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Cocoanut Cake


  • 3/4 cup of butter
  • 2 cups of white sugar
  • 1 cup of sweet milk
  • 4 eggs
  • lemon or vanilla
  • 3 heaping teaspoonfuls of baking powder
  • 3 cups of sifted flour


Cream together butter and white sugar; then add sweet milk, eggs, whites and yolks separately beaten, the yolks added first to the butter and sugar, then the whites; flavor with lemon or vanilla; mix baking powder in sifted flour and add last; bake in jelly pans.

For Filling

  • whites of 3 eggs
  • 1 cup of powdered sugar
  • grated cocoanut


Make an icing by beating the whites and powdered sugar to a stiff froth. When the cake is cooled, spread a thick layer of this frosting over each cake, and sprinkle very thickly with grated cocoanut.


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The White House Cookbook (1887).

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