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Coconut cake question --(Deenso?)

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I am planning on making the coconut cake, however, want to know if it will work in advance & how long it will keep & travel.
I want to make it Thursday to have for Saturday, will it still be as tasty? Also, we will be in the car for a few hours on Fri. Will it work or should I save it for another time?

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  1. Perhaps this previous thread might help. I've not made Paula Deen's cake, though.

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    Here's the best recipe I've ever made from the Peninsula Grill in Charleston, S.C.

    http://www.peninsulagrill.com/coconut...

    Because it doesn't use cool whip, it might hold up better.

    TT

    Filling
    2 tablespoons cornstarch
    2 tablespoons water
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    1 1/4 cups whipping cream
    1/2 cup sugar
    1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
    2 1/4 cups sweetened flaked coconut
    1/4 cup sour cream
    Cake
    3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
    1 tablespoon baking powder
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    2 1/4 cups sugar
    1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
    5 large eggs
    1 1/3 cups whipping cream
    1 tablespoon vanilla extract

    Frosting
    2 8-ounce packages cream cheese, room temperature
    1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
    2 cups powdered sugar
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract

    4 cups sweetened flaked coconut, toasted

    1. I made the Paula Deen cake recently for a cook-out. HA - Everyone loved it, even three requests for the "recipe", including Mom. Leftovers were good for a week with no change in taste or texture. Making it on Thursday will be fine, and it even travels well. Must be that Cool-Whip! ;)

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      1. re: Rubee

        thanks- so I guess the cool whip won't really melt then if it will travel. I've been wanting to try it for a while now!

        1. re: junglekitte

          That was my thought when I 1st read the recipe, but trust me it really works here. Cool whip balances the overly sweet cake perfectly. Anything else would be sensory overload. It's a necessity to the recipe.

        2. why not make fresh whipped cream with less sugar then?

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          1. re: junglekitte

            have you evr made the crazy "cake" that combines the "famous chocolate" wafers and cool whip? It was a childhood fav. When I tried it with whipped cream- not so good. and I am a purist in most things desserts.

            1. re: junglekitte

              This cake has to be made ahead so the coconut cream soaks in. Whipped cream has a tendency to break down and get liquidy.

              1. re: Rubee

                Not if you stabilize your whipped cream (as almost all places do). Now that I know how to do it, my cakes don't collapse within a few hours!

                TT

                1. re: TexasToast

                  Okay - You guys are killin' me- If I'm serving whipped cream, I don't want to add gelatin to stabilize it; to me, the only way you should serve whipped cream is real cream right after you've whipped it (and that's what I do in my house). But, this is one of those Paula Deen - Southern - and GREAT pot luck dishes that travel well and people love it, especially a big group of diverse people. I made it because Deenso had mentioned it (and has great taste). There's a reason this is so popular to bring to a gathering - it's actually perfect. So unless, you tried it and hated it...

                  1. re: Rubee

                    Well then you're gonna have to whip it to order, use commerical whip, or do a cream cheese frosting.

                    TT

            2. The cake is really meant to be made and refrigerated *at least* a day ahead - even longer will be fine.

              What might be helpful would be to bake it in a disposable foil container that has a lid. I think Glad makes disposable baking pans, too. It might be too big for a picnic cooler but, if so, you can use a few ice blankets. I'd spread out a beach towel, put an ice blanket down, put the covered cake on top of that, another ice blanket on top of the cover, and wrap the towel up and around. I should think a couple of hours in a car wouldn't pose a problem. If you can't find ice blankets, then maybe a bunch of ice cubes in zip-top plastic bags would do?

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              1. re: Deenso

                thanks so much. I am going to make it & from the refridgerator I'm gonna travel with it in a travel pack I have with ice packs just in case. but if it can be at room temp anyway, then I think I'll be fine. I'll let ya know next week!