Simple Coconut Cake Recipe – Desiccated Coconut Cake Recipe
Coconut is such a versatile flavor and can be used in savory or sweet dishes. This simple, easy and effortless coconut cake recipe makes a delicious cake using desiccated coconut from scratch that you can whip in five minutes. It tastes great unfrosted as a coffee cake, served with whipped cream for a light dessert or use some decadent buttercream for a more indulgent treat or celebration cake.
Baking from scratch
You know I’m a person that ALWAYS bakes from scratch and I’ve been on a mission to get everyone around me to bake from scratch. Why?
Well, mostly because it’s so EASY!! The little brain inside me always says – I baked my first solo cake when I was 10 (well my mom was a good baker) so it’s not hard to bake from scratch.
In an attempt to get people to bake from scratch and enjoy it; I started this series of one bowl cakes and cupcakes. It’s been going really well so far. Have had many of you enjoy baking these cakes and love the recipes. So yay!!
Do feel free to comment and let me know your thoughts in the comments below. Which is your favorite and what you love most about this cake? Thanks
The Key to Success with one bowl baking (save/pin)
As I say in the other one bowl baking recipes – The key success of baking a one bowl recipe is the temperature of your ingredients.
- All ingredients must be at room temperature.
- If your butter is cold – it will not cream well and leave you with small butter pebbles which will bake unevenly in the cake.
- If the eggs are cold it will curdle the warm butter. So if everything is room temperature, it mixes into a smooth batter which is exactly what we want.
Here’s an example of a batter where the butter was not room temperature. Can you see those little grains of butter? – that is because the butter was not room temperature when I started off.
This desiccated coconut cake recipe is so versatile
This recipe is not just easy to bake but it’s also super versatile.
- It’s taste delicious on its own. Oh, try it while it’s still warm!!! HEAVEN!
- Unless I’m baking for my customers I do not frost cakes for our home. My kids will eat just simple fresh cake with no frosting at all. So; I just sprinkle some shredded coconut flakes on the top
- You can layer it with coconut cream filling and frost it with coconut buttercream to make a very indulgent dessert.
- You can even cover it with fondant to make a celebration cake for a Birthday or Anniversary.
Let’s talk Ingredients and Substitutes (Save/Pin)
- Butter – I always use butter at room temperature but if you want a vegan version – you can use the same amount of margarine in the recipe.
- Coconut Milk / Milk – I like to add coconut milk as it enhances the flavor of the cake but if you want you can add regular milk. Almond milk works too.
- Coconut Extract – It does add a nice flavor but you can just substitute it with vanilla extract as well.
- Desiccated Coconut – This is shredded dry coconut and is not the same as coconut flour or coconut sugar. Coconut flour is just the dried coconut fiber after removing all the coconut milk. So please usedesiccated coconut which has all the flavor of coconut. And use the unsweetened variety as the cake as the required amount of sugar.
Simple Coconut Cake Recipe aka Desiccated Coconut Cake Recipe (Save/Pin)
Those of you following me on Instagram must have seen a lot more progress pictures from this cake in the 24 hours ‘My Story’ feature.
- Unsalted butter – 170 grams (1 1/2 sticks)
- White fine granulated sugar – 200 grams ( 1 cup)
- Large eggs – 3 nos
- Baking powder – 1 1/2 tsp
- All purpose flour – 220 grams
- Desiccated coconut – 60 grams (1 cup)
- Coconut milk or regular milk – 1/2 cup
- Vanilla extract – 1/2 tsp
- Coconut extract – 1/2 tsp
- Salt – 1/2 tsp
- 1/4 cup shredded coconut (optional)
- Preheat oven at 160 C / 320 F.
- Have all your ingredients ready so you do not not forget anything.
- Make sure – the butter, eggs, and milk are room temperature – if not wait a few minutes.
- Measure all ingredients in a bowl except the desiccated coconut.
- Mix it up – preferably with a whisk so you have a smooth even batter.
- Now add in the desiccated coconut and combine well.
- Pour batter into greased and lined baking pan.
- If topping with shredded coconut – sprinkle it now.
- Bake in the center of the oven for about 30 to 40 minutes or until the skewer inserted in center comes out clean.
- Let cool in the pan for 5 minutes then move to a rack to cool further.
Coconut Cream Filling is delish inside this desiccated coconut cake (must try)
If you are like me then you must love indulgent desserts and by now you know I love making rich desserts. So here’s a very rich and creamy coconut filling that you will love. Makes just enough for a single layer filling
- Coconut cream – 1/2 cup (you can buy a coconut cream can)
- Unsalted butter – 3 tbsp (room temperature)
- Powder sugar – 1 to 1 1/2 cups
- Coconut extract or vanilla extract – 1/2 tsp
- In a bowl cream butter and half the sugar until light and fluffy.
- Add the extract and coconut cream a little at a time.
- Add more powder sugar until you reach a filling consistency.
- A filling consistency to me is softer than peanut butter.
A simple coconut cake calls for a Quick Coconut Buttercream – Right?
- Unsalted butter – 113 grams / 1 stick
- Coconut milk or regular milk – 1/4 cup
- Powdered sugar/confectioners sugar – 2 cups
- Coconut extract or vanilla extract – 1/2 tsp
- In a bowl whisk all the above until light and fluffy.
- Spread over the cooled cake.
- Sprinkle the cake with desiccated coconut for garnish.
- Split cake in half and spread a generous amount of coconut buttercream.
- Place top half on and sprinkle with powdered sugar.
This is our family favorite!! No frosting – just a cup of tea
One of the disadvantages of being a cake decorator’s family is that you’ve been around so much frosting that you can’t stand the sight of it anymore. Those of you that bake for a living know exactly what I mean.
Can you imagine just 5 minutes of hands-on time – can give you this delicious cake?
Yes! It literally takes five minutes, a bowl and a whisk to mix this baby up?
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Coconut Cake Recipe One Bowl Recipe Baking from Scratch Series
Coconut is such a versatile flavor and can be used in savory or sweet dishes. This simple, easy and effortless coconut cake recipe makes a delicious cake from scratch that you can whip in five minutes. It tastes great unfrosted as a coffee cake, served with whipped cream for a light dessert or some decadent buttercream for a more indulgent treat or celebration cake.
Ingredients - Choose (Metric or US Customary) below
- 170 grams Unsalted butter
- 200 grams White fine granulated sugar
- 3 Large eggs
- 1 1/2 tsp Baking powder
- 220 grams All-purpose flour
- 60 grams Desiccated coconut
- 1/2 cup Coconut milk or regular milk
- 1/2 tsp Vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp Coconut extract
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- 1/4 cup Shredded coconut optional
For Coconut Buttercream
- 113 grams Unsalted butter
- 1/4 cup Coconut milk or regular milk
- 2 cups Powder sugar / confectioners sugar
- 1/2 tsp Coconut extract or vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 160 C / 320 F
Have all your ingredients ready so you do not forget anything.
Make sure - the butter, eggs, and milk are room temperature - if not wait a few minutes
Measure all ingredients in a bowl except the desiccated coconut
Mix it up - preferably with a whisk so you have a smooth even batter
Now add in the desiccated coconut and combine well.
Pour batter into greased and lined baking pan.
If topping with shredded coconut - sprinkle it now.
Bake in the center of the oven for about 30 to 40 minutes or until the skewer inserted in center comes out clean.
Let cool in the pan for 5 minutes then move to a rack to cool further.
In a bowl whisk all the above until light and fluffy.
Spread over the cooled cake
Sprinkle the cake with desiccated coconut for garnish.
Split cake in half and spread a generous layer of buttercream
Place the top layer and sprinkle with powder sugar
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