And now the birthday part. We did the annual backyard party, which works great since my birthday falls on or near enough Memorial Day weekend. And this year I decided to try one of my grandma's recipes I discovered a few weeks ago in my mom's stash. My grandma, who passed away several years ago, was an incredible home cook. I still dream about her potato salad. So when I found this recipe for coconut cake, I knew it was going to be this years' birthday dessert.
|Candied Coconut Garnish=Deliciousness!|
|Grandma Aldridge's Coconut Cupcakes|
A few notes on my tactics: First, I haven't consumed a ton of coconut cake in my lifetime, but this seemed pretty mild on the coconut scale. I even won over a few devout coconut-haters! Second, since it was a backyard party, I turned it into cupcakes. Third: her recipe calls for fresh coconut, which is a legitimate hassle, but kind of a fun one. I went for the caveman approach and split it by whacking it on the back sidewalk. Classy! After prying chunks of the meat out of the husk, I trimmed off the brown skin on its backside with a paring knife before shredding it on a cheese grater. And finally, fresh coconut isn't sweet like that angel stuff you buy in the grocery aisle, so I candied some for garnish. Which was DELICIOUS. Instructions for that follows the recipe.