First Job Celebration Cake!

chocolate chip coconut cake
Jack started his first job last month. We're so proud of this kid. Honestly, he juggles his responsibilities better than I do. Teenagers have more energy, right?

Well, along with first jobs come first paychecks, and even though he thought I was crazy for taking his picture with his check, I did it anyway.
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As much as I would love to go up to the tutoring center to watch him work, I know I would have been utterly mortified if my mom had come to the pool to watch me lifeguard when I was 16. (And really, who wants to watch someone sit in an 6-ft high chair and twirl a whistle?)

chocolate chip coconut cake
So, I made a cake. A First Job - First Paycheck Celebration cake. This cake is one I've been making for close to twenty years, but this time I added chocolate chips. Adding chocolate chips is never a bad thing, especially where my chocolate-chip-loving child is concerned.

If you have issues with using a cake mix, please avert your eyes.
chocolate chip coconut cake
This chocolate chip coconut cake comes together in a jiffy and is just the ticket for any celebration.

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Chocolate Chip Coconut Cake

{makes one 9x13" cake}

1 box white cake mix
8 ounces sour cream
15.5 ounce can creme of coconut*
1/4 cup oil
3 eggs
1 cup mini chocolate chips
1 teaspoon flour

8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
1 pound powdered sugar
4 TBSP milk
shredded sweetened coconut

*look for creme of coconut in the drink mixer section of your grocery store

Preheat oven to 350. Grease a 9 x 13" pan.

Start mixing all of the cake ingredients, except the chocolate chips and flour, with an electric mixer on low speed. Once combined, increase speed to medium and beat for 2 minutes.

chocolate chip coconut cake
Toss the chocolate chips with the flour and fold into the batter. Pour into the prepared pan, smooth the top, and bake for 40-45 minutes or until done.

Place the pan on a wire rack to cool completely.

For the frosting, beat the cream cheese until fluffy. On low speed, add in the powdered sugar and milk. Once combined, increase the speed to medium-high and beat until fluffy and thickened. Add more sugar or milk to adjust thickness as needed.

chocolate chip coconut cake
{Oh my gosh....that frosting!!!}

Spread the frosting over the cake.

chocolate chip coconut cake
Sprinkle cake with a generous amount of coconut. Store in the refrigerator.

chocolate chip coconut cake
Jack is loving his first job so far. What was yours?

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