Coconut Cake with Coconut Buttercream Icing

Crystal ~


I always get asked to make this cake for all kinds of holidays and special days. Coconut cake is also one of my family's favorite cakes. I use canned coconut milk found in the Asian section of the store. It has more flavor than the regular drinking coconut milk.


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approx 12-16
15 Min
30 Min


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2¼ cups cake flour
1½ cups ganulated sugar
3-1/3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
½ cup crisco shortening
1 cup coconut milk ( i use the canned coconut milk)
2 teaspoons white vanilla
4 large egg whites, room temperature
coconut buttercream icing
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened (1 stick)
1/2 cup crisco shortening
1/3 cup coconut milk (canned coconut milk)
4 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon white vanilla
2 cups of sweetened coconut flakes

How to Make Coconut Cake with Coconut Buttercream Icing


  • 1Heat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • 2Grease and flour two 8 or 9 inch round cake pans or a 13x9x2 sheet cake pan.
  • 3In a large mixer bowl, mix together the cake flour, sugar, Crisco, baking powder, salt, vanilla, and coconut milk; everything except the egg whites. Mix for a1/2 minute on low speed, scraping the sides of the bowl as you mix. Beat for another 1 minute on high speed, scraping bowl occasionally.
  • 4Add in the unbeaten egg whites and beat the mixture for 2 more minutes at high speed. Pour into prepared pans.
  • 5Bake for 30 minutes or until wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • 6Remove from oven and cool in pans on wire rack for 5 minutes. Turn cakes out onto wire rack and cool completely.
  • 7When cooled, Ice the cake with coconut buttercream icing.
  • 8Coconut Buttercream Icing:
  • 9In a mixing bowl, with mixer on medium speed, cream the softened butter and Crisco until well blended.
  • 10Add in the powdered sugar, vanilla, and coconut milk.
  • 11Beat mixture until smooth and creamy; about 2-3 minutes. If icing appears a little too thick, add just a tad more coconut milk; one teaspoon at a time. You do not want it too soft. You want a medium consistency.
  • 12Continue to beat the icing until light and fluffy.
  • 13Ice the cake: top sides and between the layers. Sprinkle coconut flakes all over cake; top and sides. Enjoy!

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About Coconut Cake with Coconut Buttercream Icing

Course/Dish: Cakes
Main Ingredient: Sugar
Regional Style: American

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