Lemon Marshmallow Coconut Cake

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I've had this idea for a while now and with Spouse's help, put one together yesterday which I shared with the folks in my office, where it got rave reviews. The recipe incorporates elements from some of my other favorite desserts, including a gorgeous light moist vanilla cake, a tangy, homemade lemon curd, toasted coconut and my kids favorite marshmallow frosting. These all combined to make a spectacular dessert cake that everybody loved. Spouse might just be enjoying this cake again in a few weeks when her birthday rolls around; it really would make an amazing addition to any celebration.

There are 5 elements to prepare for this cake; a vanilla cake, lemon syrup, toasted coconut, lemon curd and marshmallow frosting.

Vanilla Cake

1 & 1/2 cups cake and pastry flour
1 & 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt

Cream together until fluffy:

1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 cups sugar

Add, one at a time, beating well after every additioon;

4 eggs at room temperature

Beat in

4 teaspoons vanilla extract

Gently fold in the dry ingredients in three equal portions, alternately with

1 cup undiluted evaporated milk

When adding dry and wet ingredients alternately in any baking recipe, always begin and end with the dry ingredients.

Pour batter evenly into 2 well greased and floured 9 inch cake pans. Bake in a 325 degree F oven for about 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Watch it carefully, you will not want to overbake this cake, as soon as the toothpick comes out clean, remove the cake from the oven and let it rest in the pans for 5 minutes before turning it out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

Lemon Curd

In a mall saucepan combine:

6 lightly beaten egg yolks
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
zest of two lemons, finely minced
1/2 cup butter cut into small pieces

Cook slowly over medium low heat for about 10 minutes stirring constantly until the mixture thickens enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon. Remove from heat and stir in the butter a few pieces at a time until completely smooth. Cover with plastic wrap and chill completely in the fridge.

Lemon Syrup

1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup sugar

Simmer slowly together for about 5 minutes. Cool completely.

Toasted Coconut

On a cookie sheet, sprinkle

1 cup unsweetened coconut

Bake at 350 degrees for only a few minutes, tossing every couple of minutes until the coconut turns golden brown. Watch the coconut closely, it can burn very easily and quickly. 

Marshmallow Frosting

4 egg whites
1/2 tsp cream of tarter
3 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups sugar
½ cup corn syrup
1/4 cup water

In a small saucepan combine sugar, corn syrup and water. Bring to a boil over medium heat and continue to cook until the mixture reaches 240 degrees F on a candy thermometer or when a teaspoonful of the mixture dropped into ice water forms a soft ball that holds its shape when cool.

Whip the egg whites, cream of tartar and vanilla extract to soft peaks in a large bowl. With the mixer on medium high speed, slowly begin to pour the sugar syrup down the side of the egg white bowl in a thin continuous stream. Continue to whip the frosting until it forms stiff peaks.

Frost your cake immediately with this frosting while it is still slightly warm as it is easier to spread smoothly than if allowed to cool completely.

To assemble the cake, split the two cake layers horizontally to create 4 layers of cake. Place the first layer on a cake plate and brush with 1/4 of the lemon syrup. Spread this layer with 1/2 of the lemon curd and top with a second layer of cake. 

Brush the second layer with 1/4 of the lemon syrup and top this layer with some of the marshmallow frosting. Top with another layer of cake and brush this third layer with 1/4 of the lemon syrup. Spread the remaining lemon curd over this layer and top with the remaining cake layer. Brush this final cake layer with the remaining lemon syrup.

Spread the remaining marshmallow frosting evenly over the sides and top of the cake. Finally press the toasted coconut onto the entire surface of the cake and serve.
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January 21, 2012 at 11:12 PM

I have got to make this cake!! Can you use regular flour for this recipe? I have made several of your recipes and they are absolutely wonderful!

November 6, 2013 at 1:55 PM

I love your recipes but I had a problem with the frosting. I follow the directions but mine did not look like a marshmellow frosting, it wash thin and runny. What did I do wrong?

Thank you for your help.
Monica in Michigan

November 9, 2013 at 12:15 PM

Did your sugar syrup hit the right temperature? It never fails for me.

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