I’ve been trying to be all healthy and stuff for the past few weeks, yet I whipped up a gluten-free coconut layer cake. That’s called sabotage, my friends. But for the best of reasons! You see, the lovely people at Bob’s Red Mill are looking for a little recipe development and I drew the “coconut flour” straw. On purpose, because one of the main things I think about since I lost my ability to eat gluten without it attacking my insides, is that luscious coconut cake from the farm of Pepperidge. A cake farm is a beautiful thing, isn’t it?
I know those guys don’t use coconut flour in their layer cakes, but when I hear the words “coconut flour” I automatically think about those white layers of icing and cake and a smattering of coconut. Mmmmm . . . smattering. So I was sent some coconut flour and flakes to do some experimenting. (Note, in addition to making this amazoids cake, I made some coconut flour gluten-free meatloaf, and scones. All RAD.) Yet this coconut layer cake was the mother scratching bomb, so I’m going to lay it all out for you.
But before we get to the butter cream frosting, let me fill you in about the wonders of coconut flour. Some fun facts, if you will.
1. Coconut flour is hella’ dense, so you’ve got to either cut back on the amount you substitute when cooking gluten-free, or add tons of moisture. Or both! Experiment a lot to get the right texture. Also, you might want to sift it before using to give it some air up in there. I did.
2. Coconut flour is packed with protein. Great for vegetarians and vegans. Or people who love coconut flour, duh.
3. Coconut flour smells like weed. (Okay, I think this. My husband thinks I’m crazy. But I’m standing by this, as I’m pretty sure I know what marijuana smells like.)
All of this is to say, you need some coconut flour in your diet. I worked with a couple of different recipes and re-jiggered them to create this coconut layer cake, and it was so delicious my husband took half of it to his office to remove the temptation from our home. At least I think that’s why he took it to his office. Hmmmmmm. I, however, can’t seem to stop eating this incredibly moist, fluffy, coconut cake. And there goes my Oscar diet.
If you, too, want to blow your diet and wow your office-mates with this gorge coconut layer cake, it’s your lucky day! I’m giving away a bag of coconut flour, and coconut flakes from Bob’s Red Mill, along with a $50 gift card to tha’ Mill. Just leave a comment on my Facebook page telling me how you like to wreck your diet. Easy! I’ll do a random drawing, and announce the winner next week. After the Oscars, and after I can see how much damage having another piece of cake for breakfast is doing to my body.
Here’s how to make that cake: Continue reading