ArrowDownFill 1arrow-small-lineFill 1Cooking Light - EasyCooking Light - FastCooking Light - So GoodCooking Light - How-ToCooking Light - Staff FaveCooking Light Badge - Wow!GroupClose IconEmailEmpty Star IconLike Cooking Light on FacebookFull Star IconShapePage 1 Copy 3Page 1 Copy 2Grid IconHalf Star IconFollow Cooking Light on InstagramList IconMenu IconPrintSearch IconSpeech BubbleFollow Cooking Light on SnapchatFollow Cooking Light on TwitterWatch Cooking Light on YouTubeplay-iconWatch Cooking Light on Youtube

Coconut-Spice Cake

Yield one 3-layer cake

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 tablespoons grated orange rind
  • 1 teaspoon orange extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Seven-Minute Frosting
  • 1 (3 1/2-ounce) can flaked coconut
  • Garnish: pecan halves

How to Make It

  1. Beat butter at medium speed of an electric mixer until creamy; gradually add sugar, beating well. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition.

  2. Combine buttermilk and orange juice. Combine flour and next 6 ingredients; add to butter mixture alternately with buttermilk mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Mix at low speed after each addition until blended. Stir in pecans and next 3 ingredients. Pour batter into 3 greased and floured 9" round cakepans.

  3. Bake at 350° for 25 to 28 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool cake in pans on wire racks 10 minutes; remove layers from pans and let cool completely on wire racks.

  4. Spread Seven-Minute Frosting between layers and on top and sides of cake. Sprinkle with coconut. Garnish, if desired.

Christmas with Southern Living 1995