In preparation for my husband’s birthday last week I handed him one of my favorite cookbooks, Sky High: Irresistible Triple-Layer Cakes, and told him to pick any cake he wanted and I would make it for him. He flipped through it, inspecting all of the beautiful glossy photos and narrowed the list down to a handful that stuck out.
It took him a few days to select the one he wanted (I don’t blame him, it’s a hard decision when faced with so many tasty options!) and finally chose this chocolate cola cake with toasted coconut and pecan icing. It’s a long title, but you can think of it as a variation on german chocolate cake.
The chocolate cake is very moist and flavored with cola soda. My husband is a huge Dr. Pepper fan so it seemed fitting that I would use it. The cake is great, but it’s the icing that’s the real star. Sweetened condensed milk is baked in the oven until it caramelizes and turns golden brown (you’ve likely heard of making dulce de leche this way). Add to that toasted pecans and shaved coconut and you have heaven on a spoon.
Not only did this cake please the birthday boy, but the baker as well. I licked every bowl, spoon, and spatula clean.
And look how stunning it is! The icing is just firm enough to not make a big puddled mess, but soft enough to instead elegantly drip down each layer. It’s not too much of a stretch from the truth to say that the more the icing dripped, the more I had to make sure I didn’t have drool dripping down my chin.
As far as layer cakes go, this one is relatively easy to make thanks to the icing. There’s no fussing over crumb coats and getting the frosting smooth. It does take some considerable time to caramelize the sweetened condensed milk, but believe me it is well worth the effort. I made it first and let it chill while I baked the cake.
Whether you’ve got a birthday coming up or not, this is a chocolate cake you’ve got to try. It’s sure to impress the eyes and your taste buds!
You may enjoy these other chocolate layer cakes:
Cherry Chocolate Cake with Cherry Vanilla Buttercream by Completely Delicious
Chocolate Stout Cake with Dulce de Leche and Vanilla Buttercream by Love and Olive Oil
Dark Chocolate Cake with Raspberry Buttercream and Ganache Drizzle by Sweetapolita
Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel Cake by Annie’s Eats
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