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Pineapple Coconut Cake

 Pineapple Coconut  Cake
This coconut cake is a guaranteed showstopper at any holiday meal. The beautiful flakes of coconut are reminiscent of snow. But one taste of the sunny pineapple will transport you to the tropics.—Monica Kennedy, Johnson City, Tennessee
12 ServingsPrep: 45 min. + chilling Bake: 20 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 5 eggs, separated
  • 1 can (20 ounces) crushed pineapple
  • 1-1/2 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar, divided
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons coconut extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • MOUSSE:
  • 4 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar, divided
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 5 cups flaked coconut, divided

Directions

  • Place egg whites in a large bowl; let stand at room temperature for
  • 30 minutes. Drain pineapple, reserving 1 cup juice; set aside.
  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a small bowl, combine flour and baking
  • powder. In another bowl, beat egg yolks until slightly thickened.
  • Gradually add 1 cup sugar, beating on high speed until thick and
  • lemon-colored. Beat in butter, extracts and 1/2 cup reserved juice.
  • Add dry ingredients; beat until well blended.
  • Beat egg whites with clean beaters on medium speed until soft peaks

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Pineapple Coconut Cake (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • form. Gradually add remaining sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating
  • on high until stiff peaks form. Fold into batter.
  • Transfer to two greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans. Bake
  • 18-22 minutes or until cake springs back when lightly touched. Cool
  • 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool
  • completely.
  • In a large bowl, beat cream until it begins to thicken. Add 1 cup
  • confectioners' sugar; beat until stiff peaks form. In another bowl,
  • beat cream cheese, pineapple and remaining confectioners' sugar
  • until blended; stir in 2 cups coconut. Fold in whipped cream. Cover
  • and refrigerate at least 1 hour.
  • Cut each cake horizontally into two layers. Place bottom layer on a
  • serving plate; drizzle with 2 tablespoons reserved juice. Spread
  • with 2 cups mousse. Repeat layers twice. Top with remaining cake
  • layer and drizzle with remaining juice. Spread remaining mousse over
  • top and sides of cake. Press remaining coconut onto top and sides.
  • Refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving. Yield: 12 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 piece equals 899 calories, 62 g fat (42 g saturated fat), 248 mg cholesterol, 388 mg sodium, 78 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 10 g protein.