Last week I had the great pleasure of host a lunch for my lovely friends Cecilia and Silvia. We had a wonderful time listening Ella Fitzgerald , drinking sparkling pink lemonade and, of course, having good food. Enjoying moments like that with lovely friends are one of the best pleasures of life. This post is for you!
I made strawberry salad with pink peppercorn, a delicious salmon and leek quiche, and a pineapple and coconut cake for dessert. My cake was a great success. They loved the combination of spongecake, pineapple compote and coconut cream. I think I can call this coconut cream as coconut brigadeiro too, since I used sweetened condensed milk, butter, cream and coconut milk.
Instead of whipped cream I decided to use coconut whipped cream as frosting. This was the first time that I made coconut whipped cream and I loved! I added to it some tablespoons of sugar and vanilla bean paste. It ended up perfectly. The texture was very similar with regular whipped cream but with a light addition of coconut flavor.
Beyond the marvelous flavor of the cake, I have to tell you about the decoration, which I loved by the way! I used some coconut flakes on top of the whipped coconut cream and then I added one gum paste ranunculus, one gum paste rose, and two gum paste tulips. I was inspired by some real flowers that I bought weeks ago. The ranunculus was a bit hard-working but I loved the final result. Don't you think it looks like the real one?
Pineapple and Coconut Cake
by Lulu's Sweet Secrets
(makes three 6-inch round cake pans)
5 whole large eggs, room temperature
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour, sifted
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Place the eggs and sugar in a stand mixer bowl and beat with the paddle attachment until fluffy and pale yellow in color, about 10 minutes. Fold in the flour with a rubber spoon until just incorporated (don't overmix). Divide the batter between the 3 cake pans.
Bake for 20-25 minutes or until risen and just firm to the touch. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
1 ripe pineapple, top, skin and core removed, cut into cubes
2/3 cup sugar
2 cups water
Place all the ingredients in a medium saucepan. Over low heat cook until the liquid has reduced to a syrupy consistency and the pineapple is soft.
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 cup sweetened coconut flakes
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup coconut milk + the water leftover from the whipped coconut cream.
Place all the ingredients in a saucepan. Stir to combine. Over medium heat cook, stirring, until thickened.
Coconut Whipped Cream
1 can coconut milk
1 teaspoon vanilla paste
3 tablespoons sugar
Place the can of coconut milk in the fridge overnight.
Scoop all the thickened coconut cream, stop as soon as you reach the water at the bottom of the can. Don’t use the water to make the whipped cream, you can use it in the coconut cream.
Place the coconut cream in the bowl of a stand mixer. Add the sugar and vanilla paste. Whip the coconut cream on high speed about 3 to 5 minutes.