This cake is positively divine. There are a couple extra steps that add a little more time to the prep (separating the eggs, for example), but it is so worth it. The only thing I changed was to add a little coconut extract to the frosting, about a half tsp. I decorated it with toasted coconut and lemonhead candies. There wasn't a single slice left!
EmilyThompson Posted: 08/10/09
Vesuvio Posted: 03/26/09
This is one of the best cakes I have ever made!! The sweet cream cheese frosting topped with the sweetened coconut really complements the lemon curd filling. I have made it at least five times, following the recipe exactly and it comes out perfectly. A delicious, marvelous, superb cake that is a favorite in my household!
Nanderson Posted: 12/02/10
this cake has a wonderful moist dense texture. the flavors are wonderful together. The only problem i had was that the lemon curd made the cake layers slip off and the curd oozed out making it very difficult to frost. For that reason it didn't have as much lemon filling as i would have liked. It looked a lot better after i put the coconut on it. next time i will try cooking the curd longer to see if it will tighten up a little. Wonderful cake!
MamaTay Posted: 04/12/10
Excellent cake. I made it for a get together; everbody loved it! I will definitely make it again, probably for a special occasion, since it takes a while to make.
cgilley Posted: 11/27/10
A wonderful cake!! I have made this cake many, many times. It is a favorite of my husband's. A very pretty and delicious cake. I made this cake exactly by the receipe. This cake is a beautiful cake for the holidays or any special occasion.
cfritts Posted: 04/24/11
I made this for Easter dinner and it turned out horrible. I did everything as directed but the taste of the cake itself was horrible. It was way too crumbly and fell apart - and not in a good way. Mostly it was the taste - nasty. I was actually ashamed I had made such a horrible tasting cake!
justjohanna Posted: 08/08/11
This cake was dry. The lemon curd, while tasty, was the overpowering flavor - even masking the coconut and I used a lot of coconut. I would not make this again.
PammieJ Posted: 09/20/11
Truly the worst cake I have ever made. It was so bad my guests didn't eat more than a bite or two! The lemon curd was so strong as mentioned by Johanna and the cake itself was just bad, as mentioned by cfritts. I was so embarrassed.
sprice Posted: 12/15/11
I have an annual Christmas party and people fight over this cake. I follow the recipe to the letter and it comes out perfectly every time. It really is one of the best cakes I have made. It is time consuming but not difficult, but people always seem amazed by my baking skills because of this recipe!
PhuPhu Posted: 12/27/11
This cake is moist and I like the lemon to coconut ratio. I increased the cream cheese in the frosting as I find this recipe to be too sweet. I will make this cake again but only for a special occasion. I would also recomment this to anyone looking for a lemon-coconut cake. I would also advise them to carefully follow the directions.
ldsmom3 Posted: 03/24/13
At first I thought hmm lemon filling and cream cheese frosting... I don't doubt any longer. The fresh tanginess of the lemon filling cuts through the richness of the cream cheese frosting. It actually makes a great combination. The coconut adds another layer of delicious taste.
Kitchengirl123 Posted: 02/09/14
This is a beautiful cake which I have made several times since finding the recipe in Southern Living magazine. The flavors of the lemon filling, cake, cream cheese frosting, and coconut go so well together. It is time consuming to make, but well worth the extra effort. I follow the recipe exactly, and observe the baking time carefully until the cake is just done. Thank you for a great recipe.