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Miss Katie's Coconut Cake Recipe

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This recipe for Miss Katie's Coconut Cake, by , is from Harry's Favorite Recipes Cookbook Project, one of the cookbooks created at FamilyCookbookProject.com. We help families or individuals create heirloom cookbook treasures.

Lee Thomas
Added: Monday, October 20, 2008


1 stick margarine, softened
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 cups sugar
1 cup buttermilk
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp vanilla extract
4 eggs
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3 cups coconut

Meringue Frosting
4 egg whites
1 cup granulated sugar
1-1/2 cups unsalted butter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Cream margarine and oil. Add sugar and mix well. Add eggs. Sift flour together with salt, soda and baking powder. Alternately add flour mixture and buttermilk to sugar mixture. Divide mixture into 3 cake pans.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean.

Meringue Frosting
1. Put egg whites and sugar in a heatproof bowl. Bring a small pan of water to a simmer and place the bowl over the pan (don't let the base of the bowl touch the water). Stir continuously to dissolve the sugar, but be careful not to cook the egg whites.
2. When the sugar is dissolved, remove from the heat and beat the mixture with electric beaters for 5 minutes, or until stiff peaks form. Cut the butter into about 10 pieces, beating after each addition. The mixture should thicken when you have about 2 pieces of butter left, but continue until you have added all the butter.
3. Spread between layers and on top and sides of cake. Sprinkle remaining coconut over top and sides of cake.

Keep refrigerated.

Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
Uncle Sammie loved Katie's jelly and coconut cakes. He was especially fond of her coconut cake.

During his summer visits from Chicago, he stopped at his sister Katie's house before he visited his other sisters. He knew that she would always have a piece of cake ready for him to eat. Before he got in the front door he would say, "Pet you got a piece of cake for your good looking brother?"




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