Toto has been around from slavery days. The slaves used molasses, coconut and flour to bake a cake, at nights because they were hungry and underfed. They baked the cake the traditional way by placing fire coals on top of a metal sheet, placed over cake pan, which also had fire beneath. August 1st will be celebrated as "Emancipation Day". It is a day to commemorate the ending of slavery, Toto is often been sold at this festival.
4 teaspoon mixed baking spice
1 cup corn oil
4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
4 teaspoon vanilla
4 tablespoon butter (melt at room temperature)
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 coconut (grated)
2 cups Demerara sugar or brown sugar
1 egg (lightly beaten)
Preheat oven to 400F. Grease two 9" cake pans with oil and set aside. Sift together flour, mixed baking spice, baking powder, nutmeg, and salt into a medium bowl and set aside. Beat together butter and sugar until combined, about one minute.
Gradually add flour mixture, then coconut, while continuing to beat on low speed until batter is well mixed. Add vanilla, egg, and 11/2 cups water to the bowl. Increase speed to medium and continue beating until batter is smooth and thoroughly combined, about one minute more.
Divide batter between prepared cake pans and bake until knife inserted comes out clean. About 30 minutes. Transfer to wire racks and allow to cool for 20 minutes.