Wednesday, May 12, 2010

You put the lime in the coconut...

As soon as I saw this recipe for coconut lime bundt cake, that old song sprang to mind. But I have to ask, did Coke used to have a commercial with the lyrics "You put the lime in the coke, you nut, and drink em all up? Because I swear, that is how I remember the song, but when I looked up the lyrics that was not what came up? Anyone?

But, again, I digress. I made this cake for Mother's Day, cutting it in half so I could give half to my mom and the husband could give half to his mom. My mom unwrapped it and my dad immediately said, "Is the other half for the husband's mom?" and laughed when I confirmed. The husband said his mom enjoyed it as well, reaching for a fork as soon as she pulled the foil off.

This recipe calls for shredded coconut; you can use either sweetened or unsweetened, but since I have a sweet tooth and this is a dessert, I went with sweetened. The cake is very moist, light and sweet, with a strong coconut flavor, due to the can of coconut milk. It, however, wasn't limey enough for me, though this could be reconciled by drizzling with a lime glaze.

Coconut Lime Bundt Cake
Source: My Kitchen in the Rockies
Printable Recipe

2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
pinch of salt
1 can unsweetened coconut milk
4 Tablespoons butter
1/3 cup lime juice (about 7-9 limes)
zest of 2 large limes
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons dark rum, optional (I used Malibu coconut rum)
3/4 cup shredded coconut
additional butter and flour for greasing pan

Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Liberally grease a bundt pan with the additional butter, making sure to get it in each depression. Sprinkle the additional flour into the pan, turning it to fully cover the butter. Turn the pan over and gently tap out any extra flour.

Combine the flour, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl. Set aside.

Heat the coconut milk and butter in a small saucepan, just until the butter is melted and the milk is heated through. Stir in the lime juice. Set aside, but keep warm.

Using the whisk attachment, combine the lime zest and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer. Add the eggs and beat on medium-high for 3 minutes, until the mixture is pale yellow, thick, and doubled in volume. Beat in the vanilla and rum. Scrape down the sides of the mixer with a rubber spatula.

Pour in the dry ingredients and mix on low, stopping to scrape down the sides as needed. Add in the shredded coconut and mix on low just until everything is combined.

Pour in the warm coconut mixture in a steady stream until smooth.

Pour the cake batter into the greased bundt pan and bake for 55-60 minutes, or until the cake is golden brown and a toothpick or butter knife inserted into the cake comes out clean.

Top with a lime-sugar glaze and additional shredded coconut, or just sprinkle with powdered sugar, if desired.


Ann In Fallbrook, CA said...

LOL!!!! Those are (kinda) the lyrics to an old - early 70's song by Harry Nielson -"You put the lime in the coconut, you drink it all up, you put the lime in the coconut, you drink 'em all together, put the lime in the coconut and call me in the morning. Doctor! Is there nothing I can take? I said, Doctor, to relieve this belly ache. I said Doctor!"
Debi and I abosolutely *loved* this song and would sing it at the tops of our lungs as we drove down the highway to who-knows-where. You have brought back some great memories!

Janet said...

ok, but did you like the cake?

lol :)
I am glad to remind you of the good ole days!

Molly Jean said...

Oooh I could go for a big piece of this right now! I'd love to try it, but my husband wouldn't touch it. And that would mean I have an entire cake at home to myself.

Wait a second.. what's the problem here?!? ;)

Ann In Fallbrook, CA said...

The cake was very tasty. We each had a slice, then wrapped and froze it for later.

Janet said...

MJ: you are pregnant and it is almost your due date. think of it like a birthday present for the baby.
lol :)

Mom: I'm glad you liked it!

Anonymous said...

Hi Janet,
I am so glad you tried the cake and liked it. I will be baking it many more times over the summer.
Thanks again.

Janet said...

It is a great cake! I will be making it again for sure- I agree that this would make a nice summer dessert.

Lunch Buckets said...

Aaaack! How much sugar?

Janet said...

I cannot find the original recipe to make the correction. it looks like the site I got it from took down the recipe. I did some googling and found a similar recipe that uses 1 1/2 cups sugar.

I'm sorry about the error! :(


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