Coconut Cream Cake with Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting

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This Coconut Cream Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting is a delicious, moist cake with two cake layers covered in a silky smooth frosting. If you are looking for an amazing homemade cake to impress with then look no further!

  I’m back from our Spring Break adventure and so excited to share this TO-DIE-FOR Coconut Cream Cake with Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting! This stuff is what cake-loving dreams are made of. My dreams, anyway. It’s by far the best scratch cake I have ever made. The flavor of coconut is utter perfection, and it is so moist and amazing. Seriously, you all need to make this cake!
  Kale wasn’t too excited when I told him what kind of cake I was making, because the little weirdo doesn’t like coconut. haha. I know, I know… there are probably more of you out there that aren’t a fan either, but I think it’s the texture that’s bothersome. It is for Kale, so if that’s the case for you then feel free to leave off the toasted coconut and you will be good to go!


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Coconut Cream Cake with Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting
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Serves: 12
    Wet Ingredients
    • 1 cup butter, softened
    • 1¾ cup granulated sugar
    • 1½ cups cream of coconut milk, divided (you can find this in the drink mix aisle at your grocery store)
    • 4 large eggs
    Dry Ingredients
    • 2½ cups all-purpose flour
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • ½ teaspoon baking soda
    • ½ teaspoon salt
    Additional Ingredients
    • 1 cup buttermilk
    • 1 teaspoon coconut extract
    • ½ cup butter, softened
    • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
    • 1 teaspoon coconut extract
    • 5 cups powdered sugar
    • milk (as needed)
    1. Preheat oven to 275 degrees F. (That low temperature is correct.) Grease and flour two 9-inch cake pans. (I also put parchment paper in the bottom of pans and then grease again)
    2. Separate eggs whites from yolks, set aside whites in a medium bowl.
    3. In a large bowl, add the butter, sugar, 1 cup cream of coconut milk and the egg yolks. Using a hand mixer, on medium speed, beat until fluffy and combined.
    4. In a separate bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients. Slowly add dry ingredients into the wet, with mixer on low speed, alternating with the buttermilk/ coconut extract mixture.
    5. In the bowl of egg whites add a pinch of salt and beat on high speed until stiff. Fold the egg whites into the batter until just combined. Divide batter evenly among the two cake pans. Bake for 65 to 70 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
    6. Let cakes cool in pans for 10 minutes, then invert onto a wire rack. Poke holes all over top of cakes (making sure not to poke all the way through) Drizzle the remaining ½ cup of cream of coconut onto both cakes.
    7. Let cakes cool completely before frosting. (After my cakes were cooled I wrapped them in saran wrap and then put them in the fridge overnight, so they would be easy to frost the next day)
    8. For Frosting: In a medium bowl, add butter, cream cheese and coconut extract. Using a hand mixer on medium speed, beat together until combined and fluffy. Slowly add in the powdered sugar until frosting reaches your desired consistency. You may need to add a little milk.
    9. Place one cake onto a cake platter or plate. Frost the top of that cake with frosting. Place the second cake on top and frost top and sides of the cake. Grab handfuls of toasted coconut and gently press onto the sides and top of cake. Enjoy! (Keep leftover cake covered and refrigerated)
    10. * For Toasted Coconut: Place 2 cups of sweetened, shredded coconut onto an un-greased cookie sheet. Bake for 10 minutes in a 325 degree oven. Some pieces will be browned and others white and soft. Let cool before covering on cake.
    Yields: 10 servings




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    27 thoughts on “Coconut Cream Cake with Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting

      1. No worries about no coconut extract. The first time I made this I didn’t either and it was still delicious. What I did that time (and still do) is put some toasted coconut in the batter. I’ll confess I also use coconut oil instead of the butter. I suspect the cake is a bit denser but it stays moist and delicious for days and days!

    1. THANK YOU!! I made his today for my husband’s birthday and all 10 people that ate it said it was absolutely the best coconut cake they had ever eaten. Some. Epic success! Thank you!

    2. I have made this cake twice now and it has turned out amazing both times. Everyone loves it and no one believes it’s homemade!

      1. Mary, sorry, I was just fixing the recipe card so that may have been why. Try again by using the Print button within the recipe card. It should work fine now 🙂

    3. This frosting!!!!!! <3
      The cake isn't even done yet, and know this is going to be my new favorite. I just want to sit with a spoon and eat all of this frosting out of the bowl lol. Thanks for the recipe!!

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