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A Coconut Cream Dream…

by Jamie on January 7, 2009

As all of you know, baking supplies/ingredients hit super low prices during the holidays. This can make people like me go a tad bit crazy and a tad bit overboard. Now seriously…can someone explain my compulsive behavior that led to a gazillion cans of evaporated milk, shredded coconut out the wazoo and enough pumpkin to feed to small country pumpkin pie for a month? I think I may need to seek professional help! Since my cupboards are busting open, I have decided to start making recipes that use these ingredients in an attempt to clear out the unsightly mess in my pantry and cupboards.

First up is a recipe for Coconut Cream Pound Cake that I adapted from allrecipes. I discovered that this recipe makes one killer strawberry shortcake. It has a super crunchy external layer that pairs perfectly with the moist, dense center. Top it with some fresh fruit and whipped cream…you end up with a Coconut Cream Dream!

Ingredients
1 cup butter, softened
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
2 2/3 cups white sugar
6 eggs
2 teaspoons coconut extract

1/2 teaspoon of vanilla
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
2 cups flaked coconut-pulsed in a food processor

*fresh fruit and whipped cream (optional)

Directions
1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease and flour a 10 inch tube pan.
2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and cream cheese until well blended.

3. Add sugar, and beat until light and fluffy (about 5 minutes).
4. Blend in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the extracts.
5. Mix in flour and baking powder until just moistened, then stir in coconut.
6. Spoon batter into the prepared pan.
7. Bake for 1 hour and 30 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a knife inserted into the cake comes out clean. Allow the cake to cool in the pan for 10 minutes before inverting onto a cooling rack.

8. Top with fresh fruit and whipped cream.

Note: This cake is definitely a pound cake, I would not advise making this as a party cake; it is far too dense.

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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Em January 7, 2009 at 6:54 pm

I too have that compulsion to stock up when prices are low. We won’t talk about how many 5-lb bags of granulated sugar and 2-lb bags of confectioner’s sugar I have stored in my freezer…. why didn’t I get more flour!!!

This cake looks and sounds AMAZING! Had I not used the last block of cream cheese last night making your fantastic banana cake, well, I’d have some right now to make this coconut dream!

Awesome pics, as usual :)

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Aggie January 8, 2009 at 7:41 am

That cake would totally be my dream….love coconut, add strawberries, and wow! Looks awesome!

I love the design of your blog!!! Those little cupcakes are adorable! ;)

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Chocolate Shavings January 8, 2009 at 8:55 am

I understand the compulsion! The cake looks delicious though.

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Leslie January 8, 2009 at 9:26 am

I hear ya girl…I currently have 12..yes 12 boxed of pudding mix in my pantry. An umteen boxes and bars of chocolate!

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Cathy January 8, 2009 at 11:10 am

I had the SAME problem with overdoing it with the baking stuff over the holidays. Now I have every flavor chocolate chips out the wazoo. I am going to count on you to give me great recipes for them, Jamie! This coconut cream cake sounds fabulous! And I think I have just about 2 cups of cocunut left over in my freezer!

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Pam January 8, 2009 at 11:47 am

This is my dream dessert. I love coconut anything! Can’t wait to try this one.

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Ingrid January 8, 2009 at 10:19 pm

Yikes! My pantry is out of control with all the baking suplies too. I’m horrible about buying things for “just in case” or “what if”! I only wish it was things on sale but no I justify it with better to have it than to need it!

Good job on using up some of your excess ingedients! I think I might have a couple of bags of coconut in the freezer, too!
~ingrid

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pigpigscorner January 9, 2009 at 5:12 am

Looks yummy! I went a bit crazy too and bought lots of half priced cream cheese and lots of other ingredients. Finding ways to get rid of them now.

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beautifuliving January 9, 2009 at 10:17 am

wow, so much yummy stuff. i think i might need to try some of these recipes.

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Annie January 9, 2009 at 6:01 pm

This looks great – I love coconut cake!

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Jackie December 11, 2009 at 11:11 pm

Hi

In your recipe you state to pulse the coconut in a food processor, do I pulse it to a medium grind, fine grind etc.

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