Friday, June 14, 2019

Pistachio Coconut Cake with Cream Cheese Buttercream

Pistachio Coconut Cake, Coconut Cake, Pistachio Cake, Cake Decorating Ideas, Gold Cake Stand, Vintage SilverFor my husband's birthday recently, I decided to try a new cake recipe.  Risky, yes, to experiment with cake for a special day, without doing any test bakes ahead of time, but I was pretty confident that the cake would be great.  He's usually a chocolate and caramel kind of guy, but we have chocolate cake often, and I'd been wanting to do a pistachio cake for a while.  I thought the pistachio would be delicious paired with coconut.

The cake has a really tender crumb and a beautiful flavor, with cream cheese substituted for most of the butter, beaten with sugar until light and fluffy.  Both vanilla and coconut extracts.  I used cake flour, but I think all-purpose flour would work just fine as well.  Canned coconut milk provides more coconut flavor, of course, and the richness of it enhances the softness of the cake.


After mixing up the batter, I folded in chopped pistachios, and a surprise ingredient, white chocolate chips, which add a really nice textural contrast in the baked cake.  The cake was just wonderful.  The flavor of the pistachio came through more strongly than the coconut, but the sweetened coconut flakes pressed around the sides definitely added that punch of coconut flavor that I was wanting.  It was soft, sweet and salty, tender and moist.

For the buttercream, I made a sweet cream cheese buttercream flavored again with vanilla and coconut, with more chopped pistachios and a pinch of salt.  It was creamy, fluffy, and absolutely heavenly.




Pistachio Coconut Cake, Coconut Cake, Pistachio Cake, Cake Decorating Ideas, Gold Cake Stand, Vintage Silver

Pistachio Coconut Cake, Coconut Cake, Pistachio Cake, Cake Decorating Ideas, Gold Cake Stand, Vintage Silver

Pistachio Coconut Cake, Coconut Cake, Pistachio Cake, Cake Decorating Ideas, Gold Cake Stand, Vintage Silver

Pistachio Coconut Cake, Coconut Cake, Pistachio Cake, Cake Decorating Ideas, Gold Cake Stand, Vintage Silver

Pistachio Coconut Cake, Coconut Cake, Pistachio Cake, Cake Decorating Ideas, Gold Cake Stand, Vintage Silver

Pistachio Coconut Cake, Coconut Cake, Pistachio Cake, Cake Decorating Ideas, Gold Cake Stand, Vintage Silver




Pistachio Coconut Cake
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Cake.
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 1/4 cup (2 ounces) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 2 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon coconut extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups cake flour, sifted (all-purpose flour can also be used)
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 can (14 ounces) full-fat unsweetened coconut milk
  • 2/3 cup salted pistachios, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
Buttercream.
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 5 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon meringue powder (optional)
  • pinch salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoons coconut extract
  • 1/3 cup pistachios, finely chopped
  • sweetened shredded coconut
Cake.
Preheat the oven to 350.  Line three 8-inch cake pans with a circle of parchment paper on the bottom of the pans, and spray the paper with non-stick spray.

In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese, butter and sugar for five minutes, scraping the bowl occasionally.  Beat in the eggs, one at a time, beating for one minute after each addition.  Beat in the extracts.

In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, salt and baking powder.  With the mixer on low, add the dry ingredients in three additions, alternating with the coconut milk, starting and ending with the dry ingredients, mixing just until moistened.  Add the pistachios and white chocolate chips, using a spatula to gently stir them in.

Divide the batter between the pans.  Bake for about 30-35 minutes, until a cake tester or toothpick comes out clean, or with moist crumbs clinging to it.  Set the pans on a wire rack, covered loosely with a clean kitchen towel, and cool completely before frosting.

Buttercream.
In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the cream cheese and butter for several minutes until smooth.  With the mixer on low, slowly add the powdered sugar, mixing until combined.  Add the pistachios, salt, meringue powder, vanilla and coconut extract.  Whip the buttercream on medium speed for 4-5 minutes, scraping the bowl occasionally, until very light and fluffy.

Fill and stack the cooled cake layers, then frost all over with a thin crumb coat.  Refrigerate the cake for 20-30 minutes (keeping the rest of the buttercream covered), then frost with a final layer of buttercream.  Press the shredded coconut all around the sides of the cake.

This cake is best served at room temperature, but leftovers should be kept in the refrigerator overnight because of the cream cheese buttercream.

Recipe from Curly Girl Kitchen

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