Coconut Layer Cake Recipe

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Coconut Layer Cake
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  1. Syrup: Make a simple syrup by adding the water and sugar together, bring to a gentle boil for 5 minutes and then remove from heat to cool.
  2. After the mixture is cool, stir in the coconut flavoring.
  3. This will be used later during the assembly step.
  4. Cake: Prepare the boxed cake mix as described and add the coconut flavoring.
  5. Split the batter into two 9 cake pans and bake as directed.
  6. Cool in the pans for 10 minutes and then allow to cool completely on a wire rack.
  7. Custard: Prepare the instant pudding mix using the package directions but use only 1 cup of whole milk.
  8. After the pudding is set, stir in the coconut rum and allow to chill.
  9. Filling: Combine half of the custard with the heavy cream and whip until soft peaks form.
  10. Buttercream Frosting: Beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, add the remaining custard and beat until smooth.
  11. Toasted coconut: Place coconut on a baking sheet and place into a 325 oven for 10 minutes, stirring once.
  12. Turn off oven and let coconut sit in the oven until dry and crunchy, remove and allow to cool.
  13. Assembly: Using a serrated knife, trim off any crown from each cake.
  14. Place one cake onto a plate and brush with the syrup mixture.
  15. Cover the cake with the filling and spread evenly around cake with a spatula.
  16. Apply more of the syrup to the second cake's cut side.
  17. Place the second cake onto the filling, cut side down.
  18. Brush any remaining syrup onto the sides of the cake.
  19. Using a spatula, frost the cake with the buttercream frosting.
  20. Sprinkle the toasted coconut onto the sides and top of the cake.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 3665.9 Kcal (15348 kJ)
Calories from fat 1768.85 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 196.54g 302%
Cholesterol 145.79mg 49%
Sodium 3837.77mg 160%
Potassium 5904.19mg 126%
Total Carbs 453.19g 151%
Sugars 273.81g 1095%
Dietary Fiber 3.71g 15%
Protein 35.19g 70%
Vitamin C 0.2mg 0%
Vitamin A 0.6mg 19%
Iron 3.4mg 19%
Calcium 572mg 57%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 376.7 Kcal (1577 kJ)
Calories from fat 181.76 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 20.2g 302%
Cholesterol 14.98mg 49%
Sodium 394.36mg 160%
Potassium 606.7mg 126%
Total Carbs 46.57g 151%
Sugars 28.14g 1095%
Dietary Fiber 0.38g 15%
Protein 3.62g 70%
Vitamin A 0.1mg 19%
Iron 0.3mg 19%
Calcium 58.8mg 57%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Weightwatchers Points

  • 89
  • 103

Good Points

  • saturated fat free,
  • low cholesterol

Bad Points

  • High in Sodium,
  • High in Sugar,
  • High in Total Fat

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