I hope you’re having a wonderful Valentine’s day! I am busy double-childproofing the house, so that when the kids come home hopped up on sugar from their parties, they won’t be able to destroy anything important.
And speaking of sugar, here’s a recipe I have modified enough times that I think I can actually call it mine. I made it last night for my PEO sisters, and it was a hit! My husband loves coconut, so we’re constantly looking for ways to work it into desserts. And, no, I did not spend hours in the kitchen. Here’s my two biggest secrets: fancy bundt pan (from my wonderful mom), and boxed cake mix.
Toasted Coconut Cake
- 1 package white cake mix
- 1 package instant vanilla pudding
- 1/4 c. sugar
- 1/2 c. sour cream
- 1/2 c. water
- 3/4 c. vegetable oil
- 3/4 c. cream of coconut (available in the mixed drink aisle at the supermarket)
- 1 tsp. coconut extract
- 4 eggs
- 2 c. toasted coconut
- Combine cake mix, pudding mix, and sugar in large bowl.
- Add sour cream, oil, water, cream of coconut and coconut extract. Mix well
- Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each.
- Fold in toasted coconut.
- Pour into greased and floured 12 cup bundt pan.
- Bake at 350 degrees F for 50-55 minutes, or until toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
- Cool in pan for 10 minutes, then completely on wire rack.
- Frosting: combine (I winged it on these ingredients, looking for a consistency about like tacky glue) 2 c. powdered sugar, 1/2 cup cream of coconut, 1/2 tsp. coconut extract. For the cake above, I spread the frosting in the grooves of the cake. Top with more toasted coconut. Enjoy!
Along more quilty lines, I have been devouring a wonderful book, The Crafter’s Guide to Taking Great Photos. Hopefully all the wonderful tips will start becoming apparent on blog photos! I also entered two designs in the Inklingo Love the Lines contest. I think that may be the first New Year’s goal I have EVER met in the same year it was made!
And finally, check out this darling Valentine’s project from Keep it Thimble:
These remind me of woven heart baskets we once made in Girl Scouts. I can’t wait to try out her clever piecing technique. Now I’m off to enjoy handwork on the couch while snuggling with the girls. I hope your day is full of quiet moments with the people you love most!