The very Best From Scratch Lemon Coconut Cake recipe on the internet. Layers of coconut white cake (from scratch) with homemade lemon curd and cream cheese frosting. All topped with more coconut!
This time of year, all food bloggers are focused on chocolate, peppermint, and egg nog recipes. I get it. I’ve shared quite a few this season already myself.
But you know what I adore as well during the holiday season?
Give me ALL the coconut desserts. Maybe because it looks like soft fluffy snow? Or maybe because when added to the top of this gorgeous Lemon Coconut Cake it becomes the most delicious thing you’ve ever eaten. <—my friend Lois’ words, not mine, after taking a bite of this cake
Do you have favorite holiday traditions? Do you make the same recipes year after year? I know in my family, we do. But, I also try to add in some fun additions, whether it be a new cookie, or flavor of fudge. And now, I’ll be making this Lemon Coconut Cake recipe EVERY year. Mark my words.
How to make a Lemon Coconut Cake
Prepare your 9 inch baking pans by spraying them with non-stick baking spray, or lightly greasing them and sprinkling with flour. I also line the bottom with a piece of parchment paper (you can purchase already cut cake pan parchment circles too on Amazon). These are a huge time saver, and it ensures that every homemade cake will flip out of the pan perfectly.
I also use Wilton bake even strips on my pans to get perfect even layers, where I don’t need to slice off the dome tops. These work so well, and last a very long time!
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a small bowl, whisk together the room temperature egg whites with 1/4 cup of the milk until combined. Set aside.
In a large bowl, beat butter, sugar, vanilla and almond extracts for 2 minutes, on medium speed. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.
Slowly add in dry ingredients and mix until combined. Fully beat in egg white mixture. Finally, beat in the remaining milk and allow to blend for about 3 minutes, scraping down sides of the bowl.
Fold in your shredded coconut.
Pour batter evenly into two prepared pans and bake for about 26-28 minutes. Remove from oven and cool completely on a wire rack.
For the frosting, beat butter and cream cheese for 3 minutes using a whisk attachment. Add in powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and heavy cream. Beat an additional 4-5 minutes, until light and fluffy.
To assemble the cake, place one layer of cake on a cake stand. Spread about 1 cup of lemon curd or lemon pie filling on top of cake. I love using this Homemade Lemon Curd recipe (especially since I have all the egg yolks from making today’s cake)!
Add frosting on top of the lemon curd, repeat layers. Spread cream cheese frosting around the edges of the cake. Using your hands, press handfuls of shredded sweetened coconut into the frosting.
Refrigerate this lemon coconut cake until ready to serve. Slice and enjoy!
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