I am not a southerner by any stretch, but I do so love the food they make down there. I've been thinking about trying to make a coconut cake for a while, and I just wanted to see some discussion on them. :D
The recipe focused on in this post seems like basically what I'm looking for. That said, I'm not particularly concerned about being 100% traditional, and I'd like to punch things up a bit.
I was considering various things to kick things up a notch, so to speak, and I wondered what people thought - obviously, I wouldn't want to do all these at once:
1. Make lime syrup and drizzle it over the cake layers before frosting
2. Add pecans to the center layer of frosting and as decoration on top
3. Work in more tropical fruits - pineapple and passion fruit come to mind - but how?
4. Use rum somehow - probably a syrup over the cake layers
I'm guessing any of those ideas would be tasty enough, but what would you do?