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Chocolate Glazed Coconut Cake
Posted By Kelly On June 13, 2013 @ 12:58 pm In Baking,Cake and Cupcakes,Featured Articles,Recipes | 7 Comments
Do you think the person you are today would make the 8 year old you happy?
I have been contemplating this question, wondering if the child I was would be truly happy with the adultI have become. Would the little girl who dreamed of being an opera singer be content with writing recipes and shooting food porn? Could 8 year old Kelly understand the complexities of life, love, and change? I’d like to think she would be, upon deeper reflection, proud of what she will become – once she got over never being lauded around the world as the next Dame Kiri Te Kanawa. The reason I have gone off on this philosophical tangent is I have been thinking a lot lately about who I am, what I want from my life, and if I am really on the right track to get there? I can’t answer those questions entirely just yet, but I do know that when I get bogged down in the ‘what do I want to be when I truly grow up’ blues, cake is a wonderful distraction.
I have loved coconut since I was little. My Aunt Ruby used to make delectable chocolate covered coconut candies around Christmas that I would devour until I was nearly ill. Thinking about childhood made me crave chocolate and coconut. This cake has three coconut elements – coconut oil, coconut flour, and unsweetened shredded coconut. All three of these combine to make this cake incredibly moist, and to add a rich coconut flavor without a speck of chemical extract or artificial flavoring. Rather than frost the cake with regular icing, I made a coconut milk ganache as a glaze and let it run over the sides. I love the random drips! Finally, I sprinkled a little toasted coconut on top so everyone will know this cake is all about the coconut. As distractions from the deep questions in life go, this is a winner. It’s also good when you are not deep in thought, too.
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