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Apr 13, 2009

Go Coco"nuts" for cake!


Don't put all your eggs in one basket!
I only have eyes for you...
Easter Dinner ~ ham, sweet potato souffle, baby limas, deviled eggs, yeast rolls & coconut cake

Consider the lilies.

My Easter Sunday began early since Guitar Girl and I had to be at church at 8:00 to prepare for the early service.

Our two services were joyous and moving as we celebrated the resurrection of Christ.
We had several guests and nearly 200 more people than we do on any given Sunday. Soon it was "balcony seating" only.

While waiting for my cue for the drama, I saw some "20 something" guests carrying in Starbucks coffees and sporting an armfull of tattoos. The youth pastor and I agreed that when Starbucks and tattoos show up at church, that's a GOoD thing!

Since it was a holiday, I made a cake ~ coconut cake! And yes, I had some. I am limiting my sugar to birthdays and holidays.

Sugar, Sugar...
Rather than have a lot of left over cake to tempt us to over indulge, I wrapped up the remaining cake and froze it for another day.

I don't often use cake mixes, but this is a recipe I got from a friend and it calls for a cake mix. If you're a fan of coconut, try this recipe. You won't be dissapointed.

1 cake mix - either white, yellow or coconut ( I used Duncan Hines Coconut)

1 can of cream of coconut ~ NOT COCONUT MILK (Find it in the ethnic aisle or w/the mixes for pina coladas.)

1 can of sweetened condensed milk

8 oz tub of Cool Whip
1 bag of coconut ( I used Baker's brand.)

Prepare cake per box directions for a 9 x 13 pan. While still warm, poke lots of holes over the entire cake. Use the end of a wooden spoon. Don't worry if your cake top gets a little "crumb~y." The topping will disguise that.

Pour cream of coconut and sweetened condensed milk over the cake.
Cover and refrigerate for several hours or overnight. Before serving, mix the coconut and Cool Whip to make a "frosting." I never use the entire bag of coconut. Spread over top of cake and if not serving immediately, recover and refrigerate. Refrigerate leftovers. I made my cake Friday and frosted it Saturday night. By Sunday afternoon, it was perfect. This cake gets better as it chills.


  1. Hi Melanie,
    I think we have the same placemats. Your dinner sounds lovely. I enjoyed my time with my family as well. Next year Megan will be in college at FAU in Boca. I am getting in all the moments I can. How is your speaking stuff going? Are you going to She Speaks again this year? I can't remember if I asked you. B

  2. My husband LOVES coconut cake and this would be a good thing for me to make, as I wouldn't be tempted. He weighs the same as when we married and I don't. Ahem. Scrumptious menu. Nothing is as sweety as having the family together!

  3. Melanie, The coconut cake recipe is one I will definitely be trying the next time that I need to take a dessert somewhere. It must be so moist and delicious! And lima beans, I haven't had them for such a long time. The menu sounded so good to me. I would like to hear you play the guitar sometime.

  4. Judy,
    I would like to hear me play the guitar some time, too! (I'm just a singer.)
    The only thing I ever learned was "Tom Dooley." It only has 2 chords!
    My daughter, Guitar Girl, is the guitar player. She's goooood!

  5. I linked to you through another site and saw that you speak on Proverbs. I have a devotional book on Proverbs almost ready to be printed. Also, I just started a site and have a number of articles on Proverbs and I'd like to invite you to visit:


  6. Yum! It looks great and coconut is always a favorite!

  7. So great to meet you too. I loved hugging your neck. Thank you again for driving over here to see me face to face!! I'll be praying for you tomorrow!!

  8. Love all your pictures...Always enjoy my stop at your blog. Hope you will stop by and meet Baby Jack...our miracle.

  9. Mmmm, yummy and it sounds like you had a great Easter. Love to you!

  10. What a wonderful Easter. So glad you were blessed...

    I'm going to try that recipe.

    From my heart,


  11. Melanie, how fun for you and Lisa to meet. I'm jealous : ) I saw the cute pic on Lisa's blog. Good Luck with the TV program. I found CTN. Let me know when your show will air. This is exciting. I will say a prayer for you and your friend. B