Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Because They Said So Sourdough Apple Coconut Cake


Not that anyone needs an excuse to make cake, we're all free to do as we please. But in reality you need to set some boundaries, and yes, you sort of do need a reason to make cake. Even if it's something like, I knew you were coming so I baked a cake. But more often it's somebody's birthday or graduation, anniversary, retirement, wedding; holiday or bake sale, whatever. Or how 'bout the first day of Spring, that's a good one, right? Orrrrrrrr maybe because Sourdough Surprises said so.  

I hope you're tuning in to Sourdough Surprises each month because if not you really are missing out on some outstanding recipes and ideas. Not to mention you get to make cake because they said this month is all about Cakes!! Can you feel my excitement?! When I read it, I felt like they had announced it was my birthday or something. Like everyday in March was going to be my birthday and I could have cake everyday! You can bet as soon as I read it I was making this cake!

I know, I'm trying to get some help.

But in the mean time, cake. 

I went with an apple coconut cake because I've been having a hankering for that combo for a while now. Back in the day we made an apple coconut muffin that I was quite fond of so I know it would make a great cake. But I didn't know it would be this good! So moist and tender and satisfying it didn't even need frosting and you know how much I love to coat everything with glaze.

Most of the recipes I researched like this and this, used oil but I went with a butter base and I never looked back. And I added extra cinnamon 'cause not only does it go with apples but I love it with coconut. Apples, coconut and cinnamon, do I have to spell it out for you!

sourdough apple coconut cake

1 & 1/4 cups butter, at room temperature
2 cups sugar
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder 
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup sourdough starter (100% hydration)
1/4 cup orange juice 
2 medium apples, finely chopped
1 cup flaked coconut 

Preheat oven to 350. Butter and flour a 9 inch tube or bundt pan and set aside. In a medium bowl whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon, set aside. 

In a stand mixer, cream butter and add sugar. Beat on medium until light and fluffy, scraping down the beater and bowl as necessary. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. 

Add 1/3 of flour mixture and the starter and beat on medium to blend, scraping down as necessary. Add  another 3rd of the flour and the orange juice and beat to blend. Add the rest of the flour and beat until everything is well mixed. 

By hand fold in apples and coconut making sure everything is well blended. Scrap the batter into the prepared pan and smooth out the top. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.


 





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27 comments:

  1. That looks gorgeous - so moist and soft!

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    1. Thanks, I took it to work and everyone loved it!

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  2. Maybe you need an excuse to make cake, but excuses are always easy to make! Nice job!

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  3. Oh yes they did!
    I'm drooling just thinking about apples, coconut and cinnamon. Add sourdough and that ups the yum! Great looking cake!

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    1. Thanks Jane, it's somehow more than the sum of it's parts!

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  4. Oh that has too be tasty! And moist too with apples. Yum!

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    1. I must say it was, and easy to do even for no reason!!

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  5. I love apple cakes and this one looks lovely! Never thought of combining coconut & apple... might have to give it a try!

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    1. Thanks Lauren, you will not be dissapointed, I promise!

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  6. Wow! This is one of the most beautiful cakes AND ways of presenting a recipe I've ever seen! Absolutely perfect. I love apple cakes, as they take me back to my childhood in England, and I'd love to pair my happy little sourdough starter with some yummy morsels of sweetness.

    So glad to meet you through Sourdough Surprises!

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  7. Thanks Rachael, it's the sweet and sour that makes life interesting!!

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  8. Oh, yum! I'm with you - I often feel like I need a reason to make cake. Now I have one, I need to use my starter regularly!

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    1. That's brilliant! I've been making pizza dough with my starter left-overs, but I'm lovin the cake idea!

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  9. This cake looks delicious!! I love apple cakes, so moist and yummy:) All I need is a fork and a cuppa coffee~ Some wonderful cakes today on Sourdough Surprises:) Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines~

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    1. Thanks Lynn! I agree, this cake issue has brought out a lot of wonderful recipes! I'll put the kettle on...

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  10. That looks and sounds like a delicious cake. I love that you went with a butter recipe in place of the oil, and the combination of apples and coconut? Awesome. Great choice!!

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    1. Thaks Shelley, it was in good company with all these wonderful cakes this month!

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  11. Hehe, to be honest, this month I was looking for a reason NOT to make cake - I think I made four in total, and have one more to make before the end of March. I love your pictures and this cake sounds wonderful! Apples and coconut, what a great combo.

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    1. Sounds like cake central at you house. I think my next one will be for Easter and I'm so glad to have all these wonderful sourdough cakes chose from. Thanks!

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  12. You had me at coconut. I've never tried apple/coconut anything, but it's on my to-do list now. :)

    I always feel like I have to have an excuse for cake, too. Otherwise, it would be cake all the time around here and I'd weigh 300 lbs.

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  13. It's good, believe me! I hear ya, cake 24/7!

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  14. YUM YUM! This cake looks amazing - soo moist and delicious, and the flavors! I love cinnamon with coconut, and definitely with apples! Great choice! And no, you don't need a reason to make a cake like this! :) Thanks for baking with us this month!

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  15. I love this combination, this one's a keeper!

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  16. Ooooh! Do you think this would work with spelt flour and a spelt sourdough starter, it looks amazing.

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  17. Oh... soudough (great for me), coconut (great for my mother who lives in a residence for elderly people and is crazy about coconut), apples (for my friend who moved into a new appartment last week-end)... here are my reasons for baking this look-gorgious cake! Tomorrow morning I'm going to have a meeting with my Kitchenaid mixer, my Samsung oven and my starter friend. Then visiting, hugging and eating all afternoon!!

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