Friday, May 22, 2015

Coconut Frenzy Cake (Low Carb and Gluten Free)

This terrific-looking (I haven't tried it yet) recipe comes from the iBreathe I'm hungry blog.


This recipe makes four 3 inch cakes

For the cake layer:
4 oz cream cheese, softened
3 eggs
1 Tbl coconut cream
1 Tbl sf coconut flavored syrup
2 Tbl coconut flour
For the coconut filling:
1 cup dried unsweetened coconut
1/2 cup coconut cream
3 Tbl sf coconut flavored syrup
For the frosting:
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 Tbl sf coconut flavored syrup
1 tsp stevia powder
1/4 cup coconut cream
To make the cake: 
Combine all of the ingredients in a blender on medium speed until smooth.  If it’s really frothy, let it rest for a few minutes while you make the filling.  Then pour half of it into a greased 8 x 8 microwave safe dish.  I used a square glass pyrex dish.  Cook in the microwave for 3 minutes or until firm all the way across.  Flip out of the dish onto a plate or cutting board.  Regrease and repeat with the remaining batter.
Cut each square into 3 rows by 3 rows giving you 9 squares per pan or 18 squares total.  You’ll have two squares leftover.  Alternatively you could double the recipe and make one large 9 x 9 cake with four layers in any shape.
For the filling:
Combine all the ingredients in a medium bowl and let sit for 10 minutes before using so all of the liquid can be absorbed.  If you want it looser you could add more coconut cream to get the right consistency.
For the frosting:
Whip the heavy cream almost completely before adding the coconut cream, sf coconut syrup and stevia.  Once you’ve added it keep whipping until the cream holds it’s shape easily.
To assemble:
Lay one square of cake on each plate and place about one tablespoon of filling in the center of each square.  Spread to the edges and cover with another square of cake, repeating until you have four layers of cake. Frost the top cake layer and sides with the whipped cream and decorate as desired.
This may seem like a lot of steps but they are easy and it all comes together very quickly so don’t be intimidated!  It’s worth it I promise!  I used Torani brand sugar free coconut syrup but there may be others.  If you can’t get it, replace it with sweetener for half of the called for quantity and then adjust for taste.
You could replace the coconut flour with almond flour or protein powder I suspect, but I can’t guarantee that it will work as well.  Coconut cream can be found at Asian or Indian markets, online, or possibly in some grocery stores.  You can replace that with full fat coconut milk, but again, I haven’t actually tried it so no guarantees!
If you guys try substituting, please do share with the rest of us so others can benefit from your experiences – and as always, I welcome and look forward to your feedback!  M-
*Update:  Ok so this morning I calculated the nutrition info, but please remember that these are approximate and in fact I think are higher than actual because you won’t use all of the cake or frosting to make the four mini cakes.  Each cake is a VERY generous serving – I ate half of one the first day and finished it the next day (for breakfast….mmmm).   For comparison purposes, I got the nutrition info from CalorieKing for a similar amount (2 servings of theirs) of the Pepperidge Farm coconut cake.  Here’s how it stacks up per equivalent serving:
Coconut Frenzy Cake:  543 calories, 51g fat (0g trans fat), 7g net carbs, 11g protein
P.F. Coconut Cake:  480 calories, 20g fat (3g trans fat), 69g net carbs (50g sugar), 2g protein

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