Cake: Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). Butter
and flour (or spray with a non stick vegetable/flour spray) an 8 inch (20 cm)
square baking pan.
In a bowl, sift or whisk together the flour,
baking powder, and salt.
Place the milk and butter in a small saucepan
and heat until hot.
Meanwhile, in the
bowl of your electric mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment (or with a hand
mixer), beat the eggs, sugar,
and vanilla extract, on medium high speed, until thick,
pale yellow, and fluffy. Add
the flour mixture and beat until smooth. Scrape down the sides and
bottom of the bowl as needed.
Add the hot milk mixture and beat only until combined and smooth.
batter into your prepared pan, smoothing the top with an offset spatula or the
back of a spoon. Bake for about 25 - 30 minutes,
or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean.
(The cake will have risen, turned a beautiful golden brown, and is just
beginning to pull away from the sides of the pan.) Remove from the oven and place on a wire rack.
While the cake is
baking prepare the Broiled Frosting. Place all the frosting ingredients
(except the coconut)
in a small saucepan and stir, over medium heat, until melted and the mixture
just comes to a boil. Remove from heat and stir in the coconut. Immediately pour
the hot frosting over the warm baked cake. Then place the cake under the broiler
until the frosting is bubbling and brown. Watch carefully so it doesn't burn.
or at room temperature.
Makes about 9
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