Coconut Cake

Average Rating 5 from 2 ratings

Coconut fans will be in heaven, and even non-coconut lovers might ask for more! Incredibly delicious and moist—you won’t believe it is so good! Use all three coconut options for the best flavor and texture.

Coconut Cake

Coconut Cake


    Coconut Cake or Cupcakes
  • 1 bag Pamela's Vanilla Cake Mix
  • 4 eggs, large
  • ¼ tsp almond extract (Optional)
  • ½ cup coconut oil or vegetable oil
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk or water
  • 1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • Coconut Frosting
  • 1 bag Pamela's Vanilla Frosting Mix
  • 8 TBSP butter, soft
  • 3 TBSP coconut milk or water
  • ¼ tsp coconut flavoring (Optional)
  • 2 cups flaked unsweetened coconut—plain or toasted


Preheat oven to 325°. Beat eggs until thick. Add oil, milk, and flavor and mix well. Add Cake Mix and beat on medium/low for 2 minutes. Fold coconut into cake batter.

Lightly spray, butter or oil all pans, or cupcake papers. If desired, dust pans with rice flour. Cake is done when it springs back to a light touch, or toothpick comes out almost clean. Over baking will cause dryness. Frost cake when cooled, or wrap unfrosted cake in plastic wrap to keep moist.

two 8" rounds—24 to 30 min. (approx. 1 ½ " tall layers)

two 9” rounds—18 to 24 min. (approx. 1" tall layers)

one 9" square—30 to 35 min. (approx. 2" tall layer)

one 9 x 13" pan—30 to 40 min. (approx. 1" high sheet cake)

18 cupcakes (fill ⅔ full)—18 to 22 minutes (regular size) or 12 large—24 to 30 minutes

Chef's Note: Suggested- Let's Do Organic brand coconut flakes (large) and shred (small)

Coconut Frosting:

Soften butter with mixer, add frosting mix, milk and flavor, and beat until soft and fluffy. Add more milk one teaspoon at a time if necessary for spreading consistency. Use half the frosting between the layers; spread to edges, sprinkle with one cup coconut flakes, and press lightly. Add top layer of cake, frost and sprinkle with one cups of coconut and press lightly, leaving, leaving sides of the cake showing. Use the same process to frost cupcakes.

Chef's Note: For toasted coconut, spread in a parchment lined sheet pan and toast in hot oven after baking the cakes, for about 3 minutes, until just starting to show some color. Coconut can burn easily so watch carefully.

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7 Reviews or Comments for Coconut Cake

  1. Jane L August 12, 2015 at 2:11 pm #

    This recipe is AWESOME!!! It is my go to cake recipe even when feeding non-gluten free folks! It’s THAT good! I made it for my father-in-law’s birthday. He is not gluten free or a big dessert eater but he ate 3 pieces in one sitting! Everyone else at the gathering ate 2 pieces! It was completely devoured in 20 minutes.I recommend this and any Pamela’s products highly!

    Recipe Rating: 5
  2. Cathy August 21, 2015 at 8:02 pm #

    I don’t usually like cake. Especially gluten free ones. But this was a big hit! I LOVED it and so did my friends at the party. I used all coconut items they suggested. And I wrapped the hot cakes in plastic as they suggested to keep the cakes moist (made 2 9″ cakes).

  3. Shellie wykoff April 1, 2017 at 10:02 am #

    Is this can coconut milk?

    • Pamelas Customer Service April 3, 2017 at 10:38 am #

      Hi Shellie,
      Yes, we recommend using canned coconut milk.

  4. Melissa M April 19, 2017 at 10:39 am #

    For the frosting, should it be salted or unsalted butter?

    Also, is there a recommendation for the “coconut flavoring” to use in the frosting? The only product I could find with that description is “McCormick® Coconut Extract with Other Natural Flavors”… Will that do?

    • Pamelas Customer Service April 19, 2017 at 1:00 pm #

      Hi Melissa,
      You can use either salted or unsalted. For the coconut extract, yes — McCormick should be fine. Make sure to verify that any flavors are gluten-free.

  5. Nicole February 18, 2018 at 2:35 pm #

    I made cupcakes using this recipe, and the flavor and texture of the cake is amazing. I followed the recipe exactly, and they turned out perfectly.

    Recipe Rating: 5

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