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Coconut Cake on a tall cake plate and a slice on a brown dessert plate

Coconut Cake

Coconut Cake – airy, light, baked from scratch, delicious yellow cake loaded and covered with sweetened toasted coconut flakes and cream cheese frosting. A wonderful Easter dessert to satisfy your sweet tooth and celebrate life!
Course Dessert
Cuisine Southern
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Resting Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes
Servings 8 - 12 slices
Calories 1412kcal
Author Imma


  • 10 ounce (283 grams) unsalted butter
  • 1 ¾- 2 cups (400 grams) granulated sugar
  • 6 large egg yolks
  • 2 1/2 cups (266.5 grams) all purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon (4 grams) salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 cup (240 grams) coconut milk (see notes)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract (see notes)
  • 6 large egg whites (beaten to soft peaks) (see notes)
  • 1- 1 ½ cup coconut flakes, or more for garnishing

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 4 ounce (113 grams ) unsalted butter , softened
  • 8 ounce (225 grams) cream cheese , softened
  • 4-6 cups (440-660 grams) powdered (icing) sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Bake 1- 1 ½ cup coconut flakes in the oven on 350 degrees F, for about 10 minutes until some parts turn brown. Let it cool . You may do this a couple of days in advance
  • Pre-heat the oven to 160°C/325°F. Grease a 2 9 inch pan generously with cooking spray and set aside.
  • Cream together the butter and sugar at high speed in a stand mixer until it’s fluffy and starting to look white – about 4 to 5 minutes.
  • Stir in the egg yolks, beating the mixture well between each addition. Sift in the flour, salt and baking powder into the batter, and then add coconut milk and vanilla extract.
  • Continue mixing , then add coconut flakes well until everything is fully combined. Add coconut flakes , mix well.
  • Using a mixer beat egg whites until you get a soft peak . Fold in with the rest of the batter . DO NOT over mix.
  • Scrape down the sides of the mixing bowl.
  • Pour batter into the greased cake pans into 2 equal parts. Tap pans on work surface to eliminate any large air bubbles.
  • Bake at 325 F until a tester inserted into the center comes out clean – about 30-35 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack.

Cream Cheese Frosting (Double the Frosting if you like a thick coat like in the picture)

  • Whisk cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar and vanilla until creamy. You may use a mixer, if desired.


Calories: 1412kcal | Carbohydrates: 194g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 67g | Saturated Fat: 46g | Cholesterol: 268mg | Sodium: 365mg | Potassium: 416mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 156g | Vitamin A: 1590IU | Vitamin C: 0.4mg | Calcium: 129mg | Iron: 3.3mg