coconut tea cake

I was half-tempted to copy and paste from my coconut cream tart entry – the part about how I used to not like coconut but now see the error of my ways – but I didn’t want to give everyone a case of déjà vu. Suffice to say: I am so glad I am no longer anti-coconut. Heck, forget “no longer anti”; I am officially pro coconut.

I am definitely pro this cake. It gets an initial hit of coconut flavor from coconut milk, more from shredded coconut, and in my case, another layer of coconut from the bottle of coconut extract I’ve had in my pantry for at least five years. Then I decided that an unadorned bundt cake is just sad, so I mixed up a quick glaze of powdered sugar, more coconut milk, and more coconut extract.

Oh. Yes. A few people who made this before me reported that their cakes had been dry, but mine wasn’t the least bit. The texture was soft and fluffy. Best of all, the cake was infused with and covered by coconut flavor.

Carmen chose this cake for Tuesdays with Dorie, and she will post the recipe. I used about ¾ teaspoon salt instead of the mere pinch the Dorie recommends. And I dumped in who-knows-how-much rum instead of the two teaspoons called for.

One year ago: Coconut Butter Thins (Apparently March is coconut month for TWD!)
Two years ago: Gooey Chocolate Cakes


  1. Great pictures! All of the changes and additions made for a luscious looking cake. That glaze sounds so good.

  2. I am not a fan of coconut, but these cakes make my mouth water!

  3. hehe, maybe your rum made it not too dry. 🙂 Fun pictures!

  4. I’m a coconut lover so you make me wanna do this cake right now :o)

  5. I got the soft, fluffy result too! I loved this cake.

  6. These look so lovely and summery!

  7. I love, love coconut and these look so delicious! Now I’m drooling all over the place….

  8. Lovely cake! I always like coconut flavours 🙂

  9. Cute cake! Looks fantastic

  10. Totally cute and looks absolutely delicious! I loooove coconut!

  11. Mini bundts were definitely the way to go this week, not that I’m biased or anything having made them myself 🙂

  12. Coconut and rum? I’ll be right over.

  13. Wonderful photos! Love the cake balanced between the two pans. I have this baking in the oven right now and can’t wait to try it. I added the rum and it smells delicious baking. 🙂

  14. i liked this cake too! maybe i’ll become pro-coconut someday…

  15. I’m so glad you’ve joined us coconut lovers and that you liked this cake. 🙂 Thanks for baking with me this week!

  16. Your mini looks moist and very delicious! Nice!

  17. Those are nice looking mini-bundts! But the best part of this post is your conversion to us coconut-lovers. Or coconut-likers – there’s room to grow. Mine were nice and moist too – glad you enjoyed them and looks like they baked up quite nicely!

  18. The glaze sounds wonderful, and your photos are gorgeous!

  19. Love the mini-bundts! Coconut extract would have been a nice addition. I’ll have to give that a try next time.

  20. i loved this cake too and mine was very moist. your little mini bundts are adorable! 🙂

  21. do you have the recipe for this? it looks really yummy

  22. bridget says:

    shane – Click on the link (“the recipe”) in the last paragraph. Enjoy!