Happy Birthday to David!
I must really love my husband.
Because it is his birthday, and because he bought three of these on Sunday, I’m making his favorite cake ever tonight.
Even for an Alton Brown recipe, this cake is pretty labor intensive. I learned a bit from last time though, and have broken the tasks up over the past few days. Monday night we drained, baked, cracked, peeled, and shredded the coconuts. Last night, I made the coconut milk and coconut cream for the cake, and baked both cakes. Tonight, they’ll be cut into four layers, drenched with coconut water, and I’ll be making the frosting that holds the whole thing together. Stay tuned for pictures and the full recipe. In the meantime, you can check out how Alton does it. It’s a lot of work, but I have to grudgingly admit: it’s kind of worth it. This cake is amazing!
I haven’t made my own coconut extract yet, but due to an unfortunate incident with Leah not knowing that we were saving that measuring cup full of dirty [coconut] water, I have a ton of extra coconut around. I might try to make a batch for next time.
Anyway, assuming that all goes according to plan, I’ll be back here with pictures of the finished product soon. In the meantime, let’s all wish David a happy birthday!