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.

A Quiet Corner 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 Claeys 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 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 said...

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

A Quiet Corner 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.

Laura Lee said...

That cake sounds delicious! And easy!

Lady Lilith 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.

Loretta Thomas 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.

Eva Ason 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.