Coconut Pound Cake Topped with a Coconut Glaze

A traditional pound cake consists of ingredients in pound increments. The basics are one pound of flour, eggs, sugar and butter. A simple way to, keep a recipe from becoming lost or forgotten through the generations. The most popular pound cake is a butter pound cake followed by one that is lemon flavored. Let’s take a step aside of traditional and add some texture and a whole new flavor for all the pound cake and coconut lovers.

Ingredients:

  • 2 ¼ cups of flour
  • 1 cups of sugar
  • 1 cup of butter shortening
  • 1 cup of buttermilk
  • 5 eggs, beaten
  • 1 ¼ cups of shredded coconut
  • 2 teaspoons of coconut extract
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ teaspoons of baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon of salt

Directions:

  1. In a mixing bowl blend together the shortening and sugar using an electric mixer.
  2. Then add the eggs one at a time blending them in with each addition.
  3. Mix in the coconut and vanilla extract.
  4. In a separate bowl measure out the flour, salt and baking powder; and mix it up with a fork.
  5. Slowly add ¼ of the flour mixture and ¼ of the buttermilk to the mixing bowl with the sugar. Mix at medium speed until blended. Continue adding the rest of the buttermilk and flour ¼ at a time until it is all incorporated together.
  6. Next you want to add the shredded coconut. Fold the coconut shreds into the pound cake batter using a plastic or wooden spoon.
  7. Now pour the cake batter into a greased or sprayed loaf pan.
  8. Bake for 50-60 minutes until center of cake is cooked through.
  9. Remove cake pan from oven and set aside for 10 minutes on a trivet.
  10. Then flip the cake out onto a cooling rack to cool completely.
  11. Once the cake is cooked transfer it to a cake platter.
  12. Serve as is or top with the coconut glaze or add a garnish of your choice.
  13. Enjoy!

Coconut glaze

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup of sugar
  • ¼ cup of water
  • 2 teaspoons of coconut extract
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Combine all three ingredients together in a medium sized saucepan.
  2. Cook over a medium heat until it comes to a boil.
  3. Remove pan immediately from heat and set aside on a trivet.
  4. Allow the glaze to cool down until it is just warm.
  5. Spoon or pour the glaze over the top of the cake.
  6. Allow the glaze to cool completely before serving.
  7. Enjoy!

Garnish suggestions:

  • Add a dollop of whipped cream on top of each slice before serving.
  • Place a tray out in the center of the table with sliced kiwi, strawberries and peaches. In the center of the tray add a few small bowls filled with blueberries, raspberries, raisins or cranberries. Let the family pick the fruit toppings mix of their choice.

To obtain all of the ingredients in Winona just go downtown to the local SuperValu . Take that short drive to Greenwood or Grenada and shop at Super Wal-mart , Grocery Basket or Spain’s market.