Piña Colada Cake (virgin)/ Pineapple Coconut Cake
Piña Colada is a delicious tropical cocktail which inspired me to crack it as a cake. The satisfying combination of the coconut cream and the pineapple is absolutely delectable. This from scratch cocktail cake is fabulously moist and soft as a cotton candy. The busting combination of flavors lives your taste buds and the sunshine like color is sure to please your eyes.
I must accept that I couldn't afford to sacrifice the color of this cocktail cake, especially when it comes to the pristine white whipped cream and the bright yellow. Brown sugar wasn't the right choice, hence found an alternative choice being Palm sugar candy/ Panam Kalkandu (in Tamil) which was lying in my pantry. Powdered the Palm sugar candy/ Rock candy using a mixer and tried with the whipped cream process. Surprisingly, it turned out to be perfect with its own benefits hence I pursued the same for the entire cake recipe. Most importantly, this palm rock candy is nothing but palm tree sap which contains a lot of benefits. To name a few, it is a low glycemic sweetener, rich in vitamins, iron, increases metabolism, cures cold and cough as well. You certainly must try this sweetener if you haven't, although regular white sugar works just fine.
Using frozen pineapples was another challenge, as I was not aware of its outcome with regards to the sweetness and texture. Fresh pineapple were not available, so the closest was frozen than canned in order to have full control of the sugar level. Again, I was spellbound with the bursting tropical flavor of the outstanding pineapple filling.
To cut down the baking time, I chose to use 2 pans. Unfortunately, I had them slightly vary by an inch. I initially planned to trim off the edges to even it out. But when I stacked them I couldn't afford to lose the extra inches as the cake already looked smaller than expected. Hence came up with this curvy shape and liked what I created as well.
Dessicated coconut (untoasted) is sparingly used for decoration purpose. I personally don't prefer toasted coconut on my cake, although you may pursue by all means. The cake, frosting and fillings can be prepared the previous day like I did. Give your cake base the extra time to cool down before you slice it into layers. Icing the cake was pretty quick and I really enjoyed the process that I failed to capture the stepwise picture.
Imagin, you can aquire all the wonderful flavors of the tropical drink in a slice of cake. It can't get any better. Give it a try for any of your upcoming occasions or turn a mundane day extra special with this dessert. I can assure you will be surprised with the compliments that pour in from all who gets to taste this Pina Colada cake. I would love to hear from you as how it turned out for you. Don't forget to tag me as well.