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Coconut Cake – Guest Post at Cake Duchess

Coconut Cake | Magnolia Days

The holidays are filled with memories. Precious ones like a first Christmas for a couple or a child. Thrilling ones such as waking up to see Santa left you THE gift you wanted ever so much. Startling ones like awakening to the sound of a newly decorated tree crashing to the floor. Funny ones of gag gifts passed back and forth among friends and family. Treasured ones of family gathered around the table for a holiday feast. One of my most treasured holiday food memories is of my dad and coconut cake.

My dad would not let the holidays go by without the three C’s; coffee, chocolate-covered cherries, and coconut cake. Well, there may be a few more than three c’s in there. Anyway, he loved coffee. He would go out for more coffee after having it with breakfast. He was a handy man for a Dunkin’ Donuts franchise after he retired. I think it was the job he enjoyed most of all. Every December a box of chocolate-covered cherries would be on the end table next to his recliner. And then there is coconut cake, oh how he loved it so much. Knowing I’ll never again sit with him and share his favorite cake brings tears to my eyes. I miss him so much.

Coconut Cake | Magnolia Days

There’s more to the coconut cake story too. I’m sharing it over on my friend Lora’s blog; Cake Duchess. Her post back in September, an Italian cake and grief, sparked a food memories series. I was thrilled when she asked me to contribute to it. To read my story and get the recipe for the cake click here: Coconut Cake

Coconut Cake | Magnolia Days

What is your most cherished holiday food memory? I hope you continue to make more and enjoy them for years to come. If you like coconut then also take a look at my golden coconut bars and self-crust coconut pie. There are more coconut recipes coming too. Stay tuned!


Tuesday 24th of January 2017

Really enjoy your site,thank you so much.

Paula @ Vintage Kitchen Notes

Sunday 1st of December 2013

How on earth did I miss this post Renee?! My life is completely upside down. This is such a gorgeous cake, and such a sweet way to remember your father my friend. I can imagine how much you miss him. Stunning cake!!


Saturday 7th of December 2013

I don't know how you missed this post Paula. It could be because of how busy you have been lately with multiple jobs, blogs, and moving. I do miss my dad so very much and wish I could share a piece of this cake with him.

Lora @cakeduchess

Monday 25th of November 2013

I love this post as much as I love the post your shared with my readers for Food Memory. I can picture your dad in his recliner with his chocolate covered cherries. How sweet is it that he loved coffee so much (so do I!). I appreciate your time in sharing a story about your beloved dad and your gorgeous cake. Thank you, Renee.


Tuesday 26th of November 2013

Thanks Lora and I really enjoyed doing this post and the one on your blog.

The Ninja Baker

Thursday 21st of November 2013

Your cake is gorgeous, Renee. But your heart is even more gorgeous <3

P.s. Love the 3 Cs too =) Heading on over to the home of the Duchess.


Saturday 23rd of November 2013

Thanks so much Kim. You are ever so kind.


Thursday 21st of November 2013

that frosting is just so fluffy. i love it!


Thursday 21st of November 2013

It sure is! Thanks Kim