I really love coconut. I love it in all forms: it's original form. Last year I went to the Dominican republic and a man sliced open a coconut off a tree for with me a machete, and it has that sort of buttery texture to it that nothing else really has. I love it in candy. I love it in drinks. I love it in cakes. I like the way it feels and the way that it smells. A few weeks ago someone I follow on Twitter had mentioned she made The Barefoot Contenssa's Coconut Cake. I am not a baker. I don't like to measure. I love to cook because if you can taste, you can cook. There is no science to it, it is an art. Baking is a science. Oddly enough I have a degree in biology, but still I do not like to bake, haha. I always end up screwing it up. But I love coconut (and Ina) enough to try her recipe.
RECIPE ---> coconut cake
I changed a few things. I used buttermilk instead of whole milk and I did not add almond extract, because I don't like nut flavor.
First you cream the sugar and the butter, as seen above. Then you add the wet ingredients and they dry ingredients back and forth
Then you have the final mix
Then you put it in the oven and in the mean time you make the cream cheese frosting
When the cake come out it looks like this:
Let it cool before you put the frosting on
This cake was amazing. I've been having it for breakfast and little nibbles during the day for the past several days now.
Go make it!