Chocolate Coconut Cake with Coconut Frosting

Layered cakes are such a labor of love, so they're only reserved for special occasions... like a fabulous friend's birthday! I've been super excited to share this Chocolate Coconut Cake with Coconut Frosting (made with cream cheese!) - it's almost too pretty to eat.
Chocolate Coconut Cake with Coconut Frosting | Obsessive Cooking Disorder
We've had a stretch of weddings all over the place (3 out of state weddings in 3 months! phew). I just love weddings. The designer in me gets so excited to see all the typography/calligraphy, color themes, DIY, and styling because it's an artistic manifestation of the couple's (ok, really the bride's) style. 
Chocolate Coconut Cake with Coconut Frosting | Obsessive Cooking Disorder
For my dear friend's birthday, she wanted a chocolate and coconut cake, and I asked, you mean German Chocolate? And she said no, just literally chocolate and coconut.

I searched and there wasn't really such a cake (despite it being a perfect combination of flavors). So I just had to invent a cake to fit it. I was inspired by gorgeous wedding cake styling - fresh flowers and textured coconut flakes to cover up any frosting imperfections hehe. This cake reminds me of her - classy, feminine, with lots of white (her go to color).
Chocolate Coconut Cake with Coconut Frosting | Obsessive Cooking Disorder
This cute cake stand was an amazing $5 find at Target and made the cake so much fancier. The flowers are courtesy of New Haven cherry blossoms, plucked fresh (the northeast flowers as dazzling in the spring, although it doesn't do well for my allergies).
Chocolate Coconut Cake with Coconut Frosting | Obsessive Cooking Disorder
This cake is made of a classic chocolate base, and the filling is a coconut custard. For the frosting, I didn't want it too sweet so I incorporated cream cheese. Adapted from Bobby Flay and Allrecipes. Enjoy!


Chocolate Coconut Cake with Coconut Frosting


Ingredients
CHOCOLATE CAKE
homemade recipe or 1 boxed mix

COCONUT CUSTARD
1 cup coconut milk
1 cup heavy cream (1/2 cup + 1/2 cup)
4 large egg yolks
1/4 cup granulated sugar + additional 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

COCONUT CREAM CHEESE FROSTING
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
softened 1/2 cup salted butter (if unsalted at 1/4 teaspoon salt)
3 cups confectioner's sugar
2-3 tablespoons coconut milk
unsweetened coconut flakes

Directions
CHOCOLATE CAKE
Prepare your chocolate cake in two 6 inch pans. Let cool and level your cake so they stack evenly

COCONUT CUSTARD
In a medium saucepan and combine coconut milk and 1/2 cup of heavy cream, and bring to a simmer. In another bowl, whisk egg yolks, sugar and cornstarch. Slowly pour the warm milk into the egg mixture, stirring frequently, to temper the eggs.  Pour the mixture back into the saucepan over medium heat; bring to a boil, whisking constantly, until thickened. Add vanilla extract. Cool to room temperature then chill at least an hour in the refrigerator.

While custard is chilling, make the whipped cream. Beat the other 1/2 cup of heavy cream and 3 tablespoons of sugar in a cold bowl until stiff peaks form. Once the custard is chilled, gently fold the whipped cream with the custard. Let it chill in the refrigerator until assembly.

COCONUT CREAM CHEESE FROSTING
Beat together the cream cheese and butter (with salt if added) in a bowl. Slowly add the confectioners' sugar, one cup at a time and coconut milk. Add vanilla extract. Continue beating until mixture is smooth. Add additional confectioners' sugar (to thicken) or coconut milk (to thin) as needed for the right consistency.

ASSEMBLY
Take one layer of cake, and spread coconut custard on top. Cover with the second layer of cake. Frost the top and sides with your coconut frosting thinly to make the "crumb coat" (the base for your frosting). Refrigerate for 1 hour for the frosting to harden. After, frost the cake on top of the crumb coat. Chill in the refrigerator for another hour. Press the coconut flakes all over the cake. Top with flowers if desired. Chill before serving. Enjoy!

35 comments

  1. One of my favorite cakes that you baked! You're such a good friend =)

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  2. Oh yum! Looks absolutely delicious!

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    1. often pretty cakes don't taste great, but this is an exception :)

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  3. Chocolate + coconut = two of my favourite things...especially combined :) Great recipe!

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  4. I was just about to comment how cute the cake stand was, then I read $5! Amazing, wish we got Target here!! This cake is just beautiful, I love the flavour combination so much, it's one of my favourites!

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    1. Oh you're missing out! Target has some great deals in the dollar sections and sales

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  5. this is a great cake! not too complicated but absolutely delicious, and coconut flakes make it so decorative! bravo!

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    1. Thanks! The coconut flakes take the cake from pretty to gorgeous :)

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  6. Yum! This looks great. I love the use of coconut milk for the custard.

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    1. I'm a huge fan of coconut milk. Use the real stuff (not the light coconut milk) - the flavor and thickness is quite different

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  7. This looks beautiful, you've done such a great job! :) coconut is my life

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    1. We could be twins :) I drink coconut water every 28 hr hour call in the hospital for nourishment

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  8. Oh yum! That looks amazing and sounds delicious - how wonderful you were able to come up with your own recipe to fit the request! :)


    Hope you are having a wonderful weekend! :)

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    1. Baking and cooking is like one big experiment to play with :D

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  9. This is such a gorgeous cake with one of my favorite combinations!! Love it :-)

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  10. Yummy! This looks so delicious. I love coconut!

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  11. This was a dangerous post...I am out of coconut at the moment. Now, I have to go get some. lol I can't wait to try this recipe. :)

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    1. I looked in a couple stores because I specifically wanted the flakes (unsweetened), not the shredded sweetened coconut, but it was worth the hunt

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  12. This looks so tasty and beautiful. I'm going to try it out!

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    1. Hope it works out for you! Share photos if you do make it :)

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  13. OH my gosh, I'm drooling over here. Thanks for this recipe, I'll definitely be trying it!

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    1. Share photos if you do make it :) I love seeing others make my recipes

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  14. OMG! I want to eat the picture.

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  15. It looks so tasty!
    Chocolate and coconut, both are my favourite. I am gonna bake this one as soon as possible.
    - Mini

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  16. This cake really looks special. I am just seeing this on weddings and glad you shared the recipe. Will try to check out my baking skills on this.

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  17. OMG this looks amazing! Love chocolate and coconut together, I use to do mini frosted brownies using both flavors, but I'll definitely try this one out.

    Thanks for sharing!
    Jessica

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  18. This cake is utterly gorgeous and I love both chocolate and coconut. What a perfect wedding cake!

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  19. This cake looks beautiful and sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing, I can't wait to make it.

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  20. That really is such a pretty cake I adore coconut so this sounds heavenly!
    http://www.fadedspring.co.uk

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  21. Yes! I absolutely love all of this!

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