"You put the lime in the coconut and...." you've got the makings of this Caramelized Pineapple Coconut Cake!!
I need a vacation. The “sprawl in a beach chair, book in one hand and frosty umbrella garnished adult beverage in the other” kind of vacation. Sigh. Are you with me? Yes, I thought so. But if you're like me, this Caramelized Pineapple Coconut Rum Cake though is as close as we're gonna get for a while.
Riffing on the classic Pineapple Upside Down Cake, this Caramelized Pineapple Coconut Cake is rich, moist and drizzled with a lime and rum syrup with a little toasted fresh coconut. Definitely a more grown up version of the classic - and quite frankly, one of the best desserts I’ve made lately.
I’ve always loved Pineapple Upside Down Cake but I’ve been craving something with a more complex flavor. Inspired by a recipe from Miles Kirby for Roast Pineapple with Lime Rum Syrup Over Coconut Ice Cream I thought “this would fantastic on cake!”
And when Melissa's shipped me a sample of their new Fresh Coconut Hearts and Fresh Coconut Slices, well, I knew exactly what I was gonna make.
This Caramelized Pineapple Coconut Cake. And it was even better than I thought. Roasted pineapple bathed in a spiced syrup flavored with rum, lime and Szechwan peppercorns – giving the syrup a floral spiciness that balances out the sweetness. Drizzled over a rich and moist coconut cake well, you might just think you are in the tropics…
Now, where is that umbrella garnished adult beverage???
Disclaimer: Melissa's Produce provided me with samples of the coconut. All opinions however, are my own.
Coconut Cake with Caramelized Pineapple, Rum and Lime Syrup
For the Cake:
- 1 ½ cups all purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¾ cup granulated sugar
- ½ cup milk
- ¼ cup vegetable oil
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- ¼ teaspoon coconut extract
- ¾ cup freshly grated coconut
For the Caramelized Pineapple, Rum and Lime Syrup
- 1 fresh pineapple
- ½ teaspoon Sichuan peppercorns lightly smashed
- 11 Tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 cup cold water
- 1 lime, juiced
- 2 Tablespoons lime zest
- 3 Tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 vanilla bean scraped
- ½ cup dark rum
For the Cake:
- Pre heat the oven to 375 degrees. Grease an 8 inch springform pan and set aside.
- In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Stir to combine.
- In another bowl, combine the sugar, milk, vegetable oil, egg, vanilla, ½ cup coconut and coconut extract. Whisk until thoroughly combined.
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until thoroughly combined.
- Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 30 - 35 minutes or until the top is golden brown and a cake tester inserted comes out clean.
- Remove the pan from the oven and let cool.
- Reduce oven heat to 350 degrees.
- Spread the remaining coconut on a parchment lined sheet pan. toast in the oven for about 6 - 10 minutes or until the coconut is light brown. Set aside.
Pineapple, Rum and Lime Syrup
- Increase the oven temperature to 400 degrees.
- In a small saucepan combine ½ cup water and ½ cup sugar, sichuan peppercorns, lime juice and half the lime zest.
- Stir until the sugar has dissolved and the syrup has thickened a bit, about 3 - 4 minutes. Remove the pan from the stove and let steep.
- Line a sheet pan with parchment paper. Peel and core the pineapple and cut into 1 inch chunks.
- Place the pineapple on the prepared sheet pan. Drizzle with the sechuan syrup, tossing to coat the pineapple.
- Roast the pineapple for approximately 20 minutes, stirring halfway.
- While the pineapple is roasting, make the rum lime syrup.
- In the same saucepan you made the sichuan syrup, add ½ cup water, remaining granulated sugar, brown sugar, remaining lime zest and vanilla seeds.
- Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat to dissolve the sugar. Cook for approximately 5 minutes.
- Remove from the heat and let cool. When cool, stir in the rum.
- To Serve: Slice the cake into 8 pieces and top with some of the caramelized pineapple. Drizzle some of the lime and rum syrup over and garnish with toasted coconut.
- To shred fresh coconut: I found that the best way to shred fresh coconut was in a mini food processor. Add about 5 - 6 slices of coconut and pulse to grind until desired consistency is reached. One 8 oz. package yields approximately 1 ½ cups shredded coconut.
- You may have some rum and lime syrup left over! Use it to make a delicious cocktail. Just add 1 - 2 oz. of syrup to a tall glass. Fill with ice and top with sparking water. Garnish with lime and mint and enjoy!
Liz Schmitt says
This looks fabulous! We are off to Kauai tomorrow and your recipe really sets my mood for Aloha Time!
Thanks Liz!! Oooh... how fun! Here's hoping you have a fabulous time!!!
I need a vacation just so I can eat this tropical delight! YUM!
Simply amazing!! Great recipe, thank you for sharing!
These flavors sound seriously AMAZING together. I’m making this ASAP!! Yum!
Kathy Manzo says
What kind of rum do you recommend?
Hi Kathy! I used Appleton Estate since that's the rum I use for cocktails! I would use an expensive rum for this dessert - basically any decent quality dark rum would work well. I haven't tried Bacardi in it but I think it would work really well!!