Coconut Lime Poundcake

This cake is another one of my tweaked recipes. I found a recipe for a coconut poundcake in a Martha Stewart publication and thought I could improve upon the recipe. I added some lime and rum flavoring and I also lowered the fat and the sugar content slightly to make it a little healthier. It is a dense cake as most pound cakes are but is not at all rich. A perfect end of summer dessert! For the cake you will need:

½ cup butter (at room temperature)

¼ cup mashed pears or ¼ cup of applesauce
3 large eggs
1 package of sweetened coconut (7 oz package. 1 ¼ of this will be go into the cake and the rest is for topping.)

1 tablespoon of lime zest

2 tablespoons of lime juice (I used bottled key lime juice for this)

¾ cup of sugar

1 ½ teaspoons of rum flavoring

1 ½ teaspoons of baking powder

2 cups of flour

1 cup buttermilk

Set your oven to 350° and place the coconut on a sheet pan. Toast the coconut in the oven until lightly browned. Pull the pan out and shake it every few minutes so that the toasting is more even. Don’t worry if most of the coconut is still white as long as it is crunchy in texture you are doing fine. Butter and flour a loaf pan. Place the butter, pear, and sugar into a mixer and combine until fluffy. Add the lime zest, lime juice, rum flavoring, and the eggs one at a time. Once that is all mixed in add your baking powder and then alternate the flour with the buttermilk. At this point you can add the coconut. If you want the coconut to stay whole in the cake then mix it in with a spoon. My hubby does not like the texture of coconut so I beat it in but either way will work fine. Pour into your pan and bake for 1 hour or until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool completely on a wire rack and then frost. For the frosting:

1 cup of powdered sugar

½ teaspoon of rum flavoring

1 1/2-2 tablespoons of lime juice

Just mix together until you get something between a glaze and a frosting. Drizzle over the top of the cake and then sprinkle on the remaining coconut. It is important to note that this will not be a rounded top cake due to all the liquid in here but it will be moist and really, really good!

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  1. Aunt Cindy in Texas says:

    It is not absolutely essential that you wear your Carmen Maranda fruit hat while making this. ( You do own a fruit hat, don’t you?) But you should download and play Harry Nilsson singing the “Put the lime in the coconut” song & play it loud. Some rhumba hip action helps, too.

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