Our coconut cake is a version of the wildly popular Lightening Cake—a recipe every 1940’s homemaker knew by heart. Most sources attribute the original Lightning cake to the Fannie Farmer Cookbook, published in 1942, but many versions of this basic recipe have been passed from one generation of bakers to the next since then. We applied the same simple goodness to our coconut cake recipe. With just a few adjustments, the old fashion standard has been updated to a healthier and “coconuttier” snack cake you can bake in the blink of an eye. Or in the flash on a lightning bolt as the case may be.