Serves 16

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.

How to Make It

Step 1

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

Step 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.

Step 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.

Step 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.

Ratings & Reviews

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June 17, 2017
The video doesn't match the recipe direction as far as beating egg whites and folding in at end ???

howie7463's Review

November 26, 2011
I tweeked the cake by using box cake mix and the icing for the cake is great, so I rate this cake as high as I can.

sarola's Review

December 27, 2011
this cake was so moist and delicious that when i turned around the whole thing was gone! stuffed into to-go bin's and bellies! kids love it too!

Artlover's Review

December 27, 2012
Followed the directions to a T and didn't substitute anything and can't understand why my cake was solid as a rock. Also, how come no one mentioned the frosting asks for way too much butter and confectioner's sugar? I stopped at half of what sugar it called for and it was wayyyyy too sweet then. Was there an edited version I missed somewhere? Anyway, if I decide to attempt this in the future, there will be a ton of changes but I will most probably just try another recipe.

7slainte's Review

February 02, 2013
This cake is not too sweet and while it is heavy when assembled, the cake part is not too dense. The icing recipe makes way too much, you could get away with making a generous 1/2 portion, for the 8 cups of confectioners sugar...use 4 and you can thin with any leftover coconut milk as needed. I baked it for a co-worker's birthday and it was well received.

deesathome's Review

January 04, 2012
I made this cake for the holidays,and it is the best cake by far.I tinted the coconut red for Christmas and saved a little of the icing for tinting green for leaves and red for holly berries made swirls with star tip and piped leaves and three red berries on top of the rosetts. The cake was very moist and lite and the frosting tasted so good.everone raved about this cake.

nanhug44's Review

December 16, 2013
I am using a box cake mix and my own icing ,to try an lower the cal..and fat!