- 5 eggs, separated
- 2 cups sugar
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1/2 cup canola oil
- 1 teaspoon coconut extract
- 1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
- 1/4 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Almond Extract
- 2-1/4 cups cake flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 2 cups flaked coconut, chopped
- 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 2 packages (one 8 ounces, one 3 ounces) cream cheese, softened
- 2/3 cup butter, softened
- 4-1/3 cups confectioners' sugar
- 1-1/4 teaspoons coconut extract
- 2 cups flaked coconut, toasted
- Place egg whites in a large bowl; let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 325°. In another large bowl, beat sugar, butter and oil until well blended. Add egg yolks, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in extracts.
- Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk, beating well after each addition. Stir in coconut.
- Add cream of tartar to egg whites; with clean beaters, beat on medium until stiff peaks form. Fold a fourth of the egg whites into batter, then fold in remaining whites.
- Transfer to three greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans. Bake 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
- For frosting, in a small bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until fluffy. Add confectioners’ sugar and extract; beat until smooth.
- Place one cake layer on a serving plate; spread with 1/2 cup frosting and sprinkle with 1/3 cup coconut. Repeat. Top with remaining cake layer. Spread remaining frosting over top and sides of cake; sprinkle with remaining coconut. Refrigerate for 2 hours before cutting. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 16 servings.
Reviews for Incredible Coconut Cake
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"This cake truly lives up to its name. I made it for my daughter's birthday party. She truly loved it. Every year she asks me to bake her a coconut cake and this is the best I've made for her. No more searching for a cake. The only change I made was to cut the sugar down in the batter to 1 cup."
"This is absolutely a 5-star cake. I didn't use as much sugar as it called for. I followed the recipe except for the sugar and it turned out moist and dense and not crumbly. I made it for an office party and used the new 'better-tasting' vanilla fondant. It turned out just how I have made this cake in the past. This is better than the coconut cake we made in culinary school!"
"I made this cake for my Grams 92nd Birthday. She said it tasted just like the one her mother used to make, delicious. Everyone loved it and I can't wait to make it again. After reading the reviews about the cake being crumbly I put the flaked coconut through the food processer which made it very fine. I did not put the coconut between the layers. The cake came out perfect!"
"This cake mellowed after 24 hrs. First day, flavors too strong. I did cut coconut extract in half and doubled vanilla. I used regular buttercream frosting. Great for a fresh make ahead dessert. I cup of chopped sweet coconut and 1.5 cups sugar in batter were plenty! Baked in 9 by 13 pan at 350. Delicious!!!!"
"I thought the cake was really good. I don't eat coconut cake but I will make this again! Great recipe!"