Coconut Cake

Little known fact….I was born in Georgia….so maybe that is why I was attracted to the name of this cookbook? Have you ever had good Southern cooking? I mean really good Southern cooking. It is some of the best in the world, full of down home goodness and will fill your belly and make you feel all warm and fuzzy, like a big hug.

Atlanta is filled with fine eaterys and restaurant critic and food writer Krista Reese found some of the best recipes to include in her cookbook. I think if my kids would have seen the picture for the Vandross Burger they would have demanded that I make it. I will describe it as a bacon cheeseburger on top of a Krispy Kreme doughnut…..insane, right?! The cookbook is filled with homestyle comfort foods like fried chicken and  fried okra but also recipes for the fancier palate such as truffled white bean soup….yumm.

The Ruling: We made the coconut cake. All I can say is…..insane. Please come and get it out of my house before I eat the whole pan! It is a cross between Tre Leche cake and a pina colada! Make this for your next event that you have to bring a dessert….your friends will thank you….give it away as fast as you can so that your waistline can thank you too!

Coconut Cake, pg 202



  • 1 (18.5-ounce) box yellow cake mix
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • ¾ cup pineapple juice
  • 1 small very ripe banana, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon coconut extract
  • ½ (12-ounce) can evaporated milk
  • ½ (14- ounce) can condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • 1 (8-ounce) tub Cook Whip
  • 1 teaspoon coconut extract
  • ½ cup butter, at room temperature
  • 8 ounces (or ½ package) confectioners’ sugar
  • Shredded coconut, to garnish


  1. Preheat the oven according to package directions and prepare one 9×13-inch baking pan or two 8-inch round pans according to the cake mix directions.
  2. To make the cake, combine the cake mix, eggs, oil, pineapple juice, banana, and coconut extract in a large bowl.  Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed for 3 minutes.  Pour into prepared pan(s).
  3. Bake according to the package directions.  While the cake bakes, combine the evaporated milk, condensed milk, and vanilla in a saucepan and heat until warm to allow the condensed milk to mix well.
  4. When the cake is done, remove it from the oven.  Poke holes all over the cake with a fork and pour the milk mixture over the cake.  Let cool in the pan(s).
  5. Invert the cake onto a cake dish if you are making a layer cake, or leave in the baking dish if you are making a sheet cake.
  6. To prepare the frosting, combine the Cool Whip and coconut extract in the bowl of an electric mixer with the butter and confectioners’ sugar.  Beat until smooth.  Frost the cake.  Sprinkle with coconut.


To Joyful, Simplified Living,

MS. Simplicity

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