My mom used to make this cake all the time when I was younger. The last time I remember having it was when I was 17 and a senior in high school!
I had a Christmas potluck this past week at work, and I signed up to bring cake. Not long after signing up I regretted it. Why couldn’t I have signed up for something easy?
For once I decided to take the easy way out by making a non-layer cake. This cake gets bonus points for being super easy. The cake itself is easy enough but the broiled frosting is about the least labor-intensive frosting I’ve ever made.
- 4 eggs
- 2 c. sugar
- 2 c. bread flour
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 2/3 c. cold water
- 2 tsp. vanilla
- 3 oz. evaporated milk
- 1 c. + 2 T . brown sugar
- 1/2 c. plus 1 T. melted butter
- 1 1/2 c. coconut
- Beat eggs, add sugar and continue beating. Sift flour with baking powder and salt. Add alternatively with water to egg mixture. Add vanilla. Bake in an 9×13-inch pan about 25 to 30 minutes at 350 degrees or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
- Mix together frosting ingredients and spread on warm cake. Place under broiler until it bubbles – do not brown.
I had a slight snafu while baking this cake. I opened the oven when it wasn’t all that close to being done and the cake sunk in the middle. As a result, the frosting all sunk to the middle. I had to broil the hell out the frosting to ensure the frosting in the middle was done, which meant that the frosting along the edges became caramelized and, for lack of better words, crispy.
I tried three different pieces of cake that night. One corner piece, one edge piece and one middle piece. Yes, I had three normal-sized pieces of cake, but in my defense, I hadn’t eaten dinner. So three pieces of cake was my dinner. After eating three pieces of cake, I wasn’t impressed. In fact, I was embarrassed. The cake was going to be a flop. It wasn’t very moist and didn’t taste at all like I remembered it to be. I contemplated “forgetting” the cake in the fridge. But then I wouldn’t have felt right about participating in the potluck. So I brought it in and shoved it in the corner hoping people wouldn’t know I brought anything in.
When your cake reputation precedes you, you can’t hide your cake in the corner. People actually came up to my desk and wanted to know where my cake was and what flavor I brought in. I couldn’t hide it any longer. I had to lead them to the cake. So I took the time to explain what had happened to most people who asked what I brought. Which I’m sure scared people away from trying the cake.
Oddly, the cake got rave reviews. Everyone said it was amazing. My diabetic coworker who has to be picky about the desserts she eats ate three pieces. What I thought was a failure ended up being a huge success. It’s still not what I remember. Not even close. But I was happy it wasn’t a huge flop.
The texture of this cake is coffee cake-esque. The cake itself is very understated. It’s the frosting that’s the star of the show.
Recipe rating: 1/2