Lemon Coconut Cake
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!
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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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Looking for MORE Homemade Coconut Cake Recipes
You’ve come to the right place. I’ve got this Coconut Cake recipe from scratch. Traditional. Classic. Seriously THE BEST coconut cake. Ever. Nuff said.
Some people LOVE Coconut Cream Cake recipes. My recipes uses sweetened condensed milk, but you could also substitute coconut milk or coconut cream instead.
One of the easiest cakes to make! The pudding added to the top of the warm cake makes this so moist and delicious. Add some Cool Whip and toasted coconut and this Coconut Pudding Cake will be gone in no time!
These Lemon Coconut Cupcakes are from scratch and filled with sweet lemon curd. Topped with a creamy lemon frosting and shredded coconut, your family will beg for the recipe on Easter!
Want more lemon flavor?
Try baking this Lemon Cake with Creamy Filling and Lemon Curd. It’s my copycat version of Olive Garden’s Lemon Crumb Cake, and it’s fantastic.
This Copycat Starbucks Lemon Loaf is even better than the real thing. Why? Because you can eat a whole loaf without having to explain it to the person behind the counter!
Be sure to find more Lemon desserts by checking out my archives!
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FOR THE CAKE:
- 5 egg whites, room temperature
- 3/4 cup milk
- 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp almond extract
- 2 1/2 cup cake flour
- 1 Tbsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 1 cup shredded, sweetened coconut
FOR THE FROSTING:
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 2 packages (8 oz each) cream cheese, softened
- 6 cups powdered sugar
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 cups shredded, sweetened coconut
- 2 cups lemon curd
FOR THE CAKE:
- Whisk together the egg whites and 1/4 cup of the milk in a small bowl until slightly combined. Set aside.
- In a mixing bowl, beat butter, sugar, vanilla and almond extracts for 2 minutes on medium speed, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Add in dry ingredients and mix until combined. Beat in egg white mixture until fully blended. Add in remaining milk and beat for 3-4 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl. Fold in coconut.
- Spray two 9-inch cake pans with baking spray. Pour batter into pans and bake in a 350 degree oven for 26-28 minutes. Remove and cool completely on wire rack.
FOR THE FROSTING:
- Beat butter and cream cheese for 3-4 minutes using whisk attachment on an electric mixer. Add in powdered sugar, vanilla and heavy cream. Beat an additional 4-5 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
- To assemble, place one layer of cake on a cake stand. Add 1 cup lemon curd and spread over the cake. Then add a large amount of frosting to top and smooth with an offset spatula. Top with second layer of cake. Apply the second cup of lemon curd over the top. Then add frosting to entire cake. To add the coconut to the top and sides of cake, place cake stand on a baking sheet (to help catch excess coconut). Fill hand with coconut and press gently into sides of cake. Repeat until desired amount of coconut applied. ENJOY!
Wilton Bake Even Cake Strips, 2-Piece
Cuisinart AMB-9RCK 9-Inch Chef's Classic Nonstick Bakeware Round Cake Pan, Silver
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Serving Size:1 slice cake
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 650 Total Fat: 26g Saturated Fat: 17g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 7g Cholesterol: 86mg Sodium: 298mg Carbohydrates: 102g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 81g Protein: 5g
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