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Now that it’s summer, I have big dreams of living on an island. I always think this includes me being unemployed, so it’s not a really realistic dream. Boo hoo! 

Eating this island-inspired dessert will have you living on island time… Hopefully you can snap back into reality afterwards though! This cake is really simple, light, and smells so sweet.

It is simply a white cake, drizzled with lime juice and sweetened condensed milk, topped with cool whip and toasted coconut. The original recipe called for whipping cream and lime rind, but I didn’t feel as though that was necessary. It also called for frosting, instead of cool whip, and no coconut. I chose to use cool whip because frosting would be way too rich and cool whip is light and refreshing!


White cake, baked and cooled for 5 minutes

1/2 c lime juice

1 1/2 c sweetened condensed milk

1 tub cool whip

1 c toasted coconut

Poke holes in white cake with handle of wooden spoon. I poked about 20-25 holes to get the flavorings throughout the whole cake. 

Mix juice with sweetened condensed milk and pour over cake. You may have to guide the mixture into the holes and allow the extra mixture to rest on the top.


Allow cake to cool for at least an hour, as to not melt the cool whip. Spread cool whip over the cake and lime mixture. Put back in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours, but overnight would be great also! 

Preheat oven to 325. Lay unsweetened coconut on cookie sheet and spread out, so you have a very thin layer. Allow to brown for about 5 minutes, but keep your eye on it the whole time. You may want to shake the coconut around so it is browned thoroughly. 

Top cake with cooled coconut and eat your little heart out!


Hope you enjoy your time on your favorite island.

With love, from Texas!


Who doesn’t love cake? Maybe some weird people, but I think even those weird people will like this crazy good lemon cake.


My granny’s 83rd birthday was this past Sunday and since her favorite cake is a lemon, I was determined to find the best lemon cake recipe that didn’t call for a lemon cake mix. Coincidentally, a few days ago, I was watching Trisha Yearwood’s cooking show and she was making a key lime cake. Limes and lemons are the same thing, kind of, right?! So why couldn’t I substitute lemons for limes? I did and it turned out perfectly! This consists of a lemon cake, sweet lemony glaze, and then cream cheese frosting.

Sweet & Sour Lemon Cake Ingredients:

3 oz package of lemon gelatin

1 1/3 c sugar

2 c flour

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp baking powder

1 c vegetable oil

3/4 c orange juice

1 tbs lemon juice

1/2 tsp vanilla

5 eggs, slightly beaten

1/2 c lemon juice

1/2 c powdered sugar

1/2 c (one stick) butter, softened

8 oz package cream cheese, softened

4 c powdered sugar


Preheat oven to 350. Mix the gelatin, sugar, flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda until well combined. Add the oil, orange & 1 tbs lemon juice, vanilla, and beaten eggs; mix until combined. Pour mixture in greased & floured pan, bake for 35-40 minutes.

*The original recipe called for 1 1/2 c oil, but some of the reviews were negative so I lowered it to 1 c and it turned out moist!

To make the glaze, dissolve 1/2 c powdered sugar in 1/2 c lemon juice. After cake has cooled for 5 minutes, poke holes in the cake and then drizzle the glaze over. I used a kabob stick and found that to be the perfect size of holes.


This cream cheese frosting is pretty standard. MIx butter & cream cheese, then gradually add the powdered sugar until it is creamy and whipped. Frost cake and take a big bite!


With love, from Texas!

This weekend was my sister’s 30th birthday, so I decided to make her a Chocolate Coke Cake. This is really suppose to be called a Chocolate Cola Cake, but I have a hard time remembering the word ‘cola’ because I call a Coca-Cola a ‘coke’. Deal with it.

This is pretty much a dense chocolate cake with a subtle hint of cola flavor with a chocolatey, cola glaze. This can be topped with peanuts, much like the flavor of salted peanuts in a coke (which is so good!), or pecans. I chose pecans because my nephew is allergic to peanuts.


Chocolate Coke Cake Ingredients:

2 c flour

2 c sugar

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1 c butter

1 c coca cola

1/2 c buttermilk

1/4 c unsweetened cocoa powder

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

Mix the flour, sugar, salt, cinnamon, and baking soda together. Set aside.


Mix butter, coca cola, buttermilk, and cocoa powder together in saucepan on the stovetop at medium-high heat until all the ingredients come to a boil.

Take saucepan off heat and let cool for a minute or two. Then pour liquids into the dry ingredient mixture and whisk until combined well. Add both eggs and vanilla. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. 

While you still have 10 minutes left on your timer for your cake, start making the glaze.

Chocolate Coke Cake Glaze:

1/2 c butter

1/4 c coca cola

3 tbs unsweetened cocoa powder

3 c powdered sugar (confectionary sugar)


Mix butter, coca cola, and cocoa powder in saucepan over medium-high heat until the mixture comes to a boil. Take off heat and add powdered sugar. Whisk the mixture until it is smooth and heavenly.

Let the cake cool for about 10 minutes before you pour the glaze over. If you wish, top with the nuts of your choice!


I know that this cake will not last long as any event!!

With love, from Texas!