Wookiee Hut Cuisine presents:
Easy Coconut Layer Cake for Begging Forgiveness
by SuSu, MaceVindaloo, SuSu, Csillag

Sometimes when you've been a bad person, it's best to just admit your wrongdoing and simply try to make amends. Nothing makes amends faster or better than a home-baked cake. But let's face it, most of us have no capacity to bake anything, due to time, inepititude, etc. But even a lopsided cake with weird decorations says, "I'm sorry," better than bunches of roses or emerald earrings. Really! At least if she's a woman to keep!

That's how Tycho Celchu felt about Winter. They'd spent many years together, on and off, between death-defying undercover and battle missions. Now that the galaxy was at relative peace, they found themselves face-to-face with the possibiilty that they'd actually get to live together. Tycho was reluctant to move in, "It might drive us apart, we might hate it, then we'd have to break up," he argued.

What he meant was that he was scared that this was a change in their relationship, and he was afraid it would bring out some behaviors he or she didn't like about each other ... but it came out wrong. And maybe Winter was having a bad day, but she took the comment at face value and told him that if that was what he felt, then they should just break up right now ...

So this is a cad's cake recipe, in that it makes use of prepared powders and mixes. You do need to be a bit organized, but the cake will look good even if its lopsided. Consider that it's covered with whipped cream already, a substance used to cover all manner of ills, culinarily speaking.

Tycho needed to cover a lot of culinary ills, but she did open the door when he arrived with the cake, then deigned to sit through his very clumsy poem about how the icing on this cake was like her platinum-colored tresses, and the layers were tender like her heart, blah, blah, blah. She ended up bursting out in laughter, which is when Tycho knew he'd been forgiven. So then he dared to bring out the ring and get down on one knee and ask her to move in with him, after all! (She said no, but she was just kidding. Winter knew, after all, that Tycho would have taken the cake away if she had really rejected him!)

    Coconut Cake
  • 1 box white or yellow cake mix
  • 3 eggs (or as many as the box cake mix recommends)
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil (or as much as the box cake mix recommends)
  • 1¼ cup water and/or milk (or as much as the box cake mix recommends)
  • ½ cups moist flake coconut (about 2 oz / 60 g)
Heat oven to 350°F / 175°C. Prepare two or three cake pans by greasing and flouring the pans, or spraying with a non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.

Prepare the box cake mix according to the instructions on the package. For most popular brands, put the cake powder, eggs, vegetable oil, and water into a bowl and beat with a wire whisk or electric mixer till the batter is smooth. Stir the flaked coconut into the batter. Divide the batter between the prepared cake pans. Tap the pans on the counter to even out the batter distribution in the pans. Place in the oven and cook for about 25 minutes, or till lightly browned and a cake tester inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean. Cool the pans on wire racks for about 10 minutes before turning out onto racks to complete cooling.

    Coconut Icing
  • 1 cup cold milk
  • 1 box white chocolate or vanilla instant pudding mix (2¾ oz / 77 g for full-sugar versions; 1 oz / 28 g for sugar-free versions)
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • 8 oz / 225 g dairy or non-dairy whipped topping, thawed
  • 1 to 2 cups moist flake coconut (about 2½ to 5 oz / 75 to 140 g)
In a bowl, place the milk, pudding mix powder, and powdered sugar and beat with a wire whisk or an electic mixer for about 2 minutes, till well blended. Fold the whipped cream or whipped topping into the pudding mixture. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

Cake Assembly
The cakes must be completely cooled to room temperature. Place one of the layers on a cake plate and spread about a cup of icing onto the top only, then sprinkle with about ¾ cup of shredded coconut, or to taste. Place another cake layer on top of that, then spread another cup of icing, and sprinkler over again with coconut. Place the third layer of cake over that, and spread the remaining icing on top and, if you wish spread the icing over the sides, too. Sprinkled the remaining coconut over the top, and press around the sides, if you wish. Refrigerate the cake until serving time.


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