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Sunny Coconut Cake

"I've been making this easy cake for 15 years and get many requests for the recipe," reports Annette Buckner of Charlotte, North Carolina.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    12-16 servings


  • 2 cups sour cream
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 package (14 ounces) sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 package yellow cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 package (3 ounces) orange gelatin
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 can (11 ounces) mandarin oranges, well drained


  • In a small bowl, combine the sour cream, sugar and orange juice. Beat in coconut. Cover and refrigerate. In large bowl, combine the cake mix, gelatin, water, oil and eggs; mix well.
  • Pour into two greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • Split each cake into two horizontal layers. Set aside 1 cup of the coconut filling; spread remaining filling between cake layers. Refrigerate. In a chilled large bowl, beat cream until stiff peaks form; fold into reserved filling. Frost the top and sides of cake. Garnish with oranges. Store in the refrigerator.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 550 calories, 27g fat (17g saturated fat), 67mg cholesterol, 310mg sodium, 72g carbohydrate (56g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein.

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  • lvarner
    Nov 1, 2014

    Very tasty! It is nice and moist. It's a very refreshing cake. I especially love serving this in spring and summer.

  • taxiforruss
    Apr 16, 2012

    Delicious! Especially if stored in fridge over night. No leftovers to share with this one.

  • Santa O'Neill
    Feb 18, 2012

    Very good, nice and moist. everyone loved it.

  • Melissa52
    May 21, 2009

    Wonderful recipe. Yummy. Thanks