Recipe Sifter

  • Start Here
    • Course
    • Main Ingredient
    • Cuisine
    • Preparation
    • Occasion
    • Diet
    • Nutrition

Select () or exclude () categories to narrow your recipe search.


As you select categories, the number of matching recipes will update.

Make some selections to begin narrowing your results.
  • Calories
  • Amount per serving
    1. Total Fat
    2. Saturated Fat
    3. Polyunsat. Fat
    4. Monounsat. Fat
    5. Trans Fat
  • Cholesterol
  • Sodium
  • Potassium
  • Total Carbohydrates
    1. Dietary Fiber
    2. Sugars
  • Protein
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin B6
  • Vitamin B12
  • Vitamin C
  • Calcium
  • Iron
  • Vitamin E
  • Magnesium
  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Find exactly what you're looking for with the web's most powerful recipe filtering tool.

    You are in: Home / Recipes / My Great Grandmother's Buttermilk Lemon Coconut Cake Recipe
    Lost? Site Map

    My Great Grandmother's Buttermilk Lemon Coconut Cake

    Total Time:

    Prep Time:

    Cook Time:

    1 hr 40 mins

    40 mins

    1 hr

    Sayster's Note:

    My great grandmother made this all the time and no one had the recipe. She never measured anything she put in it. Finally my dad watched her make it one time and before she added each ingredient, he made her stop so he could measure it and write it down. This cake is different from the usual coconut cake in that the icing is less fluffy and instead soaks the cake more. It is to die for!! This is the moistest, densest cake, and the combination of flavors is amazing!

    • Save to Recipe Box

    • Add to Grocery List

    • Print

    • Email

    My Private Note



    Units: US | Metric


    1. 1
      Preheat oven to 300. Grease and flour 3 9" cake pans. Sift together flour and salt.
    2. 2
      Cream shortening and sugar until fluffy.
    3. 3
      Beat in eggs one at a time until combined.
    4. 4
      Add buttermilk, soda, and flavoring.
    5. 5
      Add flour mixture gradually until combined. This is similar to a pound cake batter.
    6. 6
      Pour into cake pans at bake for 40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in cake comes out clean.
    7. 7
      For Icing:.
    8. 8
      Cook sugar, milk, coconut, marshmallows over a double boiler until smooth. Note: as it is hard to find unsweeted coconut, I've used sweeted and reduced the sugar to 1/2 Cup. Fold in almond extract. Icing will be fairly runny--it's supposed to seep into the cake and run off the sides. If you want it to be thicker, add more marshmallows.
    9. 9
      Ice layers and top of cake while still hot. I poke holes in the layers with a toothpick so that the icing seeps down into the cake.
    10. 10
      Cover and refrigerate overnight. No cheating! You MUST serve it after it's been refrigerated, and serve it cold - it's best that way.
    11. 11

    Browse Our Top Dessert Recipes

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on July 07, 2007


      When I starting making this cake It seem that it had a lot of shortening. I thought that was a mistake. The more I made the cake; I thought it is like an old wedding cake recipe. I believe that is what it is. I think it needed more marshmallows. It was a bit runny.Dan loved the cake and I made it for him. Over all it turn out a pretty good cake. Chef#220151.

      people found this review Helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes | No


    Nutritional Facts for My Great Grandmother's Buttermilk Lemon Coconut Cake

    Serving Size: 1 (179 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 16

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 610.2
    Calories from Fat 292
    Total Fat 32.5 g
    Saturated Fat 15.3 g
    Cholesterol 58.8 mg
    Sodium 174.5 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 74.8 g
    Dietary Fiber 3.3 g
    Sugars 48.5 g
    Protein 7.3 g

    Ideas from

    Advertisement Network of Sites

    • Mexican Recipes
    • Chinese Recipes
    • Australian Recipes
    • Breakfast Recipes
    • Greek Recipes
    • Restaurant Recipes
    • Italian Recipes
    • Christmas Recipes
    • Thanksgiving Recipes
    • Southern Recipes
    • Dessert Recipes
    • Deep Fried Recipes
    • Thai Recipes
    • Low Cholesterol Recipes
    • Indian Recipes
    • Healthy Recipes
    • Meatloaf Recipes