My earliest memories as a child of Dolly Parton consisted of high hair, large breasts (had to say it), and sequined, sparkly pantsuits on the cover of an LP my parents owned and played occasionally on their hi-fi stereo. A song from that album that really stuck with me was "Something Fishy", a bouncy, sassy tune about infidelity. Looking into Dolly's gorgeous eyes on the album cover and listening to her bubbly, country-twanged vocals, I could sense that - whoever she was - this Dolly Parton lady was really something pretty darn special. All these years later, I still feel the same. Dolly Parton is an artist I have come to deeply respect and admire - and that sparkle has never, ever left her eyes or her engaging personality. She is an inspiration to many, and her music still brings a smile to my face, whether it's listening to a fun song like "Something Fishy" or "9 to 5", a great duet like "Islands in the Stream" with Kenny Rogers, or having my heart broken by her (original and BEST) rendition of "I'll Always Love You". Even if you're not a country music fan, I don't see how you could dislike this fabulous woman, truly!
Tuesday, January 19th is Dolly's 70th birthday, and in honor of that occasion, Baked has created the Dolly's Doughnut, a delightful and delicious coconut bundt cake streaked with a dark chocolate-coconut ribbon throughout and crowned with a white chocolate-coconut icing. Now, that's a lot of coconut, but trust me - every crumb is just as fantastic as Dolly herself. It does almost have the taste and feel of a festive doughnut, and is made even more so with the addition of some color to the icing and a scattering of colorful sprinkles. I made this for my own birthday last November, and thought I would share a photo of my cake in celebration of Dolly's birthday. Isn't it pretty? I opted to keep the icing white and decorated with some colorful sugar quins.
This recipe is also being featured/shared among my fellow Baked Sunday Morning bakers this weekend. I have not posted with the group in over a year and have missed their companionship and seeing their own amazing creations - so, hello friends! Follow this link to the recipe for Dolly's Doughnut, if you'd like to make your own, and check out how the other bakers fared with this recipe. The recipe can be found in Baked's book, Baked Occasions, available on Amazon. Happy Birthday to one of the finest female country music performers ever!