Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Coconut Tea Cake

A well-mannered tea cake.  This cake is delicious and easy to make.  Dorie Greenspan calls it's purity and flavor well mannered.  I just love that.  Who knew a tea cake could be so well-mannered?  Well, I'm certainly inviting it over for tea.    
I have to share a funny story about this well-mannered cake.  It calls for rum.  I don't actually drink rum or any flavor of alcohol.  I used to, but I've changed my wicked ways.  :)  Oh, so much for the better believe me, but that's a different story entirely.  So here I am, with no rum, and my well-mannered cake to make.  After helping with a marriage ministry last Saturday, we zipped over to our local "drive in" burger joint (yes, you know the one) to feed some little hungry mouths.  (I know you are appalled!  Fast food?!, Wait!  It gets better...) As my husband began ordering food, I hopped out of the car and walked next door to the local liqueur store.  I asked for a small bottle of the Meyers Rum behind the counter, and inquired if there was an even smaller bottle?  The man behind the counter tried to convince me I would get a better deal with a bigger bottle.  No need!   So, here I come with my little bottle in a brown paper bag, getting into my mini van with my sweet little family.  Oh, my husband was having a good time watching me!  He teased me all the way back to the house.  

This cake was so delicious!  It had a nice soft tender crumb and a slightly chewy crust that was divine!  The coconut flavor was not overpowering but just right.  I had no problem getting it out of my pan.  As usual, I used palm oil and I dusted it with all purpose flour.  It worked like a charm.  Anyone like to join me for a cuppa?



Carmen picked out our delicious Coconut Tea Cake, you can find the recipe on her blog Carmen Cooks or on pages 194 and 195 of  


Baking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan.  If you want to see other versions of this well-mannered tea cake, visit the other bloggers on the TWD Blogroll!





Blessings, Rachel

17 comments:

  1. I'm so glad you liked the cake! Thanks for baking with me this week. :)

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  2. So pretty - I just love that bundt pan! :)

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  3. beautiful~ i love your bundt pan too!

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  4. i love your blog layout and this cake looks perfect! nice job this week.

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  5. Great cake and love the pan (I used the same one).

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  6. I'm smiling a your fun story! This cake was excellent.

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  7. Your cake looks delicious! I loved hearing about your story. :-)

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  8. Your coconut tea cake looks Beautiful! It looks like it's snow capped! Hee hee, not only do we have the same pan, but I contemplated getting a tiny bottle of rum too - maybe next time! =)

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  9. It looks really lovely! Too funny about your little bottle of rum in a paper bag!

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  10. You know, I always feel MORE illicit buying the small bottles! Like I'm trying to hide something. Your cake is so pretty!

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  11. Your cake looks wonderful! I am sorry I passed on this one. Funny story about buying the little bottle. I buy vodka in tiny bottles and use it for painting fondant on my cakes. :)

    I have a friend who has a vegetarian/vegan blog. It's http://causeieatsmespinach.blogspot.com/
    You might find it interesting. :)

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  12. Cute post! :o) Your cake looks really pretty dusted with the powdered sugar!

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  13. What a beautiful cake! I made mine without the alcohol and it was fine.

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  14. Cute story about buying the rum! Your cake looks perfect! How much palm oil did you have to use to replace the butter? Thanks for commenting on my blog, Cafe Lynnylu.

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  15. I always keep a collection of tiny liquors - they're great for testing and when you don't need a big bottle. But Meyer's??? You'll definitely use that - it's wonderful rum! Ditto - love your blog layout - so elegant and fun. Plus a great looking cake! Confectioners' sugar makes everything look so festive!

    mike
    TWD blog:
    web.me.com/mikejdunlap

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  16. your cake looks yummy! i love the dusting of sugar. :) I just made mine today, used grapefruit zest and juice and will post tuesday.

    YUM!

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