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Day 16: Kimberly Schlapman — Coconut Cake & Haystacks

About Kimberly Schlapman

"We don't have a holiday celebration unless my grandmother's coconut cake is on the table," says Kimberly. "And my mother's best friend makes these amazing things called 'Haystacks.'"

Coconut Cake

Time and Yield

  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 8-12 servings

Ingredients

  • For the cake:
    • 3 cups plain flour
    • 2/3 cup self rising flour
    • 3 cups sugar
    • 1 1/2 cups Crisco
    • 1 1/2 cups milk
    • 1 1/2 tablespoons vanilla
    • Dash of salt
    • 6 eggs at room temperature
    • Milk from a fresh coconut

  • For the icing:
    • 1 1/2 cups sugar
    • 1/3 cup water
    • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tarter
    • 2 unbeaten egg whites
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla
    • Shredded coconut

Directions

For the cake: Cream together sugar & Crisco until fluffy. Add one egg at a time mixing after each. Gradually add milk & flour. (Start with flour & end with flour). Add dash of salt & vanilla. Pour into 3 well-prepared layer pans.

Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.

When cake is done & still hot, poke holes in the layers & pour milk from a fresh coconut over each layer.

For the icing: Mix sugar & water in a saucepan & dissolve sugar over low heat. Boil for 3 minutes. Place unbeaten egg whites & cream of tarter in a mixing bowl. Turn mixer to high & immediately add hot syrup gradually as you continue to beat for 5 minutes. Add vanilla. Icing will thicken & be fluffy. Spread on cooled cake. Sprinkle shredded coconut around sides & on top.

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Haystacks

Time and Yield

  • Cook Time: N/A
  • Yield: varies

Ingredients

  • 14 ounces butterscotch chips (I always use a little more)
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1 (6 ounce) can salted Spanish peanuts
  • 1 large can Chinese noodles

Directions

Melt butterscotch and peanut butter using double boiler over low heat. Mix noodles and peanuts in butterscotch. Drop by spoonful on wax paper. Refrigerate to harden.

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