Tuesdays with Dorie: Coconut Tea Cake

coconut tea cake post

My recently deceased mother-in-law introduced me to coconut cake. Actually, it was a yellow cake with 7-minute white icing, then covered with coconut. Something about that simple cake grew on me. Perhaps it was her love for us. But it was also the coconut. I DO love that stuff.

Dorie’s coconut cake is somewhat different from the aforementioned family favorite. It’s rather plain. She calls it a tea cake–meant to be eaten alongside a simple cup of tea. Nothing fancy or showy. Just a sugar boost to get you through the day.

It was easy enough to throw together. Used mini bundt cake pans so I could experiment.

storyboard coconut tea cake

I liked the cakes but they were a bit dry. My solution?? Poke holes in the cake with a toothpick immediately after removing from the oven. Then pour coconut milk over the cake and let it absorb the goodness. Chill and serve with whipped cream and toasted coconut on top. As you can see, it’s not especially photogenic but it is absolutely fabulous to eat. Because the cake is sturdy, it absorbs the coconut milk without becoming mushy. Next time, I will make it in a loaf or 13 x 9 pan so I can pour the milk over it and then easily cut and remove a piece from the pan.

soaked coconut tea cake

Visit Carmen at Carmen Cooks to get the recipe.

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Elizabeth - Cake or Death April 5, 2010 at 1:06 am

I have to respectfully disagree with the part about it not being photogenic. I think they’re beautiful! I love mini-bundt cakes: they’re easier to eat and so adorable.


Meg March 31, 2010 at 5:15 pm

Beautiful little cakes! I love the cream and toasted coconut on top!!


Becky O. March 31, 2010 at 2:52 pm

love that you did the poke-cake thing. that is such a great idea! ๐Ÿ™‚ i’m making mine on sunday for Easter and now that I see everyone’s cook variations I can’t decide what to do!


carmen March 31, 2010 at 2:27 pm

Your mini cakes are gorgeous, and I love the idea of some extra coconut milk in there. The more coconut, the better for me! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for baking with me this week.


Ashley March 31, 2010 at 12:49 pm

I love your idea of pouring extra coconut milk over the cake. I too thought it needed a little something extra. Lovely photos!


Eliza March 31, 2010 at 11:21 am

mine was pretty moist, but you had such a good idea to pour the coconut milk over the cake! it will definitely keep well! you’re lucky you like coconut =)


Margot March 31, 2010 at 12:30 am

The extra coconut milk (and the whipped cream) sounds like a delicious way to eat this cake! I wish I still had some left to try it.


Susan March 30, 2010 at 11:25 pm

Gosh you take beautiful pictures!! The cakes look delicious!


Katrina March 30, 2010 at 11:18 pm

Brilliant idea to poke holes and moisten it up with more coconut milk!


Cathy March 30, 2010 at 10:25 pm

What a fabulous idea to pour coconut milk over the cake! Solves dryness problems and amps up the flavor. Gorgeous cakes!


Amber Marie March 30, 2010 at 8:12 pm

Mine was a bit dry too. I’m going to use your idea and put coconut milk on the bit left.


Leslie March 30, 2010 at 3:45 pm

Pouring coconut milk over it is a great way to amp up the flavor! We thought this one was better the second day but still was a bit understated.


cindy March 30, 2010 at 12:33 pm

I under cooked my bundt and it was quite moist. But more coconut milk and whipped cream sounds delish!


Jessica of My Baking Heart March 30, 2010 at 10:59 am

Simply gorgeous. Can’t wait to try this one next week!! ๐Ÿ™‚


rachsbabycakes March 30, 2010 at 10:44 am

Beautiful cakes! Great idea with the coconut milk!


Mary March 30, 2010 at 9:01 am

Your cakes look beautiful, and I think they’re very photogenic! Funny, I found this cake quite moist, but I like the idea of pouring more coconut milk over top.


nickki March 30, 2010 at 6:11 am

Gorgeous! What a great idea to soak the cakes in coconut milk ๐Ÿ™‚


Marthe March 30, 2010 at 5:31 am

Pretty!! I really liked these in cupcake shape, I fancied them up with some white chocolate frosting.


mike March 30, 2010 at 3:38 am

THAT’S a festive little cake! I love the toasted coconut sprinkles – it looks perfect for Easter. So glad your mother-in-law tuned you into coconut… it’s rather addictive. Beautiful photos!


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