Paula's Coconut Cake recipe contains 480 calories per serving, according to the PaulaDeen.com. A serving size equals 1/12 of the cake. The decadent recipe gets its intense coconut flavor from unsweetened coconut milk, sweetened coconut flakes and sweetened coconut cream.
The Bag Lady, a home-based catering business, was Paula Deen's entry into the professional world of cooking, states Bio.com. The success of Deen's business led to the opening of her first restaurant in January of 1996, The Lady and Sons. The popularity of The Lady and Sons and Paula's first cookbook, led to a series of guest appearances on Food Network, ultimately leading to her own show.