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Calling all coconut lovers! THIS is the cake for you!
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Coconut Cake

This Coconut Cake recipe is a family favorite. Check out all the ways I infuse coconut flavor into this delicious cake!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Coconut Cake
Servings: 8
Author: Amanda Rettke


  • 1 c (200g) solid coconut oil
  • 2 c (400g) granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp. Pure Coconut Extract
  • 1 c (240g) coconut milk
  • 3 c (375g) sifted cake flour
  • 1 tbsp. baking powder
  • 5 (200g) egg whites
  • 6 -9 tablespoons simple syrup


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare three 8-inch round cake pans.
  • Add coconut oil and sugar to stand mixer and beat on medium-high until incorporated about 1-2 minutes.
  • Add coconut extract to the coconut milk. Now, with the mixer on low, add that milk mixture to the sugar mixture in the stand mixer.
  • Sift together flour and baking powder; add to ingredients in stand mixer slowly.
  • Beat at low speed just until incorporated. Turn mixer off.
  • In a separate bowl, beat egg whites at medium speed until stiff peaks form.
  • Remove mixer bowl from stand mixer and gently fold egg whites into batter.
  • Pour batter into prepared pans.
  • Bake at 350°F for 18-25 minutes or until the center does not appear wet and the cake has pulled slightly away from the sides of the pan. Do not overbake!!!
  • Remove cakes from oven and let rest in pan for about 5 minutes.
  • Turn out cakes onto baking rack and level if necessary. Now drizzle each layer with 2-3 tablespoons of simple syrup.
  • You can decorate immediately or chill cakes until ready to assemble.