Coconut Cake

On Christmas Eve, a friend posted a picture on facebook of a coconut cake she had made.  It was this one.  I never did take time to read the recipe to see what was needed but I’ve been thinking of that coconut cake almost every day since Christmas.  Yesterday Vince was out painting all day and I decided it was time to make a coconut cake.  I read through the ingredients and I had everything on hand but could not find my round cake pans.  They’re either packed still from MO or packed in boxes at the other house.  Not to be stopped by a little thing like that, I made it in my sheet cake pan and cut it in half, put the filling in between those two layers and iced it just like it was a layer cake!

See that big hunk missing?  No, I didn’t eat it . . but I surely could have!  My closest neighbor called.  This was all Saturday afternoon.

Her:   What are you doing?
Me: Making a cake.
Her: Why?
Me: Because I wanted a cake.
Her: What kind of cake?
Me: Coconut. Do you like coconut cake?
Her: I do! Oh . . what I called for . . do you think you’ll be out riding the RTV this afternoon? We went out of town for the day and stayed longer than we planned and the dog needs to be let out.
Me: Oh, yes, I’ll go over and let him out. And, if I finish the cake before dark, I’ll go back and put some in your microwave so the dog can’t get it.

I finished the cake before dark so I took that hunk over and put it in the neighbor’s microwave.  How would you like to come home from being gone all day and find a big chunk of homemade coconut cake in your microwave?  I’d like that a lot!  🙂

By the way, the cake calls for 7 minute icing that you’re supposed to beat over a double boiler using a  hand mixer.  I have neither a hand mixer or a double boiler but I put one pan over another pan and used a whisk til my arm got tired, then dumped it in the big mixer and let ‘er rip and it turned out just fine.


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    Cindy in NC says

    I use (and love) the Paula Deen recipe that calls for a cake mix and cream of coconut (not coconut milk), which is not easy to find around here. Those folks really lucked out getting a neighbor who will not only help with the dogs but leave treats as well.

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    How nice that you are already so friendly with someone there that you can be called upon to let her dog out AND that you gave her some of that yummy cake!!!

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    Beth says

    Someone told me you have to go to the liquor store/ section to find the creme of coconut…used a lot in mixed drinks.

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    Sandra Neel Hutchins says

    Coconut Pie
    1 box (3.4 oz.) Instant Coconut Pudding Mix
    1 box (3.4 oz.) Instant Vanilla Pudding Mix
    2 cups milk, 1 cup coconut 1 cup Cool Whip, thawed
    (I use a little less than two cups milk because I like my pie firmer).
    Mix all the above ingredients. Put into a baked pie shell or a graham cracker crust. Top with lots of additional Cool Whip. Sprinkle toasted coconut on top. Refrigerate. This pie is so easy and very, very good! It’s not coconut cake, but everyone loves it!

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    Sandra Neel Hutchins says

    Your cake looks so moist and delicious! Thanks for sharing it with all of us! You must be everyone’s favorite neighbor!

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    Linda J says

    Your cake looks wonderful. If you ever want to make a cake that’s more involved, I recommend the Coconut Cake from the OK Cafe here in Atlanta. The cake has a homemade vanilla pudding in it and it’s wonderful with any kind of frosting. Just be sure to make the pudding first, or you’ll be like me the first time I made the cake. The directions said fold in pudding – I said “what pudding”. This is truly the best layer cake I’ve ever had. Linda

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    Marky says

    True acceptance to the neighborhood is when your neighbors will call and ask for little favors and are comfortable letting you have access to their house! Of course we all know, they couldn’t have gotten any luckier than to get you and Vince for neighbors!

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    Pam says

    That’s the recipe that I use. Husband would like me to make more often so I don’t dare show him this!

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    That looks so good Judy! I love coconut. I’ll have to look for the coconut milk next visit to the grocery. However, after the holiday feasting I sure don’t need to eat cake. Your a good neighbor!

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    CindyM says

    I think I’ve seen the show where Paula makes this cake and I remember it making me drool (easily done)… but I’ve never tried it. I’m the only one in the house who likes coconut, so that would be dangerous.

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    Well, I was gone all day and I didn’t look in the microwave when I got home but I’m pretty sure nobody left any cake in it for me. Or anything else either, for that matter. Things like that just don’t happen to me. Maybe I need you for a neighbor.

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    barbara says

    nobody left any cake for me but somebody left me ten extra pounds from reading the recipe. and that’s without chewing.
    that won’t stop me from trying the recipe though. it never does. ;). now – if you lived down the road from my house, i wouldn’t have to try it myself. a cake and you! (and of course vince and speck, too.)
    that would be worth an extra ten pounds!

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    Norma says

    I’d love to be your neighbor, for any number of reasons. My sister made that cake for my birthday one year. She did such a great job that now she gets to make them all the time because “no one else” can make them as well as she can.

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    Lori Dunn says

    Last year I got my MIL recipe for Coconut Cake- you add a little rum to and it cooks in a bunt pan. Man, oh man the drizzle you put on it was to die for. I nearly ate the whole thing- good thing I cut some up and took to a party or I would have. This looks nice and delicious… I love coconut but my DH does not.

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    Shari in AZ says

    OMG!! My ribs are aching from laughing from your description of the icing process! You can move in next to me any time because I love coconut.

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    Karla says

    That looks yummy and I think I will have to try it, since there is only 2 of us wonder if I could cut it down Hmmmm nah will just have to make the whole cake and share with my family.

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    Well darn, why didn’t I call you to let my dog out. I love coconut cake I’m sure! Oh wait, the only pets I have are Gregg and William. Would you be willing to take both of them in trade for coconut cake? I’m sure it’s a really good deal… for me! :))