Banana Coconut Torte
I never seem to be able to leave well enough alone! I try something, I like it and feel the need to tweak it. It all started with the common coconut poke cake that is posted all over the internet.
Basically you bake a white or yellow boxed cake mix according to directions on the box, then bake, and while still hot, poke holes all over it with the end of a wooden spoon.
The recipe I tried said to mix one container of cream of coconut with one can of sweetened condensed milk and then pour over the top of the cake.
Then using a container of cool whip, frost the entire cake and then sprinkle a package of coconut over the top.
It looked and smelled amazing.....but I was a little disappointed that it seemed to lack coconut flavor throughout the cake. Also, the entire package of coconut on top may have been a bit too much!
Then one night while having a conversation via email with my blogging friend Kitty (who blogs at Kittys Kozy Kitchen ), she told me that she made a coconut poke cake but she added the cream of coconut to the cool whip not the sweetened condensed milk. So I decided to frost it Kitty's way.
Somewhere along the line, I thought it would make a delicious trifle and thought why not add bananas and a package of coconut pudding as additional layers in the trifle? It turned out to be a good decision!
In this photo you can see the sliced bananas and the layer of creamy, coconut pudding! (It was a box of Jello Instant pudding. I prefer the cooked puddings but couldn't find a box in the store in coconut and I did not have time to make my own, so instant it was!)
I built my trifle by spreading a dollop of the cool whip/cream of coconut mixture on the bottom of my trifle dish. To that I added a layer of cake broken into bite sized pieces. Then I added a generous helping of the coconut cream pudding, followed by the cool whip/cream of coconut mixture and a layer of sliced bananas and completely covered that layer with shredded coconut. I repeated this two more times (3 layers in all) and garnished the top with a strawberry.
It looked pretty and delicious when it was layered in the dish!
It tasted oh so good!.....and everyone loved it! I did not bring any leftovers home with me for good reasons!
I love trifles! It is a fancier way of presenting a cake and certainly an easier way of toting a layered cake to a special event. The layers can't slide in the dish! I have at least 4 trifle desserts that have become family favorites over the years!
I will leave you with a link to Kitty's Coconut Cake. ( Click Here ) I like adding the cream of coconut to the whipped topping! Thank you Kitty!
If you get a chance to visit Kitty, you'll have to check out her other mouth watering recipes as well. I think she may just have a tea cup or set of dishes that coordinates with every dessert she whips up!
Have a lovely day friends!