Oxmoor House
Prep Time
1 Hour 15 Mins
Cook Time
20 Mins
Other Time
10 Mins
1 (3-layer) cake

Southerner Hazel Burwell has been making this stately cake for her family for over 40 years. She brushes the layers with a coconut syrup to keep the cake moist, and adds marshmallows to the frosting to keep it soft.

How to Make It

Step 1

Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy; gradually add 2 cups sugar, beating well. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating until blended after each addition.

Step 2

Combine flour, baking powder, and salt; add to butter mixture alternately with milk, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat at low speed until blended after each addition. Stir in flavorings. Pour batter into 3 greased and floured 9" round cakepans.

Step 3

Bake at 350° for 18 to 20 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks 10 minutes; remove from pans, and cool on wire racks.

Step 4

Combine 2 tablespoons sugar and coconut milk in a small glass bowl. Microwave on HIGH 1 minute; stir until sugar dissolves. Brush 1 cake layer with half of coconut milk mixture, leaving a 1/2" margin around edges. Spread with 1 cup Boiled Frosting, and sprinkle with 1/2 cup shredded coconut. Top with second cake layer, and repeat procedure. Top with remaining cake layer. Spread remaining frosting on top and sides of cake; sprinkle with remaining coconut. Garnish, if desired.

Ratings & Reviews

LuvCats4's Review

December 26, 2009
This is the cake! It is very moist from the brushing of the sweet coconut milk and the fluffy frosting is yummy!. I did spread a thin layer of Lemon Curd over the layers after brushing them with the coconut milk and then frosted and put on coconut. One note tho', I would omit the marshmallows next time I make the cake, the meringue the recipe makes is quite Queenly enough! It makes great peaks, very glossy and makes a presentation. Everybody enjoyed this cake! Great for birthdays or any celebration!


February 04, 2016
Fresh coconut is worth it.