Yield: Makes 1 (3-layer) cake
This coconut cake is what everyone is raving about! It’s gorgeous, it’s delicious, and the flavors blend perfectly. It beats all the cakes I’ve made before. It’s heavenly, it’s like a cotton fluff on a plate, and the secret to all of it is the lemon-lime soft drink.
1 (15 1/4-ounce) can crushed pineapple in juice, undrained
1 1/2 cups butter or margarine, softened
3 cups of sugar
5 large eggs
1/2 cup lemon-lime soft drink*
3 cups cake flour, sifted
1 teaspoon lemon extract
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Cream Cheese Frosting
1 (6-ounce) package frozen flaked coconut, thawed
Garnish: fresh mint sprig
How to Make Nanny’s Famous Coconut-Pineapple Cake
Step 1: Grease the sides and bottom of 3 9-inch round cake pans and use a wax paper to line the bottom of the pans. Then, grease and flour the wax paper.
Step 2: Drain the pineapple and make sure to reserve 3/4 cup of juice. Then, separate 1/4 cup reserved juice for the Cream Cheese Frosting and reserving the crushed pineapple for the Pineapple filling.
Step 3: Using an electric mixer, beat the butter at medium speed until creamy. Slowly add the sugar and beating thoroughly. Add in the eggs, one at a time, beating every after each addition.
Step 4: Combine the half cup reserved pineapple juice with a soft drink. Stir the flour to the butter mixture alternately with the juice mixture. Begin and end with flour, while beating at low speed every after each addition until incorporated. Once blended, pour the mixture into the prepared cake pans.
Step 5: Place inside the oven and bake at 350 degrees for about 25 to 30 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Immediately remove the pans from the oven and let the cakes cool on wire racks.
Step 6: Once cooled, spread 3/4 cup of the Pineapple filling between each cake layer and the rest of the filling on top of the cake. On the sides of the cakes, spread the cream cheese frosting and pipe the border around the top if you choose to. Now, sprinkle over the coconut and garnish the cake if desired.
NOTE: *You can use 7-Up for the lemon-lime soft drink because the level of carbonation of 7-Up is specific and will make the layers rise gorgeously.
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