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Old 07-25-2011, 09:24 AM   #31
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Linda,

When you say you ground unsweetened cocconut do you just mean the bag of cocconut that you get in the baking aisle? Is that what kent used to make this cake? Will I need more that one bag of the unsweetened cocconut?( if indeed thats what I am supposed to use)I am hoping to make this tonight or later this week.
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Old 07-25-2011, 09:46 AM   #32
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Should I assume the NI is based off of liquid splenda? I have a liquid sweetener (kroger brand) But it does not look like the one in the video at all. It comes in a bottle similair to an glass coke bottle.
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Okay, so I did not watch the video, I was lazy and wrote down the instructions that Soobee typed in for us (thanks!). But do you soften the cream cheese and butter or are they melted, or cream cheese (as is usually) softened and the butter melted? Thanks.
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Should I assume the NI is based off of liquid splenda? I have a liquid sweetener (kroger brand) But it does not look like the one in the video at all. It comes in a bottle similair to an glass coke bottle.
I have that one too. I bought it right when I was starting all of this. It is not splenda, it is saccharin. I won't buy it again, but I am using it up and mixing it in with other sweeteners when I bake. Unfortunately, it will take a LOOOOOONG time to use this bottle up.

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Linda,

When you say you ground unsweetened cocconut do you just mean the bag of cocconut that you get in the baking aisle? Is that what kent used to make this cake? Will I need more that one bag of the unsweetened cocconut?( if indeed thats what I am supposed to use)I am hoping to make this tonight or later this week.
Just make very sure it says UNsweetened. Linda says the packages look similar if purchasing from Kroger. I will look this week, but if I can't find it Whole Foods sells it in bulk.
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Yes, I did grind my own "flour" or ground coconut in my coffee grinder. (I was not aware of the difference between almond flour and coconut flour -- about 95% of the time I grind my own (almond and coconut) simply because of readiness of supplies as opposed to having to buy specialized products.

As for how much, raw coconut went to get 3/4 cup. Good question, I ground a whole 5 oz bag, and had partial sandwich ziploc bag leftover of ground coconut. If I had to guess, it would have been about 3 oz.
And one more post (sorry, too chatty today!), but Kent, I looked at your progress pics. You look amazing! Wow, from your first picture to your final goal weight. And it looks like you have kept it off for quite a long time. Congratulations and thaks for this wonderful looking cake! As someone said, it is good enough to serve anyone!
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I have that one too. I bought it right when I was starting all of this. It is not splenda, it is saccharin. I won't buy it again, but I am using it up and mixing it in with other sweeteners when I bake. Unfortunately, it will take a LOOOOOONG time to use this bottle up.

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So Tilly what are you going to use for the splenda in the recipe. Do you think that liquid sweetner I have will give it a poor taste. I have never really used it before.
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So Tilly what are you going to use for the splenda in the recipe. Do you think that liquid sweetner I have will give it a poor taste. I have never really used it before.
If you have not opened it and have the receipt, I would take it back. I have: the generic brand of Splenda, have powdered and liquid Stevia, have Ideal white and brown, and Truvia. Whew! And I plan on purchasing the liquid sucralose. That's a cabinet shelf full. Someday I want shelves somewhere just for all this LC stuff, cause I plan on doing this forever.

As for using it in this recipe, hmmm. I just tasted it right from the bottle. It seemed quite bitter to me, but maybe if it is combined with other sweeteners it would work, not sure. But if you want to try it in this recipe you would only need 2 tablespoons to equal the one cup of sugar.
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Linda,

When you say you ground unsweetened cocconut do you just mean the bag of cocconut that you get in the baking aisle? Is that what kent used to make this cake? Will I need more that one bag of the unsweetened cocconut?( if indeed thats what I am supposed to use)I am hoping to make this tonight or later this week.
I used just the raw unsweetened (sometimes called dessicated) coconut found in the baking aisle. I put that in my little coffee grinder, shook it a couple times after starting to get all "chips" or flakes ground, and put it into my ziplock bag. One 5 oz bag, which is the size I normally saw, is sufficient although I use this ground coconut quite a bit to lighten (in texture) other ground almond dishes.
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Okay, so I did not watch the video, I was lazy and wrote down the instructions that Soobee typed in for us (thanks!). But do you soften the cream cheese and butter or are they melted, or cream cheese (as is usually) softened and the butter melted? Thanks.
I do soften my cream cheese and butter before starting, but the butter is not melted. Sometimes 10-15 seconds in the microwave, or just on the counter for 30-45 minutes to make it easier to work with. I do sometimes work with Neufchatel cheese more than full fat cream cheese simply because it is less stiff.

Re: progress pics, thank you. Somedays it is tough to remember just how far I have come in the last 7 years since starting the diet. I would never have guessed 7 years ago I'd voluntarily run 4-5 miles a night, let alone a marathon.
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So Kent...what other great recipes are you hiding from the rest of us???? Thanks so much. Making this tonight as a TEST to determine if I want to serve it on Friday! Dare I say this will be dangerous...but I think DH and DS will love it too! :blush:
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YUM! This look great.
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This looks great! I have to buy the coconut first, then I think I'll split the batter into two baking pans for two smaller cakes, one will be strawberry and the other lemon!
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I am making this tonight. I am a little worried about my cocconut because it so dryish. But maybe its supposed to be. It did not see wet like another poster had said. The sweetened one DID feel wet in the bag though.
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I am making this tonight. I am a little worried about my cocconut because it so dryish. But maybe its supposed to be. It did not see wet like another poster had said. The sweetened one DID feel wet in the bag though.

Did you grind it up? See post #20 on this thread.
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This looks great! I have to buy the coconut first, then I think I'll split the batter into two baking pans for two smaller cakes, one will be strawberry and the other lemon!
If you stacked these together I think you'd get a strawberry lemonade flavor. YUM!
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Did you grind it up? See post #20 on this thread.
yep ground it in my coffee maker.But figured I better make it tomorrow seeing as by the time we got dinner doen it was 8pm.
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Hey Kent,
You should be the next Food network Star....they need a low carb show again.
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yep ground it in my coffee maker.But figured I better make it tomorrow seeing as by the time we got dinner doen it was 8pm.
Let us know how it turned out and pictures if you can. (of course it goes without saying that we will all come to your house to test it as well, ha! )
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I made this last night, unfortunately, DH convinced me that the coconut flakes, because they were very finely shredded, didn't need to be ground. The cake is dense and flakey...which is DH's fault but the flavor is good. Next time I will definitely grind the flakes..... Did anyone else's cake turn out fairly dense?
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Dh thought that it would be better garnished with crushed pineapple...I said, well that would add carbs! What does he know! LOL
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Linda,

When you say you ground unsweetened cocconut do you just mean the bag of cocconut that you get in the baking aisle? Is that what kent used to make this cake? Will I need more that one bag of the unsweetened cocconut?( if indeed thats what I am supposed to use)I am hoping to make this tonight or later this week.
I just checked and my bag is 5 ounces. It takes 2 1/2 ounces to get the 3/4 cup of coconut flour that Kent's recipe calls for. So, you'd only need half a bag. My coconut felt very DRY and brittle before I ground it in my coffee grinder. It felt wet AFTER grinding it.
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zipp... I think this would be good with SF pineapple jello. I'm not sure if this flavor exists in SF, but I think it does.
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Dh thought that it would be better garnished with crushed pineapple...I said, well that would add carbs! What does he know! LOL
Excuse me, but it sounds like YOU are baking that cake, unless you asked for DH's help
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I just checked and my bag is 5 ounces. It takes 2 1/2 ounces to get the 3/4 cup of coconut flour that Kent's recipe calls for. So, you'd only need half a bag. My coconut felt very DRY and brittle before I ground it in my coffee grinder. It felt wet AFTER grinding it.
Thanks for the location, Linda, I found ONE bag at Kroger's today of the unsweetened. Must be some lowcarbfriends in this area of Richmond and a lot of Poke cakes will be made this week, yum! (wish I could be the official taste tester )
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Tilly, he was sort of helping me plus he and DS were helping me eat it! I had a slice this morning for my morning snack. I didn't put whipping cream on it, just a few strawberries. It kept the hunger away till lunch time! I think I will have another slice tomorrow morning!

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yep ground it in my coffee maker.But figured I better make it tomorrow seeing as by the time we got dinner doen it was 8pm.
OMG coffee maker! lol. I used my coffee GRINDER.
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Not sure what I did wrong but it was really dry and did not taste good.
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okay- how do you grind up coconut for use as flour? i would like to make the cake. sue
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okay- how do you grind up coconut for use as flour? i would like to make the cake. sue
Kent posted a video in this post: How to grind your own nut flours
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