Nee Nee's Prized Coconut Cake

"This cake has been a standard in our family for over 40 years. My grandmother made it, taught my mother who taught me, who taught my daughters. This was my grandmother's signature cake and is a staple at all church functions and a must at any family gathering!"
photo by Bonnie G #2 photo by Bonnie G #2
photo by Bonnie G #2
photo by Sherrybeth photo by Sherrybeth
photo by Sherrybeth photo by Sherrybeth
Ready In:
1hr 30mins




  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine boiling water to butter and sugar. Cream well with mixer. Add egg yolks, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Sift flour, baking powder and salt together, three times. Add these dry ingredients to the creamed mixture, alternating with the milk. Add vanilla. Fold in coconut and beaten egg whites, by hand. Pour into 3 nine-inch cake pans that have been well greased and floured. Bake for 20-25 minutes according to your oven.
  • Icing:

  • Combine egg whites, sugar, syrup, water, salt and cream of tartar. Place in double boiler over boiling water. Beat with a hand mixer until mixture stands with "peaks" (approximately 10 minutes). Remove from heat, add vanilla and continue beating until thick enough to spread. Use fresh or frozen grated coconut to sprinkle between each layer along with the icing and sprinkle generously on the top and sides. Keep any leftovers refrigerated.

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  1. My cake did not turned out right.Ithink it was due to the amount of baking powder two tablespoons seems a little bit too much . It tastes good so I will try it with two teaspoons of baking powder.
  2. Amazing cake, well worth all the effort that went into making it. We had this for our Easter Brunch and it was wonderful. Afraid I had no luck w/the frosting - it never got stiff; but I'm sure that's something I did wrong. But I used recipe #6536 for the frosting (thank goodness I had the ingrediants on hand) and recipe #243117 for the filling. YUM, everyone was so impressed with the results. Thanks Sherrybeth for sharing, I'll be making this again for other events for sure.
  3. This is by far the BEST Coconut cake I've had to date. Really is easier to mix then when you first read it. Is well worth the time involved. Can't wait to make this one again. Thanks SB for sharing Nee's great cake.
  4. This cake is simply amazing! It is by far the best cake I have made.....and i have made a ton of different types of cakes. This was my first attempt at a coconut cake and I am glad I tried this recipe. I will definitely be using this recipe again and again!



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