I love fresh coconut. It's the best. I usually use fresh coconut meat for a coconut cake. I run the pieces through the grater wheel on my food processor, which makes short work of the grating.
I can eat coconut meat straight out of the shell. It has to be one of my favorite treats, ever. My mom told me she thought I wouldn't like it, but she was wrong. Heh. I loved it from the first taste.
I also use fresh, grated coconut meat for the filing in a Lane Cake, a Southern delicacy dessert that's most frequently a holiday cake.
Coconut is just so wonderful for so many things.