Recipe of the Week: Coconut Cream Cake

This week I’m featuring an old family favorite. At Christmas time, my mom or my aunt always make a Coconut Cream Cake, but it’s also a really good recipe for spring or summer as well (especially if you love coconut as much as my husband does).

I was looking at some blogs the other day, and I found a couple of people that said they hated cake mixes. Well, I used one to make this cake, but of course, if you prefer you can make a homemade white or yellow sheetcake cake rather than using a mix. I personally like the convenience and simplicity of the cake mix, and I love the taste of them, because…well…I grew up eating cake mix cakes. We only ate made from scratch cakes on a special occasion…so for my “simply sweet” purposes, the cake mix works fine. Enjoy!

1 White or yellow Cake Mix
3 large eggs
1 1/3 cup water
2 tablespoons cooking oil
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 teaspoon coconut extract.
1 can cream of coconut
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 tub whipped topping
1 bag flaked coconut

Directions: Mix cake ingredients (mix, oil, water, eggs) as directed on box. Add extracts and continue to mix well. Pour into a greased 9X13 pan, and bake as directed (about 350 degrees for 32-35 minutes).

Let cake cool completely. Mix sweetened condensed milk and cream of coconut together in a bowl. Poke holes in top of cake, with fork or spoon handle. Pour mixture over entire cake. (Be sure mixture fills/goes into all holes. Spread whipped topping over cake and top with coconut. Keep cake refrigerated.


  1. The Cookie Girl says

    OMGosh! This cake is making my mouth water! It looks simply delicious. Family favorites are the best!
    Great Post

  2. Can you tell me what “1 can of cream of coconut” is? I am not familiar with it. The cake looks wonderful.

  3. Cookie girl – I agree, family favorites are the best. Glad you like the cake.

    Bethkh – Cream of Coconut can be found on your store’s drink aisle. Most store’s have a section that includes margarita mix, pina colada, and all of that kind of stuff, and you should find the cream of coconut there with that stuff.

  4. Anamika:The Sugarcrafter says

    you have made it so nice.. the fluffy appeal at the top looks so great.

  5. That cake looks absolutely fantastic! Visually, it seems to slightly resemble a tres leches cake, but I think that the coconut would be far more to my palate’s liking! I’m filing this one for as soon as the birthday cake leftovers are gone!

  6. Oh my goodness Jerri this is one amazing cake!! Oh I must try this one out – thanks for sharing 🙂

    Rosie x

  7. Cooking and the City says

    Looks delicious Jeri, yum! I love coconut 🙂

  8. This sounds so delicious and looks so tasty and moist!

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  9. That cake looks amazing! Thanks for sharing.

  10. Oh seriously, I have to make that cake it looks amazing! I love coconut. Thanks for stopping by my blog and thank you for this recipe – yum!

  11. I don’t know if my last comment went through, but that cake looks delicious. I am going to have to make it! Thanks!

  12. I was reading your blog and found this recipe I think I’ll have to make this gorgeous recipe soon, I hope mine looks as delicous as yours. this is a mouthwatering dessert

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