Tropical Carrot Cake with Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting
2 1/3 cups flour, sifted then measured
1 cup coconut flakes
1 cup macadamia nut
3/4 cup crystallized ginger, chopped
3 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
4 whole eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups carrots, peeled and finely grated
2 8 ounce cans crushed pineapple, well drained
3 8 ounce packages cream cheese, at room temperature
3/4 cup unsalted butter (1 1/2 sticks) room temperature
2 cups powdered sugar
3/4 cup cream of coconut
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon coconut extract (scant)
14 whole macadamia nut
1/4 cup crystallized ginger, chopped
For cake: Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter three 9-inch-diameter cake pans with 1 1/2-inch-high sides. Line bottom of pans with parchment paper. Combine 1/3 cup flour and next 3 ingredients in processor. Process until nuts are finely chopped. Whisk remaining 2 cups flour, cinnamon, baking powder, salt, and baking soda in medium bowl to blend.
Using electric mixer, beat sugar and oil in large bowl to blend. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Beat in flour-spice mixture. Stir in coconut-macadamia mixture, then carrots and crushed pineapple.
Divide batter among pans. Bake until tester inserted into center of cakes comes out clean, about 30 minutes. Cool in pans on racks 1 hour. Run knife around edge of pans to loosen cakes. Turn cakes out onto racks; cool completely.
For frosting: Beat cream cheese and butter in large bowl until smooth. Beat in powdered sugar, then cream of coconut and both extracts. Chill until firm enough to spread, about 30 minutes.
Place 1 cake layer, flat side up, on platter. Spread 3/4 cup frosting over top of cake. Top with second cake layer, flat side up. Spread 3/4 cup frosting over. Top with third cake layer, rounded side up, pressing slightly to adhere. Spread thin layer of frosting over top and sides of cake. Chill cake and remaining frosting 30 minutes. Spread remaining frosting over top and sides of cake. Arrange whole nuts and ginger around top edge of cake. Chill 1 hour. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover with cake dome and chill. Let stand at room temperature 1 hour before serving.)
Recipe found here.
NOTES- This cake was fun! It took a lot of prep work and hard work, but I think it turned out awesome. Funny thing, I don’t even like carrot cake! The frosting, to die for. My mom had to separate my from the left over bowl. I have that problem with frosting a lot!