Coconut-Buttermilk Pound Cake

Needing a last minute recipe for your Christmas morning? I've got you covered! The most delicious and moist pound cake you've ever had. I promise, you won't disappoint with this added to the Christmas morning table. Even if it is cake! :) 2013-12-24_0024edit

What you need: 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pan 2 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled), plus more for pan 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon fine salt 1 cup granulated sugar 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 3 large eggs 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons buttermilk, divided 1 1/2 cups sweetened shredded coconut, toasted, divided 1 cup confectioners' sugar

Directions: Prep: Toast coconut in a 350-degree oven for 5 to 10 minutes, stirring often. Watch carefully when toasting; coconut can go from browned to burned before you know it.

Step One: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour a 4 1/2-by-8 1/2-inch loaf pan. Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. In a large bowl, using a mixer, beat butter and granulated sugar on medium-high until light and fluffy, 8 minutes, scraping down bowl as needed. Add vanilla, then eggs, one at a time, beating well and scraping down bowl. With mixer on low, add flour mixture in 3 additions, alternating with two 1/2-cup additions buttermilk, and beat until combined. With a rubber spatula, fold in 1 1/4 cups coconut.

Step Two: Transfer batter to pan and bake until a skewer inserted in center comes out with a few moist crumbs attached, 60 minutes. Let cool in pan on a wire rack set in a rimmed baking sheet, 1 hour. Remove cake from pan and let cool completely on rack. (Store at room temperature, wrapped in plastic, up to 4 days.)

Step Three: Whisk together confectioners' sugar and remaining 2 tablespoons buttermilk. Drizzle over cake and sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup coconut.

Photography & Styling: Ruth Eileen Photography Signage: Winifred Paper Wooden Server: Crate & Barrel Candle Stick Holders: CB2

Check back later today for the perfect pairing to this yummy pound cake... White Cranberry Mimosas!