Phyllis Clark Nichols' Coconut-Lemon Cake

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Phyllis' Coconut-Lemon Cake

For the cake:
1 box of White Cake Mix mixed according to package directions. I divided the batter into four 8” pans and baked for 18 minutes. Remove from the pans and completely cool. If you have a favorite white layer cake batter, that works well too.

For the Lemon Filling: 
2 eggs
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
¾ cups of water
1 cup sugar

Put these ingredients in the top of a double boiler and cook until slightly thickened.
Then add the juice of 3 lemons and 2 Tablespoons of butter and stir until mixed.
Cool this mixture. It will go between the layers.

For the Coconut Icing:
8 ounces of sour cream
14 oz. bag of sweetened coconut
1 1/3 cups sugar
8 oz. container of Cool Whip or your favorite dessert topping
Stir all these ingredients together and refrigerate until you’re ready to use.

To assemble, spread a layer of the lemon filling on the first cake layer and follow with the coconut icing on top of that. Repeat this process for layers two and three. For the fourth layer, only spread the lemon filling on top.

Then ice the sides with the rest of the coconut icing. I like to put a curl of lemon rind on top for decoration. This cake is actually better if you make it a day or two ahead. Keep this cake refrigerated, and the longer it sets the better it is. The problem is that it doesn’t seem to last very long.