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Coconut Cake

Coconut Cake with Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting

Yield: makes a three layer 6-inch cake
Author: Maryanne Cabrera


Coconut Cake:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup canned coconut milk, full-fat, well-shaken
  • 4 large eggs, room temp
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened dried coconut

Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temp
  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • 3 cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • 2 Tablespoons canned coconut milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of fine sea salt


  • edible flowers


Coconut Cake:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Line *4- 6inch cake pans with parchment paper.  Lightly grease with butter.  Set aside.
  • Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together melted butter, olive oil, and coconut milk. Set aside.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat eggs and sugar until mixture is pale in color and slightly thickened. Scrape down the bowl as necessary to ensure thorough mixing.
  • Alternate adding the flour mixture and wet mixture, beginning and ending with the flour. Mix on low speed until combined. Fold in dried coconut.
  • Divide batter between prepared cake pans. Level batter using a spoon or mini offset spatula. Bake for 35-40 minutes until cakes are golden brown and toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean. Let cool in pan for 5-10 minutes before unmolding. Allow to cool to room temperature on wire rack.

Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, whip butter and cream cheese until smooth.  Scrape down bowl as necessary to ensure thorough mixing.
  • Add sifted powdered sugar, coconut milk, vanilla extract, and pinch of salt. Mix until smooth.


The recipe makes four 6-inch cakes. I only used three to make the cake.  The fourth cake was eaten for test purposes!