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Mango Coconut Sheet Cake

Vanilla sponge cake soaked in coconut milk and topped with fresh mango and dried shredded coconut. 

Yield: 9x13-inch sheet cake

Author Maryanne Cabrera

Ingredients

Vanilla Sponge Cake:

  • 2 cup (240 g) cake flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 cup (208 g) granulated sugar, divided
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 Tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 4 large eggs, separated
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar

Topping:

  • 1 1/2 cups canned coconut milk (full-fat)
  • 1 1/2 cup heavy cream, cold
  • 3 Tablespoons confectioners' sugar
  • 2 cups fresh mango, peeled, cut into chunks
  • 3 Tablespoons unsweetened dried shredded coconut

Instructions

Vanilla Sponge Cake:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line bottom of 9x13-inch cake pan with parchment paper. Generously grease the sides of pan with butter. Set aside.

  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together cake flour, baking powder, salt, and 1/2 cup sugar. In a large bowl, whisk together oil, water, vanilla, and yolks. Add dry mixture to wet mixture in three additions. Fold to combine. The mixture will look like very thick cookie dough.

  3. In large bowl, using an electric hand mixer, beat egg whites and cream of tartar at low speed until foamy.  Continue to beat a low speed and slowly add remaining 1/2 cup of sugar one tablespoon at a time. Once all the sugar has been added, increase to medium speed and beat to stiff peaks.

  4. Add egg whites to cake batter in three additions. Fold to combine. Batter will loosen as you add egg whites.

  5. Transfer batter to prepared cake cake. Spread into an even layer. Bake for 30-35 minutes until the top of cake is lightly golden brown and a toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean. Let cool in pan for 5 minutes. Run mini offset spatula along the perimeter of cake pan to loosen cake. Allow cake to cool to room temperature

Assembly:

  1. Use a fork to dock the entire top surface of cake. Pour coconut milk over cake in three additions, allowing cake to soak up liquid before adding more. Let soaked cake chill in the fridge for 15 minutes.

  2. In a chilled bowl, whip cold heavy cream, confectioners' sugar, and vanilla to almost stiff peaks. Use a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment or use a electric hand mixer to speed up the process. 

  3. Spread whipped cream over chilled cake. Distribute mango chunks over whipped cream. Sprinkle shredded coconut on top. Let chill in the fridge until ready to serve. 

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