Just baked: Fluffy, sweet and oh-so-coco-nutty coconut cake. With frosting and batter flavored by Coconut Extract, this Ultimate Coconut Cake is heaven on a plate.

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
30 mins
total:
50 mins
Servings:
16
Yield:
16 servings
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Ingredients

16
Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Coconut Buttercream Frosting:

Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. For the Cake, spray 2 (9-inch) round cake pans with no stick cooking spray. Mix flour, baking powder and salt in medium bowl. Set aside.

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  • Beat butter, granulated sugar and extract in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, 1 at a time. Alternately beat in flour mixture and milk on low speed until just blended. Beat on medium-high speed 2 minutes. Pour batter into prepared pans.

  • Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 15 minutes. Remove from pans; cool completely on wire rack.

  • For the Frosting, beat butter and extract in large bowl until light and fluffy. Gradually add confectioners' sugar, beating well after each addition. Beat in desired amount of milk until light and fluffy. Fill and frost cooled cake with Frosting. Sprinkle top of frosted cake with toasted coconut.

Nutrition Facts

432 calories; protein 3.9g; carbohydrates 62.4g; fat 19.4g; cholesterol 82.2mg; sodium 359.4mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (7)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
03/28/2016
Worked out very well I was happy with it. Tasted delicious. Quick trick I learned for toasting the coconut flakes - in the microwave! I put 1/2 cup coconut in for 30 seconds at a time at half power stirring each time until I was happy with it. I had a 7 oz bag of sweetened coconut flakes so I used the rest in the batter and the frosting. Since I was adding additional coconut I halved the amount of extract in the frosting and added 1/2 tsp of vanilla. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
10/13/2018
For some reason the cake fell apart. But the taste was good. Read More
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9 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 3
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
03/28/2016
Worked out very well I was happy with it. Tasted delicious. Quick trick I learned for toasting the coconut flakes - in the microwave! I put 1/2 cup coconut in for 30 seconds at a time at half power stirring each time until I was happy with it. I had a 7 oz bag of sweetened coconut flakes so I used the rest in the batter and the frosting. Since I was adding additional coconut I halved the amount of extract in the frosting and added 1/2 tsp of vanilla. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
10/13/2018
For some reason the cake fell apart. But the taste was good. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/08/2016
I made this and it was oh so yummy! I followed the cake recipe but next time I'm going to add baking soda to fluff it up more or use cake flour. The frosting was tasty as it was but too buttery for me so I added an 8 oz package of cream cheese and it made it fluffier and just tastes better. Highly recommended but I would make some slight changes. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/11/2019
The photo of the cake shows three layers but the recipe only makes 2 layers?? Read More
Rating: 4 stars
05/21/2019
Excellent cake light and delicious. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
03/16/2020
Delicious and beautiful Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/25/2019
My 10-year old grandson baked the cake. Directions were easy for him to follow for the cake. The cake is Delicious. This recipe is a keeper for sure. Read More