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Naked Coconut Layer Cake with Passion Fruit Curd

May 12, 2015

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I made this Naked Coconut Layer Cake with Passion Fruit Curd for my friend, Sarah’s birthday a couple of weeks ago. After I put the final touches on this cake, I had a bit of a feeling. The feeling was that Sarah didn’t like coconut. After much thought, I decided that she can’t possibly hate coconut, we have enjoyed so many coconut foods together multiple times. My intuition is rarely wrong.Naked Coconut Layer Cake with Passion Fruit Curd

Flash forward to cake time at the restaurant, and I was right. She hates coconut. Apparently just pieces of raw coconut, but yeah, she hates it. Um, Happy Birthday Sarah?

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 OK, so let’s talk the cake, shall we? The cake is a super moist and dense coconut pound cake. I adapted it from the Planet Cake Book, which has been my go-to for party cakes for a long time.

The cake is baked in 3 batches then trimmed to create three even layers. I used Italian meringue butter cream to create the “butter cream dam” that traps in all that sweet passion fruit curd. For those of you wondering what a damn dam is, it’s just the piped icing around the edge of the cake.

I like using a small, offset spatula to ice the cake. I find it nice and easy to get it smooth and even. To finish, it’s topped with toasted coconut.

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Coconut Layer Cake
Makes a 20cm 3 layer cake
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
1 hr 30 min
Total Time
1 hr 50 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
1 hr 30 min
Total Time
1 hr 50 min
Ingredients
  1. 220g butter, at room temperature
  2. 325g brown sugar
  3. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  4. 3 eggs, beaten
  5. 130g desiccated coconut
  6. 360g self raising flour
  7. 360mL milk
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celcius and grease and line a 20cm cake tin.
  2. Beat butter, sugar and vanilla on medium speed in the bowl of an electric mixer until fluffy.
  3. Add the eggs in a slow stream, allowing them to incorporate.
  4. Fold in the flour and coconut, followed by the milk.
  5. Divide the mix into 3 {I used scales to weigh and make sure} and bake each batch separately in the lined tin for 30 minutes.
  6. Allow each cake to slightly cool before removing and baking the next.
  7. Once each cake is completely cool, trim them to make 3 even layers.
TO ASSEMBLE
  1. Place one of the layers on a cake stand or plate.
  2. Place some Italian Meringue butter cream {I used this one} in a large zip loc bag or piping bag and pipe around the edge of the cake to create a "dam".
  3. Fill the dam with this passion fruit curd.
  4. Place the next layer on top and repeat the dam process.
  5. Place on the top layer and ice the top with a thick layer of butter cream.
  6. Then go on to ice the sides, using the icing sparingly to create the "naked" look.
  7. Top the cake with toasted coconut. I toasted it with varying lengths to get the ombre look.
Adapted from Planet Cake
Adapted from Planet Cake
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14 thoughts on “Naked Coconut Layer Cake with Passion Fruit Curd

  1. Kaitlin

    This is stunning! Also, I have done that same thing with baking cakes for friends 😉 I’m sure she appreciated it anyway! Lucky girl 🙂

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  2. Amy @ Thoroughly Nourished Life

    My Mum and my boyfriend are the same! But the rest of the family can’t get enough coconut! I’m sure she appreciated the gesture anyway 🙂
    I can’t wait to make this cake for the coconut loving half of the family (don’t worry I won’t leave the others out) – it is just so beautiful!

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    1. erinmadethis Post author

      Thanks so much Phoebe. I love naked cakes too. Partly because they look pretty partly because I am lazy!

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    1. erinmadethis Post author

      Sarah ate the cake and avoided the shredded coconut topping. I think she liked it. I think!

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  3. Claire

    Hey ! I absolutely want to bake this cake ! However I don’t have self raising flower, do you know how much baking powder I should mix with the flower ?
    Thanks 🙂

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