Saturday, June 21, 2014

Beer birthday gifts

For the Admiral of the Pineapple Army, a man who has everything a tiki King could wish for (in pineapple print), the only logical gift an ambassador of beer could provide would be :

Koko Brown and Coconut topped Chocolate Fondant!


I talk about coconuts on TastingNitch (vlog), a heck of a lot. So, it's only natural that when an equally coco-nutty person has a birthday that I should turn it into a beer birthday!

I know what you are thinking, "Kona Brewing is owned by Ab inbev, icky." And I totally agree, but it's hard to get Hawaiian beer in France. It's hard to get Hawaiian beer in most places though, so I don't feel so bad. Unless, of course, you live in Cali and are graced by the powers of Stone Brewing who might be soon importing Mau'i Brewing. I don't think I need to mention Mau'i Coconut Porter again because my comrades are tired of hearing my drool over it.

But I will mention that I respect the underside of Kona's caps with their Hawaiian word translations. I respect fun education.

kona_capsBirthday beer wouldn't be special if it wasn't paired with an equally special caaaaake!

Or rather, a fondant.

Here is the recipe I use (more or less- I eyeball it a lot) :

1000g Dark chocolate

510g Unsalted butter

1155g Eggs

660g Brown sugar

255g Almond flower

Melt chocolate and butter together, whisk.

Beat eggs until frothy then beat and add sugar. Add half chocolate mix and beat well then add other half and mix with spoon, adding almond flower. Put into lined spring form or greased cake mold. Bake 50 minutes in 170C or until knife can be inserted in center and comes out (mostly) clean. It tends to be a gooey-ish cake which is why it's a 'fondant' and not a cake per se.

Add coconut flakes on top. CONSUME WITH COCONUT BIRTHDAY BEER.

Other birthday beer, coconut and tiki related things:

Happy Birthday to a very special English man and his pineapple army collection!



  1. Aloha Nichole, Thanks for this delicious post and recipe on your vlog--fun to read from thousands of miles and two oceans away! Your cake looks amazing made with Koko Brown. There are 100 lbs. of toasted coconut in each batch and we've heard that the balance cooks up nicely, especially with chocolate. On another note, so you know, Kona Brewing is not owned by AB Inbev. Kona Brewing is in a partnership with Craft Brew Alliance (CBA) since 2010 and we remain an independent publicly traded company. Mahalo!

  2. Aloha Sally of Kona!
    Thanks for reading and responding. It is good to get a voice from the direct line and to be corrected with sweet information. Craft Brew Alliance is owned by AB inbev though, as far I've learned, but it's fantastic to know that you are publicly traded and on the level. I hear good things for Kona at most all times (I left the island just as Longboard was getting accessible) and look forward to getting more of the homeland brew here in France.

    - N