I also remembered that I have a pan for mini bundt cakes, which gave me the opportunity to sample my baked goods without donating a cake minus one slice. So, I went searching for a recipe, and found this one at Epicurious.
Coconut Bundt Cake with Powdered-Sugar Glaze
- 3 cups cake flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
- 2 1/2 cups sugar
- 6 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon coconut extract
- 1 1/4 cups canned unsweetened coconut milk
- 2 cups (packed) sweetened flaked coconut (about 7 ounces)
- 1 3/4 cups powdered sugar
- Additional sweetened flaked coconut (optional)
Preheat oven to 350°F. Generously butter 12-cup Bundt pan; dust pan with flour. Stir 3 cups cake flour and salt in medium bowl to blend. Beat butter in large bowl until fluffy. Gradually add 2 1/2 cups sugar, beating until well blended. Beat in eggs 1 at a time, then both extracts. Beat in flour mixture in 4 additions alternately with 1 cup coconut milk in 3 additions. Fold in 2 cups flaked coconut. Transfer batter to prepared pan; smooth top.
Bake cake until top is golden brown and tester inserted near center comes out clean, about 1 hour 10 minutes. Cool cake in pan 5 minutes. Turn cake out onto rack; cool completely.
Whisk powdered sugar and remaining 1/4 cup coconut milk in medium bowl to blend. Spoon glaze over cake. Top with additional coconut, if desired.
The batter mixed together very easily, although like somebody before me, I had some fun with my electric mixer and the butter. The butter kept wanting to jerk my mixer away from me. But I prevailed. There was a LOT more batter here than I had predicted -- I wound up making not 6 mini cakes, but 12!
For the glaze, I found that the proportion of coconut milk to sugar was a bit...thick. It was very gloppy. So I just kept adding coconut milk until it seemed more like a proper glaze consistency.
I had never had coconut cake before, but was very pleased with how this came out. For the great quantities of coconut related ingredients, the flavor was surprisingly mellow -- I was worried it would be overwhelming. And they went over well at the Tea, too -- my librarian told me that when he left, there were only two left, and he had quite enjoyed the one he ate!