Coconut cake is the best way to combine luscious, moist white cake with plenty of crispy, crunchy coconut flakes. This southern treat just might be the best coconut cake recipe you’ve ever tried, much less made in your very own kitchen.
- (1) 13 x 9 sheet pan or (2) 8-inch round pans
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 6 tbsp cornstarch
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- ½ tsp salt
- ¾ cup unsalted room temperature butter (1.5 sticks)
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- ¼ cup vegetable oil
Mix-ins for the Cream Ingredients
- ½ cup sour cream
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp coconut extract (optional)
- 1 cup coconut milk
- 5 egg whites + ⅛ tsp cream of tartar
- 1 cup shredded coconut
1. Start by preheating the oven to a nice 350 degrees F.
2. Then take your cake pans, or muffin tins if you’re doing muffins, and give them a decent coat of non-stick cooking spray. This will make sure the batter does stick during baking.
3. Next, take your all-purpose flour, cornstarch, baking powder, and salt and sift them all together in a bowl. Set that bowl aside for later in the recipe. Sifting dry ingredients ensures even distribution.
4. In a second bowl, combine the cream ingredients. This includes the butter, sugar, and oil. With a spoon or spatula, work them all together until you get one, nice, creamy substance.
5. Then add the sour cream, vanilla extract, and coconut and blend those in as well.
6. Take your first bowl of dry sifted ingredients and slowly add the contents to the cream bowl, stirring softly as you go, and alternating with the coconut milk.
7. Once everything is added, make sure to mix it all really well to prevent lumps and set aside.
8. In a third bowl, preferably glass, whip up the egg white using a power mixer. You can do this step by hand, but we don’t recommend it.
9. As soon as the egg white becomes sort of foamy, you can then add cream of tartar. But don’t stop. Keep whipping everything on a high speed until you get lovely soft peaks forming.
10. Once done, carefully fold the whipped mixture into your cake batter.
Tip: stick the glass bowl in the freezer for a few minutes. The frostiness helps form your peaks faster.
11. Take your bowl of combined ingredients and pour it into a baking sheet or round cake pans or muffin tins.
12. Bake at 350 degrees F for about 30-40 minutes. The bake time would be less for muffins, just check frequently. To test if the cake is baked thoroughly, just stick a toothpick or a clean knife into the middle. If the item comes out clean of batter, then is baked well. If there are signs of batter, leave to bake for another 5-10 minutes. Checking every couple of minutes.
13. Once the coconut cake is baked, remove it from the oven and allow it to cool to about room temperature.
14. While the cake is cooling, toss your cream cheese in a bowl with a cup of sugar and add the milk.
15. Whip all three together with a whisk or a power mixer, whichever you prefer.
16. Cover the cooled cake with the cream cheese frosting and then top with toasted coconut.