Raffaello Cake | Almond Coconut Cake

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WHAT'S SPECIAL

If you’ve ever tried Raffaello Chocolates, you will recognize this cake immediately. The taste of Raffaello chocolates in this delicate and elegant three layer almond coconut cake is every coconut lovers dream cake. Halve the recipe for a smaller 6 inch cake.

Raffaello Cake | Almond Coconut Cake

Servings 15 people
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Waiting time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 55 mins

Ingredients

Almond Sponge Cake

  • 6 nos Egg large, room temperature
  • Salt, a pinch
  • 1 cup Granulated sugar
  • 1 cup Ground almonds
  • 1 cup All purpose four / Maida
  • 1 tsp Almond essence (1 – 1.5 tsp)

White Chocolate Frosting

  • 200 gm White Chocolate
  • 3 tbsp Canned coconut milk
  • 250 gm Cream cheese/Mascarpone cheese room temperature
  • 2 cup Whipping cream chilled
  • 6 tbsp Powdered sugar as per taste
  • ½ cup Desiccated coconut
  • 1 tsp Coconut essence/Vanilla essence

For Assembling

  • 1 cup Canned coconut milk
  • Desiccated coconut
  • Roasted and sliced almonds optional
  • Raffaello chocolates optional

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 340F (170°C). Grease and line bottom and sides of a 9 inch pan with parchment paper. (use tall parchment paper as shown for the sides so that the cake has space to rise.)
  • Separate egg whites from yolks. Add a pinch of salt to egg whites and mix until foamy.(** CHECK NOTE). Gradually add granulated sugar and continue whipping until stiff peaks form.( It may take approx. 10 – 12 mins.) Mix the egg yolks with almond essence.
  • Fold the yolks into the whites using the cut and fold method.
  • Add ground almonds and all purpose flour. Transfer the batter into the prepared pan and bake 40 – 45 mins until lightly golden brown on top.
  • In the meantime, place a heat proof bowl on a pot of simmering water, and melt white chocolate along with 3 Tbsp canned coconut milk.
  • When the cake is done, let it cool in the pan for 15 mins , then take off the parchment paper and let cool completely.
  • Whip up the whipping cream along with sugar using an electric better. Beat cream cheese followed by the melted and cooled white chocolate until fluffy.
  • Fold in the whipped cream in batches along with coconut extract or vanilla essence. Refrigerate while cake cools.
  • Divide the sponge cake in 3 layers. Place one cake layer on your serving plate.
  • Spread 6 Tbsp canned coconut milk onto the sponge followed by little less than 1/3 of the whipped frosting using a piping bag or spatula.
  • Repeat with the other layers and spread the remaining frosting on the top and sides of the cake. It doesn't have to be perfectly frosted since we will be covering it with desiccated coconut.
  • Sprinkle desiccated coconut on the top and sides of the cake and refrigerate until set and ready to serve.
  • Decorate with roasted and sliced almonds and Raffaello chocolates. Slice and Enjoy!! This cake is a treat for all Raffaelllo/Coconut lovers like my husband :))

Notes

** Here are a few pointers for achieving stiff egg whites :
  • Make sure that the bowl and whisk that you use to whip the egg whites is super clean and grease-free. (To make that sure, you can wipe the bowl and the whisk, with some vinegar)
  • Turn on the mixer to medium speed and beat the egg whites until soft peaks form, add the sugar only very little at a time then beat on high until stiff peaks form. You’ve hit the stiff peak stage when you have glossy peaks that stand straight.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: Almond coconut cake, christmas cake, coconut cake, raffaello cake, snow cake, white cake recipe, winter cake, winter holiday cake

Did you make this recipe?

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Food for Soul

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  – John 3:16

God is a consuming fire (Hebrews 12:29). His wrath burns like the husband who just learned his wife’s infidelity. How can that holy, righteous God share his love with a sinful, idol-worshiping world? Here’s the answer: God gave his Son. The Son who is God became a man to pay man’s debt. In love, the Father sent his Son and the Son willingly obeyed his Father, and became the gift God gave to save the world.

God gave his own Son into the hands of wicked men, so that by Jesus’ death, God’s wrath could be satisfied by his own loving gift. The Son of God took the place of the world, so that the world could be saved from eternal death.
This is what John 3:16 teaches about Christmas. And that all who believe in the Son may find life and love in him. And that’s why we celebrate Christ’s birth.

So today, enjoy the traditions passed down by your family, but do not trust them to satisfy your heart with love. Only God’s love in the gift of his Son can do that. And thankfully, that is good news for everyone.
Merry Christmas!

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