Ciao! My name is Yolanda and I'd like to welcome you to my Blog! I have always had a love for cooking, baking and eating. This blog is mainly a place for me to record and share precious family recipes from those living and deceased as well as delicious recipes that my friends have given me throughout the years.


Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Torta Al Cocco (Coconut Cake)

 Wow it has been a long time since I have written a post, but I have a great excuse...  I was in  Italy for a month for my 1 year wedding anniversary/ spending time with family.  My husband and I traveled to Capri, Florence, Chianti, Venice, Rome, and finally the village that my mom is from, Carpinone, which is in the region of Molise.  We had a fantastic time and I am full of authentic new Italian recipes to share with all of you!  The first one I am going to share is a recipe form my friend who lives across the street from my mom's house, Giovanna's Torta al Cocco which translates into coconut cake.  It is a deliciously moist cake made with coconut and then topped with nutella and coconut flakes!  Since I was watching her make the cake, I was unable to do my usual step by step photos that I usually do, but I do have a video of Giovanna making the cake, along with a photo I took of it from her cook book (No worries I promise to have an English copy for you too ;)  I had a ton of fun learning from Giovanna and having her as a friend to spend time with during my time in Italy and I will truly miss her until the next time I go back!
Giovanna and I at my nonna's house my last night in Italy

* 4 eggs
* 1 cup of Flour
* 3 cups of grated coconut (you can just put shredded coconut into the food processor to grate it)
* 1/2 cup of sugar
* 1/2 cup of 2% or whole milk
* 1/2 cup of vegetable oil
* 1 tsp. of Baking Powder
* 1/2 tsp. of vanilla (In Italy Lievito is baking powder with vanilla in it already, so we can just add a little)
* Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees 
* Beat the eggs and sugar together with an electric mixer
* Add the Milk, vegetable oil, and vanilla and mix well again.
* Add the coconut, flour, and baking powder and mix all ingredients until well blended together
* In a tort pan, like the one in the video or a 9x9 baking dish, spray very well with baking spray
* Pour batter into the pan
* Bake at 350 degrees fpr 25-30 minutes until lightly golden brown and a toothpick comes out dry
* Carefully flip cake upside down onto a serving platter
* Once cool, spread Nutella on top and sprinkle grated coconut all over the top (flakes are fine too)

1 comment:

Janine said...

This looks delicious!!!!