Lots of baking...
Coconut Cake (Best Ever)
1/2 cup vegetable shortening
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 1/4 cups self-rising flour (or 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour + 3 teaspoons baking powder + 1 teaspoon salt)
1 cup whole milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2/3 cups evaporated milk (may substitute whole)
1 1/3 cup water
6oz shredded coconut
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
Mix first three ingredients together in a large glass bowl (or use mixer). Add milk and vanilla. Beat for two minutes by hand, or on medium-speed if using a mixer. Add eggs. Beat another two minutes. Pour into greased and floured 9"x13" pan. Bake at 350 degrees until done and golden brown.
While cake is baking, mi the coconut topping... In a small pot, over medium heat, heat the evaporated milk and water. Do NOT boil! Add the coconut (reserving a small amount to sprinkle on top of the cake), powdered sugar, and vanilla to the liquid mixture. Stir well to combine and prevent any lumps from forming. Continue to heat to allow the coconut to continue to release flavor into the milk. Again, do NOT boil!
Once you remove the cake from the oven, and while it is still hot, use a fork to prick holes all over the top of the cake. Pour the coconut topping mixture evenly over the cake. Allow to cool completely.
When completely cool, spread cool-whip (or whipped cream) evenly on top and sprinkle with a handful of shredded coconut. Cover and refrigerate. Enjoy! Keep refrigerated.
**Note: This cake only improves with time! Oh my goodness, each successive day it is even better as the flavors mix.
Afternoon drives with my sweet girls...
Hanging around the fireplace with my loves at Bass Pro....
Kenley's creativeness amazes me once again - with her waffle, strawberry, and blueberries...
She is walking around the kitchen!!! Such a big accomplishment for our sweet Caroline!!
Lots of rest time this week for mama...in between school and all the activities. There is nothing like an epsom salt and essential oil bath with rose petals, crystals, and candlelight to soothe a weary body!