Coconut Layer Cake Recipe from Edwardian 1909.
Ingredients.—-A quarter of a pound of butter, half a pound of castor sugar, half a pint of milk, half pound of flour, two large teaspoonfuls of baking-powder, little salt, the whites of five eggs, one teaspoonful of vanilla flavouring.
Method.—Beat the butter to a cream, add the sugar gradually, beat in one by one the rest of the ingredients, then beat quickly for five minutes; add the stiffly-whipped whites and beat again. Bake in four layer tins. When cooked and quite cold put filling between each cake layer, then put together.
For the filling, put a pinch of salt to the whites of two eggs and whip to a stiff froth, add half a teaspoonful of vanilla, then gradually beat in sufficient icing sugar to make it thick enough to spread nicely. Spread thickly on each layer, then cover thickly with grated coconut. Brush over the top of the cake with white of egg, sprinkle grated coconut on it. then cover with castor sugar.