Our Best Coconut Cake Recipes
Coconut cake is rich and airy at the same time, making it a perfect dessert for spring. From impressive coconut layer cakes to easy coconut sheet cakes and cupcakes, we’ve got the perfect coconut cake recipe for you.
Ultimate Coconut Cake
"Ultimate" is no exaggeration here—this cake features coconut flour, coconut oil, coconut milk, coconut cream, coconut sugar, coconut extract, and (of course) flaked coconut. Given this cake's incredibly moist layers, intense coconut flavor, and lighter-than-air filling, our test kitchen chefs fought over the leftovers.
Mile-High Coconut Cupcakes
These coconut cupcakes are a mile-high with icing and amazing flavor.
Carrot-Zucchini Cake with Coconut-Cream Cheese Frosting
Zucchini makes a brilliant addition to carrot cake, adding a verdant note to the sweet carrot.
Coconut Cream Cake
The filling in this beautiful Coconut Cream Cake calls for packaged coconut shavings. Look for them in your grocer's natural foods section.
Coconut-Macadamia Nut Pound Cake
Lightly toasting the macadamia nuts brings out their rich, buttery flavor.
Coconut Layer Cake with Marshmallow Frosting
Swirls of rich, fluffy marshmallow frosting and flakes of toasted coconut are the crowning glory of this luscious layer cake. Did we mention it's completely gluten-free?
Coconut Cake with Raspberry Filling
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.
Towering Coconut Layer Cake
This cake couldn't be more traditional: four layers of rum-brushed yellow cake filled and frosted with a light and airy, coconut-scented meringue-buttercream.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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 cakes are always showstoppers at family gatherings. Instead of baking a single cake, spoon that delicious batter into lined baking cups and serve cupcakes.
Toasted Coconut-Pecan Cupcakes with Coconut-Cream Cheese Frosting
Coconut and pecans are a match made in Southern dessert heaven, so these cupcakes are divine. Coconut extract and coconut milk (be sure to shake the can) make the pecan-filled cake taste and smell sensational.
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 Refrigerated Cake
Make a super-easy coconut cake using packaged pound cake, vanilla pudding, whipping cream and flaked coconut.
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
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
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
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.
The Coconut Chiffon Cake
Coconut is the doyenne of Southern layer cakes, a masterpiece of home cookery that has crowned dining room sideboards for more than a hundred years. Purists sing the praises of simple but divine, opting for coconut water-doused cake layers and dreamy swirls of meringue. With this latest creation, we opted for a thick and rich filling.