Coconut Cake with Chocolate Sauce

READY IN: 1hr 20mins
SERVES: 10-12




  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Butter a 9 inch springform pan.
  • In a small bowl, stir together the cake flour, sugar and baking powder.
  • In a bowl, whisk together the oil, whole eggs and ¼ cup of water and stir in the flour mixture into the oil mixture until the batter is smooth.
  • Beat the egg whites with the cream of tartar until they hold stiff peaks.
  • Stir ¼ of the whites into the batter to lighten and then fold in the remaining whites.
  • Pour batter into prepared pan and bake in the middle of the preheated oven for 20-30 minutes, or until a tester comes out clean.
  • Remove cake and let cool.
  • For pastry cream: Scald the milk with the vanilla bean.
  • Scrape the seeds into the milk and discard bean (or rinse it, let it dry and ‘plant’ it into a sealed jar of sugar. In time you’ll have sugar with a vanilla fragrance.) In a bowl, whisk together 1/3 cup of sugar, flour and egg yolks.
  • Whisk the hot milk into the yolk mixture, a little at a time, and whisk for 1 minute.
  • Pour into the pan and bring custard to the boil, whisking constantly, for 1-2 minutes, o until it is thickened.
  • Let cool, uncovered, and chill it, placing a piece of plastic wrap directly on the surface of the hot custard to prevent a skin from forming.
  • Beat the cream with the remaining 2 tblsps sugar until it holds stiff peaks.
  • Fold 1 cup of the whipped cream into the pastry cream, reserving remainder, and fold in 1 cup of coconut into the pastry cream as well.
  • Make chocolate sauce: Simmer the milk with the chocolate, stirring, until the chocolate is melted.
  • Add the cream, butter and sugar and simmer, stirring, until smooth and slightly thickened.
  • Keep sauce warm, covered.
  • Cut cake horizontally into 3 layers with a serrated knife.
  • Spread ½ of pastry cream on top of bottom layer and top with second layer.
  • Spread remaining pastry cream on top of second layer and top with third layer, cut side down.
  • Spread whipped cream on top and side of cake and sprinkle with coconut.
  • Serve with sauce.