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Dec 17, 2010 11:52 AM

Tips on getting coconut to stick to the sides of a cake

Does anyone have any great tips on how to get coconut to stick to the sides of a cake?

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  1. I'm assuming it's not an iced cake, or you could just gently pat the coconut into the icing. You could try to brush the sides with cream of coconut, like Coco Lopez (comes in a can), and that way you maximize the coconut flavor without introducing another flavor.

    1. If you are coating an iced cake with flaked coconut, you have to make sure you are not using a crusting buttercream or other quick-drying icing so that the coconut has something to stick to.

      That said, put your iced cake on a cake round and place it on your flattened left hand and start applying the coconut with your right (or vice versa, depending on what is comfortable for you), turning the cake as you go. Or you can use a cake pedestal and do the same. Hope this helps.

      1. Warming your coconut will also help ...