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If you were jonesing for a coconut cupcake/cake in Chapel Hill ...

LulusMom Nov 26, 2013 05:59 AM

Where would you go? I'm open to a slice of coconut cake too, and Carrboro and Durham are also open. I want something really really decadent and delicious. Magnolia Grill always had an amazing coconut cake - looking for something along those lines. I could bake it myself, but I'd kind of prefer to not have a huge leftover amount of cake lying around. Thanks in advance for any tips.

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    Erika RollerGirl RE: LulusMom Nov 26, 2013 06:03 AM

    I don't speak from personal experience, but I would imagine that A Southern Season would be a good choice. Of course, calling them first would be recommended as I don't know how frequently they make coconut cakes but it seems like they'd have them (and judging from the quality of their food, it would probably be delicious).

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      LulusMom RE: Erika RollerGirl Nov 26, 2013 06:18 AM

      Thanks ErikaRG. They're definitely on my list of places worth trying, but I'd love if someone has tasted one they'd highly recommend recently. I love the sweets at Weaver Street but not sure if they make them. Maybe Sugarland?

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      anne7134 RE: LulusMom Nov 26, 2013 08:57 AM

      Thai Cafe on University Dr. in Durham has a fantastic coconut cake. It's not cupcakes, but they will sell by the slice (or by the entire cake if that floats your boat).

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        LulusMom RE: anne7134 Nov 26, 2013 10:05 AM

        Thanks so much anne - never would have thought of that. I'm trying to avoid an entire cake (which is why I'm not making it/them myself) but if they sell slices that is going on my list of possibilities. I really appreciate it.

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          D R C RE: anne7134 Nov 26, 2013 10:30 AM

          +1 on Thai Cafe's coconut cake, by far the best I've eaten.

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            LulusMom RE: D R C Nov 26, 2013 10:46 AM

            Wow, this is huge - I never would have thought of the place and two of you rave about it. Thank you both so much. Is this the place right at the end of business 15/501 and University?

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              D R C RE: LulusMom Nov 26, 2013 10:57 AM

              That's it, on the left side of the shopping center, across the street from Nanataco and the original Q Shack.

              The only problem is, the cake is so light and moist it starts to self-destruct the minute you leave the place :-). Best eaten there. This time of year with the cooler weather you might have better luck with it though.

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                LulusMom RE: D R C Nov 26, 2013 11:25 AM

                Ha. We ate there once when my car broke down right next to it on the way to a date with my husband. My main memory of it was rushing in (I didn't have a cell phone - learned to get off my high horse about that) and asking "do you have a pay phone?!" and the young girl working as a hostess said "A what?"

                As I said, I don't remember much about the food, except that it wasn't very memorable. But the cake apparently is. Definitely need to explore this option.

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          bbqme RE: LulusMom Nov 26, 2013 10:24 PM

          I believe coconut cake is in the revolving repertoire of desserts at Allen & Son.

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            Rory RE: bbqme Nov 26, 2013 11:41 PM

            crooks corner for coconut cake & Sugarland for the cupcake (surprisingly fresh!) I also recommend Coconut Bliss vegan ice cream made with coconut milk & get the Coconut flavour; it's amazing.

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            mclp RE: LulusMom Nov 27, 2013 03:42 PM

            Bull Street Gourmet has slices of coconut cake almost every day. The cake is thick, almost pound cake like, and the icing is awesome.

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              LulusMom RE: mclp Nov 28, 2013 03:26 AM

              Is the icing sort of cream-cheesy with coconut? Thanks very much for the info.

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                mclp RE: LulusMom Nov 28, 2013 02:38 PM

                The cake is coated in coconut, but I think the icing is more fluffy than a thicker cream cheese icing. (Though there may be cream cheese in it; I'm not sure.)

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                  LulusMom RE: mclp Nov 28, 2013 02:47 PM

                  Thanks mclp - fluffy can definitely be good.

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