Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Tasty Tuesday

            Are you a cake or pie person? I love cake, and this one from Trisha Yearwood's new cooking show had me glued to the screen! I've been watching her show on the Food Network since my favorite: The Pioneer Woman Cooks hasn't returned with new episodes, but I'm enjoying Trisha's show till it does, then I'll have two to record!! I also love coconut, and I know many don't but this coconut cake is the bomb if you love coconut and wouldn't it be just perfect for the Mom who does, this weekend!!!

Grandma Yearwood's Coconut Cake



  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, room temperature, plus more for greasing
  • Flour, for dusting pan
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 6 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • One 12-ounce box vanilla wafers, finely crushed
  • One 6-ounce package frozen or fresh grated coconut, thawed
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans

Coconut Lemon Glaze:

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • Pinch of salt
  • Grated zest of 2 large lemons
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (about 2 large lemons)
  • One 6-ounce package frozen or fresh grated coconut, thawed


Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
For the cake: Grease and flour a 9-inch tube cake pan. Cream the butter and sugar until light and smooth. Add the eggs and vanilla extract, beating well. Mix in the vanilla wafer crumbs, coconut and pecans. Pour into the pan and bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Allow the cake to cool in the pan for 10 minutes before turning out onto a rack.
For the glaze: Mix the sugar, cornstarch, salt, lemon zest and juice, 1 1/2 cups of water and coconut in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring until thickened, for about 15 minutes. Let cool slightly, then using a toothpick, poke several holes in the top of the cake and drizzle the glaze over the cake.


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