bake like wendy thompson

I first became familiar with Wendy Thompson when she was the pastry chef at the old Dante in Valley View. One bite of her peanut butter chocolate crunch bar and we were hooked. She can now be found at her shop in Tremont, A Cookie and A Cupcake. I’ve served these cupcakes at various events or given as hostess gifts and they’re always a hit.

Coconut cake with caramelized pineapple and lime scented whip cream


Butter 8 oz
Sugar 2 C

** cream together until light and fluffy

Eggs 5 ea

** add one at a time to the butter and sugar

All purpose flour 3 C
Baking Powder 1 T
Salt 1/4 tsp

** sift together and add to wet ingredients alternating it with the coconut milk and vanilla

Coconut milk 8 oz
Vanilla extract 1 tsp

** alternate with the dry ingredients

Coconut 2 C

**Fold into finished cake batter

Bake at 350, rotating every 7 minutes until done, check with knife by sticking it into the center and if the knife comes out clean it is done.

Pineapple compote

1 fresh pineapple, diced
1/3 C light brown sugar
1/2 vanilla bean, scraped
2 oz butter

** melt brown sugar and butter together and add vanilla bean and pineapple. stir until pineapple is well coated with brown sugar mixture.

Lime scented whip cream

1 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons powdered sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 lime, use only the zest

** whip the heavy cream, vanilla and powder sugar together until stiff and add lime zest and fold in by hand. Take a slice of cake, top it with warm pineapple compote and top with whip cream.


Heinen's Logo PMS 350 & 209The recipe was sponsored by Heinen’s. Laurie Toth, the wine consultant at the Avon store, suggests serving it with the Frost Bitten Ice Riesling ($12.99).  She explains that Frost Bitten has flavors of pineapple and a touch of citrus that would pairs well with this dessert.  The dessert wine is similar to an Ice Wine, but cannot be called an Ice Wine because the process is not the same by law.


  1. Posted April 9, 2010 at 10:23 am | Permalink

    I don’t really like sweets, and yet somehow I’m drooling over this recipe! You combined the very few sweet weaknesses I have! Coconut, pineapple, LIME! :)

    Were your ears burning last night? I was telling Alexa how I would love to meet you in person! :)

  2. Posted April 9, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Permalink

    that whole things sounds delicious. I mean, super delicious.

  3. modmex
    Posted April 9, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Permalink

    best cakes + cupcakes on the planet / always perfect + delicious!

  4. Darla Tibbitts
    Posted April 24, 2010 at 6:23 pm | Permalink

    WE just had her cupcakes last night for my daughters bday, the cupcakes were so yummy..