recipe only has 4 tablespoons of butter, which is a very small amount. I go through prodigious amounts of butter and I’m always a little skeptical when I see a recipe that calls for so little butter.
This cake is described by Dorie as a “dry cake” but I don’t think this is dry at all. I was ahead of the game this week and made it early, but then left it sitting on the counter for a couple of days. It was still very fresh when I cut it and still moist. It doesn’t have much butter, but the recipe calls for coconut milk and maybe that’s what helps. I used sweetened, untoasted coconut and I preferred that. I think using untoasted coconut held the cake stay fresh and kept it from drying out. I’d never made anything with coconut milk before and this was really good. I couldn’t taste the lime all that much, but it did add the slightest of tang. I liked this cake a lot and I’d like to try some of the variations, especially the coconut sesame variation. I’ve been thinking about baking with sesame seeds and that might be the perfect thing.
Recipe from Baking from My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan, pages 194 and 195