Danish Dream Cake – Easy Coconut Caramel Cake
Nov 07, 2020, Updated May 06, 2023
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Danish Dream Cake – Easy Coconut Caramel Cake – is a light, springy cake with decadent coconut caramel topping, is an easy, delicious dessert that is a crowd pleaser!
This easy Coconut Caramel Cake is so delicious – it’s like a dream! Based off a traditional Danish Cream Cake recipe as tasted on my travels to Copenhagen Denmark.
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I was recently in Copenhagen Denmark for the beginning of an epic trip of a lifetime – an 11 day cruise around the Baltic Sea with Princess Cruises.
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We’re hitting Germany, Norway, Estonia, Russia, Finland, and Sweden – such a dream!
Copenhagen was one of my favorite stops though – the city is dotted with lovely streets full of pretty pastels and perfect cobblestones. It’s like a Hans Christian Andersen fairytale come to life – I can see why he was so inspired having lived in Copenhagen!
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About Danish Dream Cake (Coconut Caramel Cake):
Denmark is FULL of amazingly delicious baked goods and pastries – but none more enjoyable with a nice cup of coffee as the Danish Dream Cake, in my opinion.
This light and springy sponge cake topped with a coconut caramel sauce is sweet – but not overly sweet – and is perfect as a coffee cake alternative when you’re looking for a unique treat!
The Danish name for this coconut caramel cake is drømmekage – which literally translates to “dream cake” – and is just a simple sponge cake that is “sealed” with a coconut caramel topping.
This cake is so simple, you probably already have all of the ingredients on hand – no trip to Denmark for exotic supplies needed.
Though really, why wouldn’t you want to head to Denmark to sample some of this delicious cake along one of Copenhagen’s fabulously beautiful canals?
I am ready to go back immediately – everything in Denmark (dream cake included) was an absolute dream. The food is spectacular, everyone is incredibly nice and warm, and the views are breathtaking.
And really – the pastries.
Everything I ate was incredible in Denmark…. I’m so glad this easy cake is a perfect way to get back in a Danish state of mind, at least for a moment!
Tips to a Perfect Coconut Caramel Cake Topping:
This light and airy sponge-like cake is a perfect treat on it’s own – but the coconut caramel topping on a Danish Dream Cake is to die for!
While the caramel topping can seem intimidating, it is super easy to make with a couple tips and tricks:
- Let caramel sauce get a lovely deep brown color.
- For the best caramel sauce, give it time to develop a nice deep brown color.
- Turn off heat when adding milk.
- To prevent your sauce from seizing up later, I find its best to turn heat off when adding milk (return to heat the second it’s mixed in.)
- Add milk slowly to prevent scalding.
- To prevent your milk from scalding, stir it in slowly and stir vigorously.
- Stir the caramel often to prevent burning.
- Don’t just let your caramel sit on the stove the whole time – or it will be a burnt sticky mess! Stir often to help encourage the sugar to break down and keep it from sticking to the bottom of the pan and burning.
- Don’t add coconut until caramel sauce is formed.
- To prevent the coconut’s sugar from burning, AND to keep the coconut’s flavor and texture, don’t add until the sauce is already caramelized and thick.
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Easy Danish Dream Cake (Caramel Coconut Cake) Recipe
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- 250 g flour
- 250 g sugar
- 4 tbsp butter
- 3 eggs
- 2 dl milk
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp vanilla
For the topping:
- 8 tbsp butter
- 1/2 dl milk
- 200 g brown sugar
- 100 g coconut flakes, sweetened
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- In a small bowl, mix flour and baking powder.
- In a large bowl, whisk eggs and sugar until light and fluffy.
- Melt butter in a small saucepan and remove from heat, adding milk in as you pull it off the stove.
- Add milk and butter to egg and sugar, whisk to incorporate fully.
- Add vanilla.
- Add flour and baking soda, and fold.
- Pour into parchment lined 9 x 13 baking pan or silicone cake pan.
- Bake for 20 minutes.
- While cake is baking make the topping, melt butter in saucepan.
- Stir in milk and brown sugar and let boil about 1 minute.
- Remove from heat and stir in coconut.
- Remove cake from oven (it should be lightly browned and firmed up.)
- Pour topping over cake and return to oven to bake another 10 minutes.
- Let cool slightly and serve.
Nutrition InformationYield 12 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 404Total Fat 16gSaturated Fat 11gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 81mgSodium 243mgCarbohydrates 60gFiber 1gSugar 43gProtein 6g
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