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Coconut_Cake Hey Guys! Tomorrow is Mother’s Day and I’m getting ready to celebrate with our coconut cake! I really love this cake because it’s super moist and loaded with coconut goodness…thus the repost! This cake would make the perfect addition to any Mother’s Day menu, whether served after brunch or dinner. Plus it’s even better served al a mode, specifically with really good quality strawberry ice cream. It’s totally worth it to whip this guy up, and if not for Mother’s Day, then definitely Memorial Day Weekend! Enjoy! xx, Jenny

Mother’s Day is only a few short days away and this year we’re making coconut cake! It’s the perfect dessert for this spring season; it’s light, fluffy, moist, and totally delicious. It’s also pretty easy to throw together. You can even bake the cake and make the frosting a few days ahead of time and assemble it the day before or day of..easy!

My favorite part of this cake are the giant, toasted coconut flakes. I think they add a nice visual appeal, plus I really like the slightly crisp texture they add to the cake! I got these flakes in the baking section of my local Whole Foods, but I’m sure you can find them in other grocery locations as well…and if you can’t, the more typical shredded coconut is perfectly acceptable!

If your mom or mother figure is a simple coconut and vanilla type of person, then is totally the cake for her. Enjoy! xx, Jenny

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**UPDATE: Tweaks have been made to this recipe to alleviate the ‘dense’ issue. Thanks for your patiences, folks!**

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Coconut Cake
Makes 1 (6 inch) cake

2 1/3 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1 1/3 cup white sugar
3 large eggs, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon coconut extract
1/2 cup coconut milk
1/2 cup whole milk
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
4 cups sifted powdered sugar
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups toasted unsweetened coconut flakes

1. Preheat oven to 350˚F.
2. For cake: Line the bottoms of two 6” cake rounds with parchment and lightly grease the sides. Set aside.
3. Place flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a mixing bowl and whisk together.
4. In another mixing bowl, beat together butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
5. Add eggs, one at a time and continue to mix. Add vanilla and coconut extracts. Scrape down sides of the bowl.
6. Add dry ingredients and mix together until mixture just comes together. Stir in coconut milk and whole milk and continue to stir until mixture is smooth.
7. Divide mixture into prepared cake rounds and bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the center of the cake and the tops are golden brown.
8. Allow cake to cool completely and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
9. For frosting: Place butter and cream cheese into a mixing bowl and beat together until light and fluffy. Add powdered sugar, one cup at a time, and continue to beat until light and fluffy. Stir vanilla extract and salt into the mixture and beat until completely incorporated and mixture is smooth.
10. To assemble: Place a thin layer of frosting over the top of one of the cake circles and top with the other cake circle, inverted (so both cake circle tops are touching one another). Gently frost the two tiered cake with a thin layer of frosting (the crumb coat). Place in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
11. Coat the cake in another layer of frosting and with handfuls of toasted coconut flakes, carefully press them onto the sides of the cake until fully coated. Smooth the frosting on the top of the cake, if needed. Slice and serve.


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  1. Christina Alexander Not Specified Not Specified

    I once worked at a bakery that was famous for their coconut’s since closed and I miss it so! Ahhh, the memories! Think I’d better make this.

  2. aida mollenkamp Not Specified Not Specified

    I’ve never made coconut cake and it’s one of my Mother’s all-time faves so I may have to try this out for Sunday!

  3. Beeta @ Mon Petit Four Not Specified Not Specified

    This looks stunning! I love how you elegantly decorated the sides with the toasted coconut flakes. Beautiful!

  4. Priscilla Not Specified Not Specified

    I must make this cake this Sunday–I think my mother would love it!

  5. Laura Dembowski Not Specified Not Specified

    Coconut cake is such a great treat. My mom and I both love it so I think I will make this for mother’s day.

  6. Victoria Not Specified Not Specified

    I did something way wrong. My two cakes are each about as thick as a finger…where did I go wrong? Thanks.

    • Jenny Park Not Specified Not Specified

      Are you saying they’re super thick or super thin? Did you use 6 inch cake rounds?

      • Victoria Not Specified Not Specified

        At first, I used a 9-in but since I have tried it twice with a 6 inch and agree with the other readers’ comments that it is very dense. I’ll try extra coconut milk. The icing is terrific though!

  7. Elena Not Specified Not Specified

    I doubled the recipe to bake in 9-inch pans.
    The cake had a reasonable rise and baked to normal thickness, but for some reason came out really dense. Was this the expected texture?

    The flavours were quite delicious overall =)

    • Jenny Park Not Specified Not Specified

      Hm, this cake has a pretty fluffy texture or at least it should. I would maybe add a 1/2 cup more coconut milk in the future, if you want to give it another go…should help to lighten the cake up!

  8. melissa Not Specified Not Specified

    this cake came out very dense.. almost hard feeling… and barely rised at all. i even made it twice because the first time I thought I must have messed something up. but it came out the exact same the second time. however, it did taste pretty good.

  9. skönhet Not Specified Not Specified

    You…are…my…hero!!! I cant believe something like this exists on the internet! Its so true, so honest, and more than that you dont sound like an idiot! Finally, someone who knows how to talk about a subject without sounding like a kid who didnt get that bike he wanted for Christmas.

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  11. Jackie Not Specified Not Specified

    Hi Jenny

    What tweaks did you do to this recipe.

  12. saltandserenity Not Specified Not Specified

    I’m a mom. Hope someone makes it for me. I adore all things coconut.This one looks amazing.

  13. Emily Clifton Not Specified Not Specified

    Just LOOKING at this cake makes me happy. It’s beautiful.