Patti's 1880s Restaurant Coconut Cake

Filling and Frosting Ingredients:

  • 2 cups sour cream
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 14 ounces coconut (about 4 cups)
  • 1 (12 oz.) container Cool Whip


Prepare cake mixes according to package directions. Bake in 4 round, 9-inch cake pans (you may do this in 2 batches if you only have 2 pans); cool thoroughly on a wire rack.

Prepare filling: Fold together sour cream and sugar. Stir in half the coconut (7 ounces, or 2 cups) to thicken the mixture for filling. Reserve remaining coconut to sprinkle over cake.

Measure out 1 cup of the sour cream mixture and set aside, refrigerated, to make the frosting.

Spread remaining filling between layers. Cover cake with plastic wrap and refrigerate 3 days to allow moisture to soak through cake.

To make frosting: Mix reserved filling with Cool Whip. Spread over cake. Sprinkle with coconut.

Makes 12

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