Coconut Layer Cake

How to make a Coconut Layer Cake.


For the cake:

  • 3 1/4 cups of flour
  • 1 3/4 cups of sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of baking powder
  • 1 cup of room temperature unsalted butter
  • 1 1/4 cups of canned coconut milk
  • 8 egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon of coconut extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup of sweetened shredded coconut
  • 3 cake pans

For the frosting:

  • 12 ounces of softened cream cheese
  • 1 lb of room temperature unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of coconut extract
  • 1 lb of sifted powdered sugar
  • 4 cups of sweetened shredded coconut
  • green food colouring
  • assorted candy and chocolates


  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. Cream together in a standing mixer with the paddle attachment the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Whisk together the egg whites and shredded coconut in a separate bowl.
  4. Add in the coconut extract and then the egg whites and shredded coconut mixture in 3 batches into the butter-sugar mixture.
  5. Mix the flour, baking powder and salt together in a bowl and add into the creamed butter-sugar mixture while alternating with the coconut milk but beginning and ending with the dry ingredients.
  6. Be sure to stop and scrape the sides of the bowl often.
  7. Distribute the cake batter evenly into 3 Cake Pans.
  8. Bake the cake in the oven at 350F for 30 minutes or until golden brown and firm in the center.
  9. Cool the cake pans on a cooling rack for 10 to 15 minutes.
  10. Whip the butter and cream cheese in a standing mixer with the paddle attachment until light and fluffy.
  11. Add in the coconut extract and powdered sugar until completely mixed in.
  12. Toss together 1 1/2 cups of the shredded coconut and 4 to 6 drops of green food colouring in a slider bag until the coconut becomes green.
  13. Frost the cooled coconut cake in layers with a small amount of frosting.
  14. After each layer has been frosted, sprinkle on ½ cup of shredded coconut and press into the frosting before adding on the next layer of cake.
  15. Frost the entire outside and top of the cake and use the remaining shredded white coconut to coat the outside of the cake.
  16. Finish the top of the layered coconut cake by sprinkling on the green coconut shreds, but take care to not get any of the shreds around the outside.
  17. Garnish the top of the cake with assorted candy and chocolates.
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