A tasty cake that got raves from coconut lovers. Coconut haters avoided it at the family gathering where I brought it. Most of the eaters were of the omnivore variety and were fans. Those who shunned it don't count.
I did double the recipe and try a version layer cake
style. Complete fail. It was too dry for layers. I think I will try it
again and add applesauce to the batter to see if that helps.
Toasted Coconut Caramel Carrot Cake
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
1 cup coconut shreds on a baking pan. Bake for 8-10 minutes stirring
once and watching the coconut as it begins to get golden. Don't let it
brown. Set aside.
9 x 13 pan lightly greased and floured.
1/2 Coconut Oil
1 1/3 Cup brown sugar
2 Flax eggs (2 TBSP ground flax mixed with 6 TBSP water and set aside)
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1 tsp cinnamon (Vietnamese)
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 Cup grated carrots (two mediumish)
2 1/2 Cup flour
ingredients in the way you normally make a cake. The batter is more
muffiny in texture. Pour it in the the pan and bake it for 28-30
Remove the cake from the oven. Poke a dozen or so holes in the cake.
While it's cooling make a caramel sauce.
1/2 Cup brown sugar
6 TBSP coconut oil
1/4 Cup non-dairy milk
1/2 Cup maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon salt
saucepan mix sugar, oil, milk and maple syrup together. Bring to a
boil, stir and let boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat and mix in
cinnamon, vanilla and salt. Add 1 cup of toasted coconut. Pour this over
the top of the cake. Place in fridge and let it cool.
Coconut Cream Frosting:
1 Can full fat coconut milk (chilled for several days. If you are a novice with this, click here for new details.)
1 tsp maple syrup
1/8 tsp of cinnamon (Vietnamese is the best)
Smear the coconut cream frosting over the cake. Sprinkle with toasted coconut.
Change. I've learned to embrace it, ride it out til the end. Sometimes I'm kicking and screaming, other times weeping with my eyes clinched tight. Once in awhile I ride like a dog in a car, head out the window snorting what life has to offer. Mother to young adult children, a marriage of thirty years, and a desert to mountain to valley waltz with God have shaped me into someone I never imagined I'd be. Life is short and I want to live it. Tears, sighs, laughter and change. Every morsel granted to me. Scrambled, shaken or stirred.