Coconut Cake – Inspired by Flour Bakery and Ina Garten

Coconut cake is my favorite kind of cake. I would choose coconut over yellow birthday cake any day. My favorite coconut cakes in the city are from Baked and Balthazar. But alas, Baked closed down its Tribeca location for good (their Brooklyn location is still open), and Balthazar shut down its Soho location due to covid. I’m left without any options for coconut cake nearby, so I’ve decided that I’ll have to make it myself in the meantime. My daughter’s 17 month birthday was coming up, so I thought that now was as good a time as any to try to tackle this coconut project. I pulled out my trusty Joanne Chang’s Spectacular Recipes from Boston’s Flour Bakery + Cafe cookbook, which has a white coconut cake recipe on p. 176-177, and eagerly started prepping.

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Charleston, SC Food Trip

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A food itinerary for Charleston, SC will undoubtedly involve checking the box on regional specialties like shrimp and grits, biscuits, she-crab soup and other Southern comfort foods. These are hearty dishes with punchy flavors and a lot of eye-catching creamy sauces and butter. While it may be tempting to gorge on one gut-bomb spectacle after another–because when else will you get to eat a Charleston Nasty fried chicken sandwich??–you should save some room for more low-key but no less delicious restaurants. Charleston is good at all types of food, and some of your best meals will be eating a really solid sandwich or a plate of meatballs, which may be something you can get anywhere, but they probably won’t make ’em as good as they do here.Read More