My 3 Monsters: Coconut Drippy Cake

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4.20.2012

Coconut Drippy Cake


We have a Family Night every Monday evening where we {duh!} spend time as a family.  Usually we coordinate weekly schedules, have a little spiritual lesson and then have dessert while we play a game.  We've been lucky so far that our kids participate eagerly.  And if not eagerly some weeks, at least willingly.  I know it's difficult to give up homework time {or friend time, or computer and tv time} to make room for family time so our family philosophy on Family Night has always been

"Short and Sweet with a Big, Big Treat".  

Our kids respond well to that.  But I'm telling you, it is hard to come up with a fun treat every week.  Especially in Arizona in the endless summer when it's too hot to eat anything warm or heavy.  That's why I'm kinda' partial to COOL WHIP Whipped Topping.  There are so many really yummy things you can do with it.  We like COOL WHIP mixed with instant vanilla pudding as a filling for crepes -- topped with fresh strawberries and another dollop of COOL WHIP they are heavenly!  Strawberry Shortcake is another family favorite.  The more COOL WHIP, the better.

One time, when I was really busy and forgot to make a treat for Family Night, I scooped frozen COOL WHIP straight into bowls and we ate it like ice cream with a little bit of caramel sauce and some mini chocolate chips.  That was delightful.  Just sayin'.  Even my husband who doesn't like "fluffy stuff" will eat COOL WHIP.  You can't beat that!

Some of my all-time favorite recipes are cakes that use COOL WHIP instead of frosting.  My Jello Poke Cake is always a crowd-pleaser {how have I never shared the recipe here on my blog?!}, as was my Minty Boston Cream Cake this year.  Well, this week I wanted to try something new and I lucked into this recipe for Miss Valerie's Drippy Cake at Big Red Kitchen.  It's really similar to Poke Cake in that you bake a yellow cake then poke holes in the top of it and let it absorb some kind of delicious liquid as it cools.  In this case the delicious liquid is a mixture of sweetened condensed milk and cream of coconut.  I know, right?!  

Coconut Drippy Cake
{from Big Red Kitchen}
yellow cake mix {prepared according to package directions in a 9x13 pan}
1 can {14.5 oz.} sweetened condensed milk
1 can {about 15 oz.} cream of coconut -- I found this on the alcoholic drink mixers aisle in a 21 oz. bottle
1 container COOL WHIP Whipped Topping

Bake cake according to package directions.  When it comes out of the oven, poke holes all over the top of the cake with a fork.  Mix sweetened condensed milk and cream of coconut in a bowl and pour over the cake while it is still warm.  The coconut yumminess will seep into the cake as it cools, making it super-moist and delicious.  When cake has cooled completely, frost with COOL WHIP and chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve.  The longer it chills, the better it gets.  In fact, I thought it was way yummier the next morning for breakfast.  Yes, I sometimes eat cake for breakfast.  Don't judge. 

I thought this would be good with a layer of crushed pineapple on top before the COOL WHIP layer, like a piƱa colada cake or something.  Maybe next time . . .   Have a great weekend, friends.  I'd love to hear what you'll be baking for your family!

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18 comments:

  1. Oh, I just noticed you're also a "Clever Girl!"

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  2. I LOVE anything coconut... this cake sounds so good!(pineapple sounds like a great addition, too!)

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  3. Mmmmmm coconut! I love it and my father in law loves it even more! Guess what he's getting for dessert on Fathers Day??!! Thanks for sharing this. Saw you at TT&J.

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  4. Oh my gosh, it looks divine! I sometimes the wet ingredients in a cake mix with a pint of melted Coconut Bliss (a coconut milk based ice cream, dairy free). I want to try combining that trick with this trick! I can't wait!

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  5. ^ That should say 'I sometimes SUBSTITUTE the wet ingredients'. I was so excited I typed too fast! ;)

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  6. Making this tomorrow for sure

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  7. That sounds amazing! I'm pinning it ... thanks so much for sharing!

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  8. Yum, this looks so yummy and it sounds easy to make!

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  9. looks so easy and good! what a great combination, pinning this and making it hopefully soon. thanks for sharing, saw you on tt&j!!

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  10. I just had a cake similar to this last week and it was amazing. I can't wait to try yours and see if it's the same!

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  11. Jodi Cyr-Gidcumb23 April, 2012

    Can't wait to try!! Thanks for sharing

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  12. This is almost exactly like a traditional Mexican cake my family loves, Pastel de Tres Leches (three milk cake) we use evaporated, condensed & coconut milk.... And it really is 10x more delicious the next morning!! :D

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  13. I absolutely love this cake. It's also severely good with some toasted coconut on top. I always make this for Easter and dye my coconut green and put jelly beans on top.

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  14. My family and I have been eating this for years, I sometimes mix a little Coconut into the Cool whip for a little extra flavor too!!! Yummy, may just have to make one soon!!!!

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  15. I'm in the process of making this cake right as dessert to follow my Chicken and Dumplin's Casserole. Both of gonna be such a hit that if I bring out the cake first, some serious dinner rules will be broken.

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  16. I made this tonight at the request of my oldest daughter (16). It's chilling until the morning;sounds like breakfast to me!
    p.s. I found the coconut milk in the specialty (mexica,chinese,thai) food isle of KingSoopers

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  17. This is Tres leche cake!

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