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Favorite Coconut Cake

Total Time

Prep: 45 min. Bake: 15 min. + cooling

Makes

16 servings

When I need an impressive dessert for a special occasion, this is the recipe I turn to. My guests are glad I do! —Edna Hoffman, Hebron, Indiana
Favorite Coconut Cake Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 4 large egg whites
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar, divided
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-3/4 cups cake flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • FROSTING:
  • 5 large egg whites
  • 1-2/3 cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-1/2 cups unsweetened coconut flakes
  • Colored sprinkles, optional

Directions

  1. Place 4 egg whites in a large bowl; let stand at room temperature 30 minutes. Line bottoms of 3 greased 9-in. round baking pans with parchment; grease parchment. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Cream butter and 1 cup sugar until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes; beat in extracts. In another bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with milk.
  3. With clean beaters, beat the 4 egg whites on medium speed until soft peaks form. Gradually add remaining sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating on high after each addition until sugar is dissolved. Continue beating until stiff glossy peaks form. Fold into batter.
  4. Transfer to prepared pans. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 13-17 minutes. Cool in pans 10 minutes before removing to wire racks; remove paper. Cool completely.
  5. For frosting, in a large heatproof bowl, whisk 5 egg whites, sugar, water and cream of tartar until blended. Place over simmering water in a large saucepan over medium heat; whisking constantly, heat mixture until a thermometer reads 160°, 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat; add vanilla. Beat on high speed until stiff glossy peaks form, about 7 minutes.
  6. Spread between layers and over top and sides of cake. Cover with coconut. If desired, decorate with sprinkles. Store, uncovered, in refrigerator.

Nutrition Facts

1 slice: 400 calories, 16g fat (11g saturated fat), 24mg cholesterol, 341mg sodium, 62g carbohydrate (41g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein.

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