Italian Coconut Cream Cake

Honey and Butter Coconut cake


The cake was more involved than I had anticipated, with the egg white beating and all the folding, but the result is an incredibly moist and flavorful cake that gets even better the next day! This baby uses part butter/part oil, which means it doesn’t dry out in the fridge. I decorated this cake with chocolate biscuit cookies. You could just top it with lost of frosting and a snowfall of shredded coconut.

Coconut Cream Cake layers
1 stick/4 oz butter
1 cup vegetable oil
1 cup sugar
5 large eggs, separated
3 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup sweetened flaked coconut
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 cup buttermilk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour three 9-inch round cake pans. Beat egg whites until stiff. Set aside. In a large bowl, cream together butter, oil, and sugar until light and fluffy. Mix in the egg yolks, vanilla, and coconut. In a separate bowl, mix flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Alternate adding buttermilk and dry ingredients to wet ingredients. Mix until just combined, then fold in egg whites. Pour evenly into the three prepared pans, then sprinkle the top of each pan with 1 (at least) tablespoon sugar.Bake in preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 15 minutes, then turn the cakes out onto cooling racks and allow to cool completely.


Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting
2 packages (16 oz) cream cheese
1 stick/4 oz butter
2 tsp vanilla
2 lb confectioners sugar
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup sweetened flaked coconut

In a medium bowl, combine cream cheese, butter, vanilla, and powdered sugar. Beat until light and fluffy. Stir in chopped walnuts and sugared coconut. Spread between layers and serve. Cream cheese frosting will soften at room temperature, so refrigerate if you won’t use it right away.

Ridiculously good. If you don’t have a birthday coming up soon, please just declare it a National Holiday and make this anyway!

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    March 12, 2011 at 8:53 am

    My daughter made this cake two days ago and it was one of the best homemade cakes I’ve ever had! Absolutely incredible! Thank you for sharing this!

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      March 12, 2011 at 10:48 am

      Hi Elaine,
      That’s great news- thanks for sharing! It’s comments like these that keeps this blog going! 🙂

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    November 16, 2010 at 8:57 am

    This looks STUNNNNNNNNNING! Drama + Cake is a stunning birthday combo ;-). Do you mind me asking what brand/size chocolate biscuit cookies you used? and how many were required? Thanks SO much for thsi stunning idea!

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    September 15, 2010 at 4:07 am

    Ohohoho……….Cononut and cream cheese……..I love coconut and cream cheese…..(~develish smile~)

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    September 9, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    aww that looks so fancy! And I love coconut! Might have to try this…the little cookies make it look so elegant!

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    August 3, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    Beautiful! Love the border of cookies.

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    July 29, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    I love the way you decorated the cake!

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    July 29, 2010 at 10:12 am

    Wow, so pretty. I love coconut so this is right up my alley.

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    July 29, 2010 at 6:35 am

    Ummm…that looks so yummy! Can’t wait to try it!

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    July 28, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    Wow, you really outdid yourself. That looks too pretty to eat!

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