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Coconut Cake with Berries and Cream

Recipe photo courtesy of Johnny Miller

A riff on tres leches, this coconut-spiked spongecake is soaked in condensed milk, heavy cream, and -- in place of the usual evaporated milk -- coconut milk. Serve it with mixed berries and whipped cream.

Source: Martha Stewart Living, July 2012
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  • LDelmont
    1 APR, 2013
    this was delicious. I made a few minor modifications: used sweetened coconut, toasted about 3/4 extra coconut as a topping, and added about 1 tbs to whipping cream. Made it for Easter and everyone loved it. Deliciious.
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  • danielle3885900
    14 JAN, 2013
    The cake came out perfect 3 times, the 4th time I made it I let the kids help me, but as they have trouble "folding in" the cake came out deflated and I ended up having the pool of milk at the bottom. This is my husbands favorite cake and is always was a big hit with everyone each time I made it. Even the people who said they didn't like coconut raved about the cake and had second helpings. Its very light and not very sweet.
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  • mlaham
    14 JUL, 2012
    I am very disappointed with this recipe!! Followed it exactly - am an accomplished cook and baker. The recipe did not say to poke holes in it (most tres leches cake recipes do), so I didn't, but there is a huge pool of sweetened milk surrounding the cake, and the cake shrunk! at least an inch on each sides once the sweetened milk mixture was poured over the cake!! It's covered and in the refrigerator for about 2 hours and no change. Was to bring this to event tomorrow! Frustrated!
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  • mlaham
    14 JUL, 2012
    I am very disappointed with this recipe!! Followed it exactly - am an accomplished cook and baker. The recipe did not say to poke holes in it (most tres leches cake recipes do), so I didn't, but there is a huge pool of sweetened milk surrounding the cake, and the cake shrunk! at least an inch on each sides once the sweetened milk mixture was poured over the cake!! It's covered and in the refrigerator for about 2 hours and no change. Was to bring this to event tomorrow! Frustrated!
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  • Jedibabe
    5 JUL, 2012
    The gooey mess is the glory of this recipe. It was amazing, the hit of the party; moist and delicious. I actually printed this recipe to go into my "go to" list of recipes for special occasions.
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  • Rebecca Snitzer
    5 JUL, 2012
    I was scared for a minute that the cream mixture wouldn't be absorbed, and I only let it set for 5 hours before serving. However, even with the extra cream, it was completely delicious and a big hit with everyone.
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  • ChefAndie
    4 JUL, 2012
    What a colossal waste! All of that milk mixture could not be absorbed. No, I didn't add the 2 cups of heavy cream. I tasted the mess the next morning. It was congealed coconut goo at the bottom with saturated cake on top and in a pool of milk. Baked the cake which may not have been quite as high as the photo but still a sponge cake.
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