Big day tomorrow, guys.
Maybe this cake is a hint. Maybe? No. This cake is definitely a hint.
Tomorrow is my birthday! The very last birthday I will celebrate in my 20s. Weird. Really weird. I just don’t feel like I should be 29. But yet I do. See? It’s weird.
I’m not going to get nostalgic because I’ve got cake on the brain. My birthday cake.
I love cake. If you invite me to your wedding or your baby shower, chances are you’ll find me at the cake table hovering in the most normal way scoping out the most perfect (read: biggest) piece.
You do it, too?
One of my favorite cookbooks is the “Church Lady Cookbook” as I like to call it. I got it from my mother-in-law for a wedding shower gift, and it’s a collection of recipes from all the ladies in the congregation of the church my husband grew up in. Inside the red-spiral-bound book is a ton of great recipes. The ones that have made so many appearances at church potlucks that people call them by names like “Carolyn’s Tea Ring” and “Jeanne’s Enchiladas.” These recipes are classics.
As I was browsing through all the tabs I’ve stuck in the book, I was so surprised when a recipe caught my eye that I hadn’t tabbed: Butterscotch Coconut Cake. I am a huge butterscotch fan. I mean, my favorite Dairy Queen treat is a butterscotch dip cone. This recipe had my name written all over it.
It’s a homemade golden vanilla cake topped with a broiled butterscotch coconut frosting. It’s not fancy. But it kind of is. You know?
The cake is moist but slightly dense, which is my favorite kind of cake. I like a little substance to my sweets. The frosting is delightfully butterscotch, and the coconut enhances the buttery-ness of the frosting rather than takes away it. I like the coconut because it’s slightly chewy and slightly crunchy. It’s adds an unexpected element to this cake. Nathan isn’t a coconut fan, but he deemed the cake delicious. This cake is changing lives.
I overcame my fear of the broiler to make this cake. I am growing up! After an incident involving s’mores bars nearly six years ago, I have been fearful of the b-word. That is until I made this cake. Now I can do anything!
I am ready for 29. This will be the best year yet.
This recipe was adapted from Mrs. Leonard B.’s recipe in memory of her sister-in-law Mrs. Adolph M. in the Immanuel Lutheran Ladies Aid and LWML 75th Anniversary Cookbook.