Coconut Cake for Hubby’s B-Day!

Coconut cake

My husband’s birthday was a few days ago and I wanted to make it a special one. The truth is that he is a little picky when it comes to food. Sometimes, I prepare something that I think he is going to love and it turns out he does not … but this Coconut Cake was a real crowd-pleaser.

For other special occasions, I used to just buy whatever I needed but this year was different . Since, I am really into cooking new things I decided to create a cake and my inspiration was my husband. I am in love with layer cakes and think they are great for parties. The birthday boy (husband) LOVES coconut. So, I mixed my recent fascination for layered cakes and my husband love for coconut. I went all out; coconut batter cake, coconut icing, toasted coconut on the outside, coconut everywhere… BOOM!! We ended up with a DELICIOUS and FLUFFY delight! {that’s me being modest LOL}.

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Coconut Cake
  • 3 cups of self-rising flour, sifted
  • 4 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoons of salt
  • 16 tablespoons (2 sticks) of unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3 1/2 cups of sugar
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of coconut extract
  • 10 egg whites
  • 5 tablespoons of cold water
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of light corn syrup
  • 1 cups of unsweetened flaked dried coconut
  • 2 cups toasted unsweetened flaked dried coconut
  1. Preheat oven to 350º F. Spray 2 9-inches pans with baking spay. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  3. Beat the butter with an electric mixer on high speed until creamy; 5 minutes. Add 2 cups of the sugar and continue beating, scraping down the sides of the bowl, until light and fluffy; 5 more minutes. Reduce speed to low. Add the flour mixture into the butter, one cup at the time, alternating with the milk, until smooth. Add 1 teaspoon of the vanilla and the coconut extract and mix until incorporated.
  4. In a large bowl beat 8 of the egg whites with an electric mixer to stiff peaks. Fold 1/2 cup whites into the batter until blended, then fold in the remaining whites.
  5. Divide the batter in 2 and pour into the previously prepared pans. Bake in the oven for 30 – 35 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean.
  6. Make the frosting by combining the remaining 2 egg whites, the remaining 1 1/2 cups sugar, the water, cream of tartar and corn syrup in a heatproof bowl of a stand mixer. Place the bowl over simmering water, stirring the mixture until all the sugar has dissolved and looks thick and shiny. Remove from heat; add the remaining 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Move the bowl to the stand mixer fitted with the wire attachment. Beat the egg whites to a stiff peak on high speed, until the egg whites have cooled to room temperature.
  7. In a small bowl, combine 1 cup icing and 1 cup of the coconut; stir to mix. Set aside.
  8. If your cakes are not even you can cut them with a wire cake cutter. Just set your cake on a flat and level surface. Hold the cake cutter by the handle and pull it evenly through the cake. The cake have to be completely cool to do this or it may crumble.
  9. Place the first cake on the platter or cake stand to frost. Add the frosting you mixed with coconut on top and spread evenly. Set the 2nd cake on top, spread the plain icing evenly working your way down the sides until you have a thin layer of frosting over the entire cake.
  10. Pat the toasted coconut evenly onto the sides and top.
To toast dried coconut just spread in a shallow pan and toast at 375º F for 5 - 7 minutes or until light brown; stirring frequently.
Slightly adapted from Williams-Sonoma




  1. That looks delicious! My husband’s birthday is coming up in a few days. I might just have to make this for him.

  2. Great presentation! I may not be a fan of coconut but with some substituting (almonds!) I think you can have fun with this recipe! Thanks.

  3. I love coconut and even have it in my salads so I’m sure this cake will be a big it.

  4. YUM! My whole family love cocnut

  5. I love this cake, coconut is one of my favorites this would be great to make.

  6. Mayito Castillo says:

    Con estas delicias yo me olvido de la dieta, le dare rienda suelta al paladar. Que linda presentacion, gracias Ory por la receta!

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