Harbour Town & Golf Cake


On our way back from Beaufort, South Carolina, we stopped at Hilton Head Island and went straight to Harbour Town, the southern tip of the island. Part of Sea Pines Resort, this 5,000-acre gated community makes up a third of Hilton Head Island and is accessible by car, bike,


or trolley.


Harbour Town is an active community where you’ll find visitors enjoying its close proximity to the beach and taking part in water sports.


In fact, the heart of town is the yacht basin, where visitors can sit


and watch the boats go in and out of the marina,


or amble in and out of the shops and galleries that line the water.


Up for grabs is the title of Harbour Town’s best known landmark. For many, it’s the lighthouse. Privately built in 1969 to aid navigation, the Harbour Town Light also contains a museum and is open to the public to climb.


While the fee to climb is a bit pricey,  the views from the top are worthwhile.


And it’s from the top that guests can most clearly see the other landmark vying for most recognizable — Harbour Town Golf Links, known for its annual hosting of the PGA tour’s RBC Heritage golf tournament and its famous par-4, 18th hole overlooking Calibogue Sound.

IMG_5093It was Harbour Town and its Golf Links that inspired my latest baking adventure — a classic chocolate cake with vanilla buttercream frosting that any golfer would love!


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For the Cake

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup brewed coffee
  • 1/2 cup grapeseed oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup boiling water

For the Frosting

  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons whole milk


    For the Cake

    • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 13×9 cake pan. Line bottom with parchment paper; grease top of paper as well. Dust pan with cocoa powder. Set aside.
    • In a medium bowl, combine sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, salt.
    • In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, stir eggs, milk, coffee, oil, vanilla.
    • Add in dry ingredients until completely combined.
    • By hand, mix in boiling water.


    • Pour into prepared pan. Bake 30-35 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.
    • Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to cool completely.


    For the Frosting

    • In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat butter until light and fluffy.
    • Add vanilla and slowly add powdered sugar, beating until combined.
    • Beat in milk. Increase speed of mixer and beat 4-5 minutes.


    To Decorate the Cake:

    • Cut a hole in the cake and spread a thin layer of light green frosting.
    • Outline greens and sand traps. Fill in sand traps with crushed graham crackers or Nilla Wafers.
    • Using darker green frosting and grass/fur tip, pipe grass over cake.  
    • Top with a clean golf ball — or make one!




    11 responses

    1. You certainly scored a hole-in-one with this cake. Not only was the cake visually appealing but super moist. See you on the links or definitely on the the 19th hole with a piece of cake and a cup of coffee.

    2. The cake is Amazing! Linda said it was incredible and also delicious. I enjoy traveling through your eyes. Great pictures,

    3. When I first saw this cake, I said, “Wow!” When I was lucky enough to taste it, my reaction became “Wowie!!” So moist and chocolatey – definitely a go-to recipe when you’re looking for a chocolate cake winner.

      PS: Your post on Harbour Town brings back wonderful memories of a great day spent with very special friends. I so enjoyed it.

    4. You don’t have to be a golfer to enjoy this cake. I was amazed how realistic the cake looked with the green grass and putting hole and thought this is too perfect to cut. Thankfully, it was a fleeting thought, because after cutting a piece (back for seconds) of the cake and eating it, I succumbed to a rich, velvety chocolate cake with a frosting that perfectly complemented the richness of the chocolate.

    5. This cake is so adorable! My husband is into golf – this would be a great cake for me to make for him. Love it. Thank you for the idea.

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