For our Christmas Day dessert I made us this candy cane coconut cake inspired by an ad for Durkee Coconut seen in Ladies' Home Journal 1956.
I used an oblong glass baking dish and carved the cake into the cane shape. This made for lots of cake scraps which equals 'snacks' while I ice the cake. To make the red coconut I used wilton red gel dye with a bit of water added to it and put into a plastic lidded tupperware-ish container (those round plastic "disposable" tall soup containers from Chinese take out) along with the coconut. Give it enough shakes to distribute the red. I made my coconut the day before because sometimes food dyes will darken more in time. I also toasted the coconut slightly to dry it out. Before putting the coconut on the cake I iced it with alternating red and white stripes of frosting.
I don't know if these instructions make sense. Over the past 48 hours I have only had about 5 hours sleep, ya'll women out there know what I'm talking about. Christmas Eve and Day we are on double time. I am ready to settle my brain for a long winter's nap!