Gail Welch Recipe

Old Fashion Buttermilk Coconut Cake w/Buttercream

By Gail Welch sugarshack

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Gail's Story

I combined 3 recipes and ended up with a coconut cake that taste like one that my grandma used to make. I got my sugar glaze from Jan Walker. A friend sent me her White Buttermilk Coconut Cake Recipe and I made the Coconut Buttercream by tweaking Kathy McGeorge's Lemon Cake Buttercream Frosting. I baked this cake for Thanksgiving and the end result was just what I'd hoped for.


1 c
butter-do not use margarine
2 c
1 c
buttermik, i use foremost bulgarian
3 c
all purpose flour
1 tsp
baking soda
1 tsp
cream of tartar
1/2 tsp
1 tsp
vanilla extract
6 large
egg whites, stiffly beaten
1 c
1/3 c
1 tsp
coconut, flaked
1 c
butter, room temperature
4 1/2 c
powdered sugar
3-4 Tbsp
milk, evaporated milk or half & half
1 tsp
vanilla extract
1 c
coconut, flaked

Directions Step-By-Step

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Prepare 2 9-inch pans or 9x13 inch pan with non stick spray and flour.
Cream butter. Add sugar gradually, creaming continuously.
Mix dry ingredients together in separate bowl.
Alternately, add buttermilk and dry ingredients to butter mixture.
Add vanilla and fold in stiffly beaten egg whites. Pour into prepared pan(s). Bake in 350 degree oven for 35-40 minutes. Do Not Over Bake. When done remove from oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes. In the meantime, make Sugar Glaze.
Combine 1 cup of sugar, 1/3 cup water and 1 tsp. of coconut in small saucepan. Boil for 2 minutes or until just thickened. Place one cake layer on cake plate. Using fork, poke a few holes in cake. Spread small amount of glaze over cake covering top and sides. Make Coconut Buttercream Frosting.
Cream butter. Add vanilla to milk. Gradually add sugar alternately with milk, ending with sugar. Beat until smooth.
Spread frosting over cake. Then, place the second layer on top of the frosted cake layer. Repeat with sugar glaze on top layer. Then frost with buttercream over top and sides. Sprinkle coconut on top and sides of cake.

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Stephanie Back stobk
Saturday, March 21 at 11:50 PM
Hey Gail - I can''t believe this - my favorite cake! My mom used to buy this cake at a little bakery when she had company coming, and I always looked forward to eating a piece. I've looked everywhere for a recipe for this cake, but every recipe has either whipped cream or meringue frosting - yuck! Thanks so much for posting this recipe - I can wait to make it (eat it, actually). Will write more soon!
Gail Welch sugarshack
Sep 10, 2013
Thanks Maria! Happy Birthday to you next month!!
Maria * WWCook1
Sep 8, 2013
Oh Gail, This cake looks & sounds deliiicious! Printed and will make for the next next month family's member birthday...mine:)Thanks for posting!
Gail Welch sugarshack
Nov 22, 2012
Thank you, Kirstyn. Happy Thanksgiving!