About Mimi’s Cafe

Founded in 1978 by Arthur Simms, who was stationed in France during World War II, Mimi’s Cafe is a neighborhood cafe offering French Inspired American comfort food. In February 2013 Mimi’s Cafe was purchased by Le Duff America, Inc., the North American subsidiary of Groupe Le Duff, a global bakery and restaurant company headquartered in Rennes, France. Since then, the team has launched new dishes reflecting the culinary traditions of fresh ingredients, bistro classics, and American comfort food. There are currently 97 Mimi’s Cafe locations throughout 18 states in the U.S.




Coconut Cake

La Madeleine French Cafe Restaurant Recipe

1 box white cake mix
3 large eggs
1 cup buttermilk
1/3 cup canola oil
1 teaspoon almond extract
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 (14 oz.) bag sweetened, flaked coconut
1 (3 oz.) box Jello Cook and Serve Coconut Custard Mix
2 cups whole milk
2 cups heavy cream
1 cup confectioners sugar
1 (8 oz.) container mascarpone cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine cake mix, eggs, oil, and buttermilk. Mix until well combined and smooth. Add almond extract and 1 tsp. of vanilla extract, and mix just until combined. Pour evenly into three floured and greased 9-inch round cake pans. Bake until center springs back and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Allow to cool completely on wire racks.

Prepare coconut custard according to package directions, then place in refrigerator to set.

Whip heavy cream, confectioners’ sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, and mascarpone cheese until peaks form.

On a serving plate, place one layer of the cake, flat side up, and spread generously with coconut custard. Sprinkle with coconut. Place second cake layer on top of first and repeat custard and coconut (Note: You might have to take a knife to cut off rounded top of this layer. If so, make sure to put the cut side down.). Place the final layer on top (cutting to flatten if necessary) and cover with heavy cream/mascarpone icing. Also ice the sides of the cake. Coat entire cake with coconut, including sides. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

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