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former United States Senator, Tennessee

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Ruth Thompson's (Senator Thompson's Mother) Fresh Coconut Cake

Recipe of Senator Thompson's Mother

Ingredients
1/2 cup of vegetable shortening
1-1/4 cups of granulated sugar
2 cups sifted cake flour
2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon of salt
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
3 egg whites
1 fresh grated coconut and its milk

Cream the shortening and sugar together until fluffy. Sift flour, baking powder, and salt together 3 times. Then alternating with milk, add flour mixture to sugar mixture, a small amount at a time, beating after each time until smooth. Add vanilla extract. Beat egg whites until they form stiff peaks. Stir into batter. Bake in 2 greased and floured 8-inch or 9-inch cake pans at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until done. Let cool. Dribble coconut milk over each layer before frosting with Fluffy White Frosting.

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