10.23.2011

Coconut Bliss Cake



Vegan MoFo Iron Chef Challenge #3 is Coconut, and I love Coconut! I could not decide what to name this post. Melted Ice Cream Cake? Coconut Crazy? I went for the obvious - Coconut Bliss Cake.

Have you ever heard of Melted Ice Cream Cake? Before being vegan, it was one of my favorite cakes to make. Take a cake mix, melt a pint of high quality ice cream, mix, and bake! But I forgot about it after going vegan.

Until this challenge, that is! I had lots of ideas for cooking with coconut. I'm sad to say, the other ideas weren't so successful. But Coconut Bliss Cake, aka Vegan Melted Ice Cream Cake, aka Coconut Crazy, is super yum yum! (And totally worthy of three names.)



What you need for the Cake:
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1-1/2 tsp Ener-G Egg Replacer
1 pint melted Coconut Bliss Ice Cream (I chose Dark Chocolate. You choose whatever you like!)


**If you have a vegan cake mix you like, go for it, and just add the melted Coconut Bliss.
**This makes a very short bundt cake. It doesn't rise much. Feel free to expand the recipe for a different sized cake.

What you need for the Icing:
1-1/3 Cup sifted Powder Sugar
2 TBSP Earth Balance Organic Coconut Spread
1-1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
2 TBSP Vanilla Almond Milk

**This makes enough to drip it over the bundt cake, but not totally cover it.

What you do:
Make sure your Coconut Bliss is melting.
Prep your bundt pan.
Preheat the oven to 350.
Sift the flour into a large mixing bowl.
Add the other dry ingredients and stir.
Add the melted Coconut Bliss, and mix well. (It will be very thick.)
Spoon mixture into the pan, and use the back of the spoon to smooth it out.
Bake for 40 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
Rest in pan on cooling rack until the pan is cool to the touch, then invert onto a plate and continue to cool completely.
Using an electric mixer on low speed, combine the icing ingredients.
Spoon icing over the cake.


This cake is super moist, a little bit spongy, and a lot of sweet! And you can play with the different flavors of Coconut Bliss to find your perfect combo. I think it would be fun to sprinkle a little coconut flake over the icing too, but I ran out of coconut during my dinner project, so I couldn't this time. 


I think this cake would be a hit with any sweets lover, vegan or not. Without soy, it doesn't have any of those tell tale vegan tastes. It just tastes decadent and delicious!


So, want to see my Iron Chef projects that weren't so successful? Here ya go!


I attempted Coconuggets. Chickpea nuggets with a coconut crust, and an agave dijon dipping sauce, served with coconut curried greens. The greens are normal - nothing Iron Chef there. And they were good as usual. But the Coconuggets need work. Maybe I'll give them another go. As they are now, they were kind of bland, too dry, and needed way too much sauce to taste yummy.


I think it was a decent first try, but with TONS of room for improvement. Definitely not a recipe to share! If I can get it to work, I'll bring it back. Luckily, the cake is good enough all by itself. I hope you give it a try!

I'm sharing this over at TipJunkie's Tip Me Tuesday. Check it out for lots of great crafts, recipes, and other creations. And, thanks to her comment inviting me, I'm linking up at DIY Crafts To Make's Whatcha Work Up Wednesday.



17 comments:

  1. I think bliss is the right word here. I only wish I could get hold of that ice cream to give this one a try. Gorgeous cake. Those nuggets intrigue me too.

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  2. I really dislike coconut, but it's a really pretty cake! I'll have to make it for potluck in the future!

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  3. Kate, unless you use the coconut flavor of "Coconut Bliss" ice cream it won't taste like coconut. I believe they have at least a dozen or so flavors. It's made from coconut milk, but you'd never know it's there. I know the company name (Coconut Bliss) infers it is coconut flavored ice cream. They also have a mint that's oh, so yummy!

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  4. That cake looks crazy good!! Well done. =)

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  5. I love this. Please link it to my linky party & anything else you have to share. Thanks, Peggy.
    http://diycraftstomake.blogspot.com/2011/10/whacha-work-up-wednesday-weekly-linky_25.html

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  6. fyi, sugar is not vegan, it is filtered through charred animal bones.

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  7. FYI Anonymous, you can buy vegan sugar at Whole Foods, which I do. But thanks for looking out! ;)

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  8. To be more helpful, here's a link to the sugar I buy, which is certified vegan, organic, and fair trade. http://www.amazon.com/Wholesome-Sweeteners-Organic-16-Ounce-Pouches/dp/B000E9WB8G/ref=sr_1_1?s=grocery&ie=UTF8&qid=1322334544&sr=1-1

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  9. Thats OK Kristen - someone ALWAYS has to try and be a downer. Your cake looks totally awesome!!!!!!!

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  10. If you want to take the coconut to another level, use coconut sugar. No additional coconut flavor but it lowers the glycemic index.

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    1. That is a REALLY good idea. I'm making this cake for our anniversary in a few weeks, and I'll give it a shot then. I'm diabetic, so I try to eat sweets sparingly, and lowering the glycemic index would be very helpful! Thanks again!

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  11. I was just doing my own post about how yummy Coconut Bliss is -- especially for me who is really new to eating clean. Thanks for the amazing recipe. Looks SO great!!!

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  14. Have you tried to make this cake with gluten free flour? Your recipe looks amazing, and I'd love to try it out! Not sure how gluten free would turn out though!

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    1. I haven't dabbed in the realm of gluten free yet. If you try it, please come back and share how it turned out! :)

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