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Champagne Coconut Cake

There is still a little bit of summer left. It's a perfect time to make this Champagne coconut cake! Doesn't it look pretty? I made this cake for a bridal shower and everyone loved it. It's nice and light, perfect for someone who doesn't like a heavy dessert.

What you need....

  • 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter (you will need a little more to grease the pan)
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for pan (a little extra for the pan)
  • 1 1/2 cups packed sweetened shredded coconut
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/3 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 large whole eggs
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • Pink petal dust.

What you do...

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour an 8-inch (6-cup) Bundt pan. In a food processor, pulse coconut, flour, baking powder, and salt until combined.

  2. In a mixing bowl, beat butter until creamy. Gradually add granulated sugar until mixture is light and fluffy, about 4 minutes. Add eggs, egg whites, and vanilla; continue beating until incorporated. Add the flour mixture in three alternating batches with the coconut milk, beating well after each addition.

  3. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake until a cake tester inserted into middle of cake ring comes out clean, about 35 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack; let cool in pan, 30 minutes.

  4. Trim bottom of cake to make a flat base. Run a small knife around edge to loosen. Flip cake onto rack and let it cool completely.

  5. In a bowl, whisk confectioners' sugar and milk until smooth. In a separate bowl, toss remaining cup coconut with , adding just enough to reach the desired shade. Drizzle icing over top of cake; sprinkle with pink coconut. 

    *Tip: Make sure the cake is completely cool and you are in a cool area when you drizzle the icing, otherwise it will melt right off.

Posted on September 17, 2015 and filed under Food.

Pink Backyard Bridal Shower

Pink Backyard Bridal Shower

White tents were set up for shade. We used potted inpatients to add an extra floral detail.

A great way to dress up a table setting is use real glassware. You can find them on sale or from the dollar store. It does make for added clean up but you are saving the environment and they are reusable for your next party.

*Tip: Since it was a hot day, we placed pitchers of lemon ice water on every table!

D.I.Y Party Favors and Table Decor

I purchased these small glasses from Ikea for 5.99 for 6. I went to home depot and purchased a couple of inpatients 6 for $1.99. I used etching cream to etched the couples monogram on the glassses. It's hard to see in this picture, but you can make out the L. 

The whole project took about a day and costed no more than $35! They made fabulous party favors and table decor. 

*Tip: You can create party favors that make excellent decorations and save on cost!

The Game: Dates in a Jar

I'm not too fond of the corny bridal shower games, I had a feeling the bride wasn't either. Instead, I wanted to create something heartfelt with guest participation. I put out a jar filled with writing utensils and strips of paper. The guest had an opportunity to write down a creative date idea for the soon-to-be married couple. Some of the ideas were very creative and some were pretty funny!

Coconut Cake and Sweet Treats

The bride loved the idea of a non traditional bundt cake. Her favorite is coconut, too! A great light alternative for a hot day!

Salad Bar and Yogurt Parfait

Are those champagne glasses? Yes, we served the fruit, granola and yogurt parfait's in champagne glasses!

The food served: 

Salad Bar w/ various toppings (Chicken, Shrimp, Steak)

Fruit Yogurt Parfait

Bagel Chips w/ dip

I love the idea of a salad bar as a light option at any afternoon shower! It was going to be hot and I wanted to serve something not too filling. You can totally dress it up with fancy options like shrimp or salmon. We had a fruit and spinach, Caesar and classic salad. It's easy to set up and you don't need to work about cooking!

What do you all think of the shower?

I will post the menu recipes and etched glass tutorial in another post! To keep update, make sure you subscribe and become a friend on Facebook!