Saturday, May 3, 2014

coconut layer cake

i just had a birthday week full of all things sweet.
sweet friends, sweet gifts, sweet notes, a sweet husband,
and of course sweet treats. to go along with that, i am sharing
a very sweet, heavenly dessert that you need to make for a special
occasion. i made this coconut cake from scratch for easter with my 
family, and it really was a hit! it's light and moist and y-u-m-m-y.
just trust me on this. like my grandma ginny says, "this cake is so good
it will knock your socks off!" my dad also gave it 2 big thumbs up
and his approval is hard to come by when it comes to food.

for the cake:
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup softened butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs {separated}
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon coconut extract

    for the frosting:
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup butter (softened)
  • 8 ounces cream cheese (softened)
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon coconut extract
  • 1 cup shredded coconut

preheat oven to 350 degrees F. spray two 9 inch cake pans.
in a bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt. set aside.

in a bigger mixing bowl, beat butter until creamy, and then add sugar
in until smooth. separate eggs and add egg yolks one at a time, beating
in between adding them. next, add the flour mixture & milk alternatively,
starting and ending with flour. stir in vanilla extract, coconut extract,
and 1 cup shredded coconut. in another bowl, beat egg whites until stiff,
but not dry -- then fold into cake mixture.

divide the batter evenly in half between the two pans. bake in preheated
350 oven for 30-35 minutes. allow cakes to cool completely before frosting.
for the frosting:
blend butter and cream cheese until smooth...then add powdered sugar slowly. 

add in vanilla and coconut extract. fold in shredded coconut. spread all over cooled cake.


  1. Yum!!! This looks amazing!

  2. You have no shredded coconut in the batter, but two separate cups in the frosting. Is that correct, or should one of those cups be in the batter?

  3. sorry! one is in the batter----good catch! i will have to change that ASAP. thanks darling!


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