State Fair Winning Coconut Cake

READY IN: 1hr 15mins
Recipe by Debbie R.

This is my favorite coconut cake recipe. What makes it so delicious and unusual is the frosting. It is made in a very different manner and isn't ultra-sweet. Just yummy. I think this recipe appeared in the Columbus Dispatch when they posted award-winning recipes from the Ohio State Fair. I can see why it could have walked away with a blue ribbon.

Top Review by remnant3333

I tried the frosting and it was way too much salt. Also it tasted like eating crisco. I had to scrape the icing off the cake and I made a cream cheese icing instead and put coconut all over it. Next time I will try the seven minute icing that I have seen on the internet. I have tried flour icing but without the crisco and it is a lot better!!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Grease and flour two round cake pans or one large pan for a single layer cake.
  2. Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  3. Cream shortening. Beat in 1 and 2/3 cups sugar. Blend in vanilla and coconut extracts. Beat in egg whites.
  4. Blend in flour alternately with buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Using a mixer, beat on low for 2 minutes. Pour into pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick tests clean.
  5. Cool 10 to 15 minutes in pans, then finish cooling on racks. Cool completely before frosting.
  6. For frosting: Put Wondra in saucepan. Slowly blend in milk. Cook over medium heat, stirring, until thick. Cool.
  7. In deep bowl, beat butter, shortening and salt. Beat in confectioner's sugar and vanilla. Beat in cooled white sauce until fluffy.
  8. Frost cake. Sprinkle with all of the coconut.
  9. Store in refrigerator.
  10. Cooking time does not include the time for the cake and frosting to cool.

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