Rave Reviews Coconut Cake


A wonderful moist coconut cake, made easy with cake mix and pudding mix, perfect for birthday parties. Walnuts and pecans are interchangeable in this recipe.

close up view of Coconut Cake garnished with toasted coconut on a cake stand
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
40 mins
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 30 mins
1 8- or 9-inch layer cake


  • 1 (18.25 ounce) package yellow cake mix

  • 1 (3.5 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix

  • 1 ⅓ cups water

  • 4 eggs

  • ¼ cup vegetable oil

  • 4 cups flaked coconut, divided

  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

  • 4 tablespoons butter, divided

  • 2 teaspoons milk

  • 3 ½ cups confectioners' sugar

  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour three 8- or 9-inch round cake pans.

  2. Blend cake mix, pudding mix, water, eggs, and oil in a large mixing bowl. Beat at medium speed for 4 minutes. Stir in 2 cups of coconut and chopped walnuts. Pour the batter into the prepared pans.

  3. Bake in the preheated oven for 35 minutes. Let cakes cool in the pans for 15 minutes, then remove and finish cooling on a rack.

  4. To Make Frosting: Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a skillet. Add 2 cups flaked coconut and stir constantly over low heat until golden brown. Spread coconut on absorbent paper to cool.

  5. Cream remaining 2 tablespoons butter with cream cheese. Add milk and confectioners' sugar alternately, beating well. Add vanilla and stir in 1 3/4 cups toasted coconut.

  6. To Assemble Cake: Spread tops of cooled cake layers with some of the frosting. Stack them and then frost the sides of the cake. Sprinkle cake with remaining toasted coconut.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

693 Calories
35g Fat
91g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 693
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 35g 45%
Saturated Fat 16g 78%
Cholesterol 94mg 31%
Sodium 578mg 25%
Total Carbohydrate 91g 33%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Total Sugars 69g
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 97mg 7%
Iron 2mg 10%
Potassium 215mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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