Old Fashioned Coconut Cake
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Old-Fashioned Coconut Cake

I’ve finally found the best homemade coconut cake recipe. It doesn’t use white cake mix (with it’s sickly-sweet taste and gummy texture). It does use all-natural ingredients, with no artificial flavors or colors, so you can feel good about serving it to your family. And I found it to be an easy coconut cake recipe, once I worked out the right proportions.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword All-Natural Coconut Cake, Old-Fashioned Coconut Cake
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 12 servings
Author Don Herman

Ingredients

  • 2 2/3 cups Flour - 1/2 all-purpose, 1/2 cake flour
  • 2 cups Sugar
  • 2 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 5 lg Egg Whites
  • 1/2 cup Milk
  • 1 tbsp Natural Coconut Flavor See below if your store doesn't carry this.
  • 1/2 cup Unsalted Butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup Unsweetened Coconut Milk, 15% fat content Use the canned, not boxed version. It must be at least 15% fat.

Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting and Whipped Filling

  • 8 oz. Cream Cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup Butter, room temperature
  • 4 cups Powdered Sugar
  • 1 tsp Natural Coconut Flavor
  • 10 oz Shredded Coconut sweetened or unsweetened

Filling between Layers

  • 1 cup Frosting from above
  • 1 cup Heavy Whipping Cream

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease and flour two 8 or 9-inch cake pans. (Lining with parchment can make removing the cakes easier, but I never have a problem in this dry climate. See how to create a cake pan liner here.)
  • Whisk the egg whites, milk and coconut flavoring until frothy. (We will use these bubbles for the leavening to expand as the cake bakes). Set aside.
  • In a mixer bowl, add the flours, sugar, baking powder and salt. Mix with a whisk. Add the butter and coconut milk and mix on low with a paddle attachment just until moistened, then beat on medium for two minutes.
  • Add the egg white mixture in a few additions, mixing just until incorporated.
  • Pour the thick batter into the prepared pans. I use a small postal scale to weigh them out so that I divide it evenly. Bake for 36 to 40 minutes, then test with a toothpick to see if it comes out clean. Add two minutes more if it comes out wet.
  • Remove from the oven and let cool for about 10 minutes, then remove from pans and cool completely on a rack.
  • While the cakes are cooling, use the warm oven to toast your coconut (optional). Simply sprinkle the coconut on a cookie sheet in a thin layer and set it in the oven at 350 F for about two minutes. Stir the flakes and watch them for another minute or so. When they’ve toasted to golden, remove and cool.

Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting and Whipped Filling

  • Cream together the cream cheese and butter. Add the coconut flavor. Then add the powdered sugar, one cup at a time. I cover my mixer with a very light tea towel to avoid sugar powder spreading all over the kitchen! Once it’s smooth, add a tablespoon of the coconut milk or regular milk to achieve a spreadable consistency (I didn’t have to add any).
  • For the filling, simply whip 1 cup of heavy whipping cream until medium peaks form, then gently blend in 1 cup of the cream cheese icing.

Assembly

  • I divided my cake layers into four pieces, using a cake leveler. I used the whipped cream between each layer, then iced the outside of the cake with the cream cheese frosting. Lastly, I sprinkled the toasted coconut, using my palm to “bounce” the flakes onto the sides of the cake.
    Old Fashioned Coconut Cake

Notes

I divided my cake layers into four pieces, using a cake leveler.  I used the whipped cream between each layer, then iced the outside of the cake with the cream cheese frosting.  Lastly, I sprinkled the toasted coconut, using my palm to “bounce” the flakes onto the sides of the cake.