birthday cake for my forever young mom

triple decker coconut cake

We celebrated Mom’s birthday today. I’ve been making her birthday cake for forty two years. Since the year that she taught me to bake. As I carried her cake into the dining room while singing HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU, I smiled at how much I love having young parents.

triple decker coconut cake

When I was a little girl, I wanted my mom to be old. She didn’t look like other mothers. She had long blonde hair, wore bikinis in the summer and went to exercise class long before women worked out! The other kids in my neighborhood would tease me because my mom looked like my older sister.

triple decker coconut cake

I remember walking home with a little girl who tortured me constantly about one thing or the other. As we were coming across the field behind my house, we saw my dad kissing Mom while they were standing in front of the kitchen window. I was horrified! I could hear the taunts behind me as I ran the rest of the way home.

triple decker coconut cake

I burst through the backdoor in tears and promptly asked my parents to stop kissing and in fact to never kiss again. They scooped me up in their arms to find out what all the fuss was about. There was no way that I could ever explain how terrible it was to have such young parents.

How blessed I am…

triple decker coconut cake

Triple Decker Coconut Cake

Preheat oven 350*F

Grease and flour 3 – 8” round cake pans

5 eggs, separated
1 cup butter, softened
1 ¾ cups sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 cups all purpose flour
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon white vinegar
1 cup milk
1 cup flaked coconut

Mix vinegar and milk together and set aside.

Beat egg whites until stiff then set aside.

Cream butter and sugar until light then add yolks and vanilla – beat well.

Sift flour with salt.

Mix baking soda into soured milk. Working in thirds, alternating dry ingredients with soured milk until well blended.

Fold in coconut.

Fold in egg whites.

Divide batter between pans

Bake for 30 minutes or until cake tester comes out of cake cleanly.

Cool on a cooling rack for ten minutes then remove cakes from pans.

Return cakes to cooling rack and cool completely before filling and frosting.

THE LOVE: Take your time when folding in the egg whites. You want to leave as much air as possible.

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triple decker coconut cake

one year ago: Giant Globe Artichoke with French Vinaigrette

Thanks for reading.

  • Donna Gates

    Wonderful! Great story and photos.

    • http://bitebymichelle.com bitebymichelle

      Thanks Donna!

  • http://theludicreader.wordpress.com Christie

    Happy birthday, Carla.xo

  • Linda Stilson

    I love the recipe, but it’s not finished. We need the filling and frosting recipe too. Please!!!

    • Tamaris Landsman

      Filling and frosting please.. Great photos and story. Eager to make this cake

      • http://bitebymichelle.com bitebymichelle

        No problem… I used Jello instant lemon pie filling and reduced the sugar amount o 1/2 cup because I like it a little tart. The boiled icing: beat 3 egg whites till stiff then 1 cup of brown sugar mixed with 3 tablespoons of water in a pot – bring to the soft ball stage. Pour hot syrup into egg whites with beater running. when all of the syrup is mixed in add 1 teaspoon of vanilla. Beat well. A candy thermometer really helps!

  • http://www.facebook.com/heather.chase.961 Heather Chase

    Birthday wishes to Carla! May she continue to steal kisses in front of the kitchen window. xo

  • Meggie

    haha! I love this!!!

  • http://dishbydish.net rosewithoutthorns

    It must be amazing to have such young parents who can enjoy life with you even long after you have your own kids! Happy birthday to your mum!

  • Kaitie

    I love this!! That cake looks AMAZING!!! I’d want some for breakfast! xo

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