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Homemade Coconut Cake From Scratch – Even the Frosting

Let’s be real, is there anything prettier than a homemade coconut cake from scratch set out for a Spring gathering? Those pure white coconut flakes on the frosting remind of a newly born little bunny tail or a spring lamb in the field – fluffy white and pure. To complement the freshness, bring nature to the table by filling a clear glass vase tucked in the center of the bundt shaped cake with yellow Tulips for an unexpected pop of color.

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Yes, baking a homemade Coconut Cake from scratch takes just a bit longer but the results, and sense of pride, make the extra time in the kitchen all worth while. Place your fluffy beauty on a raised white china cake plate, but keep the rest of the desert buffet clean with bone china cake plates, Hampton Forge etched polka dot flatware and two simple Wedgwood White miniature french inspired garden urns to mirror the natural feel of the tulips.

This look is perfect for indoors luncheon for girlfriends or an outdoor Mother’s Day gathering on the patio – however be sure to keep your cake chilled until serving time to ensure the frosting doesn’t melt.

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3/4 pound {3 sticks} unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for greasing pan
2 ½ cups sugar
5 extra-large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 teaspoons almond extract
3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting pan
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup coconut milk
4 ounces unsweetened shredded organic coconut


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 1 round bundt cake pan, dust lightly with flour – tap upside down to remove excess flour.

In a large bowl cream room temperature butter and sugar until mixture becomes light yellow and fluffy. In a separate small bowl crack eggs. Add eggs into butter sugar mixture 1 at a time making sure each egg is full combined before adding the next. Add the vanilla and almond extracts – mix.

In a clean medium bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients – flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add half of the dry mixture and half the milk to the butter egg bowl, mix to combined. Continue adding the remainder of the dry mixture and milk, mix well to combine all ingredients. Using a spatula scrape any remaining batter from the edges and fold in shredded coconut.

Pour the batter into greased and floured pan. Bake at 350 for 45 to 55 minutes, until the top has browned – do not worry if it puffs up and/or cracks – and a cake tester comes out clean. Place pan on a baking rack to cool for 30 minutes, then flip over to remove cake from pan and allow to cool completely before frosting.

See frosting recipe below.

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8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
1/2 pound {2 sticks} unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup sweetened cream de coco
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

2 cups sweetened shredded coconut, to be used on outside of frosting


In a large mixing bowl combine the cream cheese, butter, cream de coco and vanilla extract until just blended – do not over mix. Add in 1/2 the confectioners’ sugar, mix then add the remaining until smooth.

To decorate the cake, sprinkle the top with coconut and lightly press more coconut onto the sides. Serve chilled to room temperature – due to the butter content in this frosting it must be kept cool to hold its consistency.


Cuisinart Chef’s Classic Nonstick Bakeware 9-1/2-Inch Cake Pan
Hampton Forge Skandia Dots 45-Piece Flatware Set
BIA Cordon Bleu Porcelain Round Cake Stand


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38 Responses to Homemade Coconut Cake From Scratch – Even the Frosting

  1. Jamie Hope October 25, 2016 at 9:02 PM #

    I am a coconut cake fanatic and this is by far, the BEST recipe that I’ve ever made!! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Run DMT May 21, 2015 at 5:02 PM #

    That cake looks amazing! How perfect is that on a hot summer day? YUM! I’ll take a slice with a pina colada, please. 😉 Visiting late from #FridaySharefest!

  3. Mimi May 21, 2015 at 8:53 AM #

    This looks amazing. I love to bake and nothing says Summer like coconut. Think I’ll give this a try this weekend.
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  4. Tracy May 16, 2015 at 10:16 AM #

    I love anything coconut – this looks AMAZING! Can’t wait to try it 🙂
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    • Krayl Funch May 20, 2015 at 1:00 PM #

      It was such fun to make Tracy! Let me know how it goes for you!

  5. Beth May 15, 2015 at 9:34 PM #

    Gorgeous Krayl!!!! While I am not much of a cake eater I do love coconut. I have a bunch of bags in my freezer that I will happily donate to you if you ever run out 🙂 Thanks for sharing via #FridayShareFest
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    • Krayl Funch May 20, 2015 at 12:59 PM #

      ooooo – I will keep that in mind Beth Thank You!

  6. Tabitha Blue May 15, 2015 at 9:58 AM #

    This just looks mouth watering!!! I need to try and make it! 🙂

    Thanks for sharing!

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  7. Lauren May 14, 2015 at 9:11 PM #

    These pictures look beautiful and the cake looks delicious!!!

  8. Erica @ Coming Up Roses May 14, 2015 at 12:39 PM #

    This. Looks. INCREDIBLE. I’m such a coconutty girl, so I think I might request the fiance make this for my birthday!


    • Krayl Funch May 14, 2015 at 4:09 PM #

      YES!! And I want to see a picture too!!

  9. Neely May 12, 2015 at 9:14 AM #

    I see this and get very sad that Im allergic to coconut. However Im going to pin for others because this looks amazing!

  10. Erica @ The Crumby Cupcake May 11, 2015 at 5:20 PM #

    I am an admitted coconut-aholic. It’s one of my favorite things on earth – even the coconut flavored stuff! That said, I want to plant my face in this cake. And the icing, made with creme de coco?! Killing me. Even after spending all day in the kitchen, I’m so tempted to get back in there and make this! Yummed & pinned!
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    • Krayl Funch May 12, 2015 at 3:26 PM #

      Thank you Erica!! I am cracking up thinking of you planting your face in there!

  11. Sue Lau May 11, 2015 at 4:49 PM #

    I have always loved the way coconut cakes looked and the taste is even better. I did a coconut cake for Easter, decorated with a touch of green tinted coconut on top and a few jelly beans for decor and it was a hit. I like that you add the almond extract. I think it really rounds out the flavor. This is such a classic dessert and you make it look stunning. Thanks for sharing! ~s
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    • Krayl Funch May 12, 2015 at 3:26 PM #

      Thank you Sue for being so sweet – your cake sounds gorgeous!

  12. Brenda @Schooling a Monkey May 11, 2015 at 3:57 PM #

    This looks amazing! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  13. Nadeen May 11, 2015 at 3:25 PM #

    I absolutely love coconut cake! I recognize its a lot of work so I’m glad my aunt makes it! Lol
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  14. Nicole Keener May 11, 2015 at 12:15 PM #

    You had me at Coconut! I love coconut, and I mean I love it! I really need to try this and hope no one else likes it so I can keep it all to myself 🙂
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  15. Ali @ Home & Plate May 11, 2015 at 11:18 AM #

    My husband and mom love anything coconut and one of them has a birthday coming up. I think I found the recipe for their birthday cake. Can’t wait to eat it. Yum.
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  16. Ricci May 11, 2015 at 9:52 AM #

    What a gorgeous cake! I agree that even though homemade takes a little longer the results are definitely worth it!!
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    • Krayl Funch May 12, 2015 at 3:24 PM #

      Ricci ~ When you have the time it is always worth it!!

  17. Kristen @ A Mind Full Mom May 11, 2015 at 9:35 AM #

    I absolutely love how you centered the vase of flowers around the cake–beautiful!

  18. Dionne Dean May 11, 2015 at 9:27 AM #

    The cake looks amazing and your set up is impeccable. I don’t know if I’d be able to replicate either, but you make it look SOOO good! Great post!

    • Krayl Funch May 12, 2015 at 3:23 PM #

      Yes you can Dionne! You have got this one!

  19. Kirsten May 8, 2015 at 8:38 PM #

    Stunning photos. This cake looks well worth the time and effort to bake from scratch!
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