Recipe for Coconut Butter Cake with Desiccated Coconut


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup shredded coconut (sweetened or unsweetened)
For the Coconut Buttercream Frosting:
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon coconut extract (optional)
  • Shredded coconut for decoration


  1. Preheat the Oven:
    • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
    • Grease and flour two 9-inch round cake pans.
  2. Prepare Dry Ingredients:
    • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  3. Cream Butter and Sugar:
    • In a large mixing bowl, cream together the softened butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy.
  4. Add Eggs and Vanilla:
    • Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in the vanilla extract.
  5. Alternate Adding Dry Ingredients and Coconut Milk:
    • Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, alternating with the coconut milk. Begin and end with the dry ingredients. Mix until just combined.
  6. Fold in Shredded Coconut:
    • Gently fold in the shredded coconut until evenly distributed throughout the batter.
  7. Divide and Bake:
    • Divide the batter evenly between the prepared cake pans. Smooth the tops with a spatula.
    • Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  8. Cool the Cakes:
    • Allow the cakes to cool in the pans for 10 minutes, then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.
  9. Prepare Coconut Buttercream Frosting:
    • In a large bowl, beat the softened butter until creamy.
    • Gradually add the powdered sugar, alternating with coconut milk. Add coconut extract if desired.
    • Beat until smooth and fluffy.
  10. Assemble the Cake:
    • Once the cakes are completely cooled, spread a layer of coconut buttercream frosting on top of one cake layer. Place the second cake layer on top.
    • Frost the top and sides of the entire cake with the remaining coconut buttercream.
  11. Decorate:
    • Sprinkle shredded coconut on top of the frosted cake for decoration.
  12. Serve and Enjoy:
    • Slice and serve your delicious Coconut Butter Cake. Enjoy the tropical flavors!

This Coconut Butter Cake is a delightful treat for any occasion, bringing the sweet essence of coconut to every bite.

Coconut Butter Cake Recipe

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