Photography: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Jan Gautro
Yield
12 servings (serving size: 1 slice)

In true pound-cake fashion, the plain appearance of this dessert belies its spectacular flavor.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°.

Step 2

Coat a 9-inch (3 inches deep) springform pan with cooking spray; dust with 2 tablespoons sugar. Place butter in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until creamy and pale (about 2 minutes); gradually add 1 1/3 cups sugar. Beat at high speed 3 minutes or until fluffy. Beat in vanilla. Add egg whites, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, baking soda, and salt, stirring with a whisk. Combine milk and buttermilk. Add flour mixture and buttermilk mixture alternately to sugar mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Fold in coconut.

Step 3

Bake at 350° for 55 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 15 minutes on wire rack; remove from pan. Cool completely on wire rack. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. Serve with Ginger Ice Milk.

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