Saturday, April 8, 2017

Coconut Bunny Cakes

I don't know what it is about Nordic Ware pans, but we just don't get along. Having seen little bunny cakes on other blogs, I caved and bought this Nordic Ware bunny pan. Because I'm taking lunch to my dad tomorrow, and because he loves coconut cake, I decided to make coconut pound cake bunnies. Well, it didn't work out exactly as I'd planned. With the exception of one or two, most of my bunnies looked like war victims. I did everything I possibly could have to keep them from sticking. I melted Crisco, I brushed it into the pan not once, not twice, but three times, then filled each cavity with sifted flour covering every nook and cranny, and tapping it out. I just knew these bunnies were going to pop out like beautiful little animals. No! I had to tap the pan on the counter, I had to tap it on the side, I inverted it, I "re-verted" it. I used a knife to encourage the bunnies out of the pan. Nothing. I tried to get some out while warm (that seemed to work better), then remembered reading somewhere that said allowing them to cool makes them come out easier. No! At any rate, you may have better luck than I did (as so many other people have), and end up with darling cakes. Me? Next year I'm going for the big bunny pan like this one.

On a positive note, the coconut cake was phenomenal! The best coconut cake I think I have ever eaten. In fact, it
is the best pound cake I've ever eaten, coconut or otherwise. I tinkered with a couple of recipes to come up with this one, and, instead of icing mine, because I'm not a huge fan of super sweet icing, I made up a glaze and drizzled it over the warm cakes. It gave them a nice sheen, and an extra good taste. Then, I lightly dusted them with sifted powdered sugar. I cannot recommend this cake enough. If you decide to make mini cakes, like I did, you'll be baking them between 10 and 15 minutes less than you would if you were making an entire cake. Just watch them, when the edges turn light brown, and the cake springs back when lightly touched it's done.
Best Ever Coconut Pound Cake

3 sticks (1½ cups) butter
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
½ cup sour cream
½ cup vanilla Greek yogurt
½ teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon coconut extract
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon almond extract
1¾ cups flour
2 cups flaked coconut

Coconut Glaze:
1 cup sugar
¼ cup water
2 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon coconut extract

Preheat oven to 325°F. Generously (And I am talking GENEROUSLY!) grease and flour a Bundt or cakelet pan.
In a medium bowl, mix flour and flaked coconut; set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream together butter and sugar. Add eggs, and at a time, and mix until light and fluffy. Add sour cream, yogurt, baking powder, and extracts. Mix well.

Add half of the flour mixture to creamed mixture and mix well; add remaining flour mixture and mix until combined.

Let cake batter rest for 5 minutes.

Pour into prepared pan. Bake for 60 - 70 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool 25 minutes. Invert onto serving plate; coat with coconut glaze.

For the glaze: Mix ingredients together in a medium saucepan. Cook and stir over low heat until sugar is melted. Pour on top of cake and let the glaze soak into the cake. Allow glaze to dry and then dust cakes with powdered sugar.

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Linda said...

I have had exactly the same kind of luck as you had. The only thing that helped me was NOT melting the Crisco but taking it and generously covering every millimeter with it. I have read of success with Baker's Joy also.
I am going to try your recipe because my hubby loves coconut pie and I know he'll love this pound cake. We LOVE pound cake!

Marigene said...

What can I say other than yummy! This cake is perfect for Easter.

I have a friend that is a bakery owner...many years ago she told me she mixes equal parts flour and vegetable oil for baking pans and brushes it on. I have been using this mixture for ages, and very seldom have anything stick to the pans. Just make sure you mi it up real good before using it each time as the flour settles to the bottom of the jar.

Stacey said...

Same for me! I've tried all the tricks and they are never reliable. It's a little embarrassing when you are going to a party or something and it looks like a dog has been eating the top of my cake. Now having said that, your little bunnies don't bad...I think they look delicious and your dad will love them. :)

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Raquel said...

I recommend Baker's Joy and teasing them out gently around the edges with a thin silicone spatula while still slightly warm. Or try and wring out a kitchen towel in hot water and place it on the outside of the pan for a bit.

Mimi said...

They look fabulous Pattie! Happy Easter. Mimi xxx

Sandra Lee said...

I never met a Nordic pan I didn't like and this one is no exception. I agree that melting the Crisco may have added to the challenge of getting the cakes out of the pan. For over 25 years I've been using what I call, "pan-grease". It's 1 cup flour, 1 cup Crisco, and enough oil to make a spreadable paste. I store it in an airtight container in my cupboard and apply it with a pastry brush. On occasion for more intricate pans, I will also use Baker's Joy. Thank you for sharing with us this week at Celebrate Your Story, have a great week and have a Happy Holiday.

Unknown said...

Pinned! I bet this is amazing! :)

I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks:

Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

Chloe Crabtree said...

I don't care how they looked...although these ones look wonderful! I LOVE coconut and I LOVE cake, I have pinned this and shared it over on FB! Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful recipe at Celebrate Your Story!

Gentle Joy said...

These are so cute.... and they sound delicious! :)

Roseann Hampton said...

I've never made pound cake before. A coconut version sounds delicious! Pinning to try (minus the bunny pan!)

Eclectic Red Barn said...

I have had that happen several times. I think we all have. These bunny cakes look amazing.
Thanks for sharing at Thursday Favorite Things. Can't wait to see what you share this week,

Miz Helen said...

What a special treat and a great recipe! Hope you are having a great day and thanks so much for sharing your post with us at Full Plate Thursday.
Come Back Soon!
Miz Helen