Friday, March 12, 2010

Shortcut Coconut Cream Cake {My Birthday Cake}

Yesterday was my birthday so it's not out of the ordinary to bake my own Birthday Cake. I usually bake my husband and the kids their favorite cakes on their birthday, so why should it be any different for me. I actually look so forward to picking out and baking up one of my favorites.

This year my choice was my favorite Shortcut Coconut Cream Cake. This cake is so easy but yet so tasty. It reminds me a bit of a Tres Leches Cake but with coconut. This cake only requires two milks, sweetened condensed milk and cream of coconut versus three milks for the tres leches cake
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If you have trouble finding the cream of coconut, try looking in the section where the drink mixes are sold. I found mine at Walmart where the margarita and daiquiri bottle mixes are sold. Don't use coconut milk, the cream of coconut is sweeter than the milk. If you cant find it at you local grocer you could probably find it at a store that sells alcoholic beverages.

This recipe also utilizes a cake mix thus earning its title "Shortcut Coconut Cream Cake". I love sprucing up cake mixes, sometimes in the end you cant even tell a cake mix used. I know this is a pretty simple cake, but this is the cake that I wanted for my birthday. I hope you enjoy this recipe and I have a question for you. Does anyone else bake their own birthday cake?



These are the ingredients you will need: one white or french vanilla cake mix and the listed ingredients (oil, eggs and water), sweetened coconut, 1 - 15 oz can cream of coconut, 1 - 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk and 8 oz container cool whip.


Prepare and bake the cake as directed on the box using a 9 x 13 inch baking pan.


While the cake is baking I go ahead and toast the coconut to garnish the cake. I toasted mine in our toaster oven for a couple minutes. Watch it closely so the coconut doesn't burn.
You can also spread the coconut in a skillet and toast it that way. Again just toast it slowly and watch closely.

After the cake is baked place on a cooking rack. Mix together one can of sweetened condensed milk and one can of cream of coconut, set aside. Using a chop stick or straw poke holes in hot cake.

Pour the milk mixture on top of the cake making sure to get it all in the holes. I pour the milk in slowly and let the cake sit about 5 minutes then come back and pour more. Make sure to let it all soak in.

I used all but about 1/2 cup of the milk mixture. I did not want the cake to be wet and gooey just moist. just like this, then cool cake completely. Frost with cool whip and sprinkle coconut on top.

I toasted some additional coconut to garnish the top. Now go and dig in!!


Mackenzie said i needed a picture with my cake. I only added one candle they sure are starting to add up.

she also went outside and picked me some wildflowers as a surprise. Mackenzie said take a picture to show your bloggy friends. LOL







Shortcut Coconut Cream Cake

Ingredients:
1 - white or french vanilla cake mix - prepared according to package directions
1 - 8 oz tub cool whip
1 - 8 oz package sweetened coconut
1 - (15 oz) cream of coconut
1 - (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk

Directions:
Prepare and bake the cake as directed on the box using a 9 x 13 inch baking pan. After the cake is baked place on a cooking rack.

Mix together one can of sweetened condensed milk and one can of cream of coconut, set aside. Poke holes in hot cake and pour the milk mixture on top. Let it all soak in.

I pour a little at a time and wait about 5 minuets then pour some more of the milk mixture into the cake.

Cool completely and frost with cool whip. Sprinkle coconut all over the top. I toasted some additional coconut to garnish the top of the cake.

Cook's Note ~ When opening the can of cream of coconut. Don't be alarmed if the cream looks congealed and gray in color. This happens when it sits on the shelf or if it was refrigerated. Mine was stored in the pantry and it looked that way.

Just place the can in warm water for about 5 minutes and then give it a good shake and open, then mix with sweetened condensed milk. Also I used all but about 1/2 cup of the milk mixture, so you will have a bit left. I wanted the cake to be moist versus wet so I did not use all of it.


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43 comments:

Lisa Fink said... #

I sure did print this recipe and plan to stop at the store on my way home to get all of the ingredients so I can make it this weekend! Happy Birthday to you! I always have to make my own treats too. At least we get what we want that way :)

Jane said... #

Your Birthday cake sure looks good! :) It reminds me of my Lemonade cake the way you let the delicious juice mixture soak into the cake. Have a great weekend Tina!

The Double Dipped Life said... #

Happy Birthday!! Your cake looks divine! I usually make my own too, so I don't get a store-bought one.

the country cook said... #

That looks so good! So far, I haven't had to make my own cake (but I've only been married 2 1/2 years...this may change!). My husband has whipped up a homemade cake each year, and has even made sure that he takes my dietary restrictions into account! He's so cute... :-)

Mommy's Kitchen said... #

The country cook, your dh is so cute. I dont get cakes like that if my hubby makes them. The last one he made me was with the kiddos on my 40 Birthday. It was so funny he baked it and flipped it out of the pan (two round cakes) he then placed them on top of each other so the flat side was up. They both cracked so he shoved frosting all down the middle like glue. It was still funny and cute. The cake continued to crack throughout the day. We wont get into the how the frosting looked, but it definetly was baked with love. My dh says if you want it edible you will have to bake it. LOL

Donna said... #

Love it.Coconut cake is my favorite(the frozen square PF) Can not wait to make this one. Can I use light coconut milk instead ?

mommyoffaith19 said... #

yummy, I will try this

Edana said... #

I always get a cake from a really good bakery, but I make everyone else's cakes for them. I have a friend who LOVES coconut--this might be perfect for her! Happy birthday and thanks for the recipe!

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Lynn said... #

I have been making this cake for years and I love it. I got the recipe from my mother inlaw. It is so easy and so good!

Lori Anderson said... #

This looks delicious! Happy belated birthday Tina! (My birthday was this week too ;)). I found your delicious blog through the BlogFrog community. My kitchen memories are of my grandmother. It's such a special tradition to pass down. Thanks for sharing and I look forward to following you through BlogFrog(I can't wait for the custom community pages next week). Keep up the yummy work!
All the Best, Lori (theBlogFrog)

Margie said... #

Cake looks great, Happy Birthday!

Elaine said... #

I just made this cake last week for a friends b'day at her request, she bakes my b'day cake. She wanted me to use a chocolate cake mix instead of white. It was yummy, but we both preferred original.

Oklahoma Granny said... #

Coconut cake is one of my favorites. This one looks extra yummy!

Leslie said... #

Happy Happy Happy Birthday!!! A perfect cake to celebrate YOUR day!

Rhonda said... #

Happy birthday! and yes I end up making my own cake too, with endless possibilities. My boys are easy, chocolate usually, though last November it was 2 sock-it-to-me cakes, son (no nuts) always follows dad (with pecans. Will try this out on my mom who loves coconut cake, with the fluffy frosting, lemon filling or the coconut cake that sits for days to blend the sour cream/cool whip into deliciousness. Think she would love this one too.

Seems all the birthday cakes lately only have one candle, I like that idea. And I miss getting the wild flowers from my son.

Cookies and cakes said... #

Happy Birthday to you! The cake looks wonderful :)

Rhandi said... #

Ha! I tend to do the same thing for my birthday! I love to bake and know I am guaranteed a good birthday cake so why not! Your cake looks and sounds fabulous, I am definitely going to have to remember this recipe.

Michele said... #

Oh, that cake looks so moist and delicious! I love coconut. Hope your birthday was great.

Anonymous said... #

Happy Belated Birthday!
Yes, I bake my own cake too. :-)

Kathy said... #

Hope you had a very happy birthday Tina! Enjoy your delicious cake!

Amanda Bowyer said... #

Hello,
I make my own Birthday cake. My last Birthday I made a chocolate cocnut cream fudge cake! Yummy!!
Your cake sounds really good I might use it for my next Angel Cake if that's ok with you??? I next cake is for a a lady in a nursing home... Amanda
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Libby said... #

Yummm! Your cake looks really good :) Happy Birthday to you :)

Colleen/And Baby Makes Five said... #

Yep ... I'll be making this one for sure. It just looks and sounds so darn good!

Hope your birthday was fantastic!

Pam said... #

We share a birthday! Only I'm old enough to be your mom. My daughter brought me flowers too. I bought my cake at Costco. Love their cakes with the chocolate mousse filling so I thought my birthday was a good excuse to buy one. Usually I am the one known for baking cakes. Your coconut cake looks great - will have to try it sometime. Hope you had a wonderful birthday.

Amy said... #

Happy, Happy Birthday to you!!!! My bday is the 19th and yes if I want a cake I must do it myself. My husband can cook but he can't bake.....this recipe looks fantastic. I can't wait to try it and your coconut cream pie too.

Aggie said... #

Oh Happy Belated Birthday my friend! So sorry I missed it! I baked my own cake this year too, a pineapple-coconut upside down cake!

This cake looks unbelievable. My favorite kind of cake. I'm a sucker for coconut!

Ingrid said... #

Happy Birthday!
~ingrid

The Japanese Redneck said... #

Happy late b'day. Your cake looks fantastic.

Monica Alonzo said... #

Thanks so much for this recipe! I made it for Mother's Day and it was absolutely delicious! I've tried several of your recipes and I've never been disappointed!

Anonymous said... #

It looks so yummy I would like a piece right now. And yes, if I want a birthday cake, I have to bake my own.

Anonymous said... #

Happy Birthday! Hope it's a happy one! And Yes I always make my own birthday cake. It's almost a treat because I love to cook and am giving something to myself!

Truckin said... #

I have been making this cake for years, with a twist, I take a small can of crushed pineapple and add the liquid from it to the cream of coconut and sweetened condensed milk, before I pour it on the cake and put the crushed pineapple on top of the cake, before I chill it overnight. Then put the cool whip and coconut on top, just before serving. We call it a pina colada cake, LOL!

Candi said... #

YUM! One of my most favorite cakes. A lady I worked with years ago shared this recipe with me. It's always a crowd pleaser!

Anonymous said... #

My mom makes this every year at Easter, and it is AMAZING. I can't wait until Sunday, lol!

Joanna Bruja said... #

Coconut Cake is a favorite with my family. I can't wait to try making this one. It looks so moist and delicious.

Anonymous said... #

I am making this cake now, it is in the oven. Yes, I do sometimes make my own birthday cake. Don't worry about the number of candles on the cake, just be glad you have someone to enjoy it with you!

Mary Speer said... #

I love coconut!!!! I will be sending my husband to Walmart first thing in the morning to get the cream of coconut!!! I have all the other things I need in my pantry! <3 Thank you for sharing this recipe!

Anonymous said... #

I've made this recipe and it comes out Fantastic. So full of the coconut flavor.

Anonymous said... #

I have made this for years but i don't use the condenseed sweetened milk I just poor the cream of coconut over the cake in the holes. This is delish.

Lisa Mann said... #

This is my favorite cake also.

Jennifer Burch Madden said... #


Hope your Birthday was a delight!

My husband will LOVE this recipe! I'll make cupcakes. He will eat a few and I will freeze the rest.

I wish I could eat this, yet due to the sweetened condensed milk! It's out for me. I know of no non-dairy substitute for sweetened condensed milk, does anyone else?

Happy baking!

Michelle said... #

This is my favorite cake for my Birthday too, and yes I bake my own cake. The only difference between your recipe and mine, is that I use a Yellow cake mix, and for my frosting I combine Cream Cheese with the Cool Whip, and use some of the Cream of Coconut to flavor the frosting as well. Nothing better than this (chilled) cake on a hot summer day.

Lois said... #

Thank You Thank You Thank You
This is one of the best cakes I've ever tasted. It's like cake and pie all rolled together.