Recipe Review: Chocolate-Coconut Pound Cake

Last spring, Bon Appetit ran a recipe for a Chocolate-Coconut Pound Cake. I ripped that recipe out and promptly lost it. It reappeared last week and was taunting me. Yesterday, it won the battle, and I made the cake.

The Chocolate-Coconut Cake (day after)

The Chocolate-Coconut Cake (day after)

What a giant let down. Maybe I had built it up in my head. Maybe I messed up the recipe (although for once I actually followed the recipe exactly). Maybe I just wasn’t in the mood, but I’m 90 percent sure that the problem isn’t me. It’s the cake.

For starters, making this cake was more time intensive than anticipated. Two stages of mixing totaled a minimum 10 minutes per the directions…only two of the stages. But I stuck with it.

When I mixed the dry ingredients into the wet, powder powder everywhere. I have never had dry ingredients poof like that before. I had to shoo the dog away because she was trying to lick it off the floor. Everything had to be wiped down when I finished. Lame.

The directions say to cook for 70-80 minutes. I did 72 minutes. Totally not done. 5 more. Still muddy in the middle. 5 more. What the hell? Still cake soup on my toothpick. 10 more. Done. But the bottom got a little more brown that I intended.

I pulled the cake from the oven as directed. Let cool as directed. Then sliced. The first piece sat on its plate beautifully. I sliced a second piece. It crumbled into a hot mess.

As for flavor, it was ok. Mine cake was a little too dry, and I would have loved it to taste more coconutty. It needed something else; the wow factor was on vacation. In fact, after the first bite, I got up, walked into the kitchen, folded up the ripped out recipe page and put it in the recycling bin. This is just not the cake for me.

-L