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19th-Century Cake Recipe

This is a 129-year-old recipe courtesy of my great grandmother Ella Harvey.
I love anything coconut. Those ladies of the 19th-century certainly did know how to make some great eats! This cake is perfect for family and friends who love coconut!
Supreme Coconut Cake (1889)
6 egg yolks, well beaten
2 cups powdered sugar
3/4 cup butter
1 cup milk (written as "sweet milk" in original recipe)
3 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
4 egg whites, beaten until frothy
4 ounces coconut, shredded

Combine all ingredients and blend well. Pour cake batter into two round cake pans. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes, or until toothpick inserted comes out clean, in a "moderate oven," 350-degrees F.

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maxeen wrote on February 24, 2015, 4:03 PM

Nice to see a recipe of which I have all the ingredients handy,not saying i'll do it soon though but when the laziness wears off I may..the old recipes were sort of honest !

MV1106 wrote on February 24, 2015, 4:08 PM

wow this sounds wonderful! I also love everything coconut! Sounds like it might make too much cake for me, but I can cut the recipe in half. thanks for sharing!

GemstonePink wrote on February 24, 2015, 4:23 PM

I do like to try the vintage recipes, but lard is something I am not fond of using. Boy, they used a lot of lard back then.

GemstonePink wrote on February 24, 2015, 4:24 PM

I think back in the day they had to feed a lot of people. I cut down the ingredients too.

cheri wrote on February 24, 2015, 5:34 PM

This is an old recipe that maybe I should try out soon. This sounds really nice.

allen0187 wrote on February 24, 2015, 10:33 PM

I'll definitely try this recipe out. Thanks for sharing a cake recipe that has so much history!

crowntower wrote on February 25, 2015, 2:43 AM

I have never heard nor read about a coconut cake. I think this is delicious and very nutritional too. I hope I can taste some of it but I bet there is none in here. God bless the works of your hands.

FreyaYuki wrote on February 25, 2015, 5:00 PM

Sounds good and pretty simple and easy to make. Would be interested in trying this.

GemOfAGirl wrote on February 28, 2015, 3:31 PM

I hate coconut, but most of the people in my family love it. My grandmother, who passed away when I was a toddler, had a legendary love for coconut cake, and according to family lore, she made the best one, but she cooked without recipes, so her cakes died with her. I'll have to pass this recipe along to some family members so they can try it to see if they can duplicate it.