Coconut Cake

Preparation: 35 minutes
Baking: 25 minutes
Refrigerate: 2 hours
Servings: 16



  • 5 eggs, separated
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon coconut extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 & 1/4 cups cake flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 cups flaked coconut, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar


  • 2 packages (one 8 ounces, one 3 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 2/3 cup butter, softened
  • 4 & 1/3 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 & 1/4 teaspoons coconut extract
  • 2 cups flaked coconut, toasted


Cake Layers:

  1. Separate eggs, placing whites in a large bowl allowing them to reach room temperature (approx. 30 minutes).
  2. Preheat oven to 325°.
  3. In a second large bowl, blend sugar, butter, and oil.
  4. Add egg yolks to the creamed mixture one at a time.
  5. Beat in the coconut extract, almond extract, and vanilla extract.
  6. In a third bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add to the creamed mixture alternately with the buttermilk.
  7. Stir the coconut flakes into the cake batter.
  8. Add cream of tartar to the egg whites. Beat at medium speed until stiff peaks form.
  9. Fold half the egg whites into the cake batter, blend, add the remaining half of the egg whites, and blend the batter well.
  10. Pour the batter into three greased and floured 9-inch baking pans.
  11. Bake 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of each cake layer comes out clean.
  12. Cool the cake layers in their pans for 10 minutes then move to wire racks to cool completely.


  1. In a small bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until fluffy.
  2. Add confectioners’ sugar and extract. Beat until smooth.
  3. Place one cake layer on a serving plate. Spread with 1/2 cup frosting and sprinkle with 1/3 cup coconut. Repeat with middle and top layers.


  1. Refrigerate for 2 hours.
  2. Serve.

Reference: Taste of Home.

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