Coconut Cake


I got this recipe from a friend of mine who got it from her neighbor. She said it was the most moist, delicious cake she’s ever had! So of course I wanted to make it. And to make it festive for the 4th of July, I added a glaze and fresh fruit. This is the perfect cake or bread to serve at breakfast, lunch, dinner, as a snack, a dessert or at afternoon tea. If you’re having guests stay with you this weekend for the holiday, go ahead and make this! You won’t be disappointed 🙂 So let’s go….

What you will need:

9 x 5 loaf pan greased

1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
1/4 cup water
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temp
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 cup milk

For the glaze:

1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon milk
Fresh blueberries and strawberries

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. In a small bowl, combine coconut and water and set aside. In another bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and baking powder. Set aside. In another bowl, beat butter and sugar until creamy. Add eggs and beat until combined. Add flour mixture alternating with the milk until just combined. Stir in coconut. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 45-50 minutes. Allow to cool on a wire rack before inverting to cool completely.

To make the glaze, stir together powdered sugar and milk until you reach desired consistency. Pour over cooled cake. Cut up fruit and place however you like. Slice and Enjoy!

Have a fun and safe Fourth of July!

Crazy for Coconut Cake

Coconut. The flavor of summer.  And I feel it’s one of those flavors where you either love it or hate it. Some people won’t go near it, and there’s those like me, who can eat coconut cream pie while drinking piña coladas all day long 🙂 And now, we can eat coconut cake, too! So good, I literally wanted to go for a swim in the batter. Yum! So, if you are a lover of coconut like me, start your ovens…

What you will need:

Bundt pan greased and floured

3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup cornstarch
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup unsalted butter at room temp
2 cups granulated sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
6 large eggs
1 (13 oz) can coconut milk
2 cups sweetened shredded coconut

For the glaze:

1 cup powdered sugar
1-2 tablespoons milk
1/2 cup toasted shredded coconut

Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, cornstarch, baking powder and salt. Set aside. In another large bowl, or bowl of your electric mixer, beat butter and sugar until creamy. Add vanilla and eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in coconut milk and flour just until incorporated. Stir in coconut.

Pour into prepared bundt pan. Bake for 50-60 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool on wire rack for 30 minutes before inverting.

Here’s my cake right after I flipped it! I was so happy it didn’t stick to the pan!

To make the glaze, stir together powdered sugar and milk until you reach the consistency you want. You may need to add more powdered sugar or milk. Drizzle over the cooled cake and immediately sprinkle the toasted coconut on top. Slice and enjoy!

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen that I made a tasting cake with this batter. I just poured a little batter in the second to smallest size pan that I got from my mom. I always want to taste the cake but don’t want to cut into it, especially if I’m bringing it somewhere, just to make sure it tastes good. So, now I have a solution! If you like to bake and bring cakes to gatherings, I highly recommend buying a really small cake pan, like a 4 inch so you can taste it. I felt so professional! It was great.

Here it is! It’s made from a 5 1/2 inch cake pan. Still too big for a tasting but, I ate it all 🙂

Look at this beauty!

Cowboy Cookies

I call these Everything Cookies, but since most people know these as Cowboys, there ya go! These are chocolate chip cookies that have decided to eat everything else in the pantry 🙂 Super delicious. What’s good about this recipe is you can add or not add anything you want. Don’t like coconut? Fine, leave it out. Want to add raisins? Sure, go ahead! So, come on! Start your ovens…

What you will need:

Cookie sheet lined with parchment paper

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups quick oats (or old fashioned rolled oats)
1 cup vegetable oil
2/3 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut
3/4 cup dark chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt and oats. Set aside. In another large bowl, whisk together oil and both sugars. Add eggs and vanilla and whisk well. Stir in flour mixture until combined. Add nuts, coconut and chocolate chips and stir until everything is incorporated. Place dough in fridge for about 10-15 minutes.

I like my cookies on the bigger side, so with a 1/4 cup, drop cookie dough on prepared cookie sheet. Bake for 13-15 minutes depending on size. Let cool on cookie sheet for a minute before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. Enjoy!

Lemon Cake

My signature cake shot 🙂

That’s right. Another lemon recipe. But lemon cake??!! I may have died and gone to heaven. Seriously, yum. And since I have shredded coconut on hand, I sprinkled some on top of my slice. I mean…. My mouth is having a party. And I just ate it so unattractively that I’m thinking a YouTube video of me eating cake would get a lot of views. And my self esteem to drop LOL.  So let’s just get to it:

What you will need:

2 (9 inch) round cake pans greased and floured

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temp
3 large eggs
1 cup buttermilk
2 tablespoons lemon zest
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

For frosting:

1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temp
2 1/2-3 cups powdered sugar
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Note: I do not like a lot of frosting on my cakes, but if you do, go ahead and double this recipe. Then you will have enough to frost the sides of the cake as well.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

In another large bowl (or bowl of your electric mixer), beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the flour mixture and buttermilk alternately and beat until just combined. Beat in lemon zest and juice.

Divide batter evenly between prepared pans. Smooth batter with back of a spoon and then gently drop pans on counter to release any air bubbles. Bake cakes for 28-32 minutes. Let cool at least 10 minutes before inverting to cool completely.

To make frosting:

Beat butter until smooth and creamy. Add sugar and lemon juice and beat until desired consistency. Frost cake, slice and enjoy! Store covered for a couple days.

Here’s my slice with the coconut:

Mmmmmm good