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November 26, 2013

Coconut Chiffon Bundt Cake with Coconut Frosting

Coconut Chiffon Bundt Cake with Coconut Frosting
Coconut Chiffon Bundt Cake with Coconut Frosting 



I hate the s word. Not the one that some of you are thinking of (I have thought that word in relation to this word), no this is another 4 letter word. Snow. I hate it. I grew up in the Pacific Northwest where a lot of people ski, and when I say a lot of people my school had ski fridays. They would take a big bus up to Snoqualmie and go skiing, every friday for 12 weeks. The kids that stayed behind got to watch movies, bake cookies, learn computer etc. Every 2 hours we would switch to a new activity. It was a no brainer for me, I chose to not go skiing.

I love to cross country ski and am an adequate down hill skier and snowboarder. I had to be since all my friends wanted to go on ski trips during the winter. While snow is pretty, I hate, hate to be cold. When you ski you are in this in between weird world where your sweating, but also it's freezing. If you take off your coat you get cold, since your working out if the jacket stays on you sweat. While some women can stay attractive while skiing, I don't. I don't just sweat, I sweat buckets. After a 2 hour cross country work out I look like a bucket of water has been dumped on my head.

So while I grew up around ski and snow lovers I would be happy if it just stayed away. My poor in-laws live in the mountains and it snows all winter. Not just inches, but feet. My mother-in-law is already worried about Thanksgiving and the weather. It always seems to snow here around the holidays, we had our first snow the week of Halloween (which is way too early for my tastes). So my mother-in-law and I are both hopping the snow that is supposed to start tomorrow stays away. The s word can stay where it belongs, out of my vocabulary.

During the holiday months I bake frequently. I seem to turn to sugary foods when the weather gets colder. The summer months I turn towards fruit and light foods, but during the winter I love cakes and cookies. Luckily I also love my treadmill (not really, but I still do it). Last week I tried a new recipe for Gluten Free Coconut Bundt Cake with Coconut Frosting from the December 2013 issue of Food and Wine magazine.
Coconut Chiffon Bundt Cake with Coconut Frosting
Coconut Chiffon Bundt Cake with Coconut Frosting 

This recipe has 10 ingredients. It takes 2 hours 30 minutes of total time, 30 minutes of which is active and makes 12 servings. I did make a few significant changes to the original recipe. First, I used white rice flour to replace the cake flour. Since I eat gluten free I try to change regular recipes to be gluten free. Many specifically gluten free recipes are too dry or just plain bad. Make sure to adequately grease and dust the pan. The cake tends to stick a little to the pan. I found that my total baking time was slightly longer than suggested, by approximately 10-15 minutes.
Huntington Museum of Art
Huntington Museum of Art

My kids and I really liked this recipe. It was light and worked well being made gluten free. The coconut milk made for a delicious, moist texture and would be a nice replacement for people that can't have milk. This cake would be great for a party, it is beautiful on the plate and would serve 16 people if the slices were made thin.

For the recipe go to Coconut Chiffon Bundt Cake with Coconut Frosting.

23 comments:

  1. I dont really like snow either!! =)
    I like your cake recipe!

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    1. Glad I'm not the only one :) Thanks for the comments!

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  2. Hahahahaha! I hate snow, too, but I almost never complain about it. I mean, I choose to live in a part of the country in which it snows, right? LOL.

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    1. I don't complain about it much either. Except this post :) My inlaws live in the mountains though and hate it. They don't have a choice, the only jobs they could find where in the mountains.

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  3. I am not a fan of snow either! However now that I am living in a climate where it never snows I do miss it it from time to time. Weird right??
    Anyway this cake looks delicious and since I enjoy trying new cake recipes I am pinning this!
    Thank you for sharing :)

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    1. I could see that, when it's gone you would somewhat miss it :) Thanks for the pin, I appreciate it!

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  4. l like snow, when it's clean and fresh. The cake looks fantastic. Happy Thanksgiving!

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    1. The snow here is never really light and fresh, oftentimes it's half ice. I had a great Thanksgiving thanks :)

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  5. I live in the pacific nw and I love snow, but that's probably because it rarely snows where I am and even when it does, it's short lived :) I love coconut, I'll have to see if my mom has this recipe from her magazine :)

    Katie @ Being Dawson's Mom

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    1. It snows a lot more here :) In Seattle it wasn't bad, except all my friends loved to go skiing almost every weekend. Here it gets way too cold in the winter, When it gets below 10 degrees I am miserable :) I'm a huge coconut fan too, I love it!

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  6. Happy Thanksgiving! I really want to try cross country skiing because it is rated #1 as far as aerobic exercise goes, maybe I will win a ski vacation one day. I have to share this recipe with my sister because she is gaga over a coconut cake.

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    1. Cross country skiing is a great workout! I used to go all the time when I lived in Seattle. I sweat like crazy though :) I am a huge coconut fan also, I love it! Thanks for the sweet comments about my blog :)

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  7. My husband loves SNOW...I am fine with it as long as I can stay warm inside. The bundt cake looks stunning!

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    1. I prefer it when I'm inside also :) Thanks for the nice comments about the cake!

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  8. I HATE the "s" word too. There are days I wonder why we still live in Michigan? I'm a hermit in the winter too because I hate going out in the cold.

    That cake sounds really good. Of course what isn't good when coconut is part of it?

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    1. I hate going out in the cold also :) Once the temps get down to below 10 I am miserable and I hate having to stand at the bus stop with my kids!

      The cake really was good, I love coconut!!!

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  9. Living in Florida all my life I have not really experienced living in a state that snows....But, God it can get hot (laugh). Here in north Florida the air can get stagnant in the summer. I always look forward to the cooler months.
    Very nice gluten-free bundt cake. I can see why this was a hit with your family.

    Happy Thanksgiving.

    Velva

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    1. We get hot, but not as hot as you guys get :) The mugginess gets to me in the summer too, I love my air conditioning!

      I hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

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  10. I'm like you I hate snow. I like seeing it on the ground all nice and white but I hate it the day after when it turns to mush. I hate when it starts looking dirty from footprints and I hate when the animals make it yellow. I also don't like the cold too much having spent most of my life in the Caribbean with the sun and the beach. It's one of the reason why I would love this recipe. I'm a big coconut fan. I just love anything coconuts. I am going to try this out over the Christmas holidays. I'm heading to Canada and my brother's wife makes Gluten free products. She would love this as well.

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    1. I hate when it gets mushy too :) It starts looking dirty and is just yucky looking.

      I agree with you on coconut also. It's one of my favorite tastes. Plus since it's nice in both sweet and savory dishes it has a ton of different uses in recipes. If you try the recipe tell me how it turns out!

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    1. You're sweet, thanks :) It turned out great, especially considering it was gluten free!

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