In Brazil this recipe is called “Bolo de Coco com Baba de Moca”*. It literally means, “Coconut Cake with Young Woman’s drool”. I know it is a strange name but maybe it has to do with the fact that a young woman is sweet? I don’t know for sure! Anyway, I always had trouble making cakes from scratch in the US it never seemed to work until I found the wonderful American cake mixes. It works perfectly every time and the combination of coconut and caramel makes all the difference. The flavors are great together, you would not guess it started from a box.
1 Pkg of your favorite brand of white cake mix.
1 Can of coconut milk ( shake well).
1 Cup of shredded coconut* optional.
1/2 Tsp coconut extract.
1 Cup of sugar.
1/3 cup hot water.
1) Heat oven to 350 F. Grease a flute cake pan or arrange cupcake molds, whatever you prefer.
2) Prepare cake according to package directions but substitute the water for coconut milk and save the remainder for the syrup. Add coconut extract and bake cake according to package directions.
3) While cake is baking, melt sugar in a sauce pan over medium heat stirring constantly until caramel color. Add hot water and reduce heat to low, keep stirring until there is no candy sugar formed. Then add the remainder of the coconut milk and keep stirring over low heat until forms a syrup. Pour in a glass container and set aside to cool.
4) When cake is ready, go over the sides with a knife to loosen if using flute pan and set aside to cool. If doing cupcakes just set them aside to cool. Meanwhile, place coconut caramel syrup in refrigerator for 30 minutes. the syrup has a tendency to separate so mix it again with a spoon as needed.
5) When cake is cooled, flip it over with a help of a plate, swirl the coconut caramel syrup on top saving some to add to the slices on a plate.
* I would like to apologize to the Portuguese speaker since I could not find a way to correctly spell ” Bolo de Coco com Baba de Moca”. I don’t have the Portuguese language characters in my computer and there are a few accentuation missing that can change the meaning of words.