Coconut Cake

kim *


This recipe is about 30 years old and originally came out of a Good Housekeeping Magazine. (And Yes, it starts with a cake mix;-) It's received some rave reviews!


★★★★★ 3 votes




  • 1 pkg
    white or yellow cake mix
  • 1 sm pkg
    (4 svgs) instant cheesecake pudding mix (or you can use vanilla).
  • 1 1/3 c
    unsweetened coconut milk or coconut water.
  • 1/2 c
    oil (or whatever amount of oil is called for in cake mix)
  • 4
  • 2-3 tsp
    vanilla (lemon & almond extract also work great)
  • 1 1/3 c
    baker's angel flake coconut
  • 1 c
    chopped pecans (or you can omit nuts & add extra 1/2 cup of flaked coconut)

  • 1/3 c
    butter, softened
  • 8oz pkg
    softened cream cheese
  • 1 16oz box
    confectioner's sugar
  • 4 tsp
  • 1/2 tsp
    vanilla extract (use wilton's clear vanilla extract if you want the frosting to ramain white)
  • 2 c
    baker's angel flake coconut

How to Make Coconut Cake


  1. Combine cake mix, pudding mix, coconut milk OR water, eggs & oil & vanilla in large mixing bowl.
  2. Blend, then beat at medium speed for 4 min's. Stir in coconut and nuts (if using).
  3. Pour into greased & floured 8 or 9 inch round cake pans.
  4. Bake according to the directions on the cake mix for size of pans you are using.
  5. Cool 15 min's in pan. Remove from pan and cool on rack.
  7. Cream butter & cream cheese. Add 1 box of sifted confectioners'sugar, alternately with 4 tsp milk, beating well after each addition. Add vanilla extract and beat until well blended.
  8. Spread over sides, top and in-between layers of completely cooled cake.
  9. Sprinkle top and sides with 2 cups of flaked coconut.
  10. (Just an idea ... I sometimes like to prepare an extra (sm pkg) of vanilla or lemon pudding mixed w/coconut to spread in-between layers in place of frosting. Then use cream cheese frosting for top and sides of cake. Makes it more of a coconut cream style cake. Crushed pineapple is also great in-between layers too: )
  11. PS .. Please note: I recently remade this cake using unsweetened coconut milk instead of water and preferred that method much better, and updated the recipe to show that. It's great made with your liquid of choice (coconut milk, c.nut water or even plain water) but I think it's best with milk. And just wanted to note that: )

Printable Recipe Card

About Coconut Cake

Course/Dish: Cakes
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

Show 9 Comments & Reviews

15 Coffee Break-worthy Coffee Cake Recipes

15 Coffee Break-Worthy Coffee Cake Recipes

Kitchen Crew @JustaPinch

Acceptable as a breakfast treat or a light dessert, no one can pass up a piece of coffee cake. Brew an extra pot of coffee today, because we've found 15...

Easy Homemade Buttercream Frosting Recipe

Easy Homemade Buttercream Frosting Recipe

Kitchen Crew @JustaPinch

Store-bought frosting is convenient and easy but making homemade buttercream icing is just as simple and super tasty. Thick and dense with a silky texture, this American buttercream recipe is...

Strawberry Recipes You Need To Make This Summer

Strawberry Recipes You Need to Make This Summer

Kitchen Crew

There are many surprising health benefits of strawberries . They are loaded with Vitamin C which helps support a healthy immune system. Their anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits can help protect...