ArrowDownFill 1arrow-small-lineFill 1Cooking Light - EasyCooking Light - FastCooking Light - So GoodCooking Light - How-ToCooking Light - Staff FaveCooking Light Badge - Wow!GroupClose IconEmailEmpty Star IconLike Cooking Light on FacebookFull Star IconShapePage 1 Copy 3Page 1 Copy 2Grid IconHalf Star IconFollow Cooking Light on InstagramList IconMenu IconPrintSearch IconSpeech BubbleFollow Cooking Light on SnapchatFollow Cooking Light on TwitterWatch Cooking Light on YouTubeplay-iconWatch Cooking Light on Youtube

Coconut Cake with Raspberry Filling

Photo: Raymond Hom; Styling: Missie Neville Crawford

Hands-on time 35 mins
Total time 2 hrs, 10 mins
Yield Serves 16 (serving size: 1 slice)
A little coconut flour (look for it with specialty flours) adds extra nutty essence. But don't get overzealous and use more than we specify; because this flour lacks the gluten of wheat-based cake flour, it would wreck the structure.


  • Filling:
  • 2 pints fresh raspberries (12 ounces)
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons Chambord (raspberry-flavored liqueur)
  • Cake:
  • Baking spray with flour
  • 8 ounces cake flour (about 2 cups)
  • 2 ounces coconut flour (such as Bob's Red Mill) or cake flour (about 1/2 cup)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar, divided
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup coconut water (such as Goya)
  • 6 large egg whites
  • Frosting:
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes, toasted

Nutrition Information

  • calories 292
  • fat 8.4 g
  • satfat 3 g
  • monofat 3.4 g
  • polyfat 1.5 g
  • protein 4.1 g
  • carbohydrate 49.9 g
  • fiber 3.6 g
  • cholesterol 4 mg
  • iron 1.4 mg
  • sodium 209 mg
  • calcium 43 mg

How to Make It

  1. To prepare filling, combine raspberries, 1/3 cup sugar, 2 tablespoons water, and 1/8 teaspoon salt in a saucepan; bring to a boil. Cook over medium heat 5 minutes, stirring frequently until ­berries break down. Combine cornstarch and liqueur; stir with a whisk until smooth. Add cornstarch mixture to raspberry mixture, stirring with a whisk; return to a boil. Cook 1 minute or until very thick, stirring constantly. Spoon mixture into a bowl; cover and refrigerate until needed.

  2. Preheat oven to 350°.

  3. To prepare cake, coat 3 (8-inch) round metal cake pans with baking spray, and line bottoms of pans with wax paper. Coat wax paper with baking spray; set prepared pans aside.

  4. Weigh or lightly spoon flours into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flours, baking powder, and salt in a bowl; stir with a whisk. Place 1 1/4 cups sugar, oil, butter, and vanilla in a large bowl. Beat with a mixer at medium speed for 5 minutes or until fluffy. Add coconut water; beat at low speed 1 minute or until combined. Add flour mixture; beat at low speed 1 minute or until well combined.

  5. Place 6 egg whites in a large, clean bowl. Beat with a mixer at high speed until medium peaks form using clean, dry beaters. Add 1/4 cup sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time; beat 1 minute. Stir one-fourth of egg white mixture into batter; gently fold in remaining egg white mixture. Divide batter evenly among prepared pans. Bake at 350° for 19 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove from pans; cool completely on wire rack.

  6. To prepare frosting, place 3 egg whites and cream of tartar in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at high speed until medium peaks form using clean, dry beaters. Combine 1/2 cup sugar, 3 tablespoons water, and 1/8 teaspoon salt in a saucepan; bring to a boil. Cook, without stirring, until candy thermometer registers 250°. With mixer on low speed, pour hot sugar syrup in a thin stream down the side of mixing bowl. Gradually increase speed to high; beat 3 minutes or until thick and cool.

  7. To assemble cake, place 1 cake layer on a serving plate; spread with half of filling (about 1 cup), leaving a 1/2-inch border. Top with another cake layer, and spread with remaining filling, leaving a 1/2-inch border. Top with remaining cake layer. Spread frosting over top and sides of cake. Gently press coconut flakes into sides of cake.