Coconut sugar doesn’t taste a bit like the fruit of the coconut. It includes naturally occurring nutrients — magnesium, potassium, zinc, iron, B vitamins, and amino acids. It’s an unrefined alternative to cane sugar and can be replaced by white or turbinado sugar 1:1. Feel free to sub what you’re used to.
You can sub turbinado sugar for the confectioners’ sugar in the filling for a healthier alternative. I wanted a smooth filling so I cheated a little.
If you want a stronger pineapple flavor, up the dried pineapple in the filling, and be sure to use a good-quality pineapple juice. Leftover juice can be frozen or used in baking cakes.
Photography: Hudi Greenberger
Styling: Renee Muller and Janine Kalesis