Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Flaked Coconut Turns These Small Cakes into a Special Treat

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Flaked Coconut Turns These Small Cakes into a Special Treat

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THERE'S something festive about flaked coconut. When it covers sweet little cakes, it practically proclaims "party."

Becky Faure of O'Fallon, Mo., is looking for the recipe for haystack cakes that her grandmother used to make.

While neither of these recipes fits the description exactly, both sound delicious. "This is the recipe for haystacks, also known as coconut balls," wrote Dottye Wolf of Rolla. "My friend from Australia calls them lambkins. This is her recipe." LAMBKINS 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened 2 cups granulated sugar 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/8 teaspoon salt 1 cup milk 1/2 teaspoon vanilla 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract 5 egg whites, at room temperature Frosting (see recipe) About 4 cups flaked coconut Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 13-by-9-by-2-inch pan. Beat butter until fluffy. Gradually add sugar, beating well. Combine flour, baking powder and salt; add alternately with milk to the butter mixture. Mix well after each addition. Stir in vanilla and lemon extract. Beat egg whites until stiff peaks form; fold into batter. Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes, then remove from pan and let cool completely. Cut cake into 2-inch-squares; gently mold each into a rounded shape. Dip into and cover with frosting, then roll in coconut. Yield: About 2 dozen. * LAMBKINS FROSTING 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar 2 egg whites 1 tablespoon light corn syrup 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon cold water 1 teaspoon vanilla Combine sugar, egg whites, corn syrup and cream of tartar in top of double boiler. Add cold water and beat on low speed of hand mixer just until blended. Place over boiling water; beat constantly on high speed about 3 minutes or until soft peaks form. Remove from heat; place over cold water. Add vanilla; beat 3 minutes longer or until frosting is thick. …

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