I haven’t been able to do much baking this holiday season. It’s something that I miss but have just been too busy to fit into my schedule. One of my favorite holiday cookies are the peanut butter cookies with the chocolate kiss in the center. I eat half of the cookie, the kiss, then the remainder of the cookie. Do you have a favorite holiday cookie to bake? I may not have had much time to bake cookies but I did make time last weekend to fit in this Coconut Almond Cake.
In my book, cake is just as good as cookies. Especially when it features layers of dense almond cake with rich chocolate frosting. Today’s post is in partnership with my friends over at Rodelle, the makers of gourmet vanilla and baking products. I used their pure vanilla extract and gourmet baking cocoa as the inspiration for this cake. In my opinion, high quality baking products will turn out some of the best baked goods and for all of my baking needs I turn to Rodelle.
This cake is a bit time consuming but is the perfect dessert to bring to any holiday gathering. You also have the option to add a little rum or rum extract to the frosting for an extra kick of flavor. Be sure that the cake is cooled completely before frosting so that you don’t end up with a runny mess.
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- For the cake:
- 2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus more for the pans
- 2 cups cake flour, plus more for the pans
- ¾ cup almond flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1½ cups granulated sugar
- 4 large eggs
- 1½ teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon coconut extract
- ¾ cup milk
- For the frosting:
- 8 ounces semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
- 2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 3½ cups confectioners' sugar
- ⅓ cup Dutch-process unsweetened cocoa powder
- ¼ cup milk
- 2 tablespoons dark rum (optional)
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- Sweetened shredded coconut, for topping
- Make the cake: Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Butter two 9-inch round cake pans and line the bottoms with parchment paper. Butter the parchment and dust with cake flour, tapping out the excess; set aside.
- Whisk the cake flour, almond flour, baking powder and salt in a separate large bowl; set aside. Beat the butter and granulated sugar in a large bowl with a mixer on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, until incorporated, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Beat in the vanilla and coconut extracts. Reduce the mixer speed to low; beat in the flour mixture in three additions, alternating with the milk. Increase the speed to medium high and beat until just combined.
- Divide the batter between the prepared pans. Bake until the cakes are golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the centers comes out clean, 30 to 35 minutes. Transfer to a rack and let cool 10 minutes in the pans. Run a thin knife around the edges of the cakes and gently turn out onto the rack; remove the parchment and let cool completely.
- Make the frosting: Put the chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring, until melted and smooth; let cool slightly. Combine the butter, confectioners' sugar, melted chocolate, cocoa powder, milk, rum and vanilla in a food processor. Pulse until smooth.
- Place 1 cake layer on a serving plate and spread with 1 cup frosting. Top with the second cake layer, then frost the top and side of the cake with the remaining frosting. Sprinkle the top with the coconut.