The Ultimate Coconut Cake

Rise and shine. For some reason unknown to me I am awake at 6:05 on a Saturday morning. Hopefully this means I can get an early start and be super productive today!

Rewinding 24 hours back to yesterday, here’s how Friday went down.

I woke up to a cold bowl of overnight oats.

Overnight Oats

Twas a delicious blend:

  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk, 1/4 cup water
  • 1 T chia seeds
  • 1 T Sunwarrior brown rice chocolate protein powder
  • Vanilla bean
  • Cinnamon

Work was fun. There was an estate sale going on 2 doors down so a co-worker and I were able to check that out on our mid-morning “smoke” break. 🙂 I got 2 Giro bike helmets for quite a steal, so now there’s no reason to deny Isaac’s request to bike places.

For lunch my co-worker and I went to celebrate her 60th birthday at Olio, a little European Market. She had never been before and I fell in love the first time I visited the place so I wanted her to try it out.

There’s so many interesting sandwiches and salads on their lunch menu I couldn’t decide what to get so I stuck with the same thing I ordered last time because I knew it was heavenly, the veggie hummus wrap.

Veggie Hummus Wrap

Garlic hummus, basil, red peppers, roasted tomatoes, artichoke hearts and greens were stuffed into a thin grilled wrap. It did not disappoint and neither did my co-worker’s lamb wrap. We both really enjoyed our little lunch outing.

After work Isaac and I both were quite hungry, which was perfect because I had Gina’s Eggplant Curry slow cooking all day and our house smelled like an Indian restaurant when we walked in. Too bad I can’t have a different Indian dish cooking in the crock pot each day, because I could really get used to coming home to a curry filled house. 🙂


The curry turned out great. It was flavorful and spicy – I used 1/4 t. of cayenne pepper as listed in the recipe. The only thing I would recommend to add is a little tomato paste or thickening powder, like arrowroot, because mine turned out a tad runny. Although, this may have happened because I didn’t drain my diced tomatoes well enough. I’m excited to buy some naan today and try the leftovers, as I’m sure it will be even better today once the flavors have had a chance to really meld together.

After our little Indian feast we swung by Balliceaux to wish Happy 40th Birthday to a friend and fellow social media lover, whom I met via Twitter. I had a glass of Pinot Noir while mingling with folks at the party.

The highlight of the night (maybe day!) was definitely the b-day girl’s specially requested cake, which was toted by her sister all the way from South Carolina.

The Ultimate Coconut Cake from Peninsula Grill in Charleston, SC.

“Twelve layers of pure indulgence, The Ultimate Coconut Cake is infused with coconut and fresh vanilla. Unlike most traditional coconut cakes, the pound cake center is topped with an icing made from cream and butter, coated in toasted coconut and dripping with simple syrup.”

The Ultimate Coconut Cake

How amazing does it look? Well times that thought by 100 and that’s how amazing it tastes. Seriously! Isaac and I spilt a large piece and savored each bite. The layers of icing and the toasted coconut topping make it one the best, if not THE BEST, coconut cake I’ve ever tasted!

And apparently the cake is famous in the culinary world considering Bobby Flay has been quoted saying “All time favorite dessert”, Martha Stewart – “The richest filling, and the best ingredients…” and The New York Times – “A little slice of heaven…”

Just so you know, you don’t have to live in SC to taste this, you can order the cake and have it delivered directly to your house. Just thought I would throw that out there.

Isaac and went to a friend’s house and hung out for a while, then rented a movie and snuggled on the couch for the evening. And when I say snuggle I mean cried like a baby all night because of how sad the movie Precious was. Oh my goodness, this movie is good, but it’s simply heart wrenching to watch…. It makes you really appreciate the small things in life, like having parents who love and provide for you.

Alright, I am off to enjoy Saturday to it’s fullest. I hope you plan to do the same. I’ll be back later with a special Yoga post.


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  1. I love overnight oats as well!! Recently i began to use a lot of buckwheat in place of oats and love it and the texture so much! Do you have any recipes for overnight buckwheat porridge?

  2. Sounds like a great day with friends! That sandwich sounds amazing! Coconut cake is one of our favorites here! That was looks sinful!! I have avoided that movie for a time when I need a good cry. I figured that is what I would be doing during most of it! We watched “When a Man Loves a Woman” (one of our favorites for many years, but it has been a while since we saw it last) and I cried during the whole thing! Have a great weekend!

  3. Thanks for coming out to celebrate my bday! Glad to finally meet Isaac. I dug into the cake last night after we got home. The rest is in the freezer. Is my will power about to be tested or what?

  4. I love waking up on a Saturday, getting my run in, and crossing off to-do list items. Then when about 4 o’clock rolls around, I’m ready for a lazy night. That cake looks Ahh-mazing! I LOVE coconut cakes. I haven’t seen Precious yet and don’t know if I will based on how sad everyone says it is. Is is worth seeing, even though it’s sad? Have a great day!

  5. I love Coconut Cake. This looks amazing. I have really very enjoy reading your posts. I will make it in lunch for my daughter to take school. Thank you so much.

  6. mmmmmmmmmm! coconut cake! that sounds yummy!!!

    I am also digging your spring rolls and peanut tofu from your last post!! Can I come over for dinner?

    P.S. sorry bout that cookie recipe?! That is sooo odd!! I clearly wrote EATING BIRD FOOD at the top of my recipe notebook page!!!

  7. That cake looks insane! I have a recipe for a carrot cake that has coconut white chocolate cream cheese icing. I feel like it could compete.. perhaps I’ll make it for mothers day tomorrow and brag to the health world about it on Monday.. (no?!)

  8. Hellooo! I had to wake up early as well 😀 That coconut cake sounds amazing. I LOVE COCONUT!!! And Olio–love that place. Actually, I haven’t been there since their name changed but oh well. OH! And this past week I’ve gone to Ipanema twice and I thought of you each time hehehe. Hope all is well my love!


  9. up early too….
    mm..that indian dish looks good. never tried any indian dishes…that may have to be something I add to my “summer cooking list” lol…
    That cake also looks heavenly..funny I just did a post on coconut too!!!….You would not believe how many health benifits coconut has..I’m definatly going to work it in to my diet more often!!!!

  10. What a lovely day. And what a way to top it off with a slice of that amazing cake!!!! I would have not been trusted to share with my hubby. I have a feeling he would have had a hard time stealing any little bites from me. 😉

    Have a great Saturday!!!

  11. Morning fellow early bird!
    That cake looks so friggin delish! Sadly, my food allergies would not allow me to try any? I have a great imagination, so I can pretend! 😀
    Figure out what to do with your rhubarb yet?
    Have a good one 🙂

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