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!

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)

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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avatar 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 :)


avatar 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! ;)


avatar Chocolate Shavings January 8, 2009 at 8:55 am

I understand the compulsion! The cake looks delicious though.


avatar 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!


avatar 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!


avatar Pam January 8, 2009 at 11:47 am

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


avatar 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!


avatar 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.


avatar beautifuliving January 9, 2009 at 10:17 am

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


avatar Annie January 9, 2009 at 6:01 pm

This looks great – I love coconut cake!


avatar Jackie December 11, 2009 at 11:11 pm


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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