Monday, October 16, 2006

2 Layer Chocolate Coconut Cake

It turns out a little bit dry, so serve with soy ice cream or a glass of vanilla soymilk. BUT its very yummy!

You could substitude preshredded coconut and canned coconut water, but I think it tastes better fresh.

Ingredients:
1 medium coconut
1 box Dr. Oetker Chocolate Cake Mix
1 box Dr. Oetker Chocolate Frosting Mix
Ener-G Egg replacer (enough for two eggs)
Canola Oil/EarthBalance/Margerine


CAKE:
1) Prepare cake as directed on box, subsituting egg replacer for real eggs. (Some boxes require milk, especially if you are using another brand so if it requires milk use 1/2 soymilk and 1/2 coconut water) Use oil to grease pan! Make two 8x8 or two 9x9 cakes

PREPARATION OF COCONUT:
1) Take a hammer and screwdriver. Find the eyes of the coconut (3 black spots on one end). Hammer the screwdriver thru each hole and turn coconut upside down so that all the water is drained into a cup (you should get between 3/4 cup and 1 1/2 cup of coconut water) Set Aside
2) Once completely drained, crack coconut with a hammer until you have smallish pieces.
3) Using a cheese/onion grater, shred the entire coconut. (Down to the rind) Set Aside

FROSTING:
1)repare frosting as package says so, except replacing coconut milk for real milk. Use EarthBalance or other vegan margerine for butter.

PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER:
1) Let the cake pieces cool (outside at night works great!)
2) Frost first layer of cake, not including sides. Add extra frosting on top (where the two sections will meet). Add about 1/2 of the coconut shreds here.
3) Place on the 2nd layer, and frost the top and sides. On the top and sides of the cake, sprinkle with the remaining coconut.
4) Voila! You have a cake! You may even have some coconut water left over.



*If you are wondering why I call it coconut water and not milk, its because what is actually in the coconut is a clear, offwhite liquid. Coconut milk (like canned) is white because coconut oil from the fruit is mixed with it (with a touch of guar gum to hold it together) *

My cake was extra special, I used 9x9 pans, except they are heart shaped! I do have pictures, and once theyre all set I will try to post them!

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