Doan's Bakery's coconut and white chocolate bundt cake is legendary in Hollywood circles. It is the cake that Tom Cruise sends around to his nearest and dearest associates every year. This is a delicious version of the coconut bundt cake inspired by the Doan's Bakery "Cruise Coconut Cake". With white chocolate and sour cream to keep it moist and a dreamy cream cheese frosting and lashings of shredded coconut it's the cake that inspired an obsession!
A friend sent me an article on this cake a few weeks ago and it immediately intrigued me. I fell down a wormhole of information about this cake. Each year Tom Cruise's people apparently purchase around 200 or 300 of these cakes from Doan's Bakery. Doan's is owned by Karen Doan and is located on Ventura Blvd in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles. Some of the famous past recipients of this coconut cake are Henry Cavill, Rosie O'Donnell, Jimmy Fallon, Angela Bassett, John Hamm, Graham Norton and Kirsten Dunst. Kirsten Dunst calls it one of the best cakes she has ever had while Tom Hanks said, "This cake is so great you can really only have it once a year," on an episode of Mythical Kitchen.
Apparently his plane delivers these across the Atlantic to recipients in the UK and Europe each Christmas. One Guardian journalist made it his mission to receive one of these cakes. He succeeded actually snagging two and while we can't all get on Tom Cruise's cake list, you can buy it from Doan's Bakery for $50 or for $125 from Goldbelly, a delivery service for popular American foods. Apparently this "Cruise coconut cake" helps keep the small bakery in business. And you can bet next time I go to Los Angeles I am buying myself one of these cakes and probably eating the whole thing in my hotel room.
In the meantime as Goldbelly doesn't ship overseas (and even if they did I'm sure I could not afford the shipping) this is a coconut white chocolate bundt cake modelled on the Doan's Coconut Bundt Cake. Obviously the recipe is a closely guarded secret although a quick look at the photos and the ingredients suggests that there is sour cream in this cake which makes sense to keep it so moist. The Doan's Bakery cake is actually white in colour which is hard to achieve with eggs and butter. I used a white food colouring powder that colours food white.
There was much excitement in the house when it came to baking day. I had told Mr NQN about the Tom Cruise cake and the story behind it and he loves a good story as much as anyone else. We were both intrigued to try it. And it turned out nobody was more excited than little Milo Elliott.
The night before I took the eggs and butter out of the fridge to come to temperature. That morning after he had eaten his breakfast (and he gets fed well but try reasoning with a dog about their rations!) while we were both upstairs sipping our morning cup of tea, Milo was suspiciously quiet. "Where is Milo?" Mr NQN said and I looked around. Milo is usually either suctioned to one of us or just outside for a quick minute doing his morning pee. He is never far away and we hadn't seen him for a good 15 minutes.
Mr NQN went downstairs to the kitchen and called up to me. "What's the thing in the gold foil?" he said eyeing an empty gold foil wrapper on Milo's bed. It turned out that our little boy had somehow grabbed the butter that I had set out for this bundt cake off the top of the kitchen island. This is no small feat as he is very small and the island is very tall. In his stealthy fashion, it was all done in silence. It had not come crashing to the ground like it should have and our tiny 5kg boy had eaten around 100g of salted butter! I called the vet straight away and they told us to watch and wait and see if he was vomiting or had an upset tummy (TMI but he regurgitated it during his walk that afternoon along with his breakfast). And you can bet that when this cake was pulled out of the oven, it was put far away from the edge of the kitchen island and covered well so that any theft would come with a lot of noise!
So tell me Dear Reader, have you ever heard of this Tom Cruise Coconut Cake? Do you like bundt cakes?