This cake originated in the southern states of the United States; it is typically associated with its use of either white or yellow cake and its light coating of coconut flakes over white frosting, which covers the cake.
Many traditional additions to the cake include coconut extract or coconut milk, moistening the cake with a syrup-like glaze, and covering the cake with a 7-minute frosting. However, it is not uncommon to cover the cake with either cream cheese or buttercream frosting, noting that both types of frosting also keep the uniform white appearance of a traditional coconut cake.
Another spin to the traditional multi-layered coconut cake is a single-layered rectangular cake known as coconut poke cake. This cake is given its unique name because tiny holes are “poked” around the layer of this cake in order to allow for a liquid coconut flavoring to seep into the cake and moisten the layer. After the cake has been saturated with coconut flavoring, it is covered in whipped topping for a light compliment to such a dense, flavorful cake.
Whether you’re choosing to stick with a classical, multilayered coconut cake or to take the creative route of a coconut poke cake, both cakes maintain the traditional coconut flavor commonly associated with coconut cake.
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