Can you help us out? Coconut Sheet Cake for the neighborhood

Here goes my husband again!  He saw a recipe one Sunday morning and “poof”  it appears on our counter that evening.  Cooking to him is like a stress reliever or a way to relax.  He likes to try new items and then likes to put his magic on them and make them his own.  For this one he made it like the recipe stated, but has now made notes on the recipe of things he can do to change it.  This is coconut sheet cake from the Chef-in-training website.  Hubby’s enhancement would be to toast the coconut that you sprinkle on top of the cake. I think that is a good idea.
Now you are probably wondering why I call the post “Can you help us out?”.  Well just look at the size of this cake….There is only 3 of us in the house and there is no way we can eat all of this.  So Giada from across the street and her hubby got a call from us stating “I need your help!”  Her first thought was something was wrong.  Then he explained that he made this huge cake and we needed some help eating it!  They gladly accepted and return the dish the following week with brownies! 

Coconut Sheet Cake



2 cups flour plus 2 Tablespoon flour
2 cups sugar
½ cup butter
1 cup water
½ cup shortening
½ cup buttermilk
½ teaspoon baking soda
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon coconut extract
¼ cup shredded coconut
½ cup butter
6 Tablespoons milk
Can you help us out?
16 oz. powdered sugar
1 teaspoon coconut extract
Additional Ingredients
Sweetened Shredded Coconut for topping ( We suggest toasting the coconut)


In a large mixing bowl, measure flour and sugar. Set aside. In a medium sauce pan, combine butter, water, and shortening. Bring to a boil. After mixture reaches a boil, add it to the flour mixture and stir to combine. Add buttermilk, then baking soda, then eggs, then vanilla in that order, mixing in-between each addition. Stir in coconut.
Pour into a greased 18x13x1 inch cookie sheet and bake at 400 degrees F for 20 minutes.
Coconut Frosting
Bring combine butter and milk bring to a boil, stir in powdered sugar and coconut extract until smooth. After cake has cooked, remove from oven and poke holes in hot cake with a fork. Pour frosting evenly over the top.
Sprinkle top of cake with shredded coconut.
My baker!

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