Monday, November 21, 2016

Bella's Old-Fashioned Coconut #Cake #Recipe from Shades of Wrath by Karen Rose Smith

So many traditions are attached to the holidays. Favorite recipes and baking always play a part in my family's.  Since many of my traditions belong to my sleuth, Caprice De Luca, she bakes and cooks with her loved ones and friends for special days.  Her sister Bella developed this old fashioned coconut cake recipe that you can find in Caprice's latest sleuthing adventure SHADES OF WRATH--Book 6 in my Caprice De Luca home staging mystery series.  SHADES OF WRATH also contains two other recipes--a main dish and a salad.  Its release day is November 29, 2016 but you can pre-order it now!

Enjoy this recipe and your Thanksgiving.  I hope love and warm feelings surround you now and always.


Bella's Old Fashioned Coconut Cake

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

1/2 cup solid coconut oil
1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
5 egg whites
1 whole egg
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup unsweetened coconut milk (I use Silk Coconut Milk)
1 teaspoon salt
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 1/2 cups flour

In electric mixer, cream the coconut shortening with the sugar.  Add eggs slowly and mix until batter is smooth.  Add salt, baking powder and baking soda.  Mix until blended.  Add vanilla and coconut milk and mix just until blended.  Add flour 1/2 cup at a time, mixing two minutes or until batter is smooth.

Pour evenly into a 9 x 13 inch greased and floured pan.  Bake at 375 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.  (Or you can make a layer cake as pictured at the top of this post.)

1 stick (1/2 cup) margarine (softened)
½ cup Crisco

Cream together the softened margarine and Crisco.  To this mixture add:

1 cup granulated sugar
3 tablespoons flour (1 at a time)
2/3 cup coconut milk (This should be tepid temperature and added slowly.  I use Silk Coconut Milk)
½ teaspoon vanilla

Beat 8-10 minutes at high speed until frosting is smooth.  Spread over the cake and sprinkle the top with flake coconut.



Wendy Newcomb, director of the Kismet women's shelter Sunrise Tomorrow, is thrilled when the shelter receives a legacy.  She hires Caprice to decorate the mansion to serve women who need more than an overnight port in a storm. But in her drive against domestic violence, Wendy has made enemies and is murdered. Caprice finds herself in danger once more as she asks questions and even calls on St. Anthony for inspiration to solve this murder mystery.

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USA TODAY Bestselling Author Karen Rose Smith is an only child who delved into books at an early age. She learned about kindred spirits from Anne of Green Gables, solved mysteries with Nancy Drew and wished she could have been the rider on The Black Stallion. Yet even though she escaped often into story worlds, she had many aunts, uncles and cousins around her on weekends. Her sense of family and relationships began there. Maybe that's why families are a strong theme in her novels, whether mysteries or romances. Her 97th novel will be released in 2017.
Karen and Paddy

Readers often ask her about her pastimes. She has herb, flowers and vegetable gardens that help her relax. In the winter, she cooks rather than gardens.  And year round she spends most of her time with her husband, as well as her four rescued cats who are her constant companions. They chase rainbows from sun catchers, reminding her life isn't all about work, awards and bestseller lists. Everyone needs that rainbow to chase.

Karen looks forward to interacting with readers. They can find her at the links below. 

©2016 Karen Rose Smith

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