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  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 10 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons whole milk
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut


  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a 10 x 10-inch baking pan.
  2. To prepare cake, sift flour, baking powder, salt and sugar into a mixing bowl. Add shortening and ½ cup milk and beat 1 ½ minutes. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Scrape into pan and bake 30 minutes.
  3. To prepare frosting, combine all ingredients. Spread over warm cake. Return cake to oven and bake 8 minutes, until frosting bubbles and browns.
Testers’ notes: This is a nice old-fashioned cake, similar to a coffee cake. The toasted coconut topping in very moist.

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