Coconut Layer Cake

Coconut Layer Cake Recipe
Photo: Mark Thomas; Styling: Susan Vajaranant
This moist, 2-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.


Serves 16

Cost per Serving:


Recipe Time

Prep: 0 Minutes
Bake: 0 Minutes
Chill: 0 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 777
Fat 43 g
Satfat 29 g
Protein 5 g
Carbohydrate 96 g
Fiber 1 g
Cholesterol 138 mg
Sodium 220 mg


2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, at room temperature, cut into pieces
2 cups sugar
4 large eggs
1 cup coconut milk
1 teaspoon coconut extract
4 sticks (2 cups) unsalted butter, at room temperature
8 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
1 tablespoon coconut extract
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 2/3 cups sweetened flaked coconut (1 7-oz. bag)


1. Make cake: Place a rack in center of oven and preheat to 350ºF. Grease and flour 2 9-inch round cake pans.

2. In a bowl, whisk flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Using an electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat butter and sugar until light, about 3 minutes. Beat in eggs 1 at a time. Reduce speed to low; beat in half of flour mixture. Beat in coconut milk and extract, then beat in remaining flour mixture until just combined. Divide batter between cake pans and bake until a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean, about 30 minutes. Let cakes cool in pans on wire racks for 10 minutes. Turn out onto racks to cool completely.

3. Make frosting: Using an electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat butter until light, 2 to 3 minutes. Reduce mixer speed to low and gradually beat in sugar until fully incorporated. Beat in extracts. Chill 15 minutes.

4. Assemble cake: Place 1 cake layer on a serving platter. Spread with 1 1/2 cups frosting. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup coconut. Top with second cake layer. Spread remaining frosting on top and sides. Sprinkle remaining coconut over top and sides of cake, pressing to adhere. Chill for at least 2 hours and up to a day. Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before serving.

December 2011
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