my grandmother's coconut cake

This is the dessert I bring to gatherings when I want to impress people without much effort. So basically this is the dessert I bring every time, ha! It's near impossible to get wrong. And turns out so light, fluffy and decadent that no will suspect how easy it was for you to throw together.

The recipe is from my Mamaw Muncy. I don't know if she made it up or got it from someone else but it was a such a treat at our family get togethers. I always think of her when I make it and still remember baking with her in that tiny, old wallpaper-ed kitchen.

You will need:

  • 3 white cake box mixes

  • 1 16 oz container of Cool Whip

  • 2-3 8 oz containers of sour cream

  • sweetened coconut shavings

Make the cake mixes as instructed on the box. I divided all the cake batter into three separated bowls and baked them in a nine inch round pan. There will be leftover batter. Do whatever you want with it, I made a mini cake for Behr with ours.

In a large bowl mix the Cool whip and sour cream together. This is kind of a tricky part as I don't have exact measurements. I just add the sour cream in a bit at a time and taste as I go. It should last like tangy whipped cream. Not too sour or two sweet. But I'll leave it up to you to decide how "sour" you want it to be. I usually end up using around 1 and 1/2 of the 8 ounce containers of sour cream

Next, stack the three layers of the cake, making sure to spread icing and sprinkle coconut in between each layer. This is the hardest part as you have to super careful when moving the cake layers around. They're usually pretty fragile. It also helps to shave the top of each layer as you go to make sure it will all be level in the end (feel free to snack on the shavings).

Once they're all stacked, spread the remainder of the icing until the cake is covered. Then generously sprinkle coconut all over. Gently press the coconut into the sides to get it all covered. This part is a complete mess but also lots of fun!

And that's it, you're done! Make sure you store the leftovers in the fridge and don't mention how easy it was to make so you look even more awesome ;)

Hope you enjoy friends!