Chocolate Curry Coconut Cake is soft, moist, and has powerful flavours to tempt your palate

Chocolate Curry Coconut Cake

Chocolate Curry Coconut Cake is soft, moist, and has powerful flavours to tempt your palateChocolate Curry Coconut Cake is soft, moist, and has powerful flavours to tempt your palate
How do you feel about wild, fun haircuts? Constantly on a quest for individuality, I’ve had nearly every short haircut under the moon. A few years ago, I chopped off my long, flowing locks (once I acknowledged my queerness–it seems as though this is a right of passage for queer women), and quickly discovered the joys of changing my haircut every few months.

I’ve had the Miley Cyrus circa 2013, and following that, my hairstyles were in my partner’s hands. It was mostly just an excuse to hang out when we were first dating, but somehow I felt comfortable enough to hand him the electric razor, saying, “Be creative!”. That lead to something of a faux-hawk, an undercut, and finally, I shaved my head completely.

As liberating and as empowering as it was to have a shaved head for nearly a year (I never had to worry about hat hair), a few months ago I decided to switch things up. Fast forward through The Awkward Stage of growing out a shaved head, and now, I’m blue!!

My friend Mandi is the mastermind behind this cut. I’ve never met a better hairstylist. She takes care to dream up ideas for you according to your face and personal style. She’s even been featured on Buzzfeed. It’s rare to be able to enter a hair salon and come out feeling more like yourself, but that’s exactly what she does. If you’re in Winnipeg, you should definitely check her out!

What are some of your favourite haircuts you’ve had over the years? Anything bright and colourful? Weird and fun? Bold and beautiful? Let me know in the comments!
Chocolate Curry Coconut Cake is soft, moist, and has powerful flavours to tempt your palate

The Recipe:

My favourite chocolate cake recipe is back, this time with a spice-filled twist. This chocolate curry coconut cake is soft, fluffy and moist. The trio of flavours each hold their own. Immediately hitting your palate for a flavour explosion, you’ll love the spicy-sweet combination of crumbly chocolate cake, and smooth curry coconut buttercream. I’ve used this combination before in chocolate bar form, and I’m beginning to think it will work in just about everything. Enjoy 🙂

Chocolate Curry Coconut Cake
Author: My Dish is Bomb
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Serves: serves 4-6
Recipe for a super soft, very moist, 6-inch two-layer cake. You can also bake this as an 8-inch single layer cake. The flavours may be an odd combination, but the strength of each flavour is a complement to the next for a powerful, decadent dessert.
  • [i]Cake[/i]
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup cocoa
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 TB cider vinegar
  • 1 TB vanilla
  • 1/2 cup canola oil (or vegetable oil)
  • 1 cup water
  • [i]Frosting[/i]
  • 3/4 cup (170 g/6 oz) butter
  • 3 tsp curry powder
  • 3 1/2 to 4 cups icing sugar
  • 2 TB whole milk
  • 1 cup shredded sweetened coconut
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 F. Butter and flour the sides of two 6-inch cake pans. Line the bottom of each pan with a circle of parchment paper (trace the bottoms over the parchment with a pencil then cut to size).
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, and salt. Make a small well in the centre and add the cider vinegar, vanilla, oil, and water. Whisk to combine, until there only a few lumps remain. Divide the batter between the two cake pans and bake for 20-25 minutes or until the tops spring back to a touch. Let the cakes cool completely in the pans before turning them upside down.
  3. To make the frosting, whip the butter in a large mixing bowl on medium. Add the curry, icing sugar, and milk, and mix on low, increasing to medium, until the icing is soft and fluffy. Add the coconut and mix on low.
  4. With a serrated knife, slice the rounded tops off each cooled cake layer. Place a small dollop of icing on a cake board or plate, and place one layer on the plate. Spread an even layer of icing overtop the first layer, then place the second layer on top of that. Let the cake freeze for about 15 minutes. Continue icing the cake using a spatula or offset spatula. Optional: dust the top of the cake with cocoa powder. Serve.


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Katy MacKinnon

Katy MacKinnon is a food photographer and recipe developer, and Food Fight! co-host.

27 thoughts on “Chocolate Curry Coconut Cake”

  1. OMG, I LOVE your new hair, Katy!!!! Like, LOVE LOVE LOVE! I wish I could pull off something like that. I died my hair a deep maroon-ish color A LONG time ago and I think I freaked everyone out. Lol. Let’s just say I stick to blonde now. But that’s BORING! Guess I’ll have to stuff my face with this cake to cope with my inadequacy in the hair department! 😉 LOVE this, girlfriend! The curry in the frosting is a stroke of genius! Cake perfection! Cheers! <3

    1. Thanks so much Cheyanne!! Oooh, I love maroon! I can see how that was a big change going from blonde! I don’t die my hair often, so it definitely feels like a huge change for me when I do. Cheers!

  2. My favorite hair cut is one I seem to always go back to – the pixie cut. At the moment I have a little below my chin length asymmetrical layered bob. I really like it. And if I go back to a short cut. I’ll do an asymmetrical pixie.

    I love your new ‘do’ and the color!

    Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  3. That color is just so fun!!! I am totally boring in the hair department – brown and long (or long-ish) pretty much all the time!! haha I did have blonde hair when I was younger though! Does that count?? lol

    This cake is just so cool! I would have never thought up this flavor idea!!

    1. HAha, totally! This is the first time I’ve actually dyed my hair a different colour, I usually stick with my natural brown too!

  4. The colour is so fun, I love the blue on you! I dyed my husband’s hair blue waaaay back in our EDM party days but the most adventurous I’ve gone with my hair was a very light brown 🙂
    This cake is such a beauty!! Love the creative flavours!

  5. So twice I’ve been a little crazy with color – and neither time were intentional. My sister-in-law was new in the stylist business and you could say I was her hair model…bright red – like Ronald McDonald red – one time, and eggplant, the next…needless to say – they didn’t last too long – but it was a little exciting for a minute! I love what you’ve done with your hair…and this cake! I would have never thought to put curry in my cake, but I will now!

    1. I would love to have bright red hair one day!! And I think you’d love it Annie, it’s perfectly balanced with all that sugar!

  6. I can’t really pull off a haircut like yours Katy, but I have tried many different cuts and colours, I get bored so often and I just ask the hairdresser to do whatever they want!
    Maybe I should try and be more adventurous like you in terms of hair and also when it comes to experimenting with chocolate and curry!!!

    1. I used to be afraid to make big changes to my hair, but then I just reminded myself that it’s not permanent and will grow back anyways!! I bet the hairdresser loves it when you tell them to do whatever they want, though!

  7. I love love love that you put curry in the frosting. I never would have thought of that, but it sounds incredible! I wish I had done something crazy with my hair color, but it just never felt like the right time for me. My younger sister has had her hair every color of the rainbow and I am kind of jealous!

  8. Curry chocolate cake! Wow. That is something I definitely need to try. It certainly looks decadent. 🙂
    There is something so liberating about cutting/changing your hair and nothing more liberating than doing that when you truly want to express yourself. I have always had my hair just the way it is, brown-black and straight and the only thing I have ever done is cut it short. It was fun while it lasted but medium length suits me mine because it is minimal fuss and very chilled – much like me and my ‘beauty’ routine. haha. 🙂

    1. I relate to that 100%. I usually wear little to no makeup and and can’t be bothered to do much with my hair. I think after a full year of not being able to play with it, though, I started to miss that! And yes this cake is super decadent…a little goes a long way! Thanks Lynnette 🙂

  9. I have to admit, I’ve always been a bit boring with my hair, nothing too wild… that being said, I love love love your blue ‘do! So cute! Btw, this cake is practically indecent. 😉 Curry is my jam and the idea of having it in dessert form is an idea I can get behind!

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