Guilt-free Indulgence

It was my parents’ anniversary this past weekend.  They celebrated 55+ years of, as my Mom so eloquently put it, “putting up with each other”!  We had them over for a quiet meal, but we needed to have something special for dessert.   As  with many seniors (and not seniors), fat and calories are on the radar.  I concocted this cake just for them inspired by one of my Mom’s favourite flavours: coconut.  And as an added bonus, it begins with a cake mix!

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To a plain white cake mix, I added 1/4 c. oil, 1 t. coconut extract and I replaced the eggs with egg whites and the water with low-fat coconut milk.  Be careful not to over-bake as the cake is a little more dense than the original cake mix and therefore tends to be dry.  The fluffy filling is what really makes this cake delicious.  Following directions from a previous post, whip solidified coconut milk with a tablespoon of confectioner’s sugar and 2 t of coconut extract.  Fold in a can each of mandarin oranges and crushed pineapple that have been well-drained and run through a food processor until finely chopped.  I also added about 1/2 c of sweetened shredded coconut to this tropical mix.

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Fill and top the cake.  Wrap tightly with plastic wrap and leave in the fridge overnight.  Slice in thick wedges….or have two.  Who’s looking?!!

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