I am a little confused as to where the quartered marshmallows you're supposed to "stick randomly over top and sides" come from, but assume it is additional marshmallow.


  • 2 3/4 cups sifted flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup shortening
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup champagne
  • 6 egg whites
  • Coconut Filling:
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine
  • 16 large marshmallows, quartered
  • 1 tablespoon white wine
  • 1 cup flake coconut
  • Fondant Frosting:
  • 1 pound powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • Dash salt
  • Few drops almond extract
  • 2 - 3 drops red food color, optional


Resift flour with baking powder and salt.

Cream shortening with 1 cup sugar until light and fluffy. Blend in flour mixture and champagne alternately, mixing to a smooth batter. Beat egg whites until stiff. Gradually beat in the remaining 1/2 cup sugar; continue beating to a stiff meringue. Fold about half of meringue into batter; mixing gently but thoroughly with a whisk. Gently fold in remaining meringue. Turn into 2 greased and floured 9-inch cake pans. Bake at 350 degrees 25 to 30 minutes, just until cake tests done. Let stand 10 minutes; then turn out onto wire racks to cool.

When layers are cool, fill with Coconut Filling between layers. Using 2/3 cup Fondant Frosting, spread thin layer over top and sides. This seals any crumbs. Pour about 1/2 cup additonal frosting over top of cake and spread quickly to smooth layer. Cover sides of cake with second layer of frosting. Dip marshmallow quarters in remaining frosting to coat both sides and set randomly over top and sides of cake.

Coconut Filling:
Combine butter, marshmallows and wine in top of double boiler. Set over simmering water and stir occasionally until marshmallows are melted. Remove from heat and stir in coconut. Cool until thick enough to spread.

Fondant Frosting:
Sift sugar into top of double boiler. Add corn syrup and water. Stir over simmering water until smooth. Blend in vanilla, salt and vanilla extract. Stir in food color, if desired. Keep frosting warm while using so it spreads smoothly.

10 - 12 servings.

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Submitted 6/13/05.
Source: S.O.S. 30 Years of Recipe Requests to the Los Angeles Times
Submitted By: Joy Bowers
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