Back in February when Dan the Coconut Chocolate Marjolaine Cake for me for my birthday, we both loved the coconut meringue part of the cake, and we talked about using the meringue again, but in a slightly lighter, more springy dessert. Thus, the Coconut Meringue Cake with Lemon Curd Filling was created.
We decided to make this cake for my mom for mother’s day. Mom can’t have chocolate (chocolate gives her migraines), so the original version wouldn’t work for her. Lemon Curd, we decided, would be a nice tangy treat with the sweet coconut meringues.
I thought raspberries would love lovely garnishing the cake, and Dan suggested the final dusting of powdered sugar.
The cake is actually pretty easy to make, and comes together in a snap. But, it looks super impressive. And, man is it delicious! All that luscious lemon curd dripping out from inside the soft coconut meringues. Wow. So good! And, this will be a big hit at any birthday, anniversary, or just about any day you feel like having cake!
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- 4 large egg yolks
- 3 large eggs
- ½ cup fresh lemon juice
- ½ cup 1 stick unsalted butter, diced
- ½ cup sugar
- 1 ½ cups unsweetened shredded coconut toasted*
- 2/3 cup sugar divided
- 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
- ¼ teaspoon fine grain salt
- 6 large egg whites
- ½ teaspoon cream of tartar
- Fresh raspberries
- Powdered sugar
- In a medium bowl, whisk yolks and eggs together, and set aside.
- In a large metal bowl or the top of a double boiler, combine lemon juice, butter, and sugar. Set the bowl over a saucepan of simmering water; whisk until butter melts and sugar dissolves.
- Gradually whisk 1/3 of hot butter mixture into eggs, and whisk the egg mixture back into bowl with remaining butter mixture, and place this back over simmering water. Whisk constantly until custard thickens and thermometer inserted into mixture registers 180°F, about 5 minutes (do not boil). (If you don’t have a candy thermometer, wait until the mixture thickens and coats the back of a wooden spoon.)
- Pour lemon curd through a strainer set over medium bowl. Place plastic wrap directly on surface of lemon curd; chill overnight. (Can be made up to 2 days ahead. Keep refrigerated.)
- Position rack in center of oven, and preheat oven to 325°F.
- Line 17x11-inch rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Mix coconut, 1/3 cup sugar, flour, and salt in medium bowl. Using electric mixer, beat egg whites and cream of tartar in large bowl until soft peaks form. Gradually add remaining 1/3 cup sugar; beat until stiff but not dry. Fold coconut mixture into meringue just until incorporated. Spread meringue evenly over parchment on prepared sheet, covering completely. Bake until light golden and just springy to touch, about 20 minutes (meringue will be soft). Cool completely on baking sheet. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover tightly with foil; store at room temperature.)
- Place sheet of waxed paper on work surface. Cut around edges of meringue to loosen. Invert meringue onto waxed paper. Peel off parchment. Cut meringue crosswise in half, then cut lengthwise in thirds, forming six 8 1/2x3 2/3-inch rectangles. Cut piece of cardboard into 8 1/2x3 2/3-inch rectangle; cover cardboard with foil. Place 1 meringue rectangle on cardboard.
- Roughly divide lemon curd into sixths just by cutting into it with a knife. Spread 1/6 of lemon curd evenly over meringue piece. Top with second meringue rectangle; press to adhere. Spread 1/6 of lemon curd over. Repeat procedure with 3 more meringue rectangles and 1/6 of lemon curd each time. Top with remaining meringue rectangle. You will be left with 1/6 of the lemon curd (you get to snack on that!). Chill cake until firm, about 1 hour.
- Garnish with fresh raspberries and a sprinkling of powdered sugar. Using serrated knife, cut cake crosswise into 12 slices. Transfer to plates.
Preheat oven to 325° F.
Spread coconut on a rimmed baking sheet in a thin layer and bake 5-10 minutes, stirring a couple of times, until the coconut is golden brown and fragrant.
The lemon curd can be made 2 days in advance, and the meringue can be made 1 day in advance.