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Coconut Layer Cake

Prep time 45 mins
Bake time 20 mins
Yield Makes 12 servings


  • 2/3 cup butter or shortening
  • 1 2/3 cups sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice (juice of one orange)
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • Satin Icing
  • 2 (6-ounce) packages frozen grated coconut, thawed

How to Make It

  1. Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until fluffy, gradually add 1 2/3 cups sugar, beating well. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating until blended after each addition.

  2. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt; add to butter mixture alternately with milk, beating at low speed until blended, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Stir in vanilla. Pour batter into 3 greased and floured 8-inch round cake pans.

  3. Bake at 350° for 18 to 20 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks about 10 minutes; remove from pans, and cool completely on wire racks.

  4. Stir together orange juice and 2 teaspoons sugar. Microwave at HIGH 1 minute or until sugar is dissolved. Drizzle evenly over tops of cake layers.

  5. Spread 1/2 cup Satin Icing between layers. Spread remaining Satin Icing on top and sides of cake. Lightly press coconut between layers of paper towels to remove excess moisture. Sprinkle coconut on top and sides of cake; press slightly.