Thursday, June 23, 2011

have your cake and eat it too

sometimes you just need some cake
and this was definately worth
all the little steps and time.
it hit the spot.
so if you need some coconut
try this recipe
and then have as many slices
as you please
it is summer after all...





  • 2 sticks butter, at room temperature
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 cups sifted self-rising flour
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup sour cream 
  • 4 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 cup flaked sweetened coconut

7-Minute Frosting:

  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tarter or 1 tblsp white corn syrup 
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 
  • 2 to 3 cups flaked sweetened coconut


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour 3 (9-inch) cake pans. (this is a must!)

Using an electric mixer, cream butter until fluffy.
Add sugar and continue to cream well for 6 to 8 minutes.
Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition.
Add flour and coconut milk alternately to creamed mixture, beginning and ending with flour.
Add vanilla and continue to beat until just mixed.

Divide batter equally among prepared pans.
Level batter in each pan by holding pan 3 or 4-inches above counter, then dropping it flat onto counter.
Do this several times to release air bubbles and assure you of a more level cake.

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until done.
Cool in pans 5 to 10 minutes.
Invert cakes onto cooling racks.


Stir together sugar, sour cream, milk, and coconut in a bowl until well blended.
Place the first cake layer onto pedestal.
Using the wrong end of a wooden spoon, poke holes approximately 1-inch apart until entire cake has been poked.
Spread a third of filling mixture on cake layer.
Top with second layer, repeat process. Top with last layer and repeat process again. (Cook's Note: As each layer is stacked, stick them with toothpicks to prevent cake from shifting.)


Place sugar, cream of tartar or corn syrup, salt, water, and egg whites in the top of a double boiler.
Beat with a handheld electric mixer for 1 minute.
Place pan over boiling water, being sure that boiling water does not touch the bottom of the top pan.
Beat constantly on high speed with electric mixer for 7 minutes. Beat in vanilla.
Frost the top and sides of the cake.
Sprinkle top and sides of cake with coconut.

recipe via Food Network

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