Monday, April 9, 2012

Samoa Bundt Cake

There was once a time in my life where I thought Almond Joy and Mounds candy bars were terrible, you couldn't pay me to eat Thai food because of coconut milk and I would choose every Girl Scout cookie before I would grab a Samoa. Oh my goodness my mind has changed. Yesterday, in celebrating not only Easter but my roommate's birthday, this cake was taken on (as found on BetsyLife) by me and my WONDERFUL BEST FRIEND JULIA. And while it was super time consuming, it was well worth every last little morsel. Oh my god. It was kind of like crack cake.
But a word to the wise, this really takes forever to make. The first step was started at 2:00, and by 7:00, I was just finishing the final touches. So don't think you can whip this up in an hour or two, but also, don't think you should forgo the experience because of the labor. Just look at that photo and tell me you're not the slightest bit interested. I dare you. And even you coconut naysayers may have your minds changed with this one. I wouldn't be surprised in the slightest.

Samoa Bundt Cake
Brown Sugar Batter
1 stick of butter, softened
1 cup of dark brown sugar
2 eggs
3/4 cup AP flour
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup whole milk

Chocolate Batter
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup + 2 tbsp AP flour
1/2 cup + 2 tbsp cocoa powder
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 egg
1/4 cup oil
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup boiling water
1/2 cup milk

1 can of sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup confectioners sugar
2 tbsp vanilla extract
2 sticks butter, softened
1/2 tsp salt
2.5 cup toasted coconut, divided
1/2 cup chocolate chips

1. Start the process of turning the sweetened condensed milk into caramel. You have two options (either stick the whole, unopened can of condensed milk in your crock pot and submerge it by at least three inches and cook it on high for seven hours -OR- place the unopened can in boiling water on the stovetop fully submerged for four hours, adding more water as necessary).  Let it cool.
2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Begin to prepare your two batters separately as it is a marble cake. For the brown sugar batter, beat the softened butter and the brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, and then the milk. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt together. Add dry ingredients into wet slowly, just until combined.
3. For the chocolate batter, beat oil and sugar until fluffy. Add the eggs in one at a time and then the vanilla. Mix until combined. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Slowly add dry ingredients to wet ingredients. Mix until combined and then add the boiling water.
4. Grease and flour your bundt pan liberally, and layer the cake with alternating batters. Bake in preheated oven for 50 minutes to one hour, or until a skewer comes out clean. Allow to cool completely and then remove cake from pan.
5. Upon the completion of the condensed milk into caramel process, you may begin your frosting. Toast the 2.5 cups of flaked coconut on a cookie sheet in the oven at 350 degrees. Toss occasionally and check often to avoid burning. Remove from oven. In a large mixing bowl, beat cooled condensed milk, butter, confectioners sugar, vanilla and salt for three minutes. Add in one cup of the toasted coconut. Chill for one hour, or until it reaches spreading consistency.
6. Frost cooled cake with coconut frosting and sprinkle with remaining toasted coconut. In a microwave safe dish, melt the chocolate chips Drizzle over the top of the cake and serve.


Spice Sherpa said...

An entire CAKE in the spirit of a Somoa cookie. Are you KIDDING me!? I think I'll just have to wait a little longer before descending the sugar high that I'm floating on right now. This looks utterly awesome.

Unknown said...

That's definitely a 'holy crap' kind of cake. It looks amazing. I've always been a Samoa fan (caramel, yum) and so this speaks (yells) to me.

Happy birthday to your roommate!

Julia said...

Too bad I'm not the Julia best friend you're referring to... because I'd LOVE for someone to make me this for my birthday.