Rating: 4 stars
39 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 21
  • 4 star values: 9
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 3

Our favorite--everyone wants this for their birthday cake! It is especially delicious with the White Frosting recipe, below.

Recipe Summary

45 mins
1 hr 45 mins
3 hrs
30 mins
1 9-inch layer cake or 9x13-inch sheet cake


Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Coconut Cake:
White Frosting:


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour two 9-inch cake pans or one 9x13-inch pan.

  • Beat 2 cups sugar and shortening with an electric mixer in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Add the egg yolks one at a time, allowing each yolk to blend into the butter mixture before adding the next. Mix in the vanilla.

  • Place coconut in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Whisk coconut together with flour and baking powder; set aside. In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites until medium-stiff peaks form.

  • Pour the flour mixture into the batter alternately with the milk, mixing until just incorporated. Using a whisk or rubber spatula, gently fold 1/3 of the egg white mixture into the batter to lighten. Fold in remaining egg whites. Pour batter into prepared pans.

  • Bake in preheated oven until cake springs back when lightly touched with a finger and a tester inserted in the center comes out clean, about 30 minutes for layers or 40 minutes for a 9x13-inch pan. Let cakes cool completely on wire racks.

  • To Make White Frosting: shake 6 tablespoons flour and 1 cup milk in a jar. Transfer to a saucepan. Cook mixture over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture has thickened, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool.

  • Beat 1 cup sugar, butter, and 1/2 cup shortening with an electric mixer until smooth and fluffy. Add cooled milk mixture and beat well; stir in 1 teaspoon vanilla.

Nutrition Facts

627 calories; protein 6.3g; carbohydrates 78.5g; fat 32.9g; cholesterol 74.8mg; sodium 180.9mg. Full Nutrition