When I started working on the recipe for my grandmother's coconut cake in the SAVEUR test kitchen, I discovered a rotary coconut grater that our executive food editor Todd Coleman had brought back years ago from India, where it's employed to grate coconut for making coconut milk. This tool made making that layer cake so much easier. Instead of having to peel and shred coconut on a box grater or food processor, you simply crack a coconut in half, place each hemisphere over the grater's eight-serrated-blade orb, and turn the handle. The grater stays attached to your counter via a suction base, and in seconds you have finely grated, fresh coconut, ready to pile on a cake, or mix into cookies, milkshakes, and sauces.
Coconut Scraper with Vacuum Base, $21 at Amazon.com