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Seeking Perfect Coconut Cake

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I am looking for recs for the best, most elegant, bakery (take-away) coconut cake in Seattle. I want a round layer-style cake, with white or yellow cake, very moist, with a not-too-sweet frosting and lots of yummy shaved coconut. Filling is ok, as long as it is custard and not fruit.

Does this fantasy cake exist? I found a place called 60th Street Desserts, which claims to have a "signature" coconut cake, but it's frosted with something called "Italian meringue". I don't know what that is, but I hate the eggy stuff that goes on meringue pies...

Any suggestions, particularly from downtown to north Seattle would be much appreciated.

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  1. The Haupia cake at Kauai Family Restaurant in Georgetown is out of this world good.

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    1. re: pigeonmom

      The ultimate coconut layer cake comes from Charleston, SC, and they send by mail.

      1. re: zoogrrrl

        I agree - it's from Peninsula Grill and has been featured several times on the Food Network. Excellent.

    2. i think there was a coconut cake featured in last month's Seattle magazine.
      see below:
      "Affordable and Elegant: Both the coconut cake and the carrot cake at Whole Foods are our top picks for quality cakes without the sticker shock. (8-inch cake for $27, serves 10–12.)"
      "Best Steamed Cake:
      Banana cake with savory coconut sauce at Monsoon ($6) The irresistible cake, which gets its moist texture from a quick steam in banana leaves, is embellished with pillowy mounds of slightly salty coconut cream—the quintessential foil to this barely sweet dessert."
      http://www.seattlemag.com/pages/index...

      1. I'd ask if the Kingfsh Cafe sells whole cakes, they have a great coconut cake.

        1. Hi....the "italian meringue' on top of a coconut cake is more of a marshmallow-y type frosting, not so foamy...more creamy..than a typical meringue that you'd find on pies.
          In my opinion , it's the perfect icing on coconut cake and 60th St. desserts have very good quality items. The fact that THEY call it their "signature" coconut cake is a good endorsement of probably a popular item for them. I"d vote to give it a try!

          1. they key to the box is to ask at Kingfish. Used to be a divine coconut cake baker in Madison Valley across from Rovers. She still bakes, but no longer retail and you would have to ask around to find her.