Friday, March 18, 2016

Coconut Cake 100 year old recipe

From the author: This recipe for the Queen of Southern cakes has been in my family for more than 100 years. It was always among the many delicious home made dishes on the tables at Thomas/Hodges family reunions. My grandmother always made it for me on my birthday, and as I will be 69 years old tomorrow, I wanted to share it on my blog. Maybe one of you awesome cooks out there will make one for me! I thought this recipe was lost forever, but my cousin and her mother still make it, and were kind enough to share it with me. Thank you Billie and littlecousin!


1 C. butter

2 C. sugar

3 C. all-purpose flour (White Lily)

4 eggs (room temp.)

½ tsp. salt

2 tsp. baking powder

¾ C. whole milk


Cream together: butter, sugar ; add eggs 1 at a time. Alternately add flour and milk, starting and ending with flour. (You might not need all of the milk). Makes 3 layers. Bake at 325* for 20-30 minutes. Do not overcook. Cool in pan.

Coconut Icing Servings: Icing for 3 layers


1 ½ C. sugar

½ C. milk

½ stick butter

¾ C. coconut juice

2 C fresh grated coconut (approximately)

Additional coconut juice


Mix all ingredients, except coconut, together in large sauce pan. Bring to boil and cook about 1-2 min. Let cool a bit. Spoon some coconut juice on layers, then spoon icing on layers, adding fresh grated coconut on each layer. Let cake stand in cold room overnight to soak, wrap in foil paper and refrigerate.

**Additional Info: Coconut Juice is not coconut milk. It is the water inside of a coconut. 
NOTE from author: I just received a message from someone who made this cake. She said her icing was too thin, but it really is more akin to a glaze than a frosting. You have to spoon it on the layers over and over until it sets. This recipe is more than 100 years old, and it has always been written this way, so it didn't occur to me to add any further instruction. I do apologize for the error. My cousin told me today that this cake is entered in her church auction every year, and it always sets off a bidding war between two well-to-do gentlemen in particular. This year, this cake sold for $500.00! My grandmother and her kinswomen would love that!

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