By evelyn/athens on September 08, 2003
Photo by Mommy H.
Photo by Mommy H.
"A spectacular cake. More work than the ordinary but a lot can be done the day before. Make it for a special occasion and be prepared for raves."
Serving Size: 1 (192 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 10
"This cake performed above and beyond the call of duty for me. After having done most of the preparation in advance as suggested, I was less than an hour away from having dinner guests come over and I was getting ready to assemble the cake - all that was left was the frosting. I started to whip the cream, got distracted, walked away from the bowl and my hand mixer fell over taking the bowl with it and 3/4 of the cream spilled out on the counter, leaving me with half a cup of whipped cream to frost a 3 layer cake. I had no time to go to the store and I was not about to give up on a cake I had put so much work into, so I added some softened butter I had on hand, a little half and half, some more powdered sugar and made a glaze out of it, put some of the pineapple filling on the top of the cake and drizzled the glaze between the layers and over the whole cake, topped off with some coconut. It wouldn't have won any blue ribbons for appearance, but it did look like it was an intentional outcome and it tasted really good. Next day we had a church/school barbecue and I crumbled up the half cake I had left over, layered it with whipped cream, lemon curd, coconut, almonds, pineapple and oranges and made kind of a left-over cake trifle. No leftovers now! The only bite I got was the taste I took to make sure it was ok. I had to give this one five stars for holding up so well after a near disaster."
"Don't make this for your family if you're trying to diet. This is just excellent - lasted about 24 hours in my house. The syrup I think makes it particularly moist and "lemony". "
"Thanks for posting this recipe. My mom use to make it for us when I was in high school, she had gotten it from a well abused Bon Apetit magazine which I misplaced. When I found this site with this recipe you could only imagine how happy I was. So I made it for her in a heart shape baking pan, as a thank you hence the little card beside the cake in the photo I shared. We don't have lemons here in Belize but we do have limes so I used that instead and garnished it with a slice of fresh pineapple and lime zest flower. Thanks again for sharing this I am forever in debt."
"I made this today for my friends family birthday party. Everyone gave it two thumbs up. I will be making this for another family function tomorrow but will use and orange juice glaze with some rum in it instead of the lemon juice. I didn't use a fresh pineapple but used crushed instead as I was too lazy to cut up a pineapple. After covering it with coconut I arranged canned oranges on top with some mint leaves for a tropical display."
"This recipe is wonderful! While it does take more time than your average cake, this is definately NOT average. If you are looking for a cake for a special occasion, this is it. The cake is moist and the citrus flavor is subtle. The filling is wonderful and just adds to the whole tropical taste. As for the frosting ! how can you go wrong with flavored and sweetened whipped cream? I made the recipe as directed, carefully following the directions. Next time, I will make some of the parts the day before as suggested in the recipe. Thank you so much for posting a keeper! "
"Where do I start! Let's see -The cake itself is nice and firm and has a lovely texture. I must admit I did not bake layers but baked it whole and cut it horizontally into 3 layers in a 9 inch 4 inch high floral cake pan. Could do this easily. THe syrup really makes the cake soft and lemony. The pineapple filling was great and I added some red cherries to it while it cooked. I used sweetened soya whipped cream so did not add sugar. We do not get sweetened flaked coconut so I followed a tip I found on the net and moistened 1.5 cups dessicated coconut with a little milk and added 2 tsps of castor sugar and left it for about 10 minutes. I frosted the cake with white icing and decorated it with white rosettes at the base and green leaves on top and the coconut pressed at the side made this cake look so spectacular that I was proud to gift it for my best friend's birthday. Seven of us polished it off in around 15 minutes. All that work gone in a jiffy. But the sated expressions on the faces around was such a huge payoff. Thanks Ev. You made me look good! Fortunately you gave me prior warning about the rave reviews so was not completely swamped. My friend said she could not decide if I was a more fabulous person or cook :roll: and I borrow that line and use it on you. :D Fay"