This is not a recipe for the faint of heart. If the idea of baking makes your left eye twitch, walk away and hope that someday you’ll have dinner at my house and that I’ll make this. However, if you looove a challenge, go forth and pick out some ‘nuts.

Coconut Prep

3 coconuts, drill two of the eyes with a drill and drain the coconuts through cheesecloth over a cup(save the drained coconut water.) Bake the drained coconuts @ 375 for 15 minutes until they crack. Crack them in half with a hammer (or the kitchen floor if it can handle it. heh) Peel off the husk of the coconut with a vegetable peeler, rinse off the coconut and process it a food processor or shredder.

Boil a half cup of milk in a container and add 2 oz. of the shredded coconut. (this will be your coconut milk)

In another half cup of boiling milk add 4 oz. of the shredded coconut. (this will be your coconut cream)

Put both containers in the fridge for at least an hour. After an hour place each coconut milk mixture in a blender and puree.
Coconut Cake
Coconut Cake
Strain each mixture through cheesecloth, toss the coconut stuff left over after squeezing.
Coconut Cake
Prepare your cake pans! (two 9″ pans well greased and lined with parchment)

Cake Ingredients

2 sticks of room temperature unsalted butter (beat in mixer until fluffy, about one minute)

mix in 16 oz of sugar and beat until fluffy

In a medium bowl whisk together:

14.5 oz cake flour

1.5 t. baking powder

1 t. salt

In another bowl combine:

A half cup of the coconut milk, a half cup of the coconut cream and a teaspoon of coconut extract.

Alternate adding the flour mixture with the coconut milk mixture in three parts.

Coconut Cake
Coconut Cake
Beat 4 egg whites until stiff and glossy, mix in a third of the egg whites to lighten the batter and then gently (GENTLY!) fold in the remaining egg whites, leaving little bits of egg white fluff visible.
Coconut Cake
Coconut Cake
Distribute the batter evenly between the two pans and bake in a (hot) 350 degree oven. Bake for twenty minutes, switch the position of the pans, rotate 180 degrees and bake for another 20 minutes. Allow the cakes to cool in the pan for ten minutes and then invert onto wire racks to cool completely.
Coconut Cake
When the cakes are cooled, cut each layer in half so you have four layers. Spray each cake layer with the reserved water saved from the coconuts.


In a double boiler add:

12 oz sugar

3 egg whites

1/2 t. of tartar

1/4 t. salt

1/3 c. of reserved coconut water
Coconut Cake
Beat on low with a hand mixer constantly over simmering (hot) water for one minute. Turn the mixer up on high and beat for another 5 minutes. Remove from heat and add:

1/2 t. of vanilla

1 t. of coconut extract

Beat for another minute on high.
Coconut Cake
Spread a small amount of frosting between each layer of cake and top with a bit of the shredded coconut until all four layers are stacked.
Coconut Cake
Frost the entire cake and cover with shredded coconut.
Coconut Cake
Eat. Mmm.
Coconut Cake

In case you’re new here, hi! I’m Casey, I looove to bake but am too lazy to do a full blown food blog, I don’t like to write down recipes, I just like to do them. Anyway, yeah. I’ve won a few awards for my baking and stuff. I like food. And coconut. And cake. Mmm.


  1. I’m not a huge coconut fan, but that looks AMAZING!

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  2. Sweet Jesus! That is intense! There is no chance in hell I’ll be attempting that!

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  3. Wow, you are quite the dedicated baker! Wish I was. Looks so, so yummy.

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  4. I love coconut and baking.
    This is perfect, especially since I got a new oven for my dirty thirty from the fabu hubby!
    Yummy. I will definitely be trying this.
    Way to go on the every day posting Casey, you’re doing fabulous.

  5. Hi, you don’t know me.

    I’m Ashlee.

    Now you know me.

    Now you can overnight me a piece of that manna.

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  6. I love coconut cake and this one looks divine. But I’m guessing that since I told myself while reading your recipe that I could take a short-cut and buy the coconut already shredded that this recipe is not for me. Don’t hate me, I’m a Martha Stewart drop-out.

  7. Holy heck that’s a lot of work! I bow to the master 😉

    Sounds great-although I don’t think that I’ll be attempting it any time soon.

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  8. You had me at “drill” but I’d love to eat it.

    And I really want your red kitchenaid.

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  9. I want to be your roommate… or neighbor… tastetester person.

    This recipe looks divine.

  10. I need to start dieting because when you visit, I’m going to gain a hundred pounds.

    I have a red kitchenaid mixer. Wanna use it?

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  11. But, how does it taste deep fried?

  12. you are way more hardcore than I initially thought. Extracting the coconuts? wow.

    looks great….will moosh dig into the coconut cake?

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  13. That’s some gorgeous frosting! I a little meh on coconut, but that frosting is so pretty, I’d totally try it. As in taste it, I’m way too lazy to actually bake it. 😛

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  14. Um, yeah, I’m just gonna wait for my invite over! You are awesome at the baking!!

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  15. You were right with your warning at the beginning…I think my eye is starting to twitch and I thought I was an OK baker!


    You have GOT to be the Martha Stewart of Indianapolis.

  16. When your baking involves drills you know you are hardcore.

    I love to bake too but this is one heck of a project. What does the Moosh do while you are shredding and straining?

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  17. My god, that looks so good. And here I thought I was a hard core cook–I have never made my own coconut milk!

  18. Wow…thats looks so good! You lost me at the coconut drilling though…

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  19. Beautiful! I love baking but will have no time for such pursuits until September of 2009. I’ll copy your recipe and save until then!

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  20. De-lurking here! I thought I posted this comment already, but I guess I didn’t actually submit it. Oops!

    I love you blog and read it daily. I made your cinnamon rolls yesterday. Wow! They are amazing.

    I don’t love coconut, but my husband does, so I’m definitely going to give this cake a shot. I’m always up for a challenge. Thanks for sharing!

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  21. That is absolutely amazing — Who got to be so lucky to eat that cake?!

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  22. So I love to bake, and coconut cake IS my current favorite white variety (because, let’s face it — there is always room on my plate for a big slab of chocolate cake with homemade chocolate buttercream frosting).


    The drill? The cheesecloth? THE VEGETABLE PEELER TO CLEAN THE COCONUT??

    You are not to be trifled with.

  23. Wow. So… when you come to Florida I can has cake?

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  24. OMG- I want that cake!

    I cannot believe you have time to drill holes into coconuts!

    I dont know how to bake!
    When your husband tells you NOT to bake, then you know you have no skills…. I envy you and your baking skills

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  25. Drills+ hammers= one mighty fine lookin’ cake. Well done.

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  26. You are so hardcore.

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  27. My goodness your cake looks amazing! I’m going to have to try out your recipe, my hubby loves coconut cake.

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  28. It is like the Everest of Cakes. And you, YOU are like Sir Edmund Hillary.

    I am going to attempt it, but if I die trying (drill accident, maybe), please don’t leave my frozen corpse lying in the snow, er, on the the kitchen floor.

  29. Good Lord. Who knew you were such a coconut cake cook?! I’m impressed. I’m not a huge coconut fan, except in pina coladas. hehe

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  30. I had no idea you were a crazy, coconut-cake cooking woman! You go girl! I’m not a big coconut fan except in pina coladas. hehe

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  31. This might (MIGHT) be enough to get me over my coconut hatred. Yummy.

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  32. Pleeeeease start your own bakery. PLEASSSSSSSSSSE!?

  33. Oh. Em. Gee.

    That looks amazing.

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  34. Secretly thankful that I don’t even know where my guy KEEPS the drill, let alone know how to USE the thing. Lucky, cause if I could make this delicious looking cake, I’d probably weigh 500 pounds.

    (But seriously? Mad props for incorporating power tools into baking. That’s just too awesome for words.)

  35. I’m definitely making this for my future in-laws the next time I visit. Looks great! However, you forgot the step where you break the coconut shell in even halves and make the horse clip-clop sound. 😉

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  36. So, um, yeah, when am I coming over for dinner?

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