Monday, July 11, 2016

Weekend Recap + A Recipe

Good Monday morning, all!  I hope everyone had a great weekend.  Here's a quick rundown of ours, and make sure you keep scrolling to the bottom for one of my new favorite summer recipes: we had dinner at a new spot with friends on Friday night - risotto balls and deep dish chocolate chip cookies sundaes for the win!  On Saturday, we started our usual errands and moving, then all you-know-what broke loose.  Winds whipped up to 50 mph and a crazy thunder storm came out of nowhere.  Eleven trees were uprooted in the park next door to our new house, but luckily, no one was hurt in the neighborhood.  Saturday night, the weather cleared up enough to go to a friend's birthday party (and play with his new puppy!!), and Sunday was filled with golf with friends and intervals of pool time and packing time.
I am all about baking cakes for my friends' birthdays.  When this birthday boy said the only kind of cake he liked was angel food, I knew I had to give it a try.  He also told me that coconut is his favorite, so why not combine the two?!  It came out great, and it will definitely be a go-to for summers to come - especially with those berries!
- 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 cup cake flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon coconut flavoring
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 cups of berries (such as strawberries, blackberries, or raspberries)
- 3 additional tablespoons granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons coconut water
Recipe adapted from Blahnik Baker
1. Place your oven rack on the lowest position in the oven.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
2. Sift together the powdered sugar and cake flour three times, and set it aside.
3. In a stand mixer, combine egg whites, cream of tartar, vanilla extract, and coconut flavoring.  Mix until soft peaks form.
4. A few tablespoons at a time, add the 1 cup of granulated sugar to the egg whites, constantly mixing until stiff peaks form.
5. Remove egg white mixture from the mixer, and fold in the sifted powdered sugar and flour in four parts.
6. Spoon cake mixture into a 10 inch bundt pan.
7. Bake for 40-45 minutes, until the cake bounces back when you touch it.
8. Flip the cake upside down on a cooling rack and allow to cool fully.
9. While the cake is cooling, combine the berries, 3 tablespoons of sugar, and coconut water in a bowl. Place in the refrigerator and allow to macerate for an hour.
10. Once the cake is cool, use a knife to loosen the sides of the cake from the pan and serve with the berries!


Kate at Green Fashionista said...

That cake looks delish - YUM to the coconut! Looks like a fabulous weekend minus the strong winds and downed trees. Glad you guys are safe! Cheers to a great week <3
Green Fashionista

kerri @ cheshire kat said...

ah that's crazy about the storms but i'm glad nothing was damaged! and that coconut angel food cake looks like heaven. a must try for me! also loving how we're twinning with watermelon floats!

xoxo cheshire kat

Pamela {Sequins and Sea Breezes} said...

Wow those storms sound crazy! We had some bad ones here Saturday but nothing that bad! And that angel good cake looks amazing! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

Jen said...

I love recipes like this!!! Yum!

Brianne said...

I'm so glad that everyone was ok! Great job with the cake.

Cara (Kindly Unspoken) said...

Yummy! That looks delicious and it looks like you all had such a nice weekend! :)

Lauren Honeycutt said...

Oooh that cake looks delicious but omg those trees! That's frightening!

Rebecca Jo said...

Look at you with that cake - impressive!!!
Those summer storms can be scary. Especially when the winds can crank it up. Our power was out for 2 hours Friday in thanks to one of the storms whipping through.

Carly said...

What a perfect weekend-- so glad no one was injured during the storm- it's always so crazy to see huge trees taken down! I love angel food cake and coconut so I would probably love that cake too!

Ashley Lillis said...

It sounds like you had a great weekend filled with lots of friend time! I can't believe that the terrible thunderstorm just happened out of the blue and ripped up those huge trees! I'm glad that nobody was injured!

a little bit of emily said...

Oh my gosh, I can't believe those trees! So glad no one was hurt!

Missy said...

Gosh that weather sounds awful! Glad no one suffered. That angel food cake sounds heavenly. sounds like a great weekend!

Macy V said...

I love angel food cake!! If I have the time I am going to make this tonight, it looks delicious!

Unknown said...

That cake looks delish!!

Ashley @ A Cute Angle said...

Looks like such a fun weekend! Thanks for the recipe! It looks delicious!


Unknown said...

That sounds like a great weekend! Deep dish cookie sundaes? Sold. And I can't believe those trees, crazy!

Erin, Attention to Darling

Unknown said...

That cake looks so yummy! I can't believe the storm was so strong by you!

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