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Piña Colada Cake

Yield 2-layer cake

Ingredients

  • 4 eggs, separated
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar, divided
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/4 cup cream of coconut
  • 2 tablespoons light rum
  • 6 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 (16-ounce) package powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup drained crushed pineapple
  • 1 tablespoon dark rum
  • 2 cups flaked coconut, toasted
  • Garnishes: fresh strawberries, mango slices, red grapes

How to Make It

  1. Beat 6 egg whites at high speed with an electric mixer until foamy. Add 1/2 cup sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating until stiff peaks form and sugar dissolves (2 to 4 minutes).

  2. Whisk together 4 egg yolks, oil, 1/2 cup water, and 1 teaspoon vanilla; set aside.

  3. Stir together remaining 1 cup sugar, flour, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Fold in egg yolk mixture until blended; fold in egg white mixture. Pour batter into 2 lightly greased wax paper-lined 9-inch round cake pans.

  4. Bake at 350° for 25 to 30 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks 10 minutes; remove from pans, cool on wire racks.

  5. Stir together pineapple juice, cream of coconut, and light rum; brush over cake layers.

  6. Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Gradually beat in powdered sugar and whipping cream until smooth. Stir in remaining 1 teaspoon vanilla. Remove 1/2 cup frosting; reserve remaining frosting.

  7. Stir pineapple into 1/2 cup frosting. Spread pineapple frosting between layers.

  8. Stir dark rum into remaining frosting; reserve 1/2 cup rum frosting. Spread remaining rum frosting on top and sides of cake. Press coconut onto top and sides of cake.

  9. Spoon reserved 1/2 cup rum frosting into a decorator bag with a star tip; pipe around top edge. Garnish, if desired.

The Sugar Mill Caribbean