1.) You can make almost any dessert from flour, sugar, eggs, milk, butter and flavorings.
2.) To produce a good result, pay attention to the quantity of each ingredient, the order the ingredients are combined and the methods used to cook. Baking needs to be accurate and precise. MEASUREMENT IS CRITICAL!
3.) Understand that substitution can change a recipe entirely. For example, bread flour and cake flour are not the same, nor are shortening and butter. The end result will be completely different if you substitute one ingredient for another. A good understanding of your ingredients will make your baking more successful.
4.) Pay attention to mixing directions. For example, do not put muffin batter in a mixer... over mixing causes dry muffins (I know this from lots of experience with dry muffins).
- 1 cup organic sweetened flaked coconut
- 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
- 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon grated Key lime zest
- 2 large eggs
- 1 3/4 cups self-rising flour* (see below)
- 3/4 cup whole milk
- 2 tablespooons fresh key lime juice
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
*You can make your own self-rising flour: For every cup of flour, add a 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1 teaspoon of baking powder, whisk together very well and sift. Measure your self-rising flour from there.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Generously butter a 9- by 2-inch round cake pan. Toast all of your coconut (1 cup total) in a small baking pan in the oven, stirring once or twice, until golden, about 5-8 minutes. Let the coconut cool. Leave the oven on.
Beat together the butter, granulated sugar, and zest with an electric mixer until fluffy. Beat in eggs 1 at a time. Stir together the flour and 1 cup coconut. Stir together the milk, 2 tablespoons lime juice, and the vanilla. At low speed, mix the flour and milk mixtures into the egg mixture alternately in batches, beginning and ending with flour. Spoon the batter into the pan and smooth the top. Bake until golden and a wooden pick inserted into center comes out clean, 35 to 45 minutes. Cool for 15 minutes.
- 2 tablespoons fresh key lime juice
- 1 cup confectioners sugar
- 1 tablespoon rum
Sprinkle 1 cup toasted coconut on top of the cake (or more if you like) and enjoy.