"My neighbors, Madge & Bob, gave me this recipe. His mother used to make it every year for his birthday. The original recipe was probably written sometime in the 1930's. It originally called for a 1/2 shell of cold water to add to the egg whites. I had to follow up on this and it turned out to mean a 1/2 an egg shell filled with water! So I cracked and egg and came up with 2 tablespoons!"
3/4 cup butter (part shortening)
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
3 cups cake flour
1 1/4 cups cold water
1/2 cup coconut, shredded
3 egg whites
2 tablespoons cold water
4 teaspoons baking powder
Preheat over to 350. Cream butter and sugar, add salt, vanilla and almond extract, then alternately add 3 cups of flour and the 1-1/4 cups of water, then the coconut. Beat egg whites and the tablespoon of water until stiff. Fold the egg whites into the batter and add the baking powder last. Yes, that's right, the baking powder is added last. That's the secret!
Bake at 350 for 35 or 40 minutes.
Originally posted 1/08/08
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