Thursday, August 6, 2009



3 cups cake flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 - 1/2 cups sugar
3 eggs
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 can ( 13.5 ounces ) coconut milk
1 cup sweetened flake coconut, finely chopped

Frosting and Filling:

1 package ( 8 oz. ) cream cheese
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 box ( 16 0z. ) confectioners' sugar
1/2 cup strawberry preserves
1 - 1/2 cup sweetened flake coconut

Heat oven to 350 F.
Coat two 8 inch round cake pans with a nonstick cooking spray.


In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

In another bowl, beat butter and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, beating well after each egg. Add vanilla.

On low speed, beat in flour mixture in three additions, alternating with coconut milk. Beat well after each addition. Fold in chopped coconut. Divide batter equally between prepared pans.

Bake at 350F for 40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire rack for 15 minutes. Remove cake layers from pans and cool completely.


In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until smooth. Beat in vanilla. On low speed. beat in confectioners' sugar until smooth.

Place one cake later on a plate. Spread top with preserves. Add remaining cake layer. Spread top and sides of cake with frosting. Gently press coconut onto sides of cake.

Refrigerate 1 hour before slicing.


  1. My Dad always made the best coconut cake. He passed away a few years ago and now even my Mom can't remember exactly how he made it...... the recipe was never written down! :(
    I'm always looking for a good one. This looks delicious and I'll have to try it.
    Oh and thank you so much for the award, Geri. I'll be blogging about it tomorrow! :)

  2. hi Geri
    This cake looks pretty enough for a special occation, and I love coconut!
    Im going to give this a try for a dinner thats comming up,and I am incharge of presenting desert...thanx.
    Ive tried leaving a comment earlier, through my "kitchen" blog,but it didnt work so if my "touch" blog come uo...forgive:)

  3. This looks wonderful Geri. Thanks for sharing this recipe! I love it!

  4. This looks like a yummy cake. Thanks for the recipe!

  5. Oh goodness gracious, who could resist this cake. Just wish I had a little piece now.
    Happy Twirls

  6. Ooooh that looks too pretty to eat!

  7. Oh YUM! I can't think of many things I love more than coconut cake. This recipe looks great! Love the idea of strawberry mixed in too!

  8. I needed a cake for a birthday this month and know that the recipient often has coconut syrup in her morning coffee. I bet this would be a big hit.
    Even though I live in Canada I long for the chilies from the South. We have only been able to get polblanos for about a year now in our regular grocery store and not many others.

  9. Your cake looks fantastic! Love coconut cake! thanks for the recipe!

  10. Coconut cake is one of my favorites ~ but the strawberry filling is a BRILLIANT idea!

    I love your blog. :) Very nice! xo~m