Maybe it’s because I grew up by the beach, being in the sun all the time. Or maybe it’s just because I LOVE being outside. But the smell of Hawaiian Tropic sunscreen brings a smile to my face. It reminds me of sun, and sand, and having fun. I can’t get enough of the smell, it takes every ounce of self control not to drink the stuff.
In southern California the weather is almost always nice. But that doesn’t always mean it’s ‘laying out’ worthy. So when the sun starts to warm up and laying out is tolerable, I get wicked excited! I don’t know what I like more, laying out or coffee. Please don’t make me choose. Anyway, instead of drinking the bottle of Hawaiian Tropic I decided to make a cake that smelled and tasted like I imagine the sunscreen to taste. Voila, I did it.
I mean really, if you love coconut, or even if you don’t, you will after a bite of this scrumptious cake. The coconut isn’t TOO strong. The cake is super sweet and dense and the crust almost has a slight crunch because of the sugar caramelizing on the outside while it bakes. Not a crunch in a bad way, i don’t know how to describe it, it’s just freaking GOOD! PERFECT with some fresh strawberries or pineapple and big honkin dollop of whip cream.
Speaking of laying out, sunscreen and bikinis, I even used fat free condensed milk. You know, you gotta cut those calories when and if you can. And in this recipe, fat free totally works!