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How to make Tom Cruise’s Coconut Cake

This white chocolate and coconut cake was made using a recipe imitated from one of Tom Cruise’s favorite cakes. (Photo: Megane du Bois)

Having a slice of cake isn’t just for birthdays, especially when you’re friends with Top Gun: Maverick starring Tom Cruise. Just ask Doan’s Bakery, a Woodland Hills, California bakery that has been baking cakes, cookies, cheesecakes and more to keep visitors salivating for over 25 years.

While Doan’s is a favorite of locals and visitors alike, celebrities like Tom Cruise are also big fans. So big, in fact, that Cruise regularly treats his famous friends to the same cake from Doan’s Bakery. The cake is a decadent white chocolate coconut bundt cake, glazed with cream cheese frosting and topped with white coconut flakes. It is now known worldwide as the “Tom Cruise cake” after superstars like Angela Bassett and Jimmy Fallon publicly praised it.

The white chocolate and coconut bundt cake is so popular that a Yahoo editor waited two months for it to arrive via Goldbelly, a company that ships food and meal kits from restaurants across the country. His take: The cake is a “coconut dream come true” and “fully worth the hype.”

But what is the cost of this famous coconut goodness? At Goldbelly, Doan’s Bakery creation costs $110. Getting the cake straight from the bakery will cost around $50.

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The copycat version of the “Tom Cruise Cake” did not disappoint. It was moist on the inside and perfectly crispy on the outside thanks to the toasted coconut flakes. (Photo: Megane du Bois)

The white chocolate coconut cake, as it’s called on Doan’s Bakery’s official menu, has been available to customers since the bakery opened a quarter century ago, according to owner Eric Doan. bakery with his mother, Karen. “It’s almost embarrassing to say it’s probably been 25 years,” he told Yahoo Life. “And it just got more and more popular.”

Doan says his small business has become familiar with Cruise’s cake-ordering habits over the years. “For the past 10 or 11 years Odin Productions, which is actually Tom’s production company, would order them and give them away as gifts during the holidays or at the end of a movie shoot or something like that” , he shares, explaining that the production company usually orders a few hundred delicious cakes in October, so Doan’s Bakery has plenty of time to complete the order before the shipping deadline and the holiday season. charged. According to a 2015 Facebook post from delivery company 247 Delivers Inc., it looks like Cruise even thanked his delivery services for transporting the cakes by…that’s right…by giving them their own cake. .

But what makes this cake so good? Although Doan doesn’t share the list of ingredients that make the candy so tasty, he did let us in on a secret. “It’s just made with a lot of love, you know,” he says.

After discovering this sweet gift idea, I had to try making the cake myself, so I turned to a copycat recipe found on the online cooking blog Plain Chicken. Most of the recipe seemed quite simple and I already had most of the ingredients at home as I love to cook. But what I didn’t have was coconut extract and instant coconut cream pudding mix. Since the latter of the two was hard to find in my grocery store and the recipe mentioned vanilla pudding mix as a good swap, I opted for vanilla instead.

After getting all my ingredients ready, I fired up the oven and got to work putting the butter, sugar and extracts into my mixing bowls and beating the ingredients together until yellow. pale and super fluffy. Meanwhile, I used the wrappers of the butter sticks to grease my tube pan — a trick I learned from chef Christina Tosi when I was attending her Bake Club during the height of the pandemic.

Next are the eggs and the pudding mix: The recipe is very clear not to make the pudding according to the package directions because all you need is the mix. The cooking and baking tips website Chew the World states that adding pudding mix to cake adds more moisture to the final product and can help cakes stay fresh longer.

With everything incorporated, I mixed the white chocolate by hand, being careful not to over mix my batter, then put it in the greased and floured cake tin and put it in the oven for the time indicated, which was an hour and 30 minutes. When the cake is baked, I let it sit for about 15 minutes before unmolding it onto a cooling rack and transferring it to a plate.

Knowing that my frosting skills weren't important, as the cake would be covered in coconut flakes, made the baking experience a little less labor intensive.  (Photo: Megane du Bois)

Knowing that my frosting skills weren’t important, as the cake would be covered in coconut flakes, made the baking experience a little less labor intensive. (Photo: Megane du Bois)

While the cake was cooling, I made the cream cheese frosting: a fairly universal cream cheese frosting recipe made by mixing together butter, cream cheese, vanilla extract and sugar in powder. Once everything was mixed, I set the glaze aside to toast the coconut. This is where I noticed a big difference between Tom Cruise’s Dream Cake and the one I was creating.

In the photos of the original cake, the coconut is all white. Although Goldbelly’s description says the cake is covered in toasted coconut, it’s definitely not a golden, toasted color. Yet, because I was following the copycat recipe exactly, I toasted the coconut. I am a rule follower.

It was finally time to assemble the cake. I started by taking large scoops of frosting and spreading them evenly over the entire surface. The best part? My frosting job didn’t have to be pretty because it was going to be covered in sweet toasted coconut flakes.

My finished coconut cake, ready to impress my friends and family.  (Photo: Megane du Bois)

My finished coconut cake, ready to impress my friends and family. (Photo: Megane du Bois)

The end result of the cake was one I was very proud of, although I don’t think it was an exact dupe for the Doan’s one. I shared the cake with my family and everyone loved how good it was. The outside of the cake was slightly crispy thanks to the toasted coconut, which provided a nice textural contrast to the silky smooth icing. Both played well with the slightly dense and buttery cake.

What would I do differently next time? I definitely wouldn’t toast the coconut that long, if at all, if I was trying to make an exact replica of the Doan’s Bakery version. I would also bake the cake for less time, knowing that other Bundt cakes I make only take an hour and 15 minutes. A shorter baking time can make a perfectly moist cake even more moist and delicious.

The final verdict? While I might not get one of the original Doan’s Bakery White Chocolate Coconut Cakes from Cruise itself, making this copycat was a pretty good alternative for me, even though I do a few adjustments next time.

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