chocococo loco

January 19, 2006 at 4:45 am (masarap/taste good)

Because I have nothing to write today:

I {heart} this blog.

And I love chocolate and coconut!! Imagine, chocolate & macapuno (a young coconut). What a couple!!! Hershey’s came out with Mauna Loa Extra Creamy Milk with Toasted Coconut & Macadamia Nuggets and they are the best thing to come out of Hersheys, EVER!!

Sadness though, they have actually discontinued the sweet because it was a limited edition : (

I have been wanting to use the toasted coconut strips that I got some months ago at Trader Joe’s and until now, I haven’t the perfect recipe to try them in. Until now…
Gâteau Choco-Coco


– 75 g (1 cup) unsweetened coconut flakes
– 200 g (1 cup) sugar
– 100 g (1 stick) butter, softened
– 125 g (1/2 cup) fromage blanc or plain yogurt
– 4 eggs
– 150 g (1 1/4 cup) flour
– 2 tsp baking powder
– 4 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder, diluted in 4 Tbsp hot water

Preheat the oven to 180°C (360°F). Line a 25-cm (10”) cake pan with parchment paper. I used a square 23-cm (9”) baking dish for easier sharing.

Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper, and sprinkle the coconut flakes over it. Put into the oven for eight minutes or until golden, stirring halfway through. Remove from the oven (leave the heat on) and set aside.

In a large mixing bowl or in a food processor, combine the sugar and butter. Mix until white and fluffy. Add in the fromage blanc and the eggs one by one, mixing well between each addition. Add in the cocoa powder mixture and mix again.

In a medium bowl, combine the flour with the baking powder (sieve the flour if you’re mixing by hand) and coconut flakes. Add the flour mixture into the batter, and mix until just combined. Try not to overmix.

Pour the batter into the cake pan, level the surface with a spoon, and bake for 30 to 40 minutes, or until the top of the cake springs back to the touch, and a knife inserted in the center comes out with just a few crumbs. Don’t bake it to death, otherwise it won’t be as moist inside. Let rest on the counter for a few minutes, then turn out on a rack to cool completely.


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