Coconut Pound Cake

by DanicasDaily on December 23, 2011

Thanks everyone for picking out dessert for our Healthy Holiday.  I tend to LOVE things like Coconut Pound cake because you can prepare your coconut bread ahead of time and/or make mini versions to send home with every guest as a special thank you.

I think that every healthy eating lifestyle should ALWAYS make room for a little indulgence.  Coconut Pound Cake is one of mine and I look forward to it EVERY YEAR.  The Husband’s mom or sis usually give us a loaf and the flavor is indescribable.  A few years ago I asked for the recipe and I have been hooked on making it for everyone during the holidays.  It’s not so healthy but I am going to find a way to re-create it to be healthier one day.

This cake is packed with rich buttery and sweet coconut flavor ~ it literally melts in your mouth with a slightly crispy, crunchy crust…..It really IS that good!

COCONUT POUND CAKE (print it!)

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INGREDIENTS

  • 3 sticks butter (1 1/2 cups)
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 6 eggs at room temperature
  • 3 cups heaping flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 8 oz sour cream
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 6 oz flaked coconut

INSTRUCTIONS

1.  Preheat oven to 325 degrees and spray two loaf pans or 8 mini loaf pans with nonstick spray.

2.  Cream butter and sugar.  Add eggs one at a time and beat well after each addition.

3.  Combine flour, salt and baking soda.  Add flour and sour cream, alternating and beating well.  Add vanilla and beat well.

4.  Stir in coconut.  Pour batter into prepared pan(s).  Bake for 1-1/2 hours for the loaf pans and 50-55 minutes for 8 mini loaf pans or until the crust is lightly browned and a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Makes 24 slices, 9 points+ each & honestly worth EVERYONE to me! Open-mouthed smile

MAXIMIZE YOUR POINTS+

~ Make 32 Cupcakes for 6 points+ each (bake for 40 minutes).

~ Make 86 Mini Cupcakes for 2 points+ each ( bake at 350 for 23-25 minutes)

Nutritional Information per slice calculated on caloriecount.com:

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NOTES TO LIGHTEN THIS RECIPE UP:

I have not tried this yet, but it would be the first direction I plan on going to lighten it up.

  • Use Light Butter
  • Swap the sugar for agave nectar and/or sucanat or possible just reduce it by 1/3
  • Use Eggbeaters for the eggs
  • Use Fat Free Sour Cream

I’ll let you all know when I find the perfect blend of a lighter Coconut Pound Cake (and maybe make it a lemon or orange pound cake!).  Until then, have fun experimenting with it and do tell if you try it.  I LOVE it! :)

In case you missed out on what was is going to be on my Healthy Holiday Plate, here you go:

There are still TWO more things we need to cover for our Healthy Holiday…..The BEST way to enjoy this dessert is with a delicious cup of coffee

~ Get ready for a STARBUCK’S GIVEAWAY coming up tomorrow.

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Then, the grand finale ~ Leftover Ideas & a delicious Next Day Ham & White Bean Soup Recipe.

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To Be Continued………

Night all!

{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Michele January 1, 2010 at 10:29 am

Dropping by to wish you a Happy New Year, Danica! Can’t wait to see what you experience – and share! – in 2010!

Hugs,
Michele

2 marie January 1, 2010 at 2:48 pm

Happy New Year to you, too!

Thanks for sharing that recipe. My dad loves coconut, so I’ll have to make him one at some point. Maybe it’d be a good Father’s Day treat…

3 Anne January 1, 2010 at 4:06 pm

Mmm, even though it’s not so healthy, it looks delicious! I love coconut. Happy New year!

4 Emily January 1, 2010 at 5:30 pm

Love the idea of a coconut cake. Makes me wish I were somewhere warm.
Happy 2010 Danica!

5 Josie December 24, 2011 at 12:07 am

Looks yummy! Sorry I have been MIA!! WIshing you and Jay a Merry Christmas and a SUper Duper New Year!! Hope we can see each other again in the New Year!! xoxo

6 Gail H. December 24, 2011 at 5:07 am

I am definitely going to try both versions of the cocnut pound cake…we LOVE coconut!Happy Christmas Eve to you an your family Danica, and I can’t wait to see what you have for us in 2012…it’s my year to finally MAKE GOAL…I’ve decided :)

7 sarah@spinachandspice December 24, 2011 at 5:20 am

I would LOVE to make that pound cake! Unfortunately, my mom and I are the only coconut lovers in the family, so the whole cake would be left for us!

8 Lisa G. December 24, 2011 at 6:16 am

Sounds Yummy! I am new to pinterest and just pinned it to make sure I don’t lose it. FYI, up above you have pound spelled wrong, you have it as COCONUT POIND CAKE (print it!)
Have a Merry Christmas!!

9 DanicasDaily December 24, 2011 at 7:02 am

Josie ~ Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you to! Jay wants to go to Universal Studios he is thinking by Spring Break so maybe this year it can be our turn to head down there and say hiya……Plus he will have someone to ride some of the rides with :)

XO,

Danica

10 DanicasDaily December 24, 2011 at 7:04 am

Sarah,

You could make them as the mini loaves ~ 1 for you and 1 for your mom and either give away the rest or wrap them in saran wrap, then, place in an air tight container or ziploc to freeze. They freeze well for up to 6 months and taste just as good unthawed.

Danica

11 DanicasDaily December 24, 2011 at 7:04 am

Hi Lisa,

Thanks for pinning ~ I LOVE Pinterest too. Thanks for letting me know about my typo too…I fixed it!

Merry Christmas too!

Danica

12 Trish (@I_am_succeeding) December 24, 2011 at 9:09 am

Looks really good. I think I’d try I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter and Stevia In The Raw.

However it looks and sounds really good. Thank you for sharing it!

13 Josie December 24, 2011 at 9:35 am

That would be fun, we have not been there in years..well Miah went for Horror nights! Keep me posted! :)

14 CAROL December 24, 2011 at 10:01 am

Danica, Christmas wishes coming to you and your entire family along with the very best in 2012 – enjoy your family and the holidays.

15 Margaret December 24, 2011 at 11:04 am

Peace and Love to you and your family. So glad I discovered your site this year; I’m so blessed. Merry, Merry and a Happy, Happy.

16 Tami @Nutmeg Notebook December 24, 2011 at 1:04 pm

Sooooooo delicious looking! I have never had coconut pound cake but it sounds fabulous.

Your holiday menu is a winner! Happy Holidays to you and yours.

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