Oxmoor House
Prep Time
30 Mins
Cook Time
20 Mins
Makes 12 servings

This classic layer cake features a tangy lemon filling between layers of tender white cake and a rich coconut-cream cheese frosting.

How to Make It

Step 1

Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until fluffy; gradually add sugar, beating well. Add egg yolks, 1 at a time, beating until blended after each addition.

Step 2

Combine flour and baking powder; add to butter mixture alternately with milk, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat at low speed until blended after each addition. Stir in vanilla.

Step 3

Beat egg whites at high speed with electric mixer until stiff peaks form; fold one-third of egg whites into batter. Gently fold in remaining beaten egg whites just until blended. Spoon batter into 3 greased and floured 9-inch round cake pans.

Step 4

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 10 minutes; remove from pans, and cool completely on wire racks.

Step 5

Spread Lemon Filling between layers. Spread Cream Cheese Frosting on top and sides of cake. Sprinkle top and sides with coconut. Garnish, if desired.

Ratings & Reviews

I want to make but......

March 31, 2018
where are the ingredients and rest of the instructions?


July 30, 2018
Where are the rest of the steps for lemon filling and so forth?!

Can't get enough of this wonderful cake!

March 24, 2015
I made this cake at Christmas and plan to make it again this Easter. Everyone raved about it and said it was the best cake ever. It takes a little work and a little time, but the payoff is definitely worth it

And....ohhh...it is so sweet!

December 28, 2015
I made this cake and it is ab-so-lute-ly amazing.  

justjohanna's Review

August 08, 2011
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.

cgilley's Review

November 27, 2010
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.

ldsmom3's Review

March 24, 2013
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.

PhuPhu's Review

December 27, 2011
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.

Vesuvio's Review

March 26, 2009
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!

PammieJ's Review

September 20, 2011
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.