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This delicious, multi-layered coconut cake is courtesy of Robert Carter from the Peninsula Grill, in Charleston, South Carolina.

This cake has become one of the break out hits from my third cookbook, Sweetness. I’ve received so many emails saying the price of the cookbook was worth it for this one recipe alone. And if that wasn’t recommendation enough, my mother’s friends tell me this is the recipe she tells everyone that they just “have” to make first the moment they get that cookbook.


Grandpa's Favorite Coconut Cake with 7 minute frosting

If you’re looking for a show-stopping dessert to grace your table this spring, this gorgeous coconut cake is it! A moist and delicious white cake with a light and fluffy, marshmallow-like frosting and coconut flakes is the perfect dessert for all of your springtime celebrations.

Grandpa's Favorite Coconut Cake with 7 minute frosting

While not a traditional winter dessert, this coconut cake was always made in December in our family to celebrate my grandpa’s birthday. It was his favorite cake. My birthday is also in December, so it was usually my birthday cake, too, when we had big family birthday celebrations. Which is totally fine with me, because it’s so delicious!

I always thought coconut cake was more of a spring dessert, though. So I thought I’d bring it back for this month’s Recipe ReDux theme, showcasing family recipes for springtime celebrations. Like many of my favorite family recipes, this coconut cake recipe always reminds me of fond memories of gathering with my family for a big meal and a good time.

Grandpa's Favorite Coconut Cake with 7 minute frosting

Like I’ve said before, I’m not much of a baker, but this white cake is fairly straight forward. For the softest, most moist cake, beat your (fresh) egg whites just until soft peaks form but try not to over-beat them. And very gently mix the batter together. The cake comes out beautifully and just sweet enough without being over-powering.

Grandpa's Favorite Coconut Cake with 7 minute frosting

7-minute frosting always has a reputation for being finicky, but this 7-minute frosting is actually pretty easy. If you’ve never had it, it’s deliciously light and fluffy, similar to marshmallow cream, and it’s the perfect frosting for this coconut cake! Again, beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form, but not to the point of becoming dry. Then frost the cooled cake asap, as the frosting hardens as it sits. It will be too difficult to frost the cake if you let it sit too long. Then press on the coconut flakes and get ready to impress with this pretty coconut cake!

Grandpa's Favorite Coconut Cake with 7 minute frosting

Grandpa’s favorite coconut cake with 7-minute frosting is perfect for Easter, spring brunches, showers, or even winter birthday celebrations! It’s a beautiful warm weather dessert that will look gorgeous on your tables and that everyone will love!

If you made this recipe, please leave a star rating in the comments!

INGREDIENTS:

1-1/2 c. Sugar,
2 Tbsp corn syrup,
1/4 c.water,
6 egg whites,
tsp. Vanilla

INSTRUCTIONS:

In a heat proof bowl of an electric mixer, mix all ingredients (except vanilla) and place the bowl over a saucepan of simmering water.
Whisk the mixture until it reaches 160 degrees using a candy or instant read thermometer.
Transfer the mixing bowl to your mixer, and with the whisk attachment, beat on high until stiff, glossy peaks form (about 6 minutes).
Whip in the vanilla. Frost cake immediately.
Enjoy!

I have had a lot of interest throughout the years from moms who want to work from home and who want to know how I have done it for the last four years. While I specialize in freelance writing, there are a host of other types of legitimate work at home jobs that just about anyone else can do, with little to no training or educational background.

That being said, I thought I would start a weekly post called “Work at Home Wednesday,” where I would showcase a few companies where moms or women who wish to work at home could start their search. Please keep in mind that the companies I list are in fact legit (or I would not post them) and will never ask you for any money in order to work with them. A few may require you to pay for your background check, but you can always turn them down and move on if you like.

As always, let me know if you have any questions or comments. Now, without further ado, I bring you this week’s company listings.

1-800-Flowers

Everyone knows this company,  but very few are aware that they actually hire call center employees that work from home. Your calls are routed through their system and you are not charged long distance fees. A background in customer service and phone work is helpful, but I encourage you to apply even if you have no experience. Sometimes the work is seasonal so if they aren’t hiring now, check back again later!

Baby To Bee

This is an opportunity that I personally have experience with, as I worked with them for a short time. I am not cut out to do phone work so I had to move on though. The pay is $10 an hour and there is no cold calling. You do have to read callers a long list of offers, but if you don’t mind that, then the pay is guaranteed and good. Email jessie@babytobee.com to apply.

Custom Loyal

Another customer service call center type position, this one is done only Monday-Friday, great for those who have kids in school and want weekends off. You have to work a minimum of 20 hours a week and the application process can be a bit tedious, but if you can get on with them it would be a good job to have.

Grindstone

Grindstone is a company that I have heard is easier to get on with when first starting out, especially if you have a background in sales and cold calling. All the work here is cold calling, so it isn’t everyone’s walk in the park, but it is a legit work at home job.

LiveOps

This is a company that I have heard a lot of great things about and I personally know several ladies who have worked for them. However, they are one of the ones that require you to cover the cost of a background and credit check, which is paid directly to the company that does it (To help put your mind at ease.) They need this because you will be taking orders when people call in and will be working with people’s credit card information. You have to decide whether it is worth it for you in the end, but inbound customer service is hard to come by in the work at home field, as it is mostly outbound calling.

7 Comments

  1. Those are some really great ideas. Thank you for sharing your experience. I have often wondered about work from home jobs and how people do it and what they might do. I am sure a lot of people will be happy to get some ideas from you! ~Kimberly

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  2. What a great informative post! I'll keep this in mind. With the economy being so bad, every resource helps.

  3. No problem, I am more than happy to share. Be sure to check back every Wednesday. I will feature 5 new companies and different types of work at home jobs.

  4. This is a great start. I love hearing about companies that aren't bogus work at home scams. I appreciate you sharing with us.

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