3/4 c Cake flour Frosting:
8 lg Egg whites 1 1/4 c Sugar
1/2 ts Salt 2 lg Egg whites
1/2 ts Cream of tartar 1 ts Orange zest, grated
1 c Superfine sugar 1/4 c Orange juice, strained
1/2 ts Vanilla 1 tb Corn syrup
1/2 ts Almond extract 1 c Coconut, shredded and toaste
1/2 c Coconut, shredded (unsweeten – (unsweetened)
Onto a sheet of wax paper, sift the flour 3 times. In a large bowl with an
electric mixer, beat the egg whites with the salt until they are frothy.
Add the cream of tartar and beat to soft peaks. Beat in 1/2 cup sugar, a
little at a time. Add the vanilla and almond extract, and beat the whites
to stiff peaks. Fold in the remaining 1/2 cup sugar, a little at a time.
Sift the flour over the whites in 4 batches, folding it in gently after
each sifting. Fold in the coconut.
Spoon batter into a 9-inch tube pan, 3 1/2-inches deep. Bake in the middle
of a preheated 275f oven for 1 1/2 hours.
Hang the cake in the pan, upside down, on the neck of a bottle and let it
cool for 90-120 minutes or until cooled completely. Release the cake with
a sharp knife, turn it out on a rack and invert it onto a cake plate.
In a metal bowl, whisk together the sugar, egg whites, zest, juice, corn
syrup, and a pinch of salt. Set the bowl over simmering water, and cook,
whisking, until it registers 140f on a candy thermometer. Remove pan from
heat and whisk the mixture over the hot water for 3 minutes. Remove the
bowl from the water and, with an electric mixer, beat the frosting at high
speed for 7-10 minutes or until it is cool and holds stiff peaks.
Spread top and sides of the cake with the frosting and coat the outside
with the toasted coconut.