- 3 cups cake flour
- 1 teaspoon baking flour
- 1/2 teaspoon Salt
- 1 cup unsalted Butter, Softened
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 teaspoons pure Vanilla Extract
- 4 large eggs
- 1 1/2 Cups coconut Milk Stirred
Coconut Simple Syrup
- 1/4 cup coconut milk solids **
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup Shredded coconut
Vanilla Bean Buttercream
- 4 large eggs whites
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 2 cups unsalted Butter, softened
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/2 vanilla bean, seeds scraped out
- 1M pipe tip
- 4B Pipetting tip
- soft gel paste food color
- white nonpareils
Make the Coconut Cake
Pre-heat oven at 350 degrees. Set aside three 8-inch cake pans.
Mix together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
Use an electric mixer to beat the butter until it is smooth. Mix in the sugar until it is light and fluffy, about 3 to 5 minutes.
Turn the mixer to medium-low and add the eggs one at a while. Add the vanilla extract. Stop the mixer and scrape the bowl.
Mixer on low. Add half the dry ingredients. Slowly add the coconut milk. Mix in the rest of the dry ingredients. Mix the batter for 30 seconds on medium speed.
Divide the batter evenly between the prepared pans. Bake the cakes for 22-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of them comes out clean. Let cool on a wire rack for 10-15 minutes before removing them from the pans. The coconut simple syrup can be used to brush the cakes while they are still warm.
Coconut Simple Syrup
Start making your simple syrup while the cakes are baking. The syrup and the cakes should be warm. It is best to make the syrup as soon as the cakes are in the oven.
In a small saucepan, combine the coconut milk solids, water, sugar, and salt. The mixture oven heat on medium-high heat until all ingredients melt together and the syrup starts to simmer.
Turn down the heat and add the shredded coconut. Allow to simmer for 10 minutes, then turn off the heat.
After the cakes are taken out of their pans, you can strain the coconut and brush the warm syrup generously over the tops. Let the syrup sit for about 20 minutes before covering the cakes with plastic and chilling. For easier assembly, chill the cakes in the fridge.