apple coconut family cake

I try to maintain a fairly open mind about desserts. I mean, if chocolate and prunes can be great together, who knows what else is out there? But you can’t deny that apples and coconut is weird.

Most pairings are based on geographical and seasonal commonalities – lime and coconut, tomatoes and basil, strawberries and rhubarb. Coconuts are grown in the tropics; apples grow in temperate regions. Apples ripen in the fall; coconuts grow where there are no seasons. You just aren’t likely to find these two trees growing next to each other.

That doesn’t mean they make a bad combination, just an odd one. I didn’t not enjoy it. In fact, the cake was so fluffy and moist that I did enjoy it.  But not as much as chocolate and prunes.

Amber chose this cake for Tuesdays with Dorie, and she has the recipe posted.

One year ago: Sablés
Two years ago: Buttery Jam Cookies


  1. Beautiful job, Bridget. Looks delicious!

  2. The apples on top turns it into a real special treat.

    Only Dorie could pair these and make a great recipe out of it.

  3. Your cake looks so high and fluffy! You’re right, it’s not a natural combination. I’m glad you liked it anyway!

  4. I love your little mini cake pan. Makes the cakes look so cute. I need to get one for myself!

  5. It looks beautiful! Every time you post a cake I tell my husband that I need smaller cake pans.

  6. Your cake looks lovely – I enjoyed this cake too, although I will agree that prunes and chocolate are better.

  7. Your cake looks beautiful! And tasty. Great job!

  8. What a gorgeous cake. Like in a bakery.

  9. I couldn’t eat this one because of the coconut. However, the testers in my house loved it.

  10. Sorry you didn’t like this that much. Your cake looks perfect! 🙂