Coconut Cream Cake with Coconut Cream Frosting

Coconut Cake with Coconut Cream Cake

How good does this cake look now? Really. As much as I enjoyed eating this cake I loved making it and of course clicking it. I kept licking a bit of the frosting while making it (am I allowed to do that?). Well yeah! I made the cake for us so I can do what I want to. πŸ™‚ I ate all the bits and pieces of the cake that I trimmed while putting the frosting on the cake. It was so so good.

You can see, I am super excited about this cake. Well, there are reasons to be. I have been reading up and trying and been not so successful at making a perfectly moist and delicious coconut cake. …until I made this one. I couldn’t have let summers pass without making a coconut cake to share with ya’ll. I love coconut… in any form. I used to have coconut water from as many as 3-4 coconuts a day when I lived in Singapore. How much I miss fresh coconut water!

Coconut Cream Cake with Coconut Cream Frosting

Now back to this cake. It’s delicious, full of natural coconut flavor, moist, has no artificial flavors and is a perfect dessert for two. I have complained in the past about how it’s not easy to find a dessert recipe, especially a cake recipe, for two. Unlike cooking, where you can adjust the recipe to make enough to feed two by just eyeballing your ingredients, you cannot just adjust a recipe or the the ingredients that easily while baking. Halving recipes and ingredients doesn’t always work. So I had to work around a couple of recipes that I found and this one worked well.

For the frosting and cake decorating, I was totally inspired by Weebirdie’s Naked Summer Wedding Cake that you must see, if you haven’t already. It screams summer! Also, Dimple from Shivaay Delights got me thinking about doing a coconut cake when she posted her lovelyΒ Toy Story Coconut Iced Sponge Cake. So thank you both for the inspiration!

Coconut Cream Cake with Coconut Cream Frosting

Hang on. I am not done yet. I am not done with this post and I am not done with coconut. I am soon going to be experimenting with coconut flour that I read is not so easy to work with but is super healthy! Watch out.

Now, without further ado, here is a recipe for a two-layer 4-inch Coconut Cream Cake with a Coconut Cream Frosting:

Coconut Cream Cake with Coconut Cream Frosting

Yield: Three 4-inch cakes


    For the Cake
  • Egg whites from 3 eggs, at room temperature
  • 6 tablespoon butter, at room temperature
  • Β½ cup sugar
  • Β½ cup coconut milk
  • ΒΌ cup coconut cream (this is fat from the coconut milk, see notes below for substitute)
  • Β½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons corn flour
  • 1 ΒΌ teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut (see notes below)
  • ΒΌ teaspoon salt
  • For the coconut cream
  • 1 can chilled full fat coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • 2-3 teaspoons unsweetened shredded coconut
  • For garnish: 2-3 teaspoons toasted unsweetened shredded coconut


    For the Cakes
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Grease three 4-inch cake tins. I used mini spring form pans.
  2. Keep the egg whites in a clean bowl and set them aside while you get the rest of the batter ready.
  3. In a bowl, mix the coconut milk, coconut cream and the vanilla essence and set this aside.
  4. In a separate bowl, put together the AP flour, corn flour, baking powder, shredded coconut and salt and set this aside.
  5. In a stand mixer or with a hand mixer, cream the butter and sugar together for about 4-5 minutes.
  6. In 3 batches, add the dry ingredients alternating with the wet ingredients (starting & ending with the dry ingredients). Just mix until combined. Do not overmix the batter. It is ok if there is some dry flour still remaining, it’ll all come together when you fold in the egg whites.
  7. Now, using a stand mixer or a hand mixer, whisk the egg whites until they form soft peaks.
  8. Fold the egg whites in the batter in 2-3 batches very gently with a spatula, only until combined.
  9. Pour the batter into the pans and bake them at 350 F for about 35-40 minutes until a tooth pick comes out clean when inserted in the center.
  10. Allow the cakes to cool completely before frosting. Preferably for 4-5 hours or even overnight in the refrigerator. If you keep them in the refrigerator make sure you wrap them well in cling wrap.
  11. For the Frosting
  12. Make sure the can of your coconut milk is absolutely chilled.
  13. Take it out and place it upside down and open the can.
  14. You’ll notice opaque thick creamy fat from the coconut milk settled (or some of it sinking).
  15. Take about 3-4 tablespoons of the coconut fat and place it in a small bowl together with the sugar and shredded coconut. Keep the rest of the coconut milk in the refrigerator for later use.
  16. Using a hand mixer, whip it the way you would usually whip cream. Do this for about 4-5 minutes until it’s nice and fluffy.
  17. Even out the top of the cakes by trimming the cakes as required.
  18. Then dollop some cream in between the two cakes and spread.
  19. Next, dollop some cream over the top cake and spread it gently. I didn’t spread the cream on to the sides of the cakes but feel free to smother the cake with the coconut cream.
  20. Sprinkle some toasted coconut on the top and serve!


1. In place of coconut cream in the cake batter, you could either use coconut milk or regular milk.

2. You could use regular whipped cream instead of the coconut cream in the frosting however, it will not give you the same coconut flavor that coconut cream will.

3. I used shredded & dehydrated coconut in the batter and the frosting. I am not sure if the result will be very different if you use fresh shredded coconut.

4. I only frosted two 4-inch cakes but with a little more frosting you could frost all three cakes.

Β Coconut Cream Cake with Coconut Cream Frosting

Coconut Cream Cake with Coconut Cream Frosting

Let’s have a slice now..

Coconut Cream Cake with Coconut Cream Frosting

Hope you all at Fiesta Friday saved some space for this late entry! πŸ™‚

Also linking this up at DM Du Jour’s MM Linkup Party!


  1. Delicious looking cake that’s dairy free? I’m pinning it for sure!

  2. This cake looks SO good!

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  4. Mmm coconut! I love coconut cakes and yours look absolutely delicious! Thank you for linking up with us at the Motivational Mondays Linkup Party! Come and linkup with us again. πŸ™‚

  5. This looks and sounds fabulous, CeeBees – just perfect for Fiesta Friday too. I love that Weebirdie and Dimple inspired you…And I saw that someone (Ngan?) has made this already!! I love the the use of all the different types of coconut too. Happy Fiesta Friday x

  6. Oh My!! You had me at coconut…which I love and then the cake and frosting. Shame, shame on you for teasing us like this! Pinning so I too can eat…uh, I mean make soon πŸ˜‰

  7. Gorgeous clicks Nikhil. What a unique cake Aditi :). Loved reading the recipe.

  8. It looks amazing! Coconut frosting is something new to me, I’d love to have a piece now!

  9. Oh my goodness! What a lovely cake and a perfect recipe for me to use my little 4 inch spring form pans. I’m always looking for recipes tailored for smaller cakes that are more appropriate for dinner parties. Thanks for the recipe guys! I really enjoy coconut and look forward to trying this cake this summer!

  10. It looks fantastic! So delicious πŸ˜€

  11. That is a stunning cake guys! Gorgeous & coconut cream frosting sounds divine! The photos are awesome πŸ™‚

  12. it looks wonderful!

  13. It looks very yummy πŸ™‚

  14. Love love love layered cakes! And coconut even more πŸ™‚ Can’t wait to try this!

  15. looks really inviting! what a coincidence, I made a cake too, today!

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  17. Totally digging this; it looks divine! πŸ™‚

  18. Mmm…coconut cake is a favorite of mine. Yours looks so tender and creamy!! I want, please!

  19. Wow, does this look AMAZING! You nailed this coconut cake- perfect serving size too; a great addition to the party πŸ˜€

  20. That looks like such a beautiful cake. Fantastic photos. I always say yes to a coconut cake. πŸ™‚

  21. What a beautiful little cake, I just love coconut cake!

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