Tuesdays with Dorie. This is our second coconut dessert this month, and it definitely put me in the mood for some tropical weather.
Carmen of the eponymous Carmen Cooks selected this one for us and I found it very easy to make. I love it when a recipe doesn't call for room temperature butter because that means I can make it on a whim. Yes, I know I can soften the butter in the microwave, but more often than not I end up with a buttery puddle rather than softened butter.
One of Dorie's playing around suggestions was the addition of lime zest and lime juice, and I went with that one. I doubled up on the zest, and it still wasn't enough--the lime was a faint background flavor rather than the tart foil to the sweetness of the coconut that I was looking for.
Beating the eggs with the sugar for several minutes gave the cake a nice light structure. This one was a little sweet for me, yet I think it would be lovely with a tart lime curd to balance the sweetness.
If you'd like the recipe, you can find it on Carmen's blog. Or better yet, buy the book we're baking from, Baking From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan. It's a wonderful collection of creative recipes that will impress your family and friends without stressing you out.