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As many of you know, characters, Pattiecake McAlister and Sugarpie Monroe from LAID OUT AND CANDLE LIT, will be publishing a cookbook very soon.
I thought it might be nice to offer up a few samples of recipes which will be included in SWEET THANGS COOKBOOK.
I found the original recipe on-line. When I baked it, I was unhappy with the results. The cake wasn’t easy to make. You made the cake, the curd, and the icing. Now, I’m not opposed to doing all those things from scratch, but heck-fire, if I’m going to, I want the results to be delicious and they weren’t.
However, I thought the cake could be improved and simplified. It was yummy and much improved,so, here goes.

SWEET THANGS RECIPE

COCONUT LEMON CURD CAKE

Yellow cake mix-prepared according to package directions
After the cake is cooled. Spread lemon curd (bought in the jelly/jam department at the grocery store) between layers. I buy two jars and use it all.
Frost with the following 7-minute icing.
2-large egg whites
1 1/2 Cups granulated sugar
1/4 cup cold water
1 TBS. light corn syrup (that’s Karo for all you new cooks)
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
In a stainless steel bowl over a saucepan of simmering water, place the egg whites, sugar, water, and corn syrup. With a handheld electric mixer, beat the mixture for 3 to 4 minutes on low speed. Increase the speed to high and continue to beat for another 3-4 minutes or until the icing is shiny and satiny with soft peaks. Remove from heat, add the vanilla extract, and continue to beat on high speed for another 1 to 2 minutes or until the frosting is thick. Use immediately and add coconut to top and sides.
I personally keep any left over cake in the fridge. Later, if you don’t like to eat it cold, microwave your slice for about 10-15 seconds. It will take the chill off and soften the frosting just a bit.
This version of the cake was delicious. Much more moist than the site recipe I first tried.
If you really want to be fancy, bake the cake in two 8 inch pans and split the layers horizontally into four and add the curd between each layer.
Now, the icing may be a little bit of work, but it is well worth it.

TALKIN’ TWANG: My Texas momma always said, “You can tell the minute a man touches you if it’s for his benefit or yours.” #humor #Southern

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