Monday, October 20, 2014

Coconut and Raspberries are one of my favorite food combinations.  Growing up my Father would bring home fresh coconuts from the store and invite my brother and sisters out to the 'breezeway' so we could watch him crack it open.  We each had a little glass that would hold the coconut water found inside. So cool, so sweet so good for you.  Next came the cracked pieces from the coconut, Dad would hand each of us a piece of coconut (shell still attached) and let us pry our way into our personal piece of coconut. Raspberries were always grown in our family's garden and eating them right off the plant still warm from the sun was the very best.  (picking buckets and buckets was another thing) but this job was part of our chores and we always did our part. We also helped our elderly relatives and friends by picking their raspberries when needed and always enjoyed sampling each picking from the gardens we 'volunteered' at.  This cake is the perfect combination of coconut and raspberries....with the added crunch of the coconut streusel....what a treat.  As my friends and I gathered last week for a potluck lunch, this was my contribution. With fresh picked raspberries for the garnish.... Perfect with a cup of coffee in the morning or tea in the afternoon and delicious as a late night snack! I used frozen raspberries from the pickings over summer but when I first made the Raspberry Coconut Cake,  but when I made it the first time I used fresh raspberries that I picked from my garden. 



Raspberry Coconut Cake with Coconut Streusel

The ingredients you will need for the cake.

The ingredients you will need for the streusel topping.

The streusel topping all blended and ready to be sprinkled over the raspberries.
 The raspberries are sprinkled over the cake batter.


The Raspberry Coconut Cake is ready for the oven.
 
A lovely, tangy cake perfect for breakfast, lunch or supper!


RASPBERRY COCONUT CAKE WITH COCONUT STREUSEL RECIPE
ingredients:
For the cake:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons coconut oil
1 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1/2 cup coconut milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup sweetened flaked coconut
1 cup raspberries,(or more) fresh or frozen
For the Coconut Streusel:
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup sweetened flaked coconut
4 tablespoons cold butter, cut into pieces

directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a 9-inch springform pan or pie pan. Set aside.
2. Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. Set aside.
3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add in egg, coconut milk, vanilla, and coconut extract. Mix until combined.
4. Gradually mix in the dry ingredients. Stir in the coconut. Transfer batter to prepared pan. Arrange raspberries on top of batter and slightly press them down.
5. To make the coconut streusel topping, in a small bowl combine flour, brown sugar, and coconut. Add in butter pieces and mix together with your fingers until crumbly. Top the cake with coconut streusel.

6. Bake cake for 45-50 minutes or until it is golden brown and firm to the touch. Let cool in pan for 15 minutes. Remove from pan and cool completely on a wire cooling rack. Cut into slices and server.

2. Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. Set aside.
3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add in egg, coconut milk, vanilla, and coconut extract. Mix until combined.
4. Gradually mix in the dry ingredients. Stir in the coconut. Transfer batter to prepared pan. Arrange raspberries on top of batter and slightly press them down.
5. To make the coconut streusel topping, in a small bowl combine flour, brown sugar, and coconut. Add in butter pieces and mix together with your fingers until crumbly. Top the cake with coconut streusel.
6. Bake cake for 45-50 minutes or until it is golden brown and firm to the touch. Let cool in pan for 15 minutes. Remove from pan and cool completely on a wire cooling rack. 
 
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