Happy Father’s Day to two great dads!
Well, it’s not exactly Roasted Coconut Pineapple Dacquoise. I didn’t have an opportunity to make this ahead of time so it fell on father’s day weekend for me. I have known the father I live with (Jamie) for almost 15 years and, in that time, I have never seen him eat anything coconut or profess any opinion about it whatsoever. No german chocolate cake, no pina coladas. Nuthin’. For all I know, he could be a total coconut snob who will only deign to eat it within minutes of it falling off the tree (not likely here on the plains). Or, he could be allergic. Maybe he ate 15 Mounds bars in one sitting in junior high and hasn’t been able to look it in the eye since. It’s anyone’s guess…I do know he isn’t so into meringue. My dad likes coconut but I couldn’t see him drooling over the rest of it. The final kicker was the kids’ ardent and vocal desire to make a “whopper cake” from the back of a library book.
Whopper cake in; dacquoise out. I really hate to skip a week and try my best not to. This is my 3rd miss out of 63 (63!!) weeks. If it hadn’t been father’s day, I probably would have sucked it up and made this sans coconut. While I would like to promise that I will get back to this one, that may be wishful thinking. But, who knows, when we get to the end of the book I might be tormented by those few recipes I didn’t get to. If the dacquoise becomes my telltale heart, I’ll find some willing recipient.
As for the whopper cake, I sadly admit there are no Whoppers or equivalent malted candies anywhere in the cake. The title refers to the cake in the book, which is baked in the back of a truck bed. Silly Grandpa gets a little crazy with the measurements for his wife’s cake. It was very easy and good, but not my favorite chocolate cake. I did, however, use a recipe I found in my clippings book (so last century) for Satin Frosting. It was in a NY Times article in 2006 and they “borrowed” it from the Joy of Cooking. SUPER easy and a great glossy finish. I will definitely be making it again.
- 1 c. heavy cream
- 6 oz. unsweetened chocolate chopped
- 3 c. powdered sugar
- 6 tbsp butter (I let mine soften)
- 1 tsp. vanilla (I forgot this)
Boil the heavy cream. Add the chopped chocolate and wait 10 minutes. Scrape into food processor. Add melted butter, powdered sugar and vanilla. Process until smooth and then process one minute more. Let sit at room temperature until desired thickness. I don’t know exactly how long that would be. I processed mine, ate a quick lunch and frosted away.