Bonnie's Heavenly Coconut Cake

Shelia Senghas Recipe

By Shelia Senghas earthbaker


Though this cake is similar to the Tres Leches cake that is well known here in South Texas, it is much easier, and less time consuming to make. My cousin, Bonnie Jean Gates Shaver, who she and my mother refer to each other as, "Best friend I ever had," is my mother’s oldest sister Aline’s, youngest daughter. She sent me this recipe. Bonnie lives in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Her mother, Aunt Aline, was an excellent cook and like mother like daughter, Bonnie, definitely inherited the Rodgers ability to cook. The cake is one of my mothers favorite.


1 box
white or yellow cake mix with pudding
1 large
can of cream coconut
1 can(s)
sweetened condensed milk
1 large
container whipped topping
1 c
flaked coconut

Directions Step-By-Step

Gather ingredients. Bake cake according to directions on package in a 9x13 baking pan. Let cool halfway. Pierce with a utility fork.
Combine condensed milk and coconut milk in a bowl and mix well. Pour the mixture slowly over the cake allowing it to filter into the holes. If the mixture pools around the outside of the cake spoon back onto cake so that it soaks in.
Fold the coconut into the whipped topping. Spread the mixture onto the cake. Refrigerate for 2 days before serving.

Note: I have to admit that this cake does not always make it to the second day, and sometimes it is eaten the day I make it. It is just too good to resist. If it does make it to the second day it is even more fantastic.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cakes
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: American
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, For Kids
Hashtags: #coconut, #easy, #kid, #friendly, #box

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Shelia Senghas earthbaker
Mar 23, 2013
Maria, Might as well give it a try and see if it works as cupcakes.
maria waskowitz mariakew
Mar 20, 2013
Can I make this cake into cupcakes?
Straw's Kitchen CinCooks
Sep 4, 2012
duh...I'm such a goof. I meant this is such a pretty pic of your Mama's best friend, Bonnie.
O r was she referring to her as YOUR best frind when she'd say that.
Straw's Kitchen CinCooks
Sep 4, 2012
Shelia...this is such a pretty pic of your Mama.
Gail Springsteen gail0925
Sep 4, 2012
Finally made the cake! We like it, but is it "normal" to have the coconut cream/sweetened condensed milk mixture pool where you've cut the cake? I had a 14-oz. can of coconut cream and whatever the "standard-sized" sweetened condensed milk is. Maybe I wasn't patient enough to let it soak in as I put it on? It got to the point where no more would soak in. I let the cake cool for about 20 minutes . . . not sure what "halfway" meant.

These are just questions, not criticisms. Like I said, we like the cake a lot! I just need to know if I missed the boat somewhere . . . :-)