Spring has officially arrived for me with the making of coconut cake. Homemade from scratch coconut cake is a Southern classic that compares to no other dessert. Secret recipes for coconut cake within families are as tightly held as the recipe for perfect fried pies (a post for another day). Today’s recipe is not the typical seven-layer cake, it’s an updated sheet cake version my Mom, Grandmother, every aunt, and most of the church ladies growing up made. Easier, faster, and every bit as delicious, it does not ever last long. Give it a try and if you want to say it is your secret recipe, go ahead!
Southern Coconut Refrigerator Cake
1 Coconut Supreme cake mix (or a white cake mix can be used)
1 can of sweetened condensed milk
1 (8 oz) sour cream
1 Cool Whip topping
2 (6 oz each) fresh frozen coconut flakes (I prefer Bird’s Eye)
Make the cake by the directions on the box and pour into 9 x 13 pan and bake according to box directions.
When cake is done, remove from oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes. Using either a fork or the handle of a spoon, poke holes all in cake. Have fun, the more the merrier! Next, pour the sweetened condensed milk all over your beautiful holes. Let all that sweet goodness soak into the cake. If any accumulates in the corners, spread it out so it can be absorbed. Cool completely.
While the cake is soaking up all the sweetened condensed milk, make the icing. Combine the carton of Cool Whip with sour cream, fold and gently stir until both are completely incorporated. Next, add one package of shaved coconut. When cake is completely cooled, spread all the icing on top. Yes, it’s a lot and yes you will thank me later. Take the second package of coconut and sprinkle as much or as little onto the top of the icing–your call.
Refrigerate a few hours or overnight (if you can wait that long) before serving. This is the perfect make-ahead cake.
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