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When I saw this cake on Food TV, I knew I had to make it. Thank you for posting it, as I was quite obsessed with finding the recipe. Unfortunately, I used it to sabbotage my diet and asked my husband to take it to work with him after having two slices in one day. This is my first review and I want to be thorough. I have a weakness for round cakes set on old-timey cake pedestals. This cake is grand and homey at the same time and should be placed on a pedestal. The texture of the cake wasn't quite what I thought it would be. It was quite crumbly; I think all those eggs. The crust was quite nice and almost crunchy from the sugar. If you're going to slice the three layers, definitely double the filling. I didn't slice the layers because I didn't double the filling and I regret that (the filling is silky and coconuty at the same time). I will probably make this again, but there are so many coconut cakes on this site that may divert me from that for awhile.
We need to have more than 5 stars, this is worth so many more. MEAN, all I can say is thank you for posting this recipe and taking the time to type it all up. WOW!!!! That is the word I can come up with. This is "THE" best cake I have honestly ever eaten. Since seeing that cake on tv, I have been wanting to make it. You came through for me!!!! It is such a hit at my house right now. All 4 of my kids are filling their faces with it. The preparation was not as hard as I thought it would be. I made the cakes a day in advance and then doubled the filling like you said. I cut the cakes in half so that I would have the 6 layers. I was afraid that the frosting would not cover the whole cake, but it certainly did. I assembled it all together and let it sit in the fridge overnight. The thing weighs about 15 lbs. I am in absolute heaven. Thank you, thank you, thank you.....You are the best!!!!
Thank you so much for posting this! I haven't tried it yet, but I certainly will after reading the wonderful comments! One note: I notice that a couple of you said something about the crumbly nature of the cake. One thing I remember on the Food TV segment is that, as they assembled the layers, before they spread on the filling, they squirted onto each unfrosted cake some simple syrup (equal amounts of sugar and water boiled together and then cooled into a syrup). No exact amount for simple syrup was given; they just seemed to squirt it all over the cake and let it soak in a little before putting on the filling. This would certainly cut down on the cake being crumbly. Just thought I would throw that it. Now I REALLY can't wait to make this! :-)
I made this cake for my husband to take to work for his boss. Everyone at the company raved about the cake. I did split the layers and double the filling as MEAN CHEF suggested. The cake has so much flavor and is VERY RICH. Because the cake is so rich I would suggest cutting the cake into thin slices.
Great flavor on the filling but the cake was way too dense and crumbly for our liking.
While this cake certainly looks impressive, I am so sad (after tasting it) to discover that this isn't the actual cake recipe. It tastes nothing like the peninsula grill cake. Please refer to Martha Stewart's recipe. She, in fact, had the chef as a guest, and he gave her the correct recipe. This cake is beautiful and it tastes ok, but this isn't the right recipe!
I made this cake yesterday for my Mother's B-day. The filling was quite good, and the frosting too. My Dad really enjoyed the "cake" because he likes a cake that has "substance" to it. I can see why the cake is so dense because it has to support all those layers. But for my taste I would have liked more of a coconut flavor, not just from the filling or the frosting. Should I make this again, I may try using coconut milk in place of the whipping cream for the cake part of the recipe. The recipe was good, but no offense not worthy of 5 stars.
What a recipe! At my mother's birthday party, there were people who were "coconut cake haters" eating large pieces of this! My cake turned out a little tough, but that is probably my error because it was my very first cake from scratch (can you tell I am proud?). The filling was my absolute favorite part and I know that I will be using it again for other things. Due to my coconut haters, I lowered the amount of cocunut in the filling, and it worked great, kind of custardy. Thanks Meanie!
I made this for my mom's birthday and it was awesome. Even my coconut hating husband and son loved it. The batter recipe itself is well worth keeping and using for any "basic" cake with frosting.
This is not the true peninsula grill coconut cake