Coconut Cream Cake

Coconut Cream Cake

This Coconut Cream Cake is divine.  Moist and so flavorful.  I just love a cake with multiple layers, but you could easily do this in 2 pans (instead of 4), or even in a cake sheet.   If you go with 2 pans (instead of 4), increase the cook time to 45 minutes (or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean).   Toast the coconut (for the topping) to bring out even more of the amazing coconut flavor.  This is a cake to make when you want to impress.  So good!  125% Loon Approved.

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This Coconut Cream Cake is gorgeous and super delicious. Perfect when planning a special meal. So moist and so flavorful. Delicious.
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Dessert
Serves: 12
  • 3¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1½ cup granulated sugar, separated (1¼ for the cake, ¼ cup for the meringue)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 cup buttermilk, room temperature
  • 5 large egg yolks (save the egg whites)
  • ¼ cup canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1½ cup (3 sticks) unsalted butter, melted
  • ⅓ cup egg whites
  • 1¾ cups unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 9 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 15 oz. can sweetened cream of coconut
  • 2 tablespoons sweetened coconut flakes, plus another tablespoon - toasted
  1. Pre-heat oven to 275 F and grease 4 8-inch straight-edge cake pans.
  2. In large bowl, combine the flour, 1¼ cups sugar, salt, baking soda, and baking powder. Set aside.
  3. In bowl of stand mixer fitted with whisk attachment, whisk together buttermilk, yolks, oil, and vanilla.
  4. Slowly incorporate melted butter.
  5. Pour dry ingredients into creamed butter mixture and mix on low until combined. Set aside.
  6. In large bowl, whisk egg whites, slowly incorporating remaining ¼ cup granulated sugar until egg whites peak.
  7. Fold peaked whites into batter and mix on low until mixture comes together.
  8. Pour batter evenly into greased cake pans.
  9. Bake for 25 - 30 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean when inserted.
  10. Cool completely on wire rack.
  11. Once cooled, wrap in plastic and refrigerate until ready to frost.
  12. While cake is cooking, make the frosting by beating butter in large bowl until smooth.
  13. Slowly incorporate confectioners' sugar.
  14. Add cream of coconut and coconut flakes to mixture and beat for 3 minutes or until fluffy.
  15. Invert cakes from the pans.
  16. Place one cake on serving dish. Use cake leveler to create even layers (optional).
  17. Ice top of layer, and then repeat with remaining cakes.
  18. Ice sides of cake and top with toasted coconut.
  19. Serve and enjoy!



  • Reply June 17, 2017


    This recipe looks so yummy!! Does it work well as a cupcake recipe as well? Thanks!

    • Reply June 17, 2017


      Yes! That would be amazing! Just adjust your cook time. Try a batch, you’ll know the amount of time you need. Let us know how they turn out, now we want to make these into cupcakes!!! xo Kris & Wesley

  • Reply April 14, 2017

    Per Lofving

    Mmmmmm…. this cake looks just right for Sunday lunch. Or breakfast? Per

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