Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Coconut Custard Cake



Update: I decided to be a part of the Go Ahead Honey, It's Gluten Free! blog carnival. This post is linked to Elana's Pantry as she is the host for the month of November 2009. Her theme is gluten-free cakes and I thought my Coconut Custard Cake would be a good entry (send the entry late, but she graciously allowed my entry... Thank you Elana!). Visit the final roundup of 20 delicious gluten-free cakes! Can't wait to try most of them!

Go Ahead Honey, It's Gluten Free was started by Naomi from Straight Into Bed Cakefree and Dried & is successfully rolling into its second year. If you would like to participate, please visit this post to see who is hosting and their themes. Trish from Kinda Real Gluten Free Food is hosting for December and her theme is holiday cookies!


This dessert is for the serious coconut lovers (like me!).

It is fantastically soft, delicately sweet and simply easy to make!

My mom found this recipe somewhere in the states and I made some alternative changes to make it a wheat-free, guilt-free, wholesome treat.

Another bonus: You can make this totally dairy-free by using coconut milk and coconut oil!

I added some organic dried cranberries that my in-laws bought for us. I would’ve added almonds or macadamias and my hubby wanted dark chocolate chips, but it still tasted DEEElish.



Coconut Custard Cake
By Marillyn Beard

  • 8 eggs
  • 4 cups milk*
  • 1 cup coconut flour*
  • 1 cup raw sugar (rapadura or other)*
  • 1/2 cup melted butter or coconut oil
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 3 cups coconut flakes
  • optional: handful of chopped nuts and/or raisins
  • cinnamon and nutmeg

Pre-heat oven to 350 F. With a hand-held blender mix eggs, milk, coconut flour, raw sugar, butter/coconut oil, baking powder till smooth. Stir in coconut flakes and chopped nuts and/or raisins (if desired). Pour into a 9x13 pan and sprinkle cinnamon and nutmeg over the top. Put in oven for 1 hour or till top and bottom is light golden brown.

*NOTE: For your milk you can use coconut milk, dairy milk or other. If you don’t have coconut flour, you can use unbleached flour or soft grain flour. If you prefer, you can use honey instead of raw sugar (make sure to cut out 1/2 cup milk).

23 comments:

  1. That looks awesome! I just got in a bunch of almond and coconut flour from the co-op and I was on the lookout for some good recipes. Thanks for sharing! I will be baking this tonight:)

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  2. sounds delicous! it makes me want to go and bake!
    ~Katie

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  3. YAY! I have all those ingredients! And, is it true you don't need to soak the coconut flour?

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  4. Oh wow, that really looks good! My kiddo asked for a special treat for tomorrow and I think this is just the thing for him. YUM!

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  5. emily - YES! that's the beauty of this recipe. Coconut flour is very digestable and high in protein. SO good for you :o)

    Hope everybody had good success with this recipe like I did!!!

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  6. I just put in an order for coconut flour from Azure to try this!! Look sooooo good!!!

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  7. Absolutely stunning! I cannot wait to try this... perhaps with a fresh pineapple salsa to cut through the richness. Thanks for the inspiration! :)

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  8. I tried this this afternooon, after reading your comment on Kimi's blog... it's SO good! I did use dairy milk (we've a goat), but I used coconut oil/flour and it came out BEAUTIFULLY. I added some dark chocolate chips, and we put sliced strawberries over the top for dessert tonight. THANK YOU for this lovely recipe!

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  9. Meg - You are so welcome! I am so glad you tried it! So light and delicious, yes? I've used goat milk too and love the results. I should make it again and add dark chocolate chips... my hubby would be so happy :o) The strawberry sounds fantastic!

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  10. wow this looks great! i love coconut--i think i'm going to try substituting butter or coconut oil for 1/2 cup of coconut yogurt. thanks for the recipe!

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  11. tungincheek - coconut yogurt? That sounds yummy! Let me know how it goes!!

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  12. This sounds fantastic! I love the coconut and ease of this cake =D.

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  13. Just found you via Elana's Pantry and can't wait to try this cake! Great site...

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  14. This looks so good! What a great easy recipe too - LOVE coconut!!

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  15. I scrolled down through the entries at Elana's Pantry, and immediately did a double take at yours. It looks like a bread pudding. I would love to make this sometime!

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  16. Hey! Thanks for visiting my blog. Your site looks fun. You are doing some cool stuff in Costa Rica! Your Coconut cake looks delish :)

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  17. This looks wonderful! At the Thanksgiving dinner at our church, a lady made some coconut custard cake and I was disappointed that I could not try some. My hubby graciously ate a piece for me and ohhed and ahhed over the piece while he devoured it. How nice of him! LOL! Anyways, thaks for submitting this to Elana's grain-free cakes carnival or I would never have found this recipe! Now it is my turn to ohh and ahh! (I am in love with cinnamon and coconut!)

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  18. Coconut custard in a cake is awesome! Must get some coconut flour. :-)

    Love the photo of you and your two children under the banyan tree, Marillyn! Beautiful!

    Shirley

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  19. this recipe looks amazing.. i don't get fresh coconuts here in pennsylvania, though. any chance i can use shelf stable shredded coconut?

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  20. Hi! I was searching for some gluten free recipes, and this one looks great esp. with the high protein and fat content for my little gal. However, where I live, I don't get coconut flour and I am not sure I understand what soft grain flour is..what buckwheat or millet qualify? I would love to use millet flour. It has to be GF for this little one.
    Thanks a ton!

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  21. Elizabeth - yes! That will work great.

    Speeddsa - soft grain is basically soft wheat flour (soft white wheat berries, which is used for pastries). I would think millet could work because this recipe do not need gluten to rise for the eggs do all the rising. You should try and get coconut flour... full of protein and rich fats. Awesome stuff! Hope you love it!

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  22. This looks really delicious and I will be making it in the next day or so and featuring it on my blog. Thanks for sharing!

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  23. Love coconut flour and oil!
    http://www.veganrawfood.net

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