Went to a friends for a small gathering and the host made this cake. If this is not the best then it is one of the best homemade cakes I've ever eaten. I threw some in the freezer and it was even better frozen. I will attempt to make this cake. SUPER MOIST and NOT SICKINGLY SWEET!
There is something special about a "true" Southern coconut cake, they are dense and fluffy at the same time and hard to describe. If you've had one, you know what I mean. They are not meant to be "light and airy" like a box mix, and when you find the perfect mix it is heaven. This cake is the closest I have ever come to actually baking one myself. Follow the directions carefully, Use the self rising flour, find the best coconut cream you can buy (go for the higher sugar content listed on the can, I think after reading most of these reviews a lot of problems are caused by using the wrong kind of coconut cream). Tips for runny icing: This is basically a homemade "marshmallow fluff" recipe meant to Hold the coconut, add sweetness, and a bit of moisture. Made up of eggs and sugar, a lot will depend on the size of your eggs, It should set while you are cooking. Don't expect it to get thicker after it cools If it's a little runny sprinkle a tiny bit more of Cream of Tartar and keep on mixing until it stiffens up a bit. I used aluminum cake pans and kept a close eye not to over bake, refrigerate for full 3 days. Not dry at all. and close to perfect!
Follow the directions EXACTLY. I stupidly used cake flour and found myself with a 25 lb cake to frost. Frosting was runny but delicious. I will try this one again for sure.
My daughter requested this for her birthday. I was reluctant at first since I don't like self rising flour, and someone said the cake was hard to cut. Well, the cake is as light as angel wings, and delicious. I brought it to an Optimist luncheon meeting, and friends were picking at the crumbs. Needless to say, it will be made again.
This is the first time that I made a coconut cake by myself. I made two and both turned out great. I remember helping my grandmother bake when I was very young.This one is as good as the one's my Grandmother made. This is a great recipe.
made this coconut cake using recipe from paula deens christmas cook book , there is a mistake in the printing for frosting[1/3 cup water was omitted] made it twice same results, very grainey. could not use , called my sister that had made it using the receipe from internet, which turned out wonderful . just a small error but caused a lot of time and expense.
I LOVE coconut cake. But this was sooo dense family did not care for it. I did like it, but did not love it!
i can't believe i hadn't rated this previously! I don't care that much for coconut or paula dean for that matter, but THIS IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE CAKES!! I made this last year when my sister requested a coconut cake for her birthday and i couldn't believe how good it was and how much DH and i like it (he doesn't really care for coconut either). After i had the 2nd layer in place i decided it was just too much cake for all of us so i made the 3rd layer into a cake on its' own and froze it for later (icing and all). we pulled it out a couple weeks later and it was delish. it froze perfectly! So I wanted to make this for easter this year and i didn't notice until after i made the filling that i was making the wrong cake! I didn't have the coconut milk on hand so i went ahead and made the other cake, but used this icing which was the only thing that saved that cake. The icing is so darn good i could sit down w/ a bowl of that stuff. and by the way, don't let the icing sit too long on the cake before patting the coconut in, i decided to toast the coconut before putting it on the cake and by the time i did that the icing had dried ever so slightly and the coconut didnt' stick quite as well. Next time i'll remember which cake to use, this cake is one of the best ones out there! Yum!
When I took the cakes out of the pans, a piece broke off and I had to taste it - it was the driest cake I had ever tasted. But I followed all the directions and let it sit for 3 days in the refrigerator - IMPRESSIVE!! Extremely moist - I did think the frosting tasted grainy - but couldn't tell if was the frosting or the sugar on the coconut on top of the frosting - anyway, I used coconut milk instead of regular milk in the filling - will keep this recipe!!
I made this for my husband's birthday and it was a big hit. I thought the filling was absolutely perfect! I thought the cake was the tiniest bit dry. But it might be my oven, because a friend made this at a party and his was not the lest bit dry.