Dining alfresco in the spring garden. Coconut cake recipe

Quick and Easy, Moist and Delicious Coconut Cake

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Dining Alfresco 

Spring has been marvelously beautiful this year. After our mild winter, the spring flowers are beginning to arrive in abundance. With the balmy, fragrant flowered air today, I decided to treat myself to a lovely alfresco lunch with a special treat – coconut cake.

Dining Alfresco with Coconut cake

 Quick and Easy, Moist and Delicious Coconut Cake

 Dearest loves coconut cake. Dearest loves cake period. So, this cake was not particularly made for me. Each Sunday we have a lovely family dinner and I prepare a meal with a special treat. Sometimes they’re satisfied with simply biscuits and jelly, especially my son-in-law. This time I made one of Dearest’s favorite cakes – my quick and easy, moist and delicious Coconut Cake. It really is super easy!

The Setting

Our back porch is a lovely place out of direct sun to sit and to enjoy the garden. This is where we gather from time to time to dine alfresco.

These beautiful red roses grow at the sidewalk in the front of the house. I called the rose bush the Volkswagon because it had grown so big. Early this year we gave it a good pruning and it’s rewarding us with many beautiful blooms.


The roses are in a sweet mason jar caddy I found at Walmart some time back. I noticed last week that there’s a lot of galvanized outdoor dining accessories this year. I haven’t explored what they have yet! 
Strawberry lemonade – perfectly refreshing with seasonal strawberries from the pick-your-own farm.
Setting a tablescape for oneself is definitely a treat. It makes the meal an enjoyable event.
My lunch is simple: egg salad sandwich, fresh fruit Ballyshannon Irish cheese and of course, Coconut cake.
 I love these sweet tumblers. They were my husband’s great-Aunt. I have several of her dishes. She and I were kindred spirits in what we loved to collect.
A beautiful setting, lovely lunch…this is a wonderful way to take a break from all the things to do to simply enjoy life’s blessings!
Raspberry Lemonade
Coconut Cake

Coconut Cake


  • 1 pkg plain white cake mix
  • 1 1/3 c. water
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • Frosting
  • 1 can Coco Loco Coconut Milk
  • 1 cup Heavey Whipping Cream
  • 1/2 cup confectioner's sugar
  • Sweetened Coconut


  1. place rack in center of oven, bake at 350 degrees. Use a 13X9 cake pan.
  2. Place cake mix, water, oil, and eggs in an electric mixer, mix on low speed 1 minute, scraping down the sides. Beat batter 2 minutes on medium speed. Spread into greased 13X9 cake pan. bake 27 to 29 minutes.

For the FrostingChill bowl and whisk of an electric mixer, pour heavy whipping cream into bowl. Beat until on high speed until cream has thickened. approximately 1 1/2 minutes. Add sugar and beat an additional 1 to 2 minutes.

  1. While cake is still warm, pour over coconut milk spreading across the cake - once cake is cooled apply Whipped Cream frosting and top with a generous amount of sweetened coconut. Chill at least 1 hour.

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