Tested till perfect Coconut Lemon Cream Snow Cake
Coconut Lemon Cream Snow Cake
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Coconut Lemon Cream Snow Cake

 You can make the custard and cake for this shaggy white-on-white dream two days ahead and assemble the final product at your leisure. Just don't throw away the egg whites – you'll need them for the buttercream!

By Soo Kim and The Test Kitchen

Source: Canadian Living Magazine: January 2011

Recipe4 out of 5 based on 19 ratings.
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  • Prep time 20 minutes Chill: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Total time 37 minutes
  • Portion size 12 to 16


  • 2 cups 2cupsunsweetened desiccated coconut
  • 1 cup 1cupunsalted butter, softened
  • 1-1/3 cups 1-1/3cupsgranulated sugar
  • 3 3eggeggs
  • 1 tsp 1tspvanilla
  • 2-3/4 cups 2-3/4cupsall-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp 2tspbaking powder
  • 1/2 tsp 1/2tspbaking soda
  • 1/2 tsp 1/2tspsalt
  • 3/4 cup 3/4cupcoconut milk

Lemon Cream:

  • 4 4egg yolkegg yolks
  • 1/2 cup 1/2cupgranulated sugar
  • 1 tsp 1tspfinely grated lemon rind
  • 1/2 cup 1/2cuplemon juice
  • 1/4 cup 1/4cupcornstarch
  • 1-3/4 cups 1-3/4cupsmilk
  • 3 tbsp 3tbspunsalted butter


  • 4 4egg whiteegg whites
  • 1 cup 1cupgranulated sugar
  • 1-1/4 cups 1-1/4cupsunsalted butter, cubed
  • 1/2 tsp 1/2tspvanilla
  • 1 pinch 1pinchsalt
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Lemon Cream: In bowl, whisk together egg yolks, sugar, lemon rind and juice, and cornstarch.

In saucepan, heat milk over medium heat until bubbles form around edge; gradually whisk half into egg mixture. Whisk back into pan; bring to boil over medium-high heat, whisking constantly. Cook, whisking, until bubbling and thickened, about 3 minutes.

Remove from heat. Whisk in butter. Place plastic wrap directly on surface; refrigerate until cold, about 2 hours.

On baking sheet, toast half of the coconut in 350°F (180°C) oven until golden, 3 to 5 minutes; set aside.

Grease two 9-inch (1.5 L) round metal cake pans; line bottoms with parchment paper. Set aside.

In large bowl, beat butter with sugar until light. Beat in eggs, 1 at a time; beat in vanilla. In separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir into butter mixture alternately with coconut milk, making 3 additions of dry ingredients and 2 of coconut milk. Fold in toasted coconut.

Scrape into prepared pans. Bake in 350°F (180°C) oven until cake tester inserted in centre comes out clean, about 30 minutes. Let cool in pans on racks for 15 minutes; remove from pans. Peel off paper; let cool completely.

Cut each cake horizontally in half. Place 1 layer, cut side up, on cake plate. Spread with one-third of the lemon cream; repeat layers twice. Top with remaining cake layer, cut side down. Set aside.

Buttercream: In bowl of stand mixer, whisk egg whites with sugar. Place bowl over saucepan of simmering water; cook, whisking, until warm and sugar is dissolved, about 1 minute.

Using whisk attachment, beat at medium-high speed until stiff peaks form, about 6 minutes. Beat in butter, 2 tbsp (30 mL) at a time, until satiny (mixture will curdle initially). Beat in vanilla and salt.

Spread one-third of the buttercream over top and side of cake to mask in crumbs; refrigerate for 30 minutes. Spread remaining icing over top and side. Press remaining coconut onto top and side.

Nutritional Information Per each of 16 servings: about

cal 615 pro 7g total fat 41g sat. fat 27g
carb 59g fibre 3g chol 162mg sodium 196mg
potassium 195mg

% RDI:

calcium 7 iron 14 vit A 29 vit C 7
folate 27
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