We were so sad to miss Danny's Grandpa Chuck's 86th birthday bash a few weeks ago, but to make it up to him, I made him a cake when we visited this last weekend. I asked my mother-in-law, Marcia, what her dad's favorite cake was and she told me that he loves coconut cake. I'd never made one of those before and immediately began my research. I decided to use Ina Garten's coconut cake recipe and am happy that I did. She's never failed me before! The cake was a dense cake, similar to a pound cake, and the frosting was a delicious cream cheese frosting with accents of almond extract. There was a little coconut in the cake and then the outside was covered in it. I think it looked so pretty!
And here's the birthday boy, with his beautiful bride.
Happiest of Birthdays to you, Chuck! We love you very much!