Coconut Cream Cake Recipe

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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES:15 servings
Healthy Diabetic Exchange Test Kitchen Approved
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES: 15 servings


  • 1 package white cake mix (regular size)
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1-1/4 cups water
  • 2/3 cup flaked coconut, divided
  • 1 can (14 ounces) fat-free sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon coconut extract
  • 1-1/2 cups reduced-fat whipped topping

Nutritional Facts

One serving (1 piece) equals 255 calories, 6 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 2 mg cholesterol, 276 mg sodium, 46 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 5 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 starch, 1 fat.


  1. In a large bowl, beat the cake mix, egg whites, water and 1/3 cup coconut on low speed for 30 seconds. Beat on medium for 2 minutes.
  2. Transfer to a 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine milk and extract. Using a large meat fork, punch holes in cake. Gently spread half of milk mixture over cake. let stand for 3 minutes. Spread remaining milk mixture over cake. Cool for 30 minutes.
  4. Toast the remaining coconut. Spread whipped topping over cake; sprinkle with coconut. Cover and chill for at least 4 hours. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 15 servings.
Originally published as Coconut Cream Cake in Light & Tasty October/November 2003, p12

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.

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Reviewed Apr. 17, 2014

"This is absolutely delicious and so easy to make. Hard to believe it is low fat! A definite keeper! Thanks for sharing the recipe."

Reviewed Aug. 29, 2011

"Made this for a family bbq. Everyone raved about how moist it was. My mom didn't even guess that the frosting was cool whip and she is a cake decorator. This recipe is a keeper!"

Reviewed Jul. 22, 2009

"Sounds very good. I am going to make this for a work potluck next week."

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