Monday, December 2, 2013

Heilala Coconut Cream Cake

Happy December!

I love Christmas. It's my favorite time of year. I love the traditions, the baking, the sounds, the smells, and the lovely twinkle lights. I enjoy doing little things for my family that show them I love them.

I adore homemade goodies, and get excited when I surprise my husband with his favorite treats. Right now he's on a major coconut kick. So I've been making him Coconut Cream Cake laced with pure vanilla goodness from Heilala (hey-la-la) Vanilla. Heilala is from New Zealand, they have an entire line of vanilla paste, syrup, extract, sugar, etc. Their products are simply divine. If you love how true vanilla tastes, and how it turns up the volume on flavors, you will love Heilala Vanilla.

In fact, it was my husband that spotted a bottle of Heilala Vanilla paste at Whole Foods one night, as he was rushing to buy a few ingredients to make his delicious pumpkin pie. After tasting Heilala's products, and learning the history of an aid project, that flourished into a company, we're Heilala Vanilla fans for life.

As part of this lovely Christmas season celebrating with #HeilalaHolidays, I'm sharing a recipe, adapted from a friend, for my husband's favorite Heilala Coconut Cream Cake.

Heilala Coconut Cream Cake

5 eggs, room temperature
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup shortening
2 cups Heilala Vanilla Sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
1 cup buttermilk
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup sweetened, shredded coconut
1 tsp. Heilala Vanilla Paste
1 tsp. Heilala Vanilla Extract
1 tsp. coconut extract

3 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
4 1/2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
1 1/2 tsp. Heilala Vanilla Paste
2 tsp. coconut extract

1-1 1/2 cups sweetened, shredded coconut for sprinkling over the frosting

Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.
Grease and flour a cake sheet pan.

1. Separate the yolk from the egg whites for all 5 room temperature eggs. Egg whites into a mixing bowl. The egg yolks into a small bowl, set aside. Beat the egg whites until stiff, and set aside.
2. In an empty mixing bowl, cream together 1/2 cup butter and 1/2 cup shortening.
3. Slowly add 2 cups sugar, and then one egg yolk at a time, until all five yolks are mixed in with the butter and shortening.
4. In a separate medium-sized bowl dissolve 1 tsp. of baking soda in 1 cup of buttermilk.
5. In another bowl whisk 2 cups of flour with 1/2 a tsp. of salt.
6. Alternate the buttermilk mix, and flour mix into the butter and sugar mixture.
7. Add 1 cup of the coconut, 1 tsp. of the vanilla paste, extract and coconut extract to the mixture.
8. Fold in the egg whites to the mixture.
9. Pour mixture into the prepared cake sheet pan.
10. Bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees.

Mix 3 oz. cream cheese, softened with 1/2 cup butter softened, 4 1/2 cup sifted powdered sugar, 1 1/2 tsp Heilala Vanilla Paste, and 2 tsp. coconut extract

Cool the cake completely, frost, and then sprinkle the remaining coconut over the cake as desired. 

Heilala Vanilla "Ultimate Vanilla Baker's Pack" image from Heilala

Since it is the holidays, Heilala Vanilla wants you to celebrate all things lovely in your kitchen this season, as part of their #HeilalaHolidays. This means you can enter to win Heilala Vanilla's "Ultimate Vanilla Baker's Pack" valued at over $100. Entry period, Dec 2-Dec. 6. Winners will be announced on Dec. 9th. Good luck, and happy baking! 

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Now that you've entered here, you still have more chances to win one of five "Ultimate Vanilla Baker's Packs" that Heilala is graciously giving away this week. How? Simply visit my lovely friends who are hosting this same giveaway this week. You will fall in love with Cafe Johnsonia, Lick My Spoon, and A Southern FairytaleLinzLinzLinz will host another giveaway next week, so stay tuned.

Good luck, and Happy #HeilalaHolidays.

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Heilala Vanilla provided me with a vanilla pack to bake with, and the giveaway prize. All opinions and vanilla love are my own.


  1. I want to make this! Gluten-free version, of course. But also just spend some time sniffing the vanilla. :)

  2. I have some major cookies to make for the big guy in red and you know all the recipes call for some awesome vanilla!

  3. Yum!!! I would love to win - I'd make a birthday cake for my hubby :)
    Thanks for the opportunity!

  4. This would be awesome in my homemade vanilla peach ice cream!

  5. I love anything coconut so I'll make this Coconut Cane!

  6. Red Velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting!

  7. This coconut cake looks awesome. I love that it's not fussy and all layered. Just a good cake in a pan with frosting. Mmmmm....

  8. yum! would love to try these!

  9. vegan cookies for the youngest to eat

  10. mmm! id bake chocolate chip cookies, my fav.