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Lemon Coconut Naked Cake with Whipped Vanilla Buttercream

Lemon Coconut Naked Cake with Whipped Vanilla Buttercream. The pretty "garden" cake that tastes amazing too. Decorate with coconut, and dainty chamomile flowers and you’ll have a beautiful spring coconut cake that's just a touch more special...and delicious...than any other coconut cake.

 Lemon Coconut Naked Cake with Whipped Vanilla Buttercream.

From Half Baked Harvest

Three soft, perfectly sweet, very moist, extra coconutty, lemon scented cake layers. Each drizzled lightly with a sweet honey lemon syrup, and then generously frosted with the most delicious whipped vanilla buttercream.

Prep Time

20 minutes

Cook Time

40 minutes

Total Time

1 hour

Servings

12 

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup melted coconut oil, cooled
  • 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup canned full fat coconut milk
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 cup shredded sweetened coconut, plus more for layering

Honey Lemon Syrup

  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup honey

Whipped Vanilla Buttercream

  • 3 sticks (1 ½ cups) salted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, or vanilla bean powder

 Lemon Coconut Naked Cake with Whipped Vanilla Buttercream.

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 3 (6-inch) round cake pans or 2 (8 inch) round cake pans. Line with parchment paper, then butter/spray with cooking spray.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer (or use a hand-held mixer) beat together the coconut oil, yogurt, eggs, sugar, vanilla, and coconut milk. Add the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Mix until just combined. Fold in the lemon zest and shredded coconut.
  • Pour the batter among the cake pans and bake 30-35 minutes, until the tops are just set, and no longer wiggly in the center. Remove and let cool five minutes, then run a knife around the edges of the pan and turn the cakes out onto a cooling rack. Poke 3-5 holes in the top of each cake.
  • Make the honey lemon syrup. In a small sauce pan bring the lemon juice and honey to a boil over high heat. Boil 1-2 minutes, until just slightly thickened. Let cool until warm to touch, about 10 minutes.
  • Make the buttercream. Add the butter and the cream cheese to the bowl of a stand mixer and whip until extra light and fluffy, about 3-4 minutes. Add the powdered sugar and honey. Beat together until whipped, about 2 more minutes. Add the vanilla and beat until combined. If the frosting feels too loose, add powdered sugar to thicken.
  • To assemble, place one cake layer on a serving plate or cake stand and drizzle lightly with the cooled honey syrup. Spread 1/3 of the buttercream over the cake and add a handful of shredded coconut. Repeat with the remaining 2 cake layers. Be careful not to over fill your layers or the cake will be hard to slice. Serve or store in the fridge for up to 1 day. If desired, decorate the cake with thyme blossoms and edible flowers.

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