Favorite Coconut Cake Recipe
- 4 large egg whites
- 3/4 cup butter, softened
- 1-1/2 cups sugar, divided
- 1 teaspoon almond extract
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2-3/4 cups cake flour
- 4 teaspoons baking powder
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup whole milk
- 5 large egg whites
- 1-2/3 cups sugar
- 1 tablespoon water
- 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2-1/2 cups unsweetened coconut flakes
- Colored sprinkles, optional
- 1. Place egg whites in a large bowl; let stand at room temperature 30 minutes. Line bottoms of three greased 9-in. round baking pans with parchment paper; grease paper. Preheat oven to 350°.
- 2. Cream butter and 1 cup sugar until light and fluffy; beat in extracts. In another bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with milk.
- 3. With clean beaters, beat egg whites on medium speed until soft peaks form. Gradually add remaining sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating on high after each addition until sugar is dissolved. Continue beating until stiff glossy peaks form. Fold into batter.
- 4. Transfer to prepared pans. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 13-17 minutes. Cool in pans 10 minutes before removing to wire racks; remove paper. Cool completely.
- 5. For frosting, in a large heatproof bowl, whisk egg whites, sugar, water and cream of tartar until blended. Place over simmering water in a large saucepan over medium heat; whisking constantly, heat mixture until a thermometer reads 160°, 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat; add vanilla. Beat on high speed until stiff glossy peaks form, about 7 minutes.
- 6. Spread between layers and over top and sides of cake. Cover with coconut. If desired, decorate with sprinkles. Store, uncovered, in refrigerator. Yield: 16 servings.
1 slice: 400 calories, 16g fat (11g saturated fat), 24mg cholesterol, 341mg sodium, 62g carbohydrate (41g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein.
Reviews for Favorite Coconut Cake
"Seriously this cake was to die for!!!!! I added one yolk to the batter after I beat my egg whites separately. The other thing I did was mix my coconut half sweet and half unsweetened. I just really love the flavor of white cake with sweet coconut! Thank you for sharing this incredible cake which is now my all time favorite!! #RulatheRed"
"I thought the cake was just okay. it crumbled as I cut it. I did add 3/4 of coconut in the batter. I would not make this again ."
"Seriously, the best coconut cake and one of the best cakes I've ever made. I get requests for it all the time."
"This was the best cake that I have ever eaten!"
"The cake itself was lovely. I had slight difficulty getting the frosting to "thicken", so I added half a container of store-bought coconut frosting. I reveived many compliments with this recipe, it's a keeper."
"Heavenly! The best cake I've ever made."