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A Southern Christmas Favorite – Coconut

Growing up in the South, we always had coconut cake at Christmastime.  I especially loved my Grandmother’s coconut cake and when I grew up, married and moved away, she always baked me a coconut cake every year.  I know she had to be in her 80’s when she wasn’t able to make them for me anymore. Here is the recipe for my Grandmother’s coconut cake and she never used fresh coconut but always used the Baker’s coconut in her cake.

Granny’s Coconut Cake

1 cup shortening

2 cups sugar

4 eggs

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

2 and 1/2 cups of cake flour

1 cup buttermilk

1 teaspoon vanilla

Cream sugar and shortening.  Add eggs, one at a time. Sift together the salt, soda and flour.  Add milk and flour combination alternately, beginning and ending with flour combination.  Add vanilla.  Put in three eight inch cake pans that have been greased and floured. Bake at 350 for approximately 25 minutes or until tests done in the center.

Filling:

1 can of evaporated milk (not small can)

1 cup sugar

3 cups coconut

1 teaspoon vanilla

Put milk and sugar in pot on stove and let come to a boil.  Stir in 3 cups of coconut.  Cool.  Add one teaspoon vanilla.  Let cool and place between completely cooled layers and cover top of cake with filling.

Below is another option for coconut that is a luscious looking coconut pie.  This recipe is from my “Christmas with Southern Living 2005 – 25th Anniversary Edition.

coconut pie recipeBelow is a picture of the pie and it makes my mouth water.

coconut pie pic

 

I must say that coconut has to be one of my dessert favorites and is a part of the Christmas celebration in so many Southern Homes.  Thanks for stopping by and I will be sharing more Southern favorites this week.

 

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