Old Fashion Buttermilk Coconut Cake w/Buttercream


Gail Welch Recipe

By Gail Welch sugarshack


Rating:
Serves:
8-12
Prep Time:
Cook Time:
Method:
Bake
Comments:

I combined 3 recipes and ended up with a coconut cake that taste like one that my grandma used to make. I baked this cake for Thanksgiving and the end result was just what I'd hoped for.
Note: For a quick version use a boxed cake mix and bake according to directions.

Ingredients

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

Directions Step-By-Step

1
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.
2
Mix dry ingredients together in separate bowl.
3
Alternately, add buttermilk and dry ingredients to butter mixture.
4
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.
5
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 LIGHTLY covering top and sides (will not use all of the glaze.)
6
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 bottom layer of cake.
7
Place the second layer on top of the frosted cake layer. Repeat with light sugar glaze on top layer. Then frost with buttercream over top and sides. Sprinkle coconut on top and sides of cake.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cakes
Main Ingredient: Sugar
Regional Style: American
Collection: Go Bold with Butter
Other Tag: Heirloom


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30 Comments

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Stephanie Back stobk
Mar 21, 2015
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!
Stephanie
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Gail Welch sugarshack
Sep 10, 2013
Thanks Maria! Happy Birthday to you next month!!
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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!
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Gail Welch sugarshack
Nov 22, 2012
Thank you, Kirstyn. Happy Thanksgiving!