Coconut Cake

 If you love Coconut Cake, you will adore this light and fluffy cake recipe.  With a coconut pudding filling and a rich coconut buttercream frosting, every bite is full of delicious coconut flavor.  And the best part, you start with a regular white cake mix. This is such an easy coconut cake recipe, but after you dress it up, no one will ever believe how easy it was to make!

Coconut Cake

Coconut cake was the number one thing I craved when I was pregnant with my third child.  My first trimester, I had a slice from a French bakery.  It was heavenly and I thought about it for the next 7 months.

That bakery just happened to be next to my doctors office, so I may have eaten approximately 17 slices of that delicious cake before my son was born.

slice of Coconut Cake with coconut filling

I knew I needed to try to recreate that recipe at home.  And the result was the perfect coconut cake.  Fluffy and soft and delicious. With a coconut cream filling and coconut buttercream frosting, there isn’t a single bite of this cake that isn’t packed with coconut flavor.

Fluffly coconut cake with coconut cream filling and shredded coconut

If you are like me and love coconut flavor but don’t love the texture of coconut, just leave off the flaked coconut and this cake is perfect for you too.  I promise, this cake is incredible!  And the best part, it is so simple to make.  This easy coconut cake recipe uses a boxed white cake mix.  But after the addition of some magical coconut ingredients, no one will ever know!

Easy coconut cake recipe using a boxed white cake mix dressed up with some special ingredients

This is the perfect recipe for company, if you can talk yourself into sharing it.  Make it for your Easter celebration this year!

Coconut Cake Recipe

Coconut Cake

Amy Williams
An amazing, fluffy Coconut Cake with coconut cream filling and coconut buttercream frosting.
4.84 from 6 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: coconut cake, coconut cream cake
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 20 servings
Calories: 519kcal



  • 1 Betty Crocker White Cake Mix
  • 3.5 oz Instant Coconut or Vanilla Pudding Mix
  • 3 Large Egg Whites
  • 12 oz Coconut Milk
  • 1 tsp Coconut Extract
  • 1/4 cup Canola Oil


  • 3.5 oz Instant Coconut or Vanilla Pudding Mix
  • 1 cup Cream of Coconut
  • 1/2 cup Milk


  • 1 cup Butter Softened
  • 1/4 cup Shortening
  • 6 cups Powdered Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Cream of Coconut
  • 1 tsp Coconut Extract
  • Coconut Flakes Optional



  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Grease and flour two 8" round cake pans and set aside.
  • In a large standing mixer whisk together all cake ingredients for 2 minutes on medium speed.
  • Evenly divide batter into two cake pans and spread out.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes or until center is set.
  • Remove and cool in pan for 1 hour. Invert onto a cooling rack and cool completely.


  • Whisk together all filling ingredients for 1 minute or until completely mixed.
  • Cover and chill for 2 hours.
  • Mix in 1/2 cup of frosting into the filling mixture and blend well.
  • Place one cake onto a cake plate and top with filling. You may not need to use all of the filling.
  • Gently place second cake on top and chill until ready to frost.


  • Cream together butter, shorting, extract and cream of coconut together until smooth.
  • Slowly add in the powdered sugar one cup at a time. Blend well.
  • If you frosting is too thick add 2-3 TBSP of milk to it.
  • Frost your cake and garnish the sides with coconut flakes.
  • Best served chilled.
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Calories: 519kcal | Carbohydrates: 77g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 132mg | Potassium: 39mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 61g | Vitamin A: 295IU | Calcium: 69mg | Iron: 1.1mg

Coconut Cream Cake frosted with coconut butter cream on a silver cake stand

Check out more of my easy cake recipes:

Vanilla Cupcakes

Carrot Cake

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