I mentioned a while back that some friends and I had started a supper club in my small town. We started with Italian and then most recently, with me hosting, we did Caribbean. I immediately volunteered for dessert because I saw a great opportunity to give Krystina Castella’s A World of Cake a test spin with a Cuban mango cake.
Castella’s book is absolutely comprehensive in its treatment of cake–countries, cultures and cuisines that you never associated with cake are all represented here, as well as those places you do associate with cake. Some are familiar, such as Bûche de Noël from French Canada and German Chocolate Cake from the southern United States. Some are completely exotic, such as Taiwan’s Sou Tao (Longevity Peach Buns). Most are somewhere in between, a little familiar but maybe not something those of us in the States bake or eat that often. I am suspecting all are delicious. Goodness knows this Cuban Mango Cake with Coconut was.
I purchased this book at the beginning of the year and about a month later was contacted by the publisher offering me a copy to review. Ack! Too late! But I did promise them a 100% honest review in exchange for a book for one of you, my lucky readers. (Speaking of which, congrats to Cheryl, the lucky winner of the World Kitchen saffron giveaway!)
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So about the recipe. I chose the mango cake and then needed to narrow it down further–one of the great things about this book is that after each recipe she lists variations on it. In the case of mango cake, I was choosing between mango buttercream, coconut, lemon or pineapple. I quickly rejected mango buttercream because I sometimes find mango too overwhelmingly sweet and I also rejected the pineapple on personal preference. After realizing that the lemon variation also called for making a true buttercream with eggs I reluctantly-because the lemon sounded oh so good-decided to try the coconut. I am glad now that I did because as I say I loved it and I am hoping that in the future I could try making this cake with coconut oil and coconut yogurt instead of butter or sour cream (because of my dairy woes for those of you who have not heard).
My icing turned out delicious but runny–and after pondering and overthinking and generally wanting to scream I realized that I had left out 1/4 cup of flour. Ooops. But it was delicious anyway and I would gladly do it the same way again. It was just more of a glaze. I used toasted coconut flakes instead of shreds out of personal preference. They did not stick as well but were scrumptious so I didn’t care!
- 3 cups cake flour
- 1 t baking powder
- 1/2 t baking soda
- 1/2 t salt
- 1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
- 2 1/2 cups superfine sugar
- 7 eggs
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 2 t vanilla
- 2 mangoes peeled and chopped
- 1-2 mangoes thinly sliced
- 1 recipe coconut icing see other recipe
Preheat the oven to 325 F. Spray 2 9-inch pans with a grease/flour combo such as Baker's Joy. Set aside.
Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
Using a mixer, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating to incorporate after each one. Stir in the vanilla, mangoes and half of the sour cream. Stir in half of the flour mixture. Stir in the rest of the sour cream and then stir in the rest of the flour mixture.
Scrape half of the batter into one pan and the remaining half into the other pan. Smooth the tops.
Bake the cakes for approximately 45 minutes, start checking on them at the 40 minute mark (Castella's instructions are for cupcakes, she does not give times for the 9 inch pans and I confess I cannot remember exactly how long they took). A cake tester inserted into the middle of the cakes should come out clean or with a little mango attached.
Let the cakes cool on a rack in the pans for 10 minutes, then invert and let finish cooling on parchment paper on a cooling rack.
Make the coconut icing (see other recipe). Use about 1 cup of it to frost the bottom cake (leave the cakes inverted and the tops will be more level) and then place the second cake on top of the frosted first. Let cool completely.
Ice or glaze the entire cake with the coconut icing and then lightly press shredded unsweetened coconut or toasted unsweetened coconut flakes into the cake. Arrange the mango slices on the top to form a concentric circle.
- 2 cups coconut milk
- 2 cups sugar
- 1/2 cup AP flour
- 4 eggs lightly beaten
- 1 t almond extract I dislike so I left out
- 1 t vanilla
Combine everything but the extracts in a small saucepan. Whisk constantly on medium heat, for 5-7 minutes, or until thickened. Remove from the heat and stir the extracts in.
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Mango cake?? Ooooooh love it!!!
Stacy @ Every Little Thing says
That cake looks scrumptious! I love all things mango. I think my favorite cake isn’t really cake but more of a fruit flan. YUM
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Sounds lovely. I hope it tastes as good with the coconut substitutes. What a bummer about the dairy–I hope it all gets figured out. My favorite cake is probably Nigella Lawson’s chocolate stout cake. Mmmmm. So yummy.
Elizabeth @asianinamericamag says
This is a marvelous Mango cake recipe and post! Thanks for sharing. I grew up with mango trees in our backyard, in the Philippines. The mango is our national fruit. I absolutely LOVE mangoes, in any way,shape or form. And I love to use mangoes as an ingredient, whether cooking or baking. Your photos and description are divine !
Mango and coconut are my favorite tropical flavors (and well mango is my most favorite fruit of all time) so I am LOVING this! I wonder if I could turn it into cupcakes…
My favorite cake is red velvet!
Meant to reply to you and tell you original recipe also used cupcakes, so i am sure you could,
the cake looks delicious. i love coconut and think it is underused in cooking.
Amanda Thompson says
I love carrot cake with cream cheese frosting 🙂
Amy P. says
My favorite cake is my great-grandmother’s Christmas cake. I have inherited the recipe and make it every year.
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The cake looks fab!
Oh my this looks incredibly delicious and so moist! Definitely have this saved in my favorites and can’t wait to try it soon 🙂 Lovely pictures as well!
Adora's Box says
What a lovely cake recipe! Mangoes are just so delicious. Coconut, too.
Mango and coconut….love that flavor mix. Beautiful cake.
Your mango cake looks amazing!
I love all cakes 🙂
Definitely chocolate cake with peanut butter mousse!
The supper club idea sounds SO FUN! Back in college my friends and I would make dinner together every weekend. I think I need to start that here!
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My favorite is Gramma’s buttermilk-chocolate cake with Waldorf-Astoria frosting. Love. It. Oooh, that or a family friend’s carrot cake with cream cheese frosting. To. Die. For.
My favorite cake is a chocolate sour cream sheet cake my mom makes. The tang from the sour cream is divine with the chocolate.
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Spice Sherpa says
Mango? Did you say mango? And coconut? I’m so there. 🙂 That is a dreamy combination in any form let alone a cake.
My favorite cake? That’s a toughie. I’d have to say a Chocolate Amaretto cake…for now anyways.
Sanjeeta kk says
Lovely cake, Laura! Being a mango fan this a must try. Am already connected with you on Twitter 🙂
This cake looks really yummy! And I think your “mistake” that the icing is a glaze sounds great!!!
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My favorite cake is chocolate applesauce with buttercream chocolate frosting.
My favorite cake is chocolate applesauce with chocolae buttercream frosting.
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Love the idea of mangoes, have used bananas, apples, pears and rhubarb, time for mangoes. Love coconut too, have you tried Malibu in toppings, very good too.
This particular cake sounds scrumptious.
Castella’s book will be put on my radar…thanks for bringing her work forward.
I like the way you put your personality towards the passion for making recipes your own ;o)
La Reina de Cuba y todo el mundo, Alba Allison says
A sweet Cuban cake for a very sweet Cuban lady. Don’t count calories. Bon provecha.
Love & blessings from Elazar’s bisabuelo.