Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Peanut butter pound cake with coconut topping

Peanut butter pound cake with coconut topping / Bolo de manteiga de amendoim com cobertura de coco

Like the lovely Nina, I am, too, a pound cake addict: they are simple to make, taste great – and stay that way for a good couple of days – and after that can be turned into delicious toast.

This cake is fantastic and the topping is just as good – I “accidentally” left some in the pan after icing the cake and had to eat it with a spoon. :)

Peanut butter pound cake with coconut topping
slightly adapted from the wonderful Baking for All Occasions

1 cup (226g/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 ½ cups (300g) granulated sugar
140g creamy peanut butter
5 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 ¾ cups + 1 tablespoon (255g) all purpose flour

2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/3 cup (58g) light brown sugar, packed
3 tablespoons heavy cream
½ cup (50g) sweetened shredded coconut, plus a pinch extra to garnish

Start with the cake: preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F. Butter and flour a 22.5x12.5x7.5cm (9x5x3in) loaf pan.
In the large bowl of an electric mixer, with the paddle attachment if possible, beat the butter until smooth, 45 seconds. On medium speed, add the sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Scrape the sides of the bowl occasionally. Add the peanut butter and beat until fluffy, 2-3 minutes. Still on medium speed, add the eggs gradually, beating well after each addition.
Now, on low speed, add the flour in two additions, mixing well until combined. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Place the loaf pan on a baking sheet and bake for about 1 hour, or until risen and golden and a skewer inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Cool in the pan, over a wire rack for 10 minutes, then carefully unmold onto a wire rack and cool completely.
Make the topping: in a small heavy saucepan, melt the butter with the sugar over low heat. Add the cream and coconut and stir until blended. Remove from the heat and spread over the cake. Sprinkle with the extra coconut shreds.

Serves 12 – I made ¾ of the cake recipe above and used a 20x9cm loaf pan; I made the entire topping recipe, though.


Karen said...

Wow, this topping is killer!! As is your cinnamon choc chip swirl bread. Mmmmm.... :-)

eatgood4life.blogspot.com said...

Looks awesome and extremely simple to whip together it seems :-) My kind of dessert, minus all the batter and white flour :-)

Torviewtoronto said...

looks wonderful

Priya Suresh said...

Beautiful cake, fantastic!

Anh said...

I saw the photo on flickr and have been waiting for the recipe. It's here, and it's fantastic. thanks honey!

Charisse said...

Mmmmm...you have me drooling over this cake! Yes Please!!

Katie said...

Looks gorgeous. I don't think I've ever had peanut butter and coconut together before, but sounds wonderfully nutty

The Sweetylicious said...

this look so tempting! with the fragrance of peanut butter and bits of coconut bites, it must have tasted YUMMY! (:

Andrea said...

Your cakes always amaze me, but this one sound really special. Usually I'm not a big fan of peanut butter but I think it could work nicely whit this coconut topping. :)

Min {Honest Vanilla} said...

I wish I had not look at this during my tea break! You make my tea looks so boring in comparison with your pound cake with coconut toppings :P

Unknown said...

Patricia - you are too kind! Your poundcake looks divine and that topping is looking sooooo scrumptious. I will have to make this one, too. Can't have too many poundcakes, right? :) xo

Joyce @ Chunky Cooky said...

Your pound cake is beautiful ! I didn't know peanut butter can go with coconut ! You really inspire me ! Will surely try this out !

Patricia Scarpin said...

Karen, thank you! :)

Eat Good..., thank you! Very easy and you don't even need leavening agents. I hope you like it!

Torview..., thank you!

Priya, thank you!

Anh, thank you, my dear!

Foodies at Home, thank you for stopping by!

Katie, thank you! I was surprised by the combo, too, but they are wonderful together!

Sweetylicious, thank you! It was really good and was gone in no time. :)

Andrea, you are far too kind! Thank you! They are really good together, indeed! :)

Min, you are so sweet! Thank you!

Nina, I really love your blog and am glad to be one of your readers, sweetie! And no - there is no such thing as too many pound cakes. ;)

Joyce, tks for stopping by! I'm glad you like it!

susan said...

Okay, this looks so great and I have this book. I always need pound cakes for a Saturday event, this is going on this weeks list. You are always so inspiring, Patricia! x

Mary Bergfeld said...

What a lovely cake. This is my first visit to your blog and this recipe convinced me to browse through your earlier entries. I'm so glad I did that. I really like the food and recipes you feature here and I'll definitely be back. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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