Saturday, August 16, 2014

Cooking Cove: Coconut Caramel Delight

My sister Heather celebrated turning 23 recently and I was happily signed up for birthday cake duty. I inquired as to what she would like and she said "that one really yummy dessert you made one holiday." "Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake?" "No." "Coconut Caramel Delight?" "Yeah! I think that is it!" So that is what I made. Coconut can be really polarizing, some loath it, some adore it. I am entrenched in the latter camp.


1 1/2 cups self rising flour
3/4 cup pecans, chopped
3/4 cup butter, softened

Combine these three ingredients and press (lightly or it will be like cement) into a greased 9 x 13 pan and bake at 350 degrees for 18-20 minutes. Cool. This crust tastes similar to a Pecan Sandy. Not sweet at all, but a nice juxtaposition to the sweet filling.

Anytime a recipe calls for pecans, I like to toast them in the oven at 350 degrees for about 8-10 minutes... watch out, they burn easily. Toasting brings forth a richer, more complex flavor.

1/4 cup butter
7 ounce package of flaked coconut
1/2 cup pecans, chopped

Melt butter in a skillet, add coconut and pecans. Cook on medium low heat until coconut is golden and toasted, continuously stirring. Cool. 

8 ounce package of cream cheese, room temperature
14 ounce can of sweetened condensed milk
12 ounce tub of Cool Whip, thawed
12 1/4 ounce jar of caramel topping

Combine cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk. Beat at medium speed. Fold in Cool Whip.

Layer 1/3 of each: cream cheese mixture, then caramel, then toasted coconut and pecans. Like a lasagna. Cover and freeze until firm. Thaw a bit before serving. Store in refrigerator.


  1. Happy b'day to your sis! Your cake looks delicious! Have fun at the party!

    1. Thank you! Any fun plans for your upcoming birthday? What do you like to have for your birthday dessert? I am partial to ice cream cakes.

    2. No plans as of yet. I prefer ice cream cake too. I love the little chocolate crunches in the middle!

  2. *reads post*
    *jaw drops*
    *drooling ensues*
    *reads post again*
    *runs to store to buy ingredients*
    *more drooling*
    [i wish] ;)

    Happy birthday to Heather! :)

    1. Lol!!! Yezzzz it was good! And this is easy to make!!! I promise! The longest thing is toasting the pecans and coconut. Easy peasy.

  3. I'm going to try this Julie -- I was reading this on my phone a couple of days ago and haven't been able to stop thinking about it!