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Coconut Cake

My grandmother and mother usually made this lovely layer cake for holidays and served it with scoops of homemade custard.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 45 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 5 large egg yolks
  • 3 cups cake flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1-2/3 cups buttermilk
  • 3 teaspoons lemon extract
  • 1-3/4 cups sugar
  • 4 large egg whites
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut, divided


  • In a large bowl, cream butter, shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs and yolks; mix well. Combine the flour, baking powder and baking soda; add to the creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk. Beat in extract.
  • Pour into three greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans. Bake at 350° for 30 -35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks.
  • In a heavy saucepan, combine the sugar, egg whites, water and cream of tartar. With a portable mixer, beat on low speed for 1 minute. Continue beating on low speed over low heat until frosting reaches 160°, about 9 minutes. Pour into a large bowl; add vanilla. Beat on high until frosting forms stiff peaks, about 7 minutes.
  • Place one cake layer on a serving plate; spread with 1/2 cup frosting and sprinkle with 1/3 cup coconut. Repeat. Spread remaining frosting over top and sides of cake; sprinkle remaining coconut over the top.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 608 calories, 22g fat (10g saturated fat), 146mg cholesterol, 321mg sodium, 95g carbohydrate (66g sugars, 1g fiber), 8g protein.

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  • SCGranny
    Nov 19, 2012

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  • martylb
    Jul 7, 2012

    This cake is light and tasty. Substituted 1 tsp vanilla extract to lighten the lemon flavor. Still very good.

  • jason81jsn
    Dec 8, 2011

    cake was not very good

  • pattirosina
    Mar 23, 2009

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  • ranchodeluna
    Jun 21, 2008

    This is an elegant, delicious and beautiful cake. It was rich in flavor yet light at the same time! Thank you for a wonderful recipe!

  • vmcole1975
    Feb 29, 2008

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