Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Moist and Fluffy Coconut Cake

Two weeks ago, when I was in the midst of the craziest of 'last week of school' preparations, I got a text from my husband at 5 pm.  I had spent the day on a field trip with Pierce's class, and then came home and set to work packing lunches, laying out clothes, and creating mini cupcakes for the twins' class.  I was exhausted.  Do you know what the text said?  "I need dessert for 36 people for my work party tomorrow".  Paul is a procrastinator.  It is frustrating to me when I have to bear the brunt of his procrastination, but as tired as I was I went ahead and started flipping through my cookbooks looking for easy cake recipes.  I settled on a recipe where you take brownie mix and doctor it up with oreo style cookies and frosting for one cake.  Then, I pulled out a Coconut Cake recipe given to me by my friend, JP, after a neighborhood potluck, for the other.  I wanted to share the coconut cake recipe, because it's simple and so delicious.

Ingredients:
1 pkg yellow cake mix
1 1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup sugar
2 cup coconut, divided
12 oz. frozen whipped topping, thawed

Prepare cake mix as directed; bake in 9 x 13 pan.  Cook 15 minutes then poke holes through the cake with a fork.  Meanwhile, combine milk, sugar, and half the coconut in a small pan.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 1 minute.  Spoon over warm cake, allowing liquid to soak through holes, cool completely.  Fold 3/4 cup coconut into whipped topping and spread on cake.  Sprinkle with remaining coconut.  Store in fridge. 


In the end, I survived the rush to make the two cakes, and they turned out wonderfully.  Readers, do you like coconut?

24 comments:

mail4rosey said...

I'm glad you beat the rush. :) I like coconut and the cake looks good.

Unknown said...

Hmmm...haven't done that one in a while and it is one of the Pres' favorites....guess what we'll have for dessert after our new year's supper? Happy New Year, Baby Girl!...:)JP

Nancy C said...

I love coconut -- and this is an easy recipe! Yay you for coming thru for Paul in a pinch. :)

Sunnybrook Farm said...

I'm going to keep this cake in mind if you ever want to barter for some of my vegetables this year! I love coconut cake. New Years eve and I am already talking about vegetables I am ready for spring.

JDaniel4's Mom said...

Boy! His office was really lucky. This cake looks wonderful.

Lynn said...

that is sort of funny, some husbands are just like that and I am a procrastinator too so kind of understand where he is coming from, it a weird affliction. Congratulations on managing to fulfil the P's request, lucky hubby and the coconut cake looks delicious. Hope you have a lovely New Year's Eve at the Two Bears Farm.

Kerri Farley said...

Yes, I do - and that cake looks AWESOME!

TexWisGirl said...

i do not. i like the smell (like in body products). well, i like almond joys. :)

Out on the prairie said...

I have had this before and it is the best ever

Sharon Wagner said...

I am having a macaroon with chocolate today. Among other things!

Gail Dixon said...

I LOVE coconut. Two of my children hate it, but I will devour anything with coconut like it's nobody's business.

Slamdunk said...

Nicely done bailing out hubby.

I am the only one who likes coconut here which is a good thing--more for me.

Happy New Year.

Betsy Banks Adams said...

Happy 2014 to you and yours. My wish for you is a year full of lots of JOY, PEACE, LOVE and BLESSINGS.

Happy New Year. By the way, I love coconut--and would love that cake. YUM.
Hugs,
Betsy

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

I'm not big on coconut, but I do love coconut cake. This sounds delicious. Paul is a lucky man to have you on his side. :-)

Karen thisoldhouse2.com said...

I love coconut too... this looks easy and YUMM!

Unknown said...

Just had to tell you, Baby Girl...made one this morning after I read this post...in the frig for tonight! Hugs and well wishes...:)JP

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Sounds yummy, my husband loves coconut cake so I will have to try this one.

Our Neck of the Woods said...

I don't like the texture of shredded coconut, but I do like coconut taste. So I really like to use coconut milk in cooking (like curries) and desserts (ice cream!) even though it doesn't have a strong coconut taste.

Breezy Valley Ranch said...

That cake sounds delicious! And easy!

Unknown said...

For some reason, the end of the year is also pretty busy here. I guess it is spending time with all the kids. What ever the reason is, your cake looks great.

Unknown said...

Forgot all about this one...It looks so yummy!! Wishing You A Wonderful New Year!!

All The Best,
Loretta

Endah Murniyati said...

Look so delicious. I really love coconut. Thanks for sharing me your recipe.

Unknown said...

Hi Lisa,

That must have felt very stressful to you. But the cakes looks very tasty. I do not eat coconut, since I am allergic to nuts.

Wishing you a Happy New Year!

Eva

Barbara said...

I can't even imagine how stressful. Thanks for sharing the recipe.