Incredible Coconut Cake Recipe
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Incredible Coconut Cake Recipe

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I found this recipe in a newspaper many years ago and modified it to suit my taste. This is my all-time favorite cake, and my family and friends absolutely love it. —Lynne Bassler, Indiana, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Bake: 25 min. + chilling
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Bake: 25 min. + chilling
MAKES: 16 servings

Ingredients

  • 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
  • FROSTING:
  • 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

Nutritional Facts

1 slice equals 689 calories, 37 g fat (21 g saturated fat), 123 mg cholesterol, 353 mg sodium, 85 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 6 g protein.

Directions

  1. Place egg whites in a large bowl; let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  2. 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.
  3. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk, beating well after each addition. Stir in coconut.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. For frosting, in a small bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until fluffy. Add confectioners’ sugar and extract; beat until smooth.
  7. 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.
Originally published as Incredible Coconut Cake in Taste of Home April/May 2011, p42

Nutritional Facts

1 slice equals 689 calories, 37 g fat (21 g saturated fat), 123 mg cholesterol, 353 mg sodium, 85 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 6 g protein.

Reviews for Incredible Coconut Cake

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Reviewed Aug. 16, 2014

"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!"

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Reviewed May. 20, 2014

"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!"

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Reviewed Apr. 8, 2014

"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!!!!"

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Reviewed Feb. 9, 2014

"I thought the cake was really good. I don't eat coconut cake but I will make this again! Great recipe!"

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Reviewed Feb. 8, 2014

"I made a healthy version of the frosting using:1pkg softened fat-free cream cheese2/3 cup EV Coconut oil (semi-firm)4 1/4 c powdered sugar3 Tblsp plain Greek yogurt1 tsp almond extractAbout 1/2 Tblsp lemon zest1 cup shredded coconutAbsolutely delicious"

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