A few months ago I posted a recipe for chocolate cake made with coconut milk, and to my surprise was contacted by KSL Studio 5 (our local morning show) to make the cake on air.
Yesterday was the big day and I had so much fun! I loved seeing behind the scenes of a tv show--how everything works and how tv magic is made.
Chocolate and Coconut Milk Cake
2 ounces semisweet chocolate
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3/4 cup boiling water
6 TBS butter, melted
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 large eggs
1 cup coconut milk
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
toasted coconut (for topping, optional)
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Line bottom of 9" pan with round of parchment paper, butter paper, and sides of pan.
Finely chop chocolate and in a bowl combine with hot water and cocoa powder. Let mixture stand, stirring occasionally, until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth.
In a bowl add flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. In another large bowl with an electric mixer beat butter and sugar until combined. Add eggs (adding one at a time) until thickened slightly and light colored (about 3 minutes). Slowly add coconut milk, and melted chocolate mixture, beating until combined well. Add flour mixture and beat on medium speed until just combined.
Pour batter into pan, and bake in middle of oven until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 25-30 minutes.
Cool cake completely before frosting.
Chocolate Coconut Buttercream
3/4 cup butter
2/3 cup cocoa powder
3 cups powdered sugar
1/2c-3/4 cup coconut milk,
1/2 tsp - 1tsp pure coconut extract
Beat butter, cocoa, powdered sugar, and coconut extract, and add coconut milk a little at a time until you reach a consistency you like.
Top with coconut flakes (I like unsweetened because the frosting is so sweet), and toast it for a few minutes at 450° if you like.
....and here is the segment from yesterday:
note: I am kind of a dork
note: I need a hair net
note: I had so many emails yesterday asking about my nail color--haha it's OPI "Hot & Spicy"
Video Courtesy of KSL.com
congrats--you did great! and the cake looks delicious!
This cake looks delicious, I like it. Congratulations!
This is so awesome! Congratulations! You did an awesome job and - yes - that nail polish is rockin'!
I love how the host ate the chocolate mixture :) Poor guy!
That cake looks amazing, must make it! Excellent job on the show, I don't think I couldn't have done it... Congrats!
You're a natural! Congrats on your big debut.
The cake looks amazing and sounds delicious.
U R Famous!
Great job Sheena. You are not a dork! You were so natural.
I noticed the great nail color too. Isn't so typical that women get distracted with pretty colors?
You're FAMOUS! How exciting!
And you aren't a dork, you are adorable.
What a fun opportunity! You did great! And the cake does look amazing. :)
Loved this so much! How exciting!
awesome awesome job!! normally when i see bloggers on tv or hear their voices on videos it doesnt fit-but you were exactly what i somehow expected. cake looks great and so do you!
i loved your nails too! and now i want to make that cake.
you did great. i love your outfit too.
i wish i had some chocolate cake for breakfast right now.
you did so well!! your hair is getting so long, u looked so pretty!! aaaaaaaaaand your voice, u totally remind me of someone's voice and it's going to drive me crazy until i figure it out, but ur nailpolish was kickin' and i'm thinking of making this for my dessert for Easter!
you did great!
You were darling! So happy you did it. I knew you would be great on the show, and those studio 5 viewers go crazy over peoples nail polish!! Love your blog. I eat the burrito in a bowl often :)
You were gorgeous! :) Great job!
You are so cute! I love your blog :)
ohhh you were adorable! congrats on your little debut sheena.. that cake looks heavely too.
Now you can say you're a TV star! Haha. Loved the video. Now I know what you sound like! And it looked like an easy cake to make too! Awesome.
you have a great tv presence...really you do!
You are darling! Loved seeing what you look like/sound like. Very cute. And I've got to make this cake!
Sheena, that was awsome. I'm drooling and want to make the cake immediately ~ when you dropped the icing on it was so yummy looking! Icing you could stick a spoon up into and it wouldn't fall over.
I also loved your yellow cardigan. :)
WOW! your famous!!!! haha! :) thats awesome!!! and your cake looked great! :)
You are such an adorable person and did such a great job!! I thought I make a pretty decadent chocolate from scratch cake, but your version with coconut milk, I bet is absolutely heavenly!
My hubby LOVES from scratch German Chocolate Cake and so I'll have to try your cake version with my German Chocolate Frosting and so how they do together.
Thanks for sharing and inspiring all of us!! Have a great day!
Congrats! So exciting.
it was fun to hear your voice! you did a great job, sheena!
What a great segment! And I love your hair! You definitely don't need a hair net :)
YUMMY! :) Loooks so good and you were fab on TV! :) So cute! :)
wow, this cake looks amazing. i love the picture and presentation on it.
Three cheers! Can't wait to try this recipe
Congrats. I think you are a great cook and blogger. I love checking out all the great recipes. I always highlight your blog on mine.
PS. love your photography too.
I saw you! You did so great!
The cake looks so good!
ok, you were awesome on the show. very clear, not dumb, you had it all together! kudos!
This is so cool! And looks so delicious!
How fantastic! chocolate and coconut are a favorite combination of mine :) And i love how you presented it! (just the frosting on top and the big coconut flakes:) I'm adding this to my recipe-to-do list :)
cute. it would have been awesome with a hair net though. haha. could you imagine!
thanks for posting this, I made it last night. Yum! Just the kind of chocolate pick me up I needed :D and I thought you were fabulous in the video :P made everything look easy peasy!
this looks so good. what size pan? 9 or 10 inch?
i hope to make this for Easter!
I made this cake for Easter. It was absolutely declicious! My husband is a die-hard box cake guy, and he loved it! We all LOVED it! Everything was good--moist cake and perfect frosting. I topped it with a mix of toasted almonds and coconut. I scorched two batches; finally I got it right AND it was worth it! Thank you for sharing this scrumptious recipe!
PS.You did great on your Studio 5 debut!
What size of cake pan did you use? I tried making this yesterday in my round cake pan and it overflowed all over my oven :-( It looks so yummy, I was bummed we didn't get to eat it up.
I like your blog and the cake looks great, but PLEASE, PLEASE, lose the YELLOW. It is very hard to read and makes me not want to read your blog.
I just made this cake this past weekend and we all loved it! I will definitely be making it again...and again! :)
made this for my hubs birthday this weekend and it was devoured!!! we enjoyed it so much and it turned out perfect!!
Thanks so much for the amazing recipe!
I'm am by no means an experienced baker, but I was amazed by how awesome this cake turned out. It was so easy yet it tasted like store-bought! I will hang to this recipe forever. It's so good I want to take it off my Pinterest board so I'm the only one of my friends that knows about it! Thank you!!!
SHEENA you're AMAZING. I made this cake last week and it was to DIE FOR. To be honest, I don't like cake that much, but I decided to make it for a church event. Everyone LOVED it, (especially) me!! I was trying to come up with a reason to make it again, and luckily I have a party coming up this week! I can't wait to make it again! Many thanks to you. I adore you and your blog.
I made this cake 3 times already! It's amazing! Very moist and stays moist! I'm a coconut milk fanatic now. This is the best chocolate cake hands down.
I even add flax to it and coconut flakes.
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I have made this once before and it was marvelous. Made it today and it boiled over everywhere and was a huge disaster. I have no idea what could have gone wrong! So sad sad (and mega stinky!)
I made this cake for my mum's birthday today, no frosting, just the sponge ... Blooming fantastic! It took nearly an hour for the cake to cook so not sure why such a difference to the recipe, but I don't care. We all loved the cake and have some leftovers, even better. Thank you so much for this recipe.
I made this cake for my husband's birthday and oh my goodness was it unbelievable! It was so moist and rich and heaven! I could have eaten it without the frosting which is a sign of a great cake. I was sad when the leftovers ran out. I will make this again and again. Thanks so much for the recipe.
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