Joanna Gaines recipe for Naked Coconut Cake from the Magnolia Table Cookbook Vol. 2 is so light and fluffy, buttery and delicious! I have to say, after baking a few of her cakes in the last cookbook I had some doubts about how this one would go…but I was beyond surprised. It is super light and everything you want from a butter cake.
Like I mentioned above, I was a little apprehensive about how this Naked Coconut Cake might turn out, but to my delight it was great!
The recipe comes together very easily and I really feel that it is a basic that almost everyone can master. The ingredient list is smallish and you could really flavor it any way you’d like. If your not a coconut fan, drop the extract and add in your favorite flavor or leave it a basic butter cake.
It has enough butter that its flavor is more than enough to be enjoyable on its own. It also makes a great celebration cake. I made and enjoyed it for my birthday!
This cake is super light and fluffy and has the most beautiful crumb! Ok, listen to me sound like a judge on the Great British Baking Show. But it’s that good, I think they would 100% approve.
The frosting is even delish! I am not a big fan of frosting, like ever, but I really enjoyed this one. I’m not sure if it has anything to do with the coconut flavor or the texture, but I loved it!
I am a sucker for all the coconut goodness so I might be a little biased, but I give it two thumbs up and would absolutely recommend.
If you are a big coconut fan like I am and want to give it as much flavor as possible then follow this suggestion. #1 I didn’t have any vegetable shortening and #2 I wanted to drop some preservatives and artificial ingredients. So I used coconut oil to make my frosting!
It is a great substitution, it has the same texture as shortening and more health benefits! And since we are eating cake, let’s take this turn and add at least one good thing for us into the mix.
It doesn’t change the flavor enough to lose the extract, so you still want to use that. I would eliminate the milk that thins the frosting though, the coconut oil can be a little softer than shortening, especially on a hot day, so drop this milk if you use this option.
I also like toasting my coconut in a saute pan vs in the oven. This is a personal preference. I feel that I can control it more and keep a little more variation in the color. You will notice mine is completely brown, while not bad, I like to keep SOME white in there to keep the texture softer.
Overall, it made a great birthday cake for me and I enjoyed every bite. I love that it can become a great versatile cake recipe that can be flavored any way you like making it fit for any celebration.
Until next time, Happy Cooking!
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MY FAVORITE KITCHEN TOOLS!
Here are a few links to some of my favorite kitchen tools! You get a car, YOu get a car, YOU ALL GET A CAR…in my best Oprah voice
These Rösle Silicone Tongs are a little pricey but they will last you the rest of your life and are the softest in your hand. This is important for someone like m that cooks so much. It reduces strain, I have 4 sets in my kitchen!
These are my FAVE Nordic Ware Sheet Pans, every kitchen should have at least 2 sets of these! I think I have at least 4 of each of these.
This is my favorite pressure cooker, the Fagor is the same concept as the “Instant Pot” but easier to use in my opinion, if you don’t have one you NEED one, it will be your best friend in the kitchen!
A sharp knife is the most important tool in the kitchen, these Japanese steel “Shun” knives are my favorite! And this is a great starter set to build on. Once you try them you will be in love so use this as a foundation you can build on for years to come.
This Scanpan 11″ skillet is just the right size for almost anything you will need to cook and my best friend and a real workhorse in my kitchen, it’s also a great deal at $99. Scanpan is the best in the world for healthy cooking. It is coated with a proprietary ceramic-titanium coating that is durable while allowing you to use fewer fats and oils when cooking. It is a coating only they use. I could talk all day about my love for these pans, message me if you want more info. Here are some other sizes that are available if you are looking to outfit your kitchen with some new goodies. 8″ & 10″ Skillet set or 8″ Skillet, I still need this one for my kitchen Also, I don’t really know how to cook small so the 12.5″ is my other fave!
This giant vat of olive oil is my favorite, I decant it into a smaller bottle for my counter. Or put this spigot on top of a wine bottle!
My favorite baking dish that is so easy to clean even burnt on cheese slides right off!
This Tovolo jar scraper has to be my single favorite kitchen tool, it is definitely the most used tool in my kitchen. If you are NOT a gadget person, this is the only necessity I say is a MUST beyond the wooden spoon.
A great wood spoon is essential, this Olive Wood one is my favorite, I have more than I can count. But can you really ever have too many?
A food scale can be a very important tool in your kitchen, this one is the one I use every day!
If you love Joanna Gaines as much as I do then the ‘Magnolia Table Cookbook’ is a must in your kitchen, get a copy HERE!