Coconut Cake with Seven-minute Frosting

This cake has become one of the break out hits from my third cookbook, Sweetness. I’ve received so many emails saying the price of the cookbook was worth it for this one recipe alone. And if that wasn’t recommendation enough, my mother’s friends tell me this is the recipe she tells everyone that they just “have” to make first the moment they get that cookbook.


1-1/2 c. Sugar,
2 Tbsp corn syrup,
1/4 c.water,
6 egg whites,
tsp. Vanilla


In a heat proof bowl of an electric mixer, mix all ingredients (except vanilla) and place the bowl over a saucepan of simmering water.
Whisk the mixture until it reaches 160 degrees using a candy or instant read thermometer.
Transfer the mixing bowl to your mixer, and with the whisk attachment, beat on high until stiff, glossy peaks form (about 6 minutes).
Whip in the vanilla. Frost cake immediately.

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