Recipe: Coconut Cake from Minetta Tavern
Yields 1 very tall 9-inch cake, serves about 20
This recipe, adapted from the one served at Minetta Tavern, is involved, but the results are worth it. If you don’t have four cake pans, bake these in two batches. The cakes can be made ahead – cool thoroughly and wrap tightly in plastic wrap. The pastry cream can be partly made a day ahead; refrigerate, then whisk in whipping cream when ready to use.