Friday, July 22

Two - {Piña Colada Cake}

It’s funny – I’m more reflective of the past year now, on my second blogging anniversary, than I was on my birthday.

It seems a lot of things have changed since this time last year. I was passionate about blogging then, but I’m certainly taking Whisk Kid more seriously than ever before. Maintaining – with a few hiccups – a weekly posting schedule has really helped me realize how much I love doing this, and also how much I love being able to share recipes, stories and photos with all of you, my dear readers. In this past year, blogging has become less of a hobby and more of a lifestyle.

I like it.

It probably went unnoticed - although I think that’s probably for the best - but I recently switched the blog over to from my previous blogspot address. The transition was very exciting and fulfilling for me, of course, but with the seamlessness of the switch, it’s now little more than a happy detail I’m thrilled to share with you! As a note, blogger kindly redirects all traffic to the new address, so there’s no need to worry, change bookmarks or change subscriptions.

It’s difficult to believe I’ve spent two years of my life with this hobby tagging along with me. Like a virtual scrapbook, I’m so fortunate to be able to look over the past year in remembrance. To reminisce but also look forward; happy for the good times I’ve had and eager to experience the ones that still lie ahead.

I don’t know exactly what is in store for the future of Whisk Kid. I wish I could tell you I was writing a cookbook or shooting a movie or designing a line of cutesy coffee mugs.

But I’m not. And that’s ok!

What I am going to do is just this.

Being me.

Being honest.

Being “real,” as is so commonly said.

I think over the years you’ve grown to expect only this from me.

Which is as it should be.

Thank you for seeing me through year number two!

Piña Colada Cake via Sky High
The author of this book uses and alternative to the creaming method for making her cakes. Don't be afraid to try it - it turns out fabulously! This recipe was a big hit!
Makes one 3-layer 9" cake.

Printable Recipe

Pineapple-Lime Filling

1 (567 g) can crushed pineapple in juice (no sugar added)
1 c (198 g) sugar
1/4 c (59 ml) lime juice (from about 2 limes)
1 tsp vanilla

Combine the pineapple, sugar and lime juice in a small saucepan. Bring the ingredients to a simmer, stirring frequently. Cook until most of the liquid has evaporated and the pineapple has a jam-like consistency. Remove from heat and allow to cool completely before using.

Brown Sugar Cake

1 3/4 c (414 ml) buttermilk*, divided
5 eggs, room temp
2 tsp vanilla
3 3/4 c (532 g) flour
1 3/4 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 1/4 c (319 g) brown sugar
1 c (237 g) butter

Preheat your oven to 350F. Oil and line three 9" cake pans and set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together 1/4 cup of buttermilk, the eggs and the vanilla. Set aside.

Combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. Add the brown sugar, butter, and 1 1/2 cups of the buttermilk, and mix on low to incorporate. When evenly combined, beat on medium speed until light and fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes.

Pour 1/3 of the egg mixture into the batter and beat just to combine. When fully incorporated, scrape down the sides of the bowl and add another 1/3. Repeat until all of the egg mixture has been added. Divide the batter amongst the prepared pans and bake 25-28 minutes, or until the top springs back when lightly pressed. Cool cakes in pans on a rack for 10 minutes, then remove from pans, wrap in plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator to cool (doing so will ensure that the cake stays moist), about 4 hours.

*If you do not have buttermilk, pour 1 tablespoon of vinegar or lemon juice into your measuring cup before measuring the first cup. Pour that into a separate bowl and add the remaining milk. Let set about five minutes before using, allowing the milk to curdle slightly.

Coconut Swiss Meringue Buttercream
Click for step-by-step instructions on making Swiss Meringue Buttercream

3 egg whites
1 c (198 g) sugar
1 c + 4 tbsp (170 g) butter, cubed and at room temp
2/3 c (156 ml) unsweetened coconut milk
1 1/2 tsp coconut extract

In a double boiler, cook the egg whites and sugar, whisking constantly, until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and whip on high speed (with a stand mixer or an hand-held one) until room temp, 10-15 minutes. Lower speed to medium and begin adding the butter, piece by piece, waiting about 10 seconds before adding the next to ensure that it is fully incorporated. After all the butter has been added, return mixer to high speed and beat until the buttercream comes together and becomes light and fluffy, about five minutes. Add the coconut milk in several additions, scraping down the bowl well after each one. Beat in the extract and use.


Put on layer of cake on your cake stand and cover with 1/2 of the Pineapple-Lime filling. Top with another layer of cake and spread that with the remaining filling. Put on the top layer and frost with the Coconut Swiss Meringue Buttercream. Cover sides with toasted coconut, if desired.


  1. I absolutely love your blog, Kaitlin. You have an excellent blogging 'voice' that keeps readers engaged and interested. Congratulations on two years of blogging! I always look forward to seeing a new post from you in my google reader. :)

  2. This looks delicious. My husband would love it. Happy blogiversary!

  3. This is so beautiful and looks delicious!!! Pina coladas are my alltime favorite!!

  4. Yum. The coconut buttercream and toasted bits look fabulous. Happy 2nd birthday to Whisk Kid!

  5. I just made this for my birthday last week! And the same thing happened last year with the peach melba cake :)

  6. I thought it was great, but I felt like the coconut milk made the frosting taste sort of waxy.

  7. I love your blog!! And yes you are honest and straight forward!!
    Thank you and I will continue following you!

  8. Happy blog-iversary!! I love coming here and seeing what amazing things you've created! :-)

  9. Happy blogiversary! Love your space on the internet, it's very inspiring. I must try this cake but I guarantee it will not look as nice as yours!

  10. I'm going to make this for myself for my birthday! I was going to make a pavlova with lemon curd and blueberries but as soon as I saw this plans were changed! :)

  11. This looks FABULOUS! The flavours must be absolutely divine together. Goodness im going to be dreaming of this cake and that amazing frosting i think :) Happy blogging anniversary! You have made it one truly beautiful blog in such a short amount of time and i cant wait to see what other lovely things you come up with!

  12. Congrats on completing two years. A beautiful blog full of beautiful ideas, thoughts, recipes, pictures and dreams - that is what this is all about - having fun.

  13. I wish you could tell me that you were writing a cookbook too!...I would love to have one. You are a delightful young lady and I love all your postings!

  14. I'm so happy that you're continuing with this blog. It's so fresh and interesting. Love your cakes. Love your comments.

    Best wishes.


  15. The cake looks so good. I love the butter cream recipe.

  16. Congratulations for your second bloganiversary!!!
    And this cake is perfectly yummy!
    Love the pictures!

  17. This goes without saying, your blog and dedication to it is amazing. the cake looks so professional :)

  18. Happy 2 years! And that cake looks just lovely :).

  19. Happy two years anniversary!!!!! wow, what an elegant way of making cakes!!!!!

  20. Happy 2 year anniversary! Thank you for all the great, great recipes!

  21. Thank you, thank you, thank you! You guys are so sweet!

  22. Happy blog birthday!!! Kaitlin, you are an inspiration!

  23. Happy blog anniversary! Love how your cakes look!

  24. I love having such a specific hobby as baking/blogging too. And I love seeing others who do, and who enjoy it SO much AND who are SO talented, like you are!!! Congrats on 2 years of blogging! Im totally lusting over every last detail of this cake!

  25. Congrats on 2 years!! I will definitely be trying this cake recipe for my boyfriend.. Pina Colada's are his hidden guilty pleasure! Thanks for stopping by my blog as well. Best wishes :)

  26. Happy 2 Year!! That is quite an accomplishment and I'm glad you're loving it still! This cake looks amazing!! I'm loving coconut lately so might have to give this a try!

  27. Happy blogiversary! Two years is amazing! And your cake looks fabulous - pina colada flavors are my favorite!

  28. This cake looks incredible! My bf's bday isn't until March, but I'm definitely bookmarking this recipe for his bday cake - he would LOVE it.

    - Maggie

  29. Happy 2nd blogging anniversary!!! Thank you for your lovely comment on my blog. I'm a newbie to this world and find such inspiration in others - happy to have found your blog too! This cake looks absolutely delicious, goodness...I love Pina Coladas...making a cake that tastes like! :) Looking forward to reading your posts as you continue your blogging journey!

    xo Emily

  30. Happy blogversary..:)
    cake recipe sounds amazing with lovely clicks..
    first time ur space..
    gorgeous recipe collection..
    Am your proud follower now..:)
    do stop by mine sometime..
    Tasty Appetite

  31. Happy blog anniversary! I can't wait to try this cake - sign me up for anything coconut and pineapple!

  32. hey.....lovely cake....just one thing if i do not have coconut extract will the buttercream not taste coconuty??? and should we use coconut milk only or coconut cream can be added instead!

    1. The buttercream won't taste much like coconut without the extract. Coconut cream might help though!


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