Delightfully Delicious Coconut Cake

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I have a mother in law that absolutely adores coconut and I always make her a coconut cake around Mother’s Day.  But let’s be honest here.  I’m a pretty darn big fan of it myself!  I find myself adding it to all kinds of recipes that don’t list it in the ingredients like cookies, cakes, or smoothies and it really bumps it up a couple of notches.  Something I’ve found that frustrates me about typical coconut cake recipes is that you start with a boxed cake mix.  Well, friends, not this one.  This one comes from the heart!  Don’t get me wrong, I’m not knocking boxed mixes.  There’s a time and place for them, heck I use them myself!  But when I’m baking a cake for someone special I feel it adds an extra touch when I make the cake completely from scratch.  And let me tell you, this cake is so moist, tasty and just plain GOOD.  And when it’s all done up it looks like a cloud you wanna float around on for a while and just BE.  Can’t argue with that!

Before this cake even made it to the oven, I had my two girls bustling around me “Mom, whatcha makin’ now?  It smells sooo goood!”,  “Can I have some right now?  Isn’t it done yet?”  Geez, where on earth do they get their patience from…or lack there of.  Aren’t we onto the recipe yet?  I can’t believe we haven’t started learning about this fluffy goodness already ;)

Delightfully Delicious Coconut Cake


1 Cup Butter (softened)
2 Cups Sugar
1 Cup Buttermilk
2 tsp. Pure Vanilla
2 tsp. Coconut Extract
5 Eggs
2 ½ Cups Flour
1 tsp.  Baking Soda
1 tsp. Salt


1. Preheat oven to 350° F.  Spray two 8” round pans with cooking spray and line bottoms with parchment paper.

2. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt.  Mix together and set aside.

3. In a small bowl, combine buttermilk, vanilla, and coconut extract.  Mix together with whisk or fork.  Set aside.

4. In a separate, large bowl, cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.  Add eggs, one at a time.  Beat well after adding each one.

5. Alternately add flour mixture and buttermilk combination to butter mixture until all is combined and mixed until smooth.

6. Pour batter evenly between the two prepared 8” pans.  Bang pans lightly on hard surface a few times, like a counter or table, to force air bubbles in batter to come to the surface.

7. Bake for approximately 30-40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted near the center of the cake.

8.  Allow cakes to cool in pans for at least one hour.  Transfer to wire racks to finish cooling.

9.  When completely cool, frost with your favorite frosting.

To frost my coconut cake, I used our Professional Like Buttercream Frosting from our Cookin’ Up Sweet Treatsebook available in the Amazon Kindle Store. You can download it on your Kindle, iPad, iPhone, Blackberry, Android Phone, and your home computer! Learn more here.  I added 2 tsp. of coconut extract to it and I was in business. I was just eating the frosting out of the darn bowl!  It was that good! Feel free to do that to your favorite frosting as well.  Give it a try with a whipped topping like Cool Whip if you prefer.  It would lighten things up, but be careful when adding the extract because it can thin out your whipped topping.  Just use a watchful eye.

Here’s how I assembled the cake:

Take your first layer and use a serrated knife to cut off the very top of the cake to produce a level surface.   Do the exact same thing to your second layer.

Take your first layer and place it on your cake stand or plate.  A trick to get it to stay in place is to take a small dollop of your frosting and swipe it down on the middle of your cake plate.  Works like glue!  Spread about a 1/2 cup to 3/4 cup of frosting on top of your first layer.

Sprinkle a thin layer of coconut on top of the frosting.  Not too much otherwise your top layer won’t stick properly to your bottom layer.

Take your second layer and place it upside down (so the bottom of your second layer is now your top!) on your first layer.

Proceed with covering the entire cake with the rest of your frosting.  When finished, sprinkle coconut all over the cake, pressing coconut gently onto the sides.  Garnish with fresh berries or chocolate curls if you’d like.

Don’t you just want to cut a slice and dive right in?  I sure did, the second after I took this picture.  I just couldn’t help myself.  And I had plenty of help eating it too.  Remember those ‘patient’ children I mentioned earlier?  Well, they finally got to taste what their noses were so excited about :)

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  1. This looks fanTASTic. I love coconut. Thanks for sharing. Found you from 52 Mantels.

    • Thanks! It’s so yummy! And I’m a coconut fanatic too :) Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Saw this from Something Swanky’s link party – this looks fantastic! I love coconut as well. Pinning so I can come back to it later :) .

    • Thanks so much and thanks for pinning! It’s delicious and I hope you enjoy it :) So glad you stopped by!

  3. Your cake looks delicious, I printed off the recipe. Love coconut andi

    • Thank you and thanks for checking out our blog! Let us know when you make it and how you like it :)

  4. This is the most heavenly coconut cake I’ve ever seen…perfect for mother’s day. Thanks for sharing it on foodie friday.

  5. I came from a place where coconuts are everywhere! I love coconut cakes myself and so does my mother-in-law!

    There is a link party going on in my blog today. I would LOVE for you to share this :)


    • Oooh, coconuts everywhere! Oh the things you could make :) This cake is delicious. I highly recommend it for you and your MIL. Thanks for stopping by and I’ll swing over to your blog right now!

  6. I love coconut cake! Definitely going to try this recipe. It looks so moist and yummy!

    • It really is a moist, more dense cake. And very coconutty :) Thanks for checking us out!

  7. Homemade cake is the best! This looks wonderful, if only my husband would eat coconut!

  8. Looks so good. Thanks for coming and sharing this with us at The Sunday Round Up.

  9. I am a coconut fiend! This looks divine! Thanks for sharing at Church supper. Have a blessed week!

    • Thanks, Krista! We love partying with you each week. Thanks for hosting and for stopping by :)

  10. Anything coconut = LOVE
    Thanks for sharing at our Sunday Round Up! Can’t wait to see what you have for us next weekend. Have a GREAT week!

  11. YUM….I love coconut! this is a must try!

  12. Oh-I love coconut and this cake looks just delicious! Thanks so much for linking me up and inspiring me to give this recipe a try:)

    • Thanks, Kim! It really is a yummy, dense cake. Thanks for stopping by :)

  13. OH yum!! That cake sounds and looks DELICIOUS!!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

    • It really is! Thanks for checking out our blog :)

  14. I L-O-V-E anything coconut! This looks delicious! Just saw this at StoneGable

  15. LOVE coconut and this cake looks delicious. Thank you so much for sharing at Project Queen’s Link Party.

    • If you love coconut, then this cake is a MUST try! It won’t let you down ;) Thanks for checking out our blog!

  16. yum!!! wow!! Came over from Shine your light! Would love for you to link up at my food party: Tasty Tuesdays!

    • Thanks, Emily! We already linked up with your fun party last night :) Thanks for hosting!

  17. This looks so incredible. With the buttermilk I know it will be moist and delicious! Yum!

    • The buttermilk definitely adds something special. Give it a try and let us know how you like it :) Thanks for swinging by!

  18. Omgosh … This looks so yummy!!

    • Thank you :) It really is a tasty little cake. Thanks for checking out our blog!

  19. I LOVE coconut! This looks amazing.:)

  20. Looks amazing! My mother and mother-in-law would love that!

    Thanks so much for linking up this amazing creation at my link party! Hope to see you Wednesday for more!

    Kaitlin-The NOt So Simple Housewife

  21. This coconut cake looks so moist and delicious! Thanks for linking up to our “Strut Your Stuff Saturday.” We loved having you and hope to see you back next week! -The Sisters

  22. This sounds wonderful! Coconut cake is my favorite….Now I am salivating!

  23. Coconut cake is one of my mom’s favorites as well. Nice to find a recipe for it without the box mix!

    • It really is, isn’t it? Give it a try and let us know how you and your mom like it :) Thanks for stopping by!

  24. That’s a great way to keep up mother-in-law/ daughter relations:)

  25. Total yumminess! When I was growing up with my four sisters, my mom would always make each of us our favorite cake for our birthdays. Mine was coconut! Gotta try out THIS recipe.

    Thanks for linking to Time Travel Thursday. Be sure to stop in tonight, and see yourself featured. ;)

    Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage

    • Thanks so much for the feature, Liz! And yes, if coconut is your favorite cake, this recipe is a must try for you! See you at the party :)

  26. This cake looks A-mazing! D would love it (he adores coconut). Thanks so much for sharing on Tout It Tuesday!

    • Anyone that loves coconut would LOVE this cake. Thanks so much for hosting a fun party and for stopping by!

  27. Oh my, D will love this cake. He adores coconut. Thanks so much for sharing on Tout It Tuesday!

  28. YUM! Thanks for linking up to our Pinteresting Link Party! I’m pinning this to try later!

    • Thank you for visiting and thanks for pinning this! :)

  29. What an amazing cake. Even the pictures look good enough to eat! Thank you for sharing this with my readers at Faith, Trust, & Pixie Dust.

    Warmly, Michelle

  30. My hubby and I LOVE coconut cake! I have never attempted to make my own, but I think I might give your recipe a try :o ) I am guest hosting A Pinteresting Party this week and will be featuring you on my blog! -Sarah @ Repeat Crafter Me

    • That’s great, Sarah! Thank you for the feature :) And yes, give this recipe a try as your first coconut cake to make from scratch. It’s really pretty simple and you’ll love it!

  31. I love coconut, especially in the summer. This cake looks delicious. Thanks for linking to the Home Decor and Organizing Link Party. I’m featuring this on my blog today.

    • That’s great! Thank you for the feature and for hosting a fun party :)

  32. I could live on coconut. This cake, yum!

  33. What a divine-looking cake! I’ll be spotlighting your post on my Facebook page tomorrow!


  34. I have a few favorite things, chocolate, coconut, peanut butter, cake and ice cream. and I love mixtures of 2 or more together (not the peanut butter and coconut together though) so I think this sounds and looks amazing! Thanks for linking up to Topsy Turvy Tuesdays, I’m featuring your cake today!

    • Hi, Ashlee! Love your site and your cakes! I too am a cake decorator but not on such a grand scale as you ;) Thank you for the feature today and we love linking up to your parties. Thanks for hosting :)

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