A Lovely Bunch of Coconuts (in a Yummy Cake)

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While Justin and I were in Charleston, we tried the most amazing coconut cake at Peninsula Grill. After noticing how many steps were involved and how long the cake-making process would take, Justin and I decided to give it a try. Justin was determined to learn how to make a cake. I just wanted to watch.

Involved in making the cake:
- a few hours of cake recipe reading including Martha Stewart's version and Food Network's
- watching Alton Brown make cakes and coconut cake via YouTube
- watching Peninsula Grill chef, Robert Carter, make his coconut cake on the Martha Stewart Show (1, 2)
- shopping for cake making supplies using ScoutMob at Cook's Warehouse, Wal-Mart, Kroger, Publix, and the Farmer's Market
- grilling and hammering on coconuts

Notes about the cake:
- It is 12 POUNDS! 
- When making the filling, keep mixing the entire 4-5 minutes when you go to mix it before putting it on the cake. Trust me. It makes a difference.
- Hammers are useful when getting to the coconut meat.

After having tasted the filling, the cake, and the frosting, Justin and I are certain that this "birthday cake" will be a hit at tonight's birthday celebration for my brother!

Would you consider making this delicious cake for someone's birthday? Or is it too involved…? Have you tasted this amazing dessert from the Peninsula Grill in Charleston?

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