Sweetened Coconut Flakes for Your Cake!
Most coconut cake recipes call for sweetened coconut flakes. For my cake I use Let’s Do Organic’s 100% Organic Coconut Flakes. Personally, I love them because of the large shaved-like shapes as opposed to the traditional shredded variety. I use them as a finishing touch on my Happy Holiday Coconut Cake which gives it a most beautifully textured, decadent look that everyone loves.
For me these natural and unsweetened flakes are perfect because the frosting that I make is already very sweet (AND it tastes like marshmallows!). However, I know some may prefer the traditionally sweetened flakes. Of course you can buy the presweetened shredded flakes, but since I prefer the look that this brand gives, I am sharing a quick and easy recipe for sweetening coconut flakes. Here you go:
- 1/4 cup of water
- 4 teaspoons of sugar
- 1 cup of organic unsweetened coconut flakes*
In a small sauce pan, combine the water and sugar, Turn on the heat and bring ingredients to a boil while stirring the sugar until it is fully dissolved (making the combination into a simple sugar). Add coconut flakes and stir VERY GENTLY (to keep flakes intact) until the simple syrup is completly absorbed into the flakes. Remove flakes and spread them on a cookie sheet. Allow them to dry for about 20-30 minutes.
P.S….if you happen to come across the already-sweetened, shaved flakes, let me knowl!
*You can find the Let’s Do Organic 100% Organic Coconut Flakes in Target and Whole Foods as well.