If you like Pina Coladas….

My mother likes to remind me from time to time that I tell embarrassing things about our family on this blog. I reminded her that I did not tell embarrassing stories about our family…just me, my husband, her and my dad. My brother’s and their families have yet to be brought down in blog glory. :) I also told her that she should stop providing me with so much embarrassing material then I would have nothing to write about. :P
So keeping with embarrassing, I will embarrass myself today by saying that though I have access to some of the best seafood around, my husband and I usually go to Red Lobster once a year. Are you happy mom? I am embarrassing myself, not you(you are up next week). Now in all fairness though, I don’t actually go for the seafood. You are feeling better about this now, aren’t you?
I go for two things, the Cheddar Bay Biscuits and a Sunset Passion Colada.
If you are unfamiliar with the Red Lobster, you will live I can assure you. But if you have been surely you know of the addictive cheddar biscuits that they bring to your table. My husband and I plow through tons of them.
The other thing I love there is the Sunset Passion Colada. Yeah, it’s a fancy name for a pina colada with some strawberry sauce on top. But for some reason I really, really like them. I loved pina coladas as a kid…the virgin kind, I’m not Drew Barrymore, and I don’t think that love ever went away. Now in my “older” years beer and wine are what you will usually find me drinking. The shear calories in a pina colada(around 600) are frightening and I would much rather EAT my calories then drink them. But when we make the trek to the giant lobster in the sky…well mall outskirts, I always have one, and if I am throwing caution to the wind, two of them.
It’s been well over a year now since we have gone and I have been craving a Red Lobster colada and so I thought I would create a dessert instead…that way I could eat the calories and not drink them. This is a simple coconut cake, some pineapple(crushed from a can…I know, but no fresh was looking good), a pineapple Bavarian and a strawberry-guava syrup. I have to say that this dessert will more than tide me over until we make our next trek to the Red Lobster. If I could make the biscuits at home we would never have to go. Now, before you say there are copy cat recipes, I know this. I don’t want to know them. Learning to make those biscuits would be a very, very bad thing. Very bad. Very bad indeed. I have colada control…I don’t have Cheddar Bay Biscuit control.

Pina Colada Torte with Strawberry-Guava Syrup

Coconut Cake

8 TBSP unsalted butter, at room temperature
½ cup vegetable shortening
1 TBSP baking powder
1 ¾ cup granulated sugar
¾ tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp coconut extract
5 large egg whites
2 ¾ cup cake flour
1 cup milk
1 cup sweetened shredded coconut

Preheat oven to 350F.
In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter, shortening, baking powder, sugar, salt and extracts until light and fluffy, at least 3 minutes. Add the egg whites to the butter mixture one at a time, beating well after each addition.
Stir in one-third of the flour into the creamed mixture, then half the milk, another third of the flour, the remaining milk, and the remaining flour. Be sure to scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl occasionally throughout this process. Fold the coconut into the batter.
Pour the batter into a greased and floured 9-x-13-inch pan. Bake for 30-35 minutes. Remove cakes from oven, and cool them on rack.

Source: Adapted Form King Arthur Flour Bakers Companion: The All-Purpose Baking Book, 2003

Pineapple Bavarian

1 packet powdered gelatin(around 2 ¼ tsp)
1 cup fresh pineapple juice, divided
3 large eggs, separated
¼ cup granulated sugar, divided
1 cup heavy whipping cream

Place ¼ cup of the pineapple juice into a small bowl. Sprinkle gelatin over and let dissolve.
In a saucepan, whisk together egg yolks and 1/8 cup granulated sugar. Do not place over heat, yet.
Bring remaining pineapple juice to a boil in a small saucepan. Once boiled, remove from heat. Temper egg mixture with juice, slowly adding the juice to the egg mixture and whisking the whole time. Move to stove top and heat and simmer, stirring constantly, until sauce coats the back of a spoon.
Place saucepan  into a large, heat proof bowl filled with ice. This will help the mixture cool quicker. Watch to make sure the gelatin doesn’t start to set. Once cool, remove from ice bath and set aside.
Whip 1 cup heavy cream into stiff peaks. Set aside.
Whip egg whites and the remaining 1/8 cup granulated sugar until stiff peaks form.
Carefully fold the egg whites with the whipped cream. Then fold the mixture into the cooled pineapple mixture.

Strawberry-Guava Syrup

½ cup granulated sugar
2 ounce water
2 ounces guava juice
3 ounces of strawberries, pureed

In a small saucepan, bring sugar and water to a boil. Remove from heat and stir in the guava juice and strawberry puree.

To assemble: Find a round cookie cutter that is the size of the bottom of the dish you are using. Cut out coconut cake using that cutter.
Spray your dish with baking spray or butter them lightly.
Place cake circle at bottom of dish. Top with pineapple(optional). Fill remainder of the dish with pineapple Bavarian.
Refrigerate for at least 4 hours.
Unmold and serve with Strawberry-Guava Syrup.


  1. This looks just fabulous! If I learn to make the biscuits, will you bring the dessert?

  2. Those biscuits are ridiculously good. Just, so good. That’s why I go to Red Lobster too.

  3. And getting caught in the rain… Oh no. THANKS, Culinary!!! (Looks delish by the way) If you’re not into health food…. Aagggh!

  4. The *very* worst thing is to learn how to make those biscuits then look up their nutritional information. There are things I just don’t want to know.

    Colada cake looks lovely!

  5. Wow, this looks good. Of course, I am a sucker for pretty much anything with coconut in it. The strawberry guava sauce is such a great touch.

  6. Whoa! That sounds…and looks…incredible. Totally in keeping with the unseasonably sunny and warm days we’re having in Seattle!

  7. Your photos are always amazing!

  8. It looks and sounds heavenly. mmmm…:)

  9. Seriously, you should open your own restuarant because your desserts are the best I’ve EVER seen. This is so amazing it’s ridiculous. I think I started drooling at strawberry guava. lol.

  10. Wow – this looks stupidly fabulous. I must say, I laughed though – my mom says the same thing. I have even made my sister a bit peeved at time…Score!
    Red Lobster – love the biscuits. I wish I had the guts to go and wait for the biscuits, eat, then leave…ha!

  11. That is a beautiful dessert. I’ve never been to Red Lobster, although my parents LOVE it. They must put crack in the biscuits the way people talk about the… geez.
    Anyhow, this dessert looks like a dream!

  12. On our long drive Friday both the “Pina Colada song” and “2 Pina Coladas” played on the radio. It made me wish I could make something with the flavors that I could eat and not drink – this is exactly what I needed.

  13. wow, i had no idea there were so many calories in a pina colada! thankfully, i only get them when we’re on vacation so i can sip one on the beach :) i LOVE pina coladas though… and will need to try this recipe soon! it’s beautiful!

    my husband recently showed his fellow students my food blog and they came across the cheddar bay biscuits. one asked him if those were as good as they look… his reply was, “oh my gosh are they good. they’re like sex on a plate” LOL

  14. I do, I do like pina coladas! But I hate getting caught in the rain…

  15. Wow, this looks spectacular. Even if it had as many calories as the drink equivalent, I’d willingly brave it.

  16. The biscuits are really good, I make them at home. It really is funny though, the “secret recipe” is something I grew up with when nobody felt like cooking for real. Don’t worry, I’ll be good and not tell you! *giggle*

    It has been mentioned that your blog is the most drool worthy ever right?

  17. Golly! Now that is an exotic looking dessert. I see palm trees, beautiful white beaches and aquamarine colored sea and then I see this dessert and me with a huge spoon. YUM!

  18. I bet it tastes amazingly good! A superb dessert!



  19. I know you like cheesecakes, and if you like pina coladas too, you may like this Pina Colada Cheesecake:


  20. Well that was a clever recipe. I love layers of something cakey, something fruity, and something creamy naughty. And it all surrounded in a sauce. Excellent.

  21. Pea, I loove your sense of humour…so mom’s up next week :-D…great dessert :-)

  22. I have never been to Red Lobster but I might just go to try those biscuits. I love biscuits! the best American invention. The cake looks so moist too. Great job!

  23. This looks terrific! I feel like I’m in the Carribean just looking at it!

    I hope you don’t mind, but I’ve tagged you for a meme.


  24. I usually go for beer and wine, too, Pea (I love sparkling wine, Prosecco is one of my weaknesses) but sometimes I have caipirinha, too (and it’s full of calories, God help me here).

    This dessert is fantastic! And we love guava here in Brazil.

  25. Oh the biscuits are Red Lobster are insane, aren’t they! I could clear out their kitchen if they told me where they put them.

    I also prefer to eat my calories, but a big pina colada fan here. So great edible version.

  26. I haven’t been to the big red lobster in the sky in quite a while, but I will NEVER forget those cheese biscuits. Jeez.

    Lovely looking cake…and I agree that at least with these flavors, I’d rather eat the calories than drink them. Sounds delicious.

  27. I will confess too: I love the biscuits there! My office loves Dead Lobster, and we go every couple of months for lunch. I always get a salad and a half dozen cheesy biscuits. I’m with you on the not wanting a copycat recipe.

    The torte looks fab!

  28. First of all – I have to curse you for mentioning the Ben & Jerry’s oatmeal cookie ice cream. Thanks to you, I just had to have this ice cream, and now my pants feel quite snug this morning.

    And yes, the biscuits alone are worth going for. I remember once when I was in middle school, I went with a friend and her family, and her mom kept wrapping them up in her napkin and stashing them in her purse, then asking the waiter to bring more. I think she left with at least 10-12 in her purse!!

    This cake looks amazing!

  29. Wow! This is one of the best food blogs i’ve ever come across. The Creamsicle Bavarian just made me grope for the spoon. Amazing work!! I’ve become a total fan and please could you give the recipe for marshmallows in detail with photographs. Would be greatly obliged.

  30. And that Peabody is why even I, a girl from the land of Lakes and then Boston, go to RL as well, Cheddar Biscuits and Pina Coladas.

  31. it is a scientifically verifiable fact that the cheddar biscuits are the only real reason to go to a red lobster.

    the syrup pooled around the cake looks for fresh and fun and tasty!

  32. If you remember the Twilight Zone theme, now would be a good time to start humming…I just did pineapples too! They are so juicy right now! I love the layers of your dessert, so fresh!

  33. 600 cals for 1 drink!!! That’s quicte frighteneing, but it sounds good! :)

    Your dessert looks lovely, and the sauce both reads well and looks so pretty – beautiful colour

  34. Any chance you can try to make Red Lobster’s cheddar buns/busquits? It’s a dangerous undertaking because if I make them, I might just eat the whole batch, but I would love LOVE the recipe. Please? :)


  35. Oh no I’ll be singing this song for the rest of the day now!!! and a second pineapple dessert today as the Tartelette has a pineapple one up aswell. Great minds and all that……………….

  36. Why? WHY? Why do you keep having to post these delicious recipes that I then HAVE to make???

  37. My mother usually drags me to Red Lobster every coupld of years. I’ll have to order the Sunset Passion Colada next time (and stock up on those biscuits).

  38. wow – this looks great. It’d be a wonderful submission to the Root Source challenge…closes today!

  39. Well, I do love pina coladas! They were our sunset drink of choice on a scuba vacation on year. Somehow I’ve managed to limit my enjoyment to that time. What is that the Gestalt: I need the ocean, the deck, the sunset to really enjoy the pina coladas.
    Now those biscuits . . . right I think I’d best cover my eyes to any copycat recipe there.
    That pina colada cake, that looks like a very good possibility!

  40. LOL! I’m not laughing at you, I’m laughing at us! I have the same problem with those cheese biscuits, which I also do not want to know how to make. I never get to Red Lobster anymore, but during my last pregnancy I discovered you could order them for take out! Oh my, I was a happy biscuit eater!

  41. Haha, oh yes, MANY years ago, I used to love those cheddar biscuits (**runs and hides in shame**) – no need to be embarrassed!! :0)

    Wow, that Piña Colada Torte looks DIVINE!! Especially with the Strawberry-Guava syrup (love the fruit combination!)

  42. Oh boy, I do like Pina Coladas. This looks divinely delicious. Hope you are feeling better soon too.

  43. Good lord, you crack me up! That’s hilarious. I’ve never tasted the cheese biscuits… in fact, I think my parents forbade me from ever going to RL. Have you had a half pina colada with half strawberry daquiri? It’s called a lava flow. It’s guuuuuuuud ;)

  44. I also love the sunset pina coladas at Red Lobster, but like you, I prefer to eat my calories rather than drink them so I haven’t had one in a long time. My mouth is watering for one now though….

  45. I love pina coladas. I’m now all inspired to make a colada cupcake. Too bad the Bride and Groom I’m testing flavors for don’t like coconut.

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