Homemade Coconut Cake an made from scratch Vanilla Cake with a Creamy Cream Cheese frosting and decorated with flaked coconut. The perfect Special Occasion Cake.
Have I been hiding this Coconut Cake? Did I forget about this cake? No , I was just waiting for a special occasion. And the special occasion is Christmas. This Coconut Cake is perfect for Christmas and do you know why?
Because all that coconut on the cake reminds me of snow, and since I won’t be seeing any snow in my part of the world for Christmas I might as well see it on a cake.During my trip to Toronto I had the greatest pleasure of eating this cake twice.
My amazing baker cousin first made this for a family/graduation get together at my sister’s. My daughter was graduating from college and my cousin offered to bake the cake.
My daughter put in her request for a Coconut Cake, since coconut is one of her favourite fruits (technically it is called a drupe) and oh my goodness I ate one of the softest most delectable cakes I have ever tasted. She later told me that the cake recipe was adapted from Martha Stewart, good job Martha.
So naturally what did I do? I asked my amazing baker cousin if she would love to re make this mouth-watering Coconut Cake again for my blog and of course I would have to taste it to see if it really did taste as good as I remembered.
Oh yes it did taste just as good, in fact I think it just keeps getting tastier! This is the kind of cake where you hope that it isn’t finished because you know you really want a piece for breakfast. I love cake for breakfast!
Homemade Coconut Cake
When everyone is so full from that glorious stuffed Turkey or in my case, delicious cannelloni and roast lamb, you make your entrance with this Coconut Cake masterpiece and all of a sudden everyone will have room! Enjoy!
- FOR THE CAKE
- 1/2 cup butter 125 grams
- 2 cups flour 280 grams
- 1 tablespoon baking powder 15 grams
- 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 grams
- 1 1/2 cups sugar 300 grams
- 3 large eggs at room temperature
- 1 cup milk 245 grams
- 1 teaspoon vanilla 5 grams
- 1/2 cup butter 125 grams, softened
- 4 ounces cream cheese 125 grams
- 5 cups powdered sugar 1 kilo
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla 2 1/2 ml
- 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 gram
- 1/4 cup half and half 60 grams
- 1-2 cups coconut flakes 75-150 grams
Pre-heat oven to 350°(180° celsius), lightly grease with butter and flour two 8 or 9 inch cake pans.
In a medium bowl at medium speed beat together butter and sugar for 2 minutes until combined then add eggs and beat, combine well.
In a medium bowl whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. then gradually add flour mixture, beating on low until combined. Add milk and vanilla and continue beating until combined.
Divide batter into prepared pans. Bake until golden (use toothpick to test for doneness), approximately 30-35 minutes. Remove and let cool completely on wire racks.
In a medium bowl beat together butter and cream cheese on medium-high speed until creamy approximately 1 minute. Lower speed to medium and add powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time, beat well after each addition. Add salt, half and half and vanilla and beat until fluffy, about 3 minutes.
To frost the cake, place the first layer on a large plate top side down, spread with approximately 1 cup of frosting, place the second cake top side down and frost with remaining frosting.
Cover cake with coconut flakes. (we did it with small handfuls and packed it lightly against the cake). Enjoy!