Coconut Cake with Hibiscus Frosting

Cakes, Desserts

I’m slowly getting myself used to the idea that we are about to head into summer (tomorrow is the official day!). I mean, it’s felt like summer all week long but I need mental preparation for things like the sweltering temperatures and sweating.

As you know, I’m more of a wintery person. I like sweaters and snow and crisp breezes. This past weekend, a few pairs of shorts and summer clothes arrived in the mail, along with a beautiful straw bag that my friend Cassie brought back for me from Bali—it’s beautiful (this one is kinda similar tho the ones she bought were like a fraction of the price, of course).

I wrote lots of lists this weekend, too. I’m preparing for a biggish project that I’ll be telling you about soon! (It’s fun and cool and will result in more pretty pictures of food.)

Also, Beyonce had twins! WHEEET?!?! She had them reportedly LAST Monday. I’m mainly impressed that they were capable of keeping that private for an entire week. Go, B!

ANDDDD, The Great British Baking Show started on PBS. I love that show so very much. There are a lot of things that I’ve made on this lil’ blog (like the battenburg cake!) that was inspired by things I’ve seen on that show. The pistachio loaf cake that Benjamina made in the first episode looked SO GOOD.

Anyway, let’s talk about this cake. OMG I’m so excited. This coconut cake is so fluffy. It’s so soft. And that’s really what I want with every single cake on earth: light, fluffy, softness. It tastes EXACTLY like coconut and that’s thanks to coconut extract.

You can get it at pretty much every grocery store. I had never even seen it before but then I realized I don’t really venture into the extract category very often; I stick with plain ol’ vanilla but that might have to change soon.

The cake is a larger crumb than, most coconut cakes are, I found. The frosting is a tart hibiscus frosting that feels right with a tropical coconut flavor.

The full recipe and more photos are on BE MAKEFUL’s site!


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  • Reply Hannah June 25, 2017 at 9:09 pm

    Love it! Sounds like the perfect birthday cake… and I have a birthday coming up! Can you let us know what tips you used for the piping on top? I’d love to give it a shot but wouldn’t know where to start!

  • Reply Jessi June 22, 2017 at 7:24 am

    Wow, I just love this amazing looking cake!!!! You are super super talented!!!! Very very nice decorations:)

  • Reply Mea from Meats and Sweets June 20, 2017 at 4:10 am

    Wow. What a beautiful cake! Also an excellent reminder that I just don’t bake enough cakes.

  • Reply Rachael @Rachael's Foodie Life June 19, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    Wow love love love this cake! I have a minor obsession with all things coconut and hibiscus!
    Also how good is the great British baking show?? There is an Australian version that I love with Maggie Beer and Matt Moran but the British will always be the OG

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme June 21, 2017 at 10:34 am

      I actually loved the American version but it got cancelled. SO SAD!

  • Reply Dinel June 19, 2017 at 11:05 am

    This cake has my name written all over it! Coconut and hibiscus are two of my favourite things! Do you think this recipe could be used for cupcakes as well?? I have to try this soon!

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme June 19, 2017 at 1:07 pm

      oh i think it’d be work great as cupcakes. i imagine it’ll make 24 to 26 cupcakes and they’ll take like 18 minute to bake!

  • Reply Celia Becker @ June 19, 2017 at 10:36 am

    WOW, such a pretty, pretty cake. You are so talented! I want a piece;)

  • Reply Becky Winkler June 19, 2017 at 10:27 am

    This is the most gorgeous cake I’ve ever seen! Love the way you decorated the top with different sizes and shapes!

  • Reply Rosie June 19, 2017 at 1:30 am

    I love the mixer! A big kenwood or kitchenaid mixer in a pretty colour like that one is what I’m currently saving for. So beautiful. (Oh yeah, and the cake looks pretty too hehe)

  • Reply heather (delicious not gorgeous) June 19, 2017 at 1:03 am

    yeah, i don’t use extracts much either besides vanilla, and sometimes almond or peppermint. this sounds delicious and the lime in the frosting sounds like it’d make this even more balanced and tasty.