Coconut Cake Recipes

From impressive coconut layer cakes to easy coconut sheet cakes and cupcakes, we’ve got the perfect coconut cake recipe for you.

  • Double-Coconut Cake
    Photo: Oxmoor House

    Double Coconut Cake

    Double the coconut flavor in your cake by adding coconut milk to the cake batter and coconut extract to the fluffy frosting.
  • Coconut Cake with Buttercream Frosting
    Becky Luigart-Stayner

    Coconut Cake with Buttercream Frosting

    This three-layer coconut cake recipe is one of our readers' all-time favorites. The frosting is also popular for several other cupcake and cake flavors like carrot, spice and basic white.
  • Coconut-Almond Cream Cake
    Photo: Beth Dreiling Hontzas; Styling: Rose Nguyen

    Coconut-Almond Cream Cake

    This elegant three-layer cake has a creamy whipped cream-coconut filling and a rich cream cheese frosting and is sprinkled with toasted coconut and almonds for an impressive presentation.
  • Hazel's Fresh Coconut Cake
    Oxmoor House

    Hazel’s Fresh Coconut Cake

    Southerner Hazel Burwell has been making this stately cake for her family for over 40 years. She brushes the layers with a coconut syrup to keep the cake moist, and adds marshmallows to the frosting to keep it soft.
  • Coconut Layer Cake
    Photo: Mark Thomas; Styling: Susan Vajaranant

    Coconut Layer Cake

    This moist, two-layer Coconut Layer Cake is worthy of any special occasion. With sweetened flaked coconut in the filling and sprinkled on the top and sides of the cake, it makes a striking presentation.
  • Coconut Cake

    Coconut Cake

    This classic two-layer coconut cake recipe features a homemade frosting made from  sugar, lemon juice, egg whites, vanilla extract, and shredded coconut.

  • Coconut Triple-Layer Cake
    Photo: Oxmoor House

    Coconut Triple-Layer Cake

    Impress your guests with this low-fat, three-layer coconut cake that’s topped with a fluffy frosting made with egg whites, sugar and cream of tartar.
  • Coconut Cupcakes
    Dan Goldberg

    Coconut Cupcakes

    Coconut cakes are always showstoppers at family gatherings. Instead of baking a single cake, spoon that delicious batter into lined baking cups and serve cupcakes.
  • Lemon Coconut Cake with Whipped Cream Frosting
    Jim Franco

    Lemon-Coconut Cake with Whipped Cream Frosting

    Enhance the flavor of the coconut milk-flavored cake by adding lemon curd, fresh lemon zest, and dried cranberries.
  • Fresh Coconut Cake
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Jan Gautro

    Fresh Coconut Cake

    Make your coconut cake extra-special by using shaved fresh coconut instead of packaged coconut and by adding coconut water to the cake batter.
  • Toasted-Coconut Refrigerator Cake
    Photo: Anna Williams

    Toasted Coconut Refrigerated Cake

    Make a super-easy coconut cake using packaged pound cake, vanilla pudding, whipping cream and flaked coconut.
  • Coconut Sheet Cake

    Coconut Sheet Cake

    Coconut cake just got easier. Make a sheet cake instead of a layer cake for a dessert that's as easy as it is delicious. Top with cream cheese icing and a sprinkle of coconut for a cool, delicious dessert.
  • Five-Spice Toasted-Coconut Cake Roll with Tropical Fruit Compote
    Photography: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Melanie J. Clarke

    Five-Spice Toasted-Coconut Cake Roll with Tropical Fruit Compote

    This is a great make-ahead dessert because you can freeze the rolled cake for up to 2 days before serving it with the compote.
  • Coconut Cupcakes with Coconut-Cream Cheese Frosting
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Fonda Shaia

    Coconut Cupcakes with Coconut-Cream Cheese Frosting

    Create a memorable dessert packaged in a pint-size liner. These too-cute-to-eat treats get their vibrant flavor from coconut extract.
  • Coconut Butter Cake with Ginger Ice Milk
    Photography: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Jan Gautro

    Coconut Butter Cake with Ginger Ice Milk

    The texture and flavor of this coconut cake may remind you of a pound cake. The cake is baked in a springform pan, sprinkled with powdered sugar, and served with ginger ice cream.
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