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SOUTHERN CULTURE
AN EASTER TRADITION

Re-creating my mother’s fresh coconut cake

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coconut cake

Fresh coconut cake with seven minute frosting.

There were two occasions in my childhood that warranted fresh coconut cake: Christmas and Easter.

One may wonder why anyone would want anything other than fresh coconut? In my mother’s day, the question was whether to use canned coconut versus fresh coconut between cake layers topped with seven minute frosting.

rotary beater

The recipe called for hand mixing all the ingredients. The only nod to technology was the suggestion to use a rotary egg beater for the seven minute frosting.