Brownie-Bottom Coconut Chocolate Cream Cake

Posted on 04/24/2012 by layers_of_eli
First, I just wanted to remind you that Willow Bird Baking is a finalist for SAVEUR's Best Baking and Desserts Blog and that there are 3 days left to vote if you want to -- I'd definitely be grateful! You can find the link to vote on my blog post, linked below.

Next, I just wanted to remind you've been planning to make a ridiculous layer "cake" for awhile now. A "cake" that actually doesn't include a single bit of cake, perhaps? One that does include brownies, coconut cream, chocolate mousse, whipped cream, chocolate bits, and toasted coconut? Maybe you didn't realize that you were planning to do this? Now you know.

Sometimes less is more... sometimes more is more!

Brownie-Bottom Coconut Chocolate Cream Cake

Recipe by: Cobbled together from Epicurious, Pinch of Yum, and various other sources
Yield: 10-12 servings

Brownie Layer Ingredients:
1 recipe of your favorite brownies (baked in a 9-inch springform pan)

Coconut Cream Filling Ingredients:
1 1/2 cup half-and-half
1 1/2 cup coconut milk
2 eggs
3/4 cup white sugar
1/4 cup plus 4 teaspoons cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup flaked coconut
1/4 teaspoon coconut extract
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons bittersweet chocolate chips (I use Ghirardelli 60% cacao)

Chocolate Mousse Layer Ingredients:
2 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
2 ounces bittersweet chocolate chips (I use Ghirardelli 60% cacao)
1/3 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
1 cup chilled whipping cream
2 tablespoons icing sugar
1/2 teaspoon gelatin
1 1/2 teaspoon cold water
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon sugar

Whipped Cream Topping Ingredients:
3/4 cup chilled heavy whipping cream
2 tablespoons icing sugar
3/8 teaspoon gelatin
1 1/8 teaspoon cold water
toasted coconut

NOTE: This cake sounds complicated, but is remarkably easy! If you can bake a pan of brownies and push some buttons on your microwave, you can make this baby. It's even easy to divide up the work, since many of the steps can be done on separate days. You can make the brownie and coconut layer one day, make the chocolate mousse layer on day two, and top and serve the cake on day three. Enjoy!

Make coconut cream filling: Combine the half-and-half, coconut milk, eggs, sugar, cornstarch, and salt in a medium microwave-safe bowl. Microwave it for 4-6 minutes, whisking well after each minute, until it's thickened (I tried this microwave trick for the first time in this recipe, and it does work well if you're short on time, though I think you might end up with a slightly better creamy texture if you whisk the mixture constantly in a saucepan over medium-low heat; not sure how long it'll take on the stove with this volume, but just whisk until thickened.) Once the mixture is thickened, add coconut and vanilla extracts and the untoasted coconut and stir. Pour half of this filling over your brownie layer, sprinkle on the 2 tablespoons of bittersweet chips, and then pour the rest of the filling. Stick the whole thing in the fridge to chill until firm, about 2 to 4 hours.

Make the chocolate mousse: Place the bittersweet and semisweet chips in a medium bowl. Bring 1/3 cup cream to boil in heavy small saucepan or in a microwave-safe dish in the microwave. Pour it over the chocolate and let it sit for 2 minutes before gently whisking it to a smooth ganache. Cool to room temperature, stirring occasionally.

Place cold water in a small dish and sprinkle gelatin over it to soften for 10 minutes. Heat it for 30 seconds in the microwave and whisk it with a fork to dissolve the gelatin. In a chilled mixing bowl, beat 2/3 cups cold whipping cream and sugar in to stiff peaks, adding gelatin mixture halfway through. Fold the cream into the chocolate mixture and pour the mousse onto set coconut filling. Chill until set, about 6 hours or overnight.

Make whipped cream topping: Place cold water in a small dish and sprinkle gelatin over it to soften for 10 minutes. Heat it for 30 seconds in the microwave and whisk it with a fork to dissolve the gelatin. In a chilled mixing bowl, whip the cream and icing sugar to stiff peaks, adding gelatin mixture halfway through. Top the cake with the whipped cream and sprinkle with toasted coconut.

To read about my exuberant childhood insomnia, share about your own sleeping habits (because that's normal, right?), get the link to vote for WBB as the SAVEUR Best Baking & Dessert Blog, and see more cake photos, please head over to Willow Bird Baking!

x-posted to food_porn, cooking, picturing_food, and bakebakebake
kittenbabe 25th-Apr-2012 02:20 am (UTC)
Oh my!
layers_of_eli 25th-Apr-2012 02:22 am (UTC)
starrdust411 25th-Apr-2012 02:38 am (UTC)
I am definitely adding this to my memories for later, because I will definitely attempt to do pieces of this, if not the whole thing.

Seriously, that cake looks ridiculous(ly awesome). Thanks for sharing.
layers_of_eli 25th-Apr-2012 03:08 am (UTC)
Absolutely :) Thank you! Hope you enjoy!
kamaliitaru 25th-Apr-2012 03:40 am (UTC)
Looks Yummy!
layers_of_eli 25th-Apr-2012 03:42 am (UTC)
sinkwriter 25th-Apr-2012 06:44 am (UTC)

Okay, where do I vote for you, because your posts are always amazing! This one, in particular, is making me want to climb into the picture and eat that delicious looking dessert. Wow. Where do you come up with these things??

Chocolate, brownies AND coconut? Shut up! *GRIN*
layers_of_eli 25th-Apr-2012 11:11 am (UTC)
Aw, thank you so much! You can vote here: in the Best Baking & Desserts Blog category. You have to sign up for a SAVEUR account, but it's quick and painless and you can just check to opt out of mailings.

I really appreciate it :)
suede 25th-Apr-2012 03:34 pm (UTC)
Never thought about using gelatin in cream topping for texture, but makes a lot of sense! Even as a vegetarian I'd use agar agar, guess the result would be similar :)
layers_of_eli 25th-Apr-2012 03:44 pm (UTC)
It just stabilizes the cream, but you can also leave it out in the topping if you know you'll be eating it within that day or so.
trex_in_boots 25th-Apr-2012 04:09 pm (UTC)
Why are you trying to make me fat?!
lolz just kidding. This looks divine. I may have to try this for my brother's graduation or my parent's anniversary.
dreambean 15th-May-2012 06:52 am (UTC)
O - M - G ♥
This looks so good it's almost physically painful XD I just have to try this someday!!
Thanks so much for sharing the recipe,hon!
layers_of_eli 15th-May-2012 10:42 am (UTC)
you're welcome :D i hope you do get to try it!!
ivrjay 26th-Jul-2012 06:36 pm (UTC)
layers_of_eli 26th-Jul-2012 10:27 pm (UTC)
absolutely :)
geniealliance 1st-Jul-2013 04:24 pm (UTC)
This looks so yummy!!
layers_of_eli 1st-Jul-2013 05:45 pm (UTC)
Thank you :)
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layers_of_eli Re: Delicious! But...30th-Jul-2013 02:43 am (UTC)
Hi there! I'm sorry you had trouble! Yes, I do think it's because of the warmth of the chocolate. It really does need to be room temperature or it will melt the cream and you'll have the trouble you're experiencing! Hope that helps :)
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