Recipe by Annisette
I made this cake for our Hawaiian Luau, and several times since then! It's a pretty white cake layered with haupia filling, a Hawaiian coconut pudding. If you like coconut, this cake is really nice. Not too sweet. It's a little work, but well worth it in the end. If you don't want to do the layering, just make it in a 9x13 pan and only make a half batch of the haupia filling. Please note that preparation/cooking times are approximate and don't include chilling times.
Top Review by Yorkie mama
Fabulous! Instead of the 4 layers, I simplified it and made 2 9" cake layers, trimming the mounds on the top. I also used a "super moist" white cake mix with 2 whole eggs, instead of egg whites for the cake, to make it moist. I made a 1/2 recipe of the haupia filling to fill the two layers, and because my family loves it, I frosted it with White Mountain frosting from an old Betty Crocker cookbook (see recipe on recipezaar), sprinkling the top with angel flake coconut. The BEST cake ever!
- 1 (18 ounce) box white cake mix
- 1 cup coconut milk, divided
- 2⁄3 cup water
- 2 egg whites
- 1 tablespoon unflavored gelatin
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 6 tablespoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon lemon extract
- shredded coconut (amount needed to sprinkle over entire cake)
- 1 cup sugar
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 6 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1 cup water
- 4 cups coconut milk
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
Directions See How It's Made
- MAKE CAKE & WHIPPED CREAM FROSTING: Preheat oven according to directions on cake mix. Grease and flour two 8 or 9-inch round cake pans.
- Prepare the cake according to the package directions, using 2/3 cup of the coconut milk, water, and egg whites.
- When cakes are finished baking, cool and cut each cake horizontally into 2 layers. If your top layers are mound-shaped, cut them so they are flat. (If your layers aren't flat, your filling/frosting will seep off the cake and you'll have a mess.)
- Soften gelatin in remaining 1/3 cup of coconut milk. Dissolve over hot water. Cool completely.
- In a bowl, whip the heavy cream. Fold the gelatin mixture, sugar, and extract into the whipped cream. Chill frosting until it is of spreading consistency.
- MAKE HAUPIA FILLING: In a small bowl, mix together the sugar, salt, cornstarch and water. Set aside.
- In a saucepan, heat the coconut milk. When hot, add the sugar mixture. Cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla and cool.
- Chill the filling until it is of spreading consistency.
- ASSEMBLE THE CAKE: Spread the Haupia Filling between each cake layer (spread it on pretty thickly, about 1/2" thick or so). You'll have the following layers: cake, filling, cake, filling, cake, filling, cake.
- Refrigerate assembled cake until set.
- Frost entire cake with whipped cream mixture. Sprinkle coconut all over the cake sides and top.
- Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.
- NOTE: Cooking times are approximate and do not include chilling times.