Blood Orange & Coconut Velvet Cake with Whipped Cream and Cream Cheese Frosting and DIY Desserts at 18 Reasons

by Irvin on April 1, 2013 · 13 comments

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Blood Orange & Coconut Cake with Whipped Cream & Cream Cheese Frosting for 18 Reason's DIY Dessert. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

“Who made this cake, the one with the coconut?” asked someone at the 18 Reasons DIY desserts event that I was hosting a few weeks ago. I fessed up that it was mine and she gushed that the flavors were fabulous. I had based it on my favorite Red Velvet Cake recipe, but instead of using three bottles of red food coloring, I went a more natural route and reduced blood orange juice down to a thick syrup and then used that to flavor and color the cake. She was impressed and said she thought the flavor combination was spot on, and she wasn’t the only one. I was pretty proud of my Blood Orange & Coconut Velvet Cake with Whipped Cream and Cream Cheese Frosting, one of a number of wonderful cakes that were sampled at our event.

Blood Orange & Coconut Cake with Whipped Cream & Cream Cheese Frosting for 18 Reason's DIY Dessert. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

Blood Orange & Coconut Cake with Whipped Cream & Cream Cheese Frosting for 18 Reason's DIY Dessert. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

DIY Desserts is a quarterly event that happens at 18 Reasons, an awesome nonprofit community space around the corner that I host with my friend Melanie. Four times a year we open the doors to the public to bring their own baked goods and let other people come and sample the desserts. March’s theme was cakes and I enjoyed every single slice. My co-host Melanie brought a banana infused “caketastophy” which I personally thought looked beautiful. Granted the glaze did drip a bit while she walked it over with her boyfriend (he had to change shirts because the glaze got all over it, thus the caketastrophy) but it was insanely moist and intensely banana in flavor and I thought it looked rustically gorgeous.

18 Reasons' DIY Dessert Cake event. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

18 Reasons' DIY Dessert Cake event. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

18 Reasons' DIY Dessert Cake event. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

18 Reasons' DIY Dessert Cake event. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

My friend Nimisha, of Club Dine In, brought a gluten free cake with rose and oranges, made with almond flour and rice flour. It was a wonderful balance of savory and sweet with just the perfect tender bite. There was strawberry pound cake that had me thrilled that Spring with all its bountiful fruit was around the corner. And I adored the sticky sweet olive oil cake with honey and Grand Marnier syrup. Of course, I love anything with honey, so that was a given.

18 Reasons' DIY Dessert Cake event. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

18 Reasons' DIY Dessert Cake event. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

18 Reasons' DIY Dessert Cake event. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

The classics were not ignored with an all American yellow cake with chocolate frosting and an assortment of sprinklesl sugars and chocolate chips that regular DIYer Ann brought. Ann, by the way, is the ambassador for the Jamie Oliver Food Revolution Day here in the SF Bay Area. You can learn more about her Italian themed day at their website and facebook page. And last minute addition to the cake party was Diana, of the blog Diana Bakes who brought a caramel burnt sugar bundt cake fresh from the oven. In fact, Diana had called our fearless leader Rosie, the Executive Director of 18 Reasons and told her that she was sticking the cake in the oven right as the event was starting and she would get there as soon as she could. She came bearing the fruits of her labor at the last half hour and everyone dived right in.

18 Reasons' DIY Dessert Cake event. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

18 Reasons' DIY Dessert Cake event. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

18 Reasons' DIY Dessert Cake event. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

18 Reasons' DIY Dessert Cake event. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

In the end, as always, everyone left the event with a happy smile on our face from eating cake and chatting with friends, old and new. I’m thrilled to host the DIY Dessert event every three months at 18 Reasons and I can’t wait until the next one, Saturday June 15th, from 2-4pm. The theme will be pies (to take advantage of all the awesome summer fruit) so I hope to see everyone there!

18 Reasons' DIY Dessert Cake event. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

18 Reasons' DIY Dessert Cake event. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. www.eatthelove.com

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Cookin Canuck April 1, 2013 at 5:53 am

What a fun and utterly heavenly event! I can see why your cake was such a hit. Reducing the blood orange juice was an inspired move.

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Belinda @zomppa April 1, 2013 at 6:17 pm

I can’t handle it either!! Love everything about it.

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Nimisha Ambati April 1, 2013 at 6:40 pm

You and Melissa always do a wonderful job at DIY Desserts. I think the first time we met was at the DIY ice cream social a few years ago! I really got into using blood oranges this year. I’ve used them in salads, savory sauces, and desserts. Just a slight correction, I used quinoa flour in my cake, not almond flour. :-) Hopefully, we will see each other before the next event. xoxo

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Nimisha Ambati April 1, 2013 at 6:41 pm

Not sure why I typed Melissa. I do mean Melanie!

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Miss Kim @ behgopa April 2, 2013 at 1:38 am

Look at all those happy smiles. Cake always makes people happy. I wish I could have been there. I am impressed that you enjoyed every single slice! Really?? Not a single bad cake? Or at least one that was mediocre, tasteless, could have been better? When a large group of people bring their own homemade dish, it’s not uncommon nor surprising that at least one (or more) is below the standard “good”.

But if each and every slice was delicious…WOW! That is a bunch of talented people that know how to bake.

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Irvin April 6, 2013 at 1:11 pm

Well, to be honest, there WERE some slices of cake that I liked better than others, but it was more a matter of personal taste than anything else, because all the cakes were pretty darn good. I can’t say that any of them were mediocre or tasteless!

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Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) April 2, 2013 at 5:39 am

You seriously always use blood oranges in the most incredible way! Gorgeous cake!

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Irvin April 6, 2013 at 1:10 pm

Thank you! I’m slightly obsessed with blood oranges so when the season comes around, I buy them by the bagful and then scramble to use them before they go bad!

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Arthur in the Garden! April 2, 2013 at 6:10 am

Always wonderful!

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Linda | The Urban Mrs April 2, 2013 at 10:59 am

Gorgeous! Love every bite of it. It’s always fun visiting your blog and reading your posts, very exciting. :)

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Nancy @ gottagetbaked April 2, 2013 at 9:49 pm

What a fabulous event! I wish I lived in town and could participate. This cake looks to die for and the flavour combination is kick ass. I love that you tried colouring the cake naturally – I’ve stayed away from making red velvet because the dye freaks me out!

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Lora @cakeduchess April 16, 2013 at 10:44 am

Oh, so pretty! Love this moist and gorgeous cake, Irvin. That event looks like a blast and all those cakes…where to start?:)

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Kirsten December 2, 2013 at 11:42 am

Irvin,
Blood orange reduction works better than my shredded beet attempts. They keep baking up orange, though in pizza dough the brilliant color shines through.

Thanks for giving me the link to include in my upcoming Band Fruit Fundraiser Recipe Round Up! It will be published on 12/4/2013!

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