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Lemon Coconut Cake Recipe

Lemon Coconut Cake Recipe

“If you’re pressed for time, use a white cake mix and dress it up with the filling and frosting from this recipe,” suggests field editor LaDonna Reed, Ponca City, Oklahoma. “This is a lovely dessert for spring and summer.”
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1 hour + cooling Bake: 20 min. + cooling YIELD:12-14 servings


  • 5 egg whites
  • 3/4 cup shortening
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • Dash salt
  • 3/4 cup cold water
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3/4 cup shortening
  • 3-3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1-1/4 cups sweetened shredded coconut


  • 1. Place egg whites in a small bowl; let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with milk. Beat egg whites until stiff peaks form; gradually fold into creamed mixture.
  • 2. Pour into three greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans. Bake at 350° for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • 3. In a heavy saucepan, combine sugar, cornstarch and salt. Stir in water until smooth. Cook and stir over medium-high heat until thickened. Reduce heat; cook and stir 2 minutes longer. Remove from the heat. Stir a small amount of filling into egg yolks; return all to the pan, stirring constantly. Bring to a boil; cook and stir 2 minutes longer. Remove from the heat. Stir in lemon juice and butter. Cool, without stirring, to room temperature.
  • 4. In a large bowl, cream shortening and confectioners' sugar until light and fluffy; beat in vanilla. Gradually add water, beating until smooth. Spread filling between cake layers. Frost top and sides of cake; sprinkle with coconut. Yield: 12-14 servings.

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Danerlea User ID: 875081 64688
Reviewed Aug. 27, 2013

"The cake and custard filling were very good. The frosting was not. It tasted terrible and left a film on the top of your mouth. I threw it away and make a standby butter cream frosting. It tasted much better but once I frosted it I figured out why they use a shortening based frosting. My icing wouldn't stick in between the cake layers and ended up sliding down a bit. We all joked about it but everyone liked the flavor. Next time I make it I'll just make my frosting stiffer."

Kathleencnm User ID: 6759388 152106
Reviewed Jul. 3, 2012

"This cake had a very heavy batter and did not rise even 1" per layer. It had a coarse crumb. Also the shortening in the icing left a heavy coating on the tongue and mouth. A real disappointment, I had to throw it out;, would not serve it to anyone! The filling was good. otherwise a waste of time and money. Use a cake mix or something that uses butter not shortening (healthier too!)"

tnnelson23 User ID: 6606406 146251
Reviewed Mar. 21, 2012

"This was a very good recipe. I used to be a pastry chef and have some tips for those who had heavy cakes and loose frosting. Beat the batter until it is more fluffy. If you don't beat the eggs whites they won't make the batter light. Also beat the frosting more and add powder sugar until it is stiff yet able to be spread. The cake must be cold to be able to frost. Try refrigerating it or freezing the cake for a few hours."

Cricket115 User ID: 4205238 131390
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2010

"My new favourite cake"

Jujube33 User ID: 2013400 80445
Reviewed Oct. 7, 2010

"The only lemon coconut cake recipe I'll use! It doesn't have an overpowering lemon flavor. The entire family loved it, even my son who hates flaked coconut. And my daughter has requested one for her birthday!"

iluvlemon User ID: 4743462 80441
Reviewed Jan. 15, 2010

"This cake was very heavy and dense. The only part I liked was the lemon filling. :) There was also a lot of frosting left over. I frosted the cake and put it in the frige but then when I took it out a couple of hours later the frosting had all slipped off the cake and onto the platter underneath."

pjjernigan User ID: 1361925 67477
Reviewed Mar. 25, 2009

"I made this from scratch, following the printed recipe and I found the cake to be very heavy. The lemon filling was very good and easy, but there was a lot of icing left over. Everyone enjoyed the cake, but I will use a cake mix the next time I make it. I wasn't sure how many of my guests might not care for be want to eat the coconut, so I only sprinkled it on half the cake."

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