Coconut Cake

Marsha Gardner


Every Southern woman prides herself on her cake making skill. To become an honorary Southern woman I chose this cake to be qualified.

My husband loves coconut and this is an elegant cake that might well grace a very special dinner table.

★★★★★ 3 votes


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2 3/4 c
cake flour, sifted
4 tsp
baking powder
3/4 tsp
kosher salt
3/4 c
1 1/2 c
egg whites, room temperature
1 tsp
pure vanilla extract
1 tsp
almond extract
1 c
milk or coconut milk


2 c
1/8 tsp
kosher salt
1 tsp
white vinegar
egg whites, room temperature
1/2 tsp
pure vanilla extract
1/2 lb
fresh or frozen coconut


1 c
plus 2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 c
1 c
plus 2 tablespoons water
egg yolks, slightly beaten
2 Tbsp
3 Tbsp
lemon juice, freshly squeezed
1 Tbsp
lemon zest

How to Make Coconut Cake


  • 1Measure flour, baking powder and salt; sift together 3 times.
  • 2Cream butter; add 1 cup sugar, blending well.
  • 3Beat egg whites until fluffy; add remaining sugar gradually, beating until stiff peaks form.
  • 4Add extracts to milk; add milk alternately with flour mixture to creamed mixture. Beat well; fold egg white mixture into batter.
  • 5Pour batter into 3 greased round 8 inch cake pans. Bake at 350-degrees for 25-30 minutes. Cool cakes on a wire rack.
    Combine sugar, 1 cup water, salt and vinegar in a heavy saucepan; cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until clear. Cook, without stirring, to 242-degrees on a candy thermometer or until mixture forms thin thread when dropped from spoon.
  • 7Beat egg whites until stiff; add hot syrup, beating constantly. Continue beating until frosting holds it shape; add vanilla.
  • 8Spread frosting between layers of cake, top with coconut. Cover top and side of cake with frosting; spring with remaining coconut.
    Combine sugar and cornstarch; gradually stir in water. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly , until mixture thickens and boils; boil 1 minute. Slowly stir in a small amount of the hot mixture into the egg yolk; add to hot mixture in saucepan. Boil 1 minute longer., stirring constantly. Remove from heat and continue stirring until smooth. Stir in butter, lemon juice and lemon zest. Cool. Spread between layers of cake instead of frosting.

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About Coconut Cake

Course/Dish: Cakes

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