Tropical delights brighten a dreary winter day. Coconut is quite popular during the holiday season. Perhaps it could be because the white flakes adorn the tops of confections like snow covering a landscape. It may possibly be because of tasting a something from the tropics brings warm memories to cold days. Or it could simply be that it tastes so good. Combine it with warm spices and you get a double flavor bonus. It’s the reason I crave Coconut Spice Cake during the holidays.
Many moons ago I was a young baker. A friend of mine passed along a tip which lead me to finding a few favorite cake recipes. She said to look for buttermilk as an ingredient. I went on a quest and searched through my cookbooks. It was for an office holiday celebration that I first baked a coconut spice cake. I could not have found a more perfect recipe for me. Coconut, spices, cream cheese, pecans, oh my! I didn’t want to share it however it was the holidays which is a time of giving and sharing.
A note about baking this cake. The original recipe called for two 9-inch round pans. I chose to bake it in a 9- X 13-inch pan. The single layer cake seems to go further for larger gatherings. It also seems more fitting for a spice cake. Be sure to adjust the baking time if you use two round pans. It will be less time than in one big pan (about 25 to 30 minutes).
Do you make special treats for the holidays? If so, then I have something to share with you. Scroll down to find more recipes for the season. It’s a Holiday Food Party not to miss! You can also check out another one of my favorites: spiced pecans.
Recipe adapted from one in the Southern Living 1984 Annual Recipes cookbook (out of print).
The holiday season has begun. Some wonderful blogger friends and myself are sharing recipes to make your celebrations filled with tasty delights. Take a look and check out each one because they are all so good:
- Red Velvet Parfait from Cravings of a Lunatic
- Cranberry & Brie Bites from Crumb Blog
- Soft Chewy Gingerbread Cookies from Roxana’s Home Baking
- Coconut Spice Cake from Magnolia Days
- Gingerbread Biscotti from Created By Diane
- Caramel Biscoff Blossoms from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Mint Sandwiches from Jen’s Favorite Cookies
- White Chocolate Cranberry Layer Cake from Pineapple and Coconut
- Candy Cane Kiss Brownies from Chocolate Moosey
- Triple Chocolate Buche de Noel from Girl in the Little Red Kitchen
- Gingerbread Pumpkin Trifle from Hungry Couple NYC
- Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars from Chocolate, Chocolate, and More
Special thanks to Jen at Jen’s Favorite Cookies our host and the one who does so much to make these Holiday Food Parties happen.