3rd Prize, Missouri State Fair, 2014


Greater Midwest Foodways Alliance


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Missouri State Fair

August 9, 2014


Third Prize Winner



Coconut Cake White House Cook book Missouri State Fair Midwest Foodways

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Third Prize:

Mom’s Coconut Cake

Maxine Griggs, Sedalia, MO


My story begins when I was six years old, at the side of my great Mother!  My Mom could not read or write, so as I grew older I began reading recipes to her.  Mom, was a lady & Mother of 12 children. She observed birthdays with the birthday of my Dad, who loved the new way of making a cake.  So she chose a coconut white cake.  Since it the month of my birthday August.  I celebrate it with Mom & Dean all of the same month.  Reading to Mom from this book, given by a lady named Sue!  It is my pleasure to share my birthday with Mom & Dad & the knowledge this boo who is quite old like me.  89 years 14th day of August.



Third Prize:

Mom’s Coconut Cake

Maxine Griggs, Sedalia, MO



2/3 c butter

1-1/2 c sugar

2/3 c milk

2-1/4 c cake flour

1 tsp BP (baking powder)

1 tsp salt

4 eggs

1 tsp lemon juice

1 tsp vanilla

Mix butter & sugar until it is creamy.


Add milk & beat slowly.  Add all dry ingredients.  Mix.  Add eggs one at a time.  Add lemon juice & vanilla.  Makes 2 9″ floured cake pan’s – bake 350 degrees until touch springs back.


I double this recipe for 10″ pan’s.


Ice with Philedelphia cream cheese, powered sugar & whipping cream – Put coconut on top & your choice of whatever in between layers.