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Favorite Coconut Cake Recipe

Favorite Coconut Cake Recipe

When I need an impressive dessert for a special occasion, this is the recipe I depend on. My guests are glad I do! —Edna Hoffman, Hebron, Indiana
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. Bake: 15 min. + cooling YIELD:16 servings


  • 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.
Editor's Note: Look for unsweetened coconut in the baking or health food section.

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 400 calories, 16g fat (11g saturated fat), 24mg cholesterol, 341mg sodium, 62g carbohydrate (41g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein.

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Reviewed Nov. 25, 2017

"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"

Reviewed Aug. 16, 2017

"This is a very good cake. I put lemon curd between the layers and make a microwave Boiled Frosting instead of the standard 7 Minute Frosting. This is a very popular cake when I take it to potlucks or reunions.."

Reviewed Sep. 15, 2013

"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 ."

silly girl
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2013

"I made a coconut cake like 3 years ago..does anyone know if this cake was in the actual magazine?? I thought I saved it but I can't find it.."

Reviewed Jan. 31, 2013

"Seriously, the best coconut cake and one of the best cakes I've ever made. I get requests for it all the time."

Reviewed Feb. 3, 2012

"This was the best cake that I have ever eaten!"

Reviewed Apr. 23, 2011

"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."

Reviewed Apr. 3, 2011

"Coconut cake should have something coconut IN the cake! I substituted coconut milk for the milk. Wonderful!"

Reviewed Apr. 2, 2011

"Heavenly! The best cake I've ever made."

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