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Thursday, December 2, 2010

Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories - Day 2

Special Christmas food is the topic for the second day of Geneabloggers Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories.  This is a difficult topic for me, since my mother and grandmother prepared so many many wonderful, southern holiday foods.  But I suppose my all-time favorite would be the delicious coconut cake that my mother made, a fluffy white confection, filled and iced with seven-minute frosting and freshly grated coconut.  Even as a young child, I was aware of how much effort it took to make that cake.  When I was growing up, my mother did not own a power mixer of any kind - she beat the egg whites with the old-fashioned hand-cranked mixer and added the moist, white coconut that she had grated by hand - hard to imagine for most contemporary cooks. Standing tall on its crystal cake stand, my mother's masterpiece towered over the other Christmas desserts, beckoning young and old to taste it. 


  1. I can just SEE that amazing cake - what a wonderful "word picture" you painted!

  2. I remember my mother's hand mixer, too. It was such a big deal when she got an electric mixer - we thought that was one of the greatest inventions of the 20th century. I'm curious about "seven-minute frosting" - is that the white icing from egg whites and Karo syrup?