Triple Coconut Layer Cake with 7-Minute Frosting

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“Never discard anything without saying thank you and good-bye. …
Tidying is the act of confronting yourself. …
We can only transform our lives if we sincerely want to. …
Anxiety arises from not being able to see the whole picture. ..
Follow your intuition and all will be well. …
Tidying orders and relaxes the mind.” Marie Kondo

Long before Marie Kondo was a sensational tidying-up phenemonon, we have been steadily purging our home of the accumulating stuff of life.  Where she has been most helpful to us has been in the editing of books.  Books are one of my life’s greatest passions and I have a hard time giving them up.  Armed with Marie’s promise of sparking joy by keeping only meaningful tomes, I have been donating piles and piles of books to the library, Goodwill and friends.  I had however a secret cupboard of special cookbooks that didn’t get culled.  A rebellious hold-out of sorts.  I just couldn’t part with these books.  One of them was Martha Stewart’s classic “Entertaining” book which I’ve had since 1989!  Although I haven’t made anything from it in YEARS(Marie’s voice is nagging me!), it is the book from which I learned to cook.  Many legendary dinner parties were inspired from its pages.  It is what led many to dub me Martha Stewart back in the day.  So in order for Prince Charming not to KonMari my cookbook stash, I justified its existence by finding a dessert recipe for a potluck in its well-worn, stained pages. This old-fashioned coconut cake won me over.  I had never tried a boiled 7 minute frosting back in its popularity days.  It was a fluffly, delicious concoction in a marshmallow-fluff sort-of consistency.  The cake sparked joy to all who enjoyed it, including its baker and Prince Charming.  Step away from the book stash,  Marie. The cookbook is, for now, staying!

Doesn’t the cake look like a giant snowball on our January iced over patio table? The pretty branch is from our beloved witch hazel tree blooming in the winter garden.

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