Coconut Cake

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 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 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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Customer Reviews

Based on 8 reviews
A moist and wonderful cake !

I've made the coconut cake recipe a dozen times. Most of the people I've served it to are not gluten free, but it is a favorite among my friends and family. Very moist, freezes well.


I’ve been using this product line for many years and I love everything about it!!! I’ve tried others, but this is one of the best and the recipes add to the festivities. I even share with friends who aren’t gluten-free and they enjoy the taste and texture of the things I make.
Thank you


If I remove the coconut flakes from the cake mix do I have to add something else?


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.

Melissa M

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?