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Monday, May 04, 2009

♥The BEST Coconut Cake EVER♥ Bake one for M♥m on her big day & you'll get extra points

I found this recipe in Good Housekeeping Magazine the last time I was sitting in my doctor's office waiting for my appointment. I have one of the few physicians in town that actually has good reading material for his patients.

The recipe looks complicated, and really, it's not. Just grab all of your ingredients, line them up on your work surface and go for it! Believe me, if you l♥ve coconut like I do...there is no way you are going to be disappointed. This is one of those cakes that becomes a family tradition...asked for over and over and over.

The best Coconut Cake EVER!


  • Basic 1-2-3-4 Cake but substitute 1 cup canned, unsweetened coconut milk for regular milk, recipe follows
  • Filling
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 4 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 cup flaked, sweetened coconut
  • Frosting
  • 1 recipe 7-minute Frosting
  • Flaked, sweetened coconut, for sprinkling


Follow directions for Basic 1-2-3-4 Cake, substituting coconut milk for regular milk. While cake is baking, prepare filling. Stir together sugar, sour cream, milk, and coconut in a bowl until well blended. Remove cake layers from oven and allow cake to remain in pans as you prepare to stack and fill. Remove first layer and invert onto cake plate. Using the wrong end of a wooden spoon, poke holes approximately 1-inch apart until entire cake has been poked. Spread 1/3 of filling mixture on cake layer. Top with second layer, repeat process. Top with last layer and repeat process again. (As I stack layers together I stick them with toothpicks to prevent cake from shifting).

Prepare 7-Minute Frosting. Frost top and sides of cake. Sprinkle top and sides of cakes with additional coconut.

Yield: 1 (3-layer) cake

Preparation time: 30 minutes

Cooking time: 25 minutes

Ease of preparation: Easy

Basic 1-2-3-4 Cake:

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, at room temperature
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 cups sifted self-rising flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Grease and flour 3 (9-inch) cake pans. Using an electric mixer, cream butter until fluffy. Add sugar and continue to cream well for 6 to 8 minutes. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Add flour and milk alternately to creamed mixture, beginning and ending with flour. Add vanilla and continue to beat until just mixed. Divide batter equally among prepared pans. Level batter in each pan by holding pan 3 or 4 inches above counter, then dropping it flat onto counter. Do this several times to release air bubbles and assure you of a more level cake. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until done. Cool in pans 5 to 10 minutes. Invert cakes onto cooling racks. Cool completely and spread cake layers with your favorite frosting to make a 3-layer cake.

Yield: 3 layer cakes

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 25 to 30 minutes

Ease of preparation: Easy

7-Minute Frosting:

  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar or 1 tablespoon white corn syrup
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Place sugar, cream of tartar or corn syrup, salt, water, and egg whites in the top of a double boiler. Beat with a handheld electric mixer for 1 minute. Place pan over boiling water, being sure that boiling water does not touch the bottom of the top pan. (If this happens, it could cause your frosting to become grainy). Beat constantly on high speed with electric mixer for 7 minutes. Beat in vanilla.

Yield: Frosting for 1 layer cake or approximately 8 to 12 cup cakes

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 7 minutes

Ease of preparation: easy


Diane @ Four Paws and Co said...

Mimi, This is looks heavenly! You've shared some great recipes lately! ☺ Diane

Eclectic Pink Rose said...

That does look yummy, I'm going to have to write that one down too!
Have a great day!
♥ Teresa

Betty Jo said...

First pineapple, now coconut, and I have lemon on my own blog. How sweet it is! I've actually had a cake similar to this one and it was incredible. ♥

. said...

Ooooh! It looks so good.


Betty Jo said...

I love the idea of your grandkiddies making the easy peasy pie. And I know without a doubt they are already smart, sweet, crafty and brilliant; just look at their Gran! ♥

Betty Jo said...

Mimi how would I know if the stool is a Cosco? Is there a certain place it would be marked. I was going to paint and keep it myself, but I wonder now if I should put it in my shop instead, as is. It has some rust and paint drips on it, so not sure if anyone would want it in this condition. ♥

Anonymous said...

I absolutely love coconut cake. This one looks extra scrumptious. Only problem is if I made this cake I wouldn't stop eating until it was gone and then I would be 10 pounds heavier. Oh dear.
Have a great week.

eatme_delicious said...

Agh I love coconut! This looks soooo good. Thanks so much for the tip about getting my cat to stop digging in the plants. I haven't heard the suggestion of putting rocks in there so I'll have to try it!

Shopgirl said...

This cake call's my name! And I just love all of your PINK!
I really enjoyed looking at your blog, I will return....
Mary, Idaho

Shellmo said...

I love coconut so this will be a great recipe for me!!

Abby Lanes said...

Oh this looks and sounds delicious. I think you just helped me find the recipe I'll create with my children today. They'll love making this for "Mother's Day!"