Ma Horton’s Layered Coconut Cake

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 Ma Horton's Layered Coconut Cake

There is something so comforting about an old-fashioned, from scratch, layered coconut cake. Just the photo of one invokes warm memories of family gatherings, special celebrations, and Sunday lunches when special company was coming. My Granny always had one at Christmas and Easter, but she was known to whip them up for any “special” occasion.

I can’t tell you how often I’m asked, “I follow my grandmother’s recipe exactly, but it doesn’t taste the same. What am I doing wrong?”

The answer is, “Once upon a time,” all food was organic, non-gmo and contained no pesticides or other poisons.  I found that when I began to use organic, non-gmo ingredients, like flour (I recommend this one), sugar, real salt (not table salt which is chemically altered), etc., my recipes tasted like those I had grown up with. Of course it was one of those “Duh” moments when I realized that my great-grandmother and my grandmother didn’t have GMO, pesticide laden, heavily processed ingredients to cook with.  Of we can’t all have a cow for homemade milk and butter, or chickens for fresh eggs like they did, but buying organic gets you right up beside it. ๐Ÿ™‚

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My family and friends noticed the taste change and asked me what I was doing differently.  All of the recipes I share are made with organic, non-gmo ingredients. If you don’t subscribe to this way of eating, the results you get with your usual ingredients will be delicious. If you haven’t experienced the difference in taste, you don’t know it’s different.

This coconut cake recipe is the one my great-grandmother, Ma Horton, taught my grandmother to make and she taught me. This recipe is another of those family treasures you’ve heard me speak of so often. You asked for it, so here it is…Ma Horton’s Layered Coconut Cake recipe. Enjoy!

Three Generations ~ my Great-Great-Grandmother, my Great-Grandmother and my Grandmother

Three Generations ~ my Great-Great-Grandmother, my Great-Grandmother and my Grandmother


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Ma Horton's Layered Coconut Cake

Well, now you know all my secrets to Ma Horton’s Layered Coconut Cake recipe. I promise you, every dish will be scraped clean from the mixer to the cake plate!




Be sure to share this with your family and friends. Let me know how it turns out for you. If you have any questions, you can always reach me personally by using the Contact Me page or commenting below.


Safe and Happy Journey,

Rhonda and The Pack




  1. Angi Schneider on July 22, 2015 at 10:32 pm

    This looks soooo good! I have two questions though, will it taste the same if I use a 9X13 pan? I’m going to a church function this weekend and I think it will serve better in a single layer. The second question is, can you recommend a non-GMO brand of light corn syrup? Thanks!

    • Rhonda on July 23, 2015 at 9:30 am

      Thanks Angi! It is so scrumptious. I don’t know why it wouldn’t taste the same as a sheet cake. The frosting might be a little thick for some people, not for me ๐Ÿ™‚ I use Wholesome Sweeteners Organic Light Corn Syrup. They make one with Vanilla in it and I’ve had to use it when I couldn’t get the plain. I just left the vanilla out of the frosting and it worked just fine. They have the Non-GMO Project Verified seal. I bought it because it was what the health food store in Shreveport carries. I’ve always been pleased with it. Hope your cake is a big hit! Please let me know how it turns out for you my friend. Thanks again for the comment and the sharing. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Tessa Zundel on July 25, 2015 at 11:28 am

    This looks so divine, Rhonda! As soon as we finish our move, I’m treating myself to this. I mean, treating my family to this. Yeah, that’s what I meant. Just an fyi, your Twitter button isn’t linking – not the one for this post, but your general site Twitter button. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • The Farmer's Lamp on July 25, 2015 at 12:27 pm

      Thanks Tessa! This cake is…oh my, just decadently delightful! I’ll be excited to hear what you think when you taste it. Thanks for the heads up on the Twitter button, I’ll go check it out. Thinking about you as you move.

  3. Jeramie on July 25, 2015 at 5:19 pm

    I guess those recipes must have been pasted down. My grandmother married a Horton, which is my mom’s maiden name, and she had the same ones. Guess we knew how to eat.

    • Rhonda on July 27, 2015 at 8:57 am

      That’s so cool Jeramie! Thanks so much for stopping in to share with me. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Adriana on July 29, 2015 at 3:19 pm

    This sounds so good! I love coconut….and icing lol.

    • Rhonda on August 1, 2015 at 5:59 pm

      Well, Adriana, I have to say that is you love both of those things, you’re gonna LOVE this cake. Let me know how it turns out for you!

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