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Coconut Milk Cake

Terrence and Bea had Coconut Cakes with Fresh Peony Wreaths for their Summer Wedding.
Coconut Cake can be a beautiful centerpiece for Christmas too . . .
with a snowy Coconut top.
Coconut Cake
  • 2 3/4 cup cake flour
  • 1 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 3 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter . . .room temperature
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 large farm fresh eggs .. room temperature
  1. First of all .. it is important to have all your cake ingredients room temperature.
  2. Preheat your oven to 350 ยบ.
  3. Cut out Parchment paper to line the bottom of 2 9 inch round cake pans. Do not grease the sides of your pan. . you want the cake to crawl up the sides. It will release.
  4. Sift the dry ingredients together.
  5. Add the soft butter with your mixer . . one tablespoon at a time and mix until large crumbs form.
  6. Add the milk and the vanilla and scrape the sides of the bowl.
  7. Add the eggs one at a time until mixed in.
  8. Divide the batter between the two pans and bake about 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  9. Remove to a rack to cool.
  10. Line the pans with plastic wrap.
  11. Put the cakes back into the pans. . tops up.
  12. Poke the cake with the dull end of a skewer all over.
  • 1 can sweetened condensed low fat milk
  • 1 can light coconut milk
  1. Warm the two milks together slightly. . .you don't want it hot but it mixes together easier if it is warmed a bit.
  2. Slowly pour the milk over the cakes. Use all but 1/2 cup. .I find the whole amount of milk is too much.
  3. Allow to sit at room temperature until the milk is mostly absorbed and then refrigerate until chilled.
  • 2 cups whipping cream
  • 2 packages whip it whipping cream stabilizer
  • flaked or fine coconut
  1. Beat the whipping cream and stabilizer (NO SUGAR) until soft peaks form and it holds its shape.
  2. Put the first cake on a cake plate top up. . and then put the second cake on top of it . . top down. This cake needs no filling.
  3. Spread the whipped cream over the cake and sprinkle with Coconut.
  4. Refrigerate until serving time.


  1. I love coconut cake, will have to bake this one real soon.

  2. This looks great, and we all love coconut.......
    I would just like to give all of you a bit of advise when buying coconut milk in the can.
    shake the can to see how much liquid is in there.
    I made Lovella's coconut cream pie, (so good, you should all try it!)
    however, there was hardly any liquid in it, and just all fat that looked like lard.....barely 1/4-1/3 of a shake your can, and the light coconut milk definitely has more liquid.

  3. Such a pretty cake! Would love to try this recipe! Thanks for sharing it.

    I used to drive out of my way to pick up coconut cake to-go at my favorite restaurant. Sadly, they went out of business and I have been without coconut cake ever since. Having a great recipe to make a whole cake could mean trouble!

  4. What a lovely photo! I love all things coconut...and this cake looks absolutely delicious.

  5. oh my, this looks absolutely yummy!

  6. Anything with coconut in it has to be good.

  7. That stuff looks good! I think I'll give it a try

  8. I'm a coconut this looks wonderful to me!

  9. Looks and sounds absolutely decadent!
    Thank you for sharing

    Have a Blessed Advent Season :)


  10. This sounds VERY special and just in time for holiday baking!! This would look beautiful on my dessert table!!

  11. pretty! Kathy

  12. I love coconut cake and this recipe sounds really special. I always love your presentation of your food. It always looks like a picture out of Southern Living.

  13. went out and bought all the things I needed to make this cake, including two new cake pans.
    There is a lovely lady that we used to attended with that makes a cake that looks like this.
    Can not wait to make this tomorrow.
    Beautiful photo as well. I also love coconut!

  14. I made it yesterday for a friend of mine, and it was amazing. Thank you for sharing your recipe with us!

    1. Glad it was enjoyed! Thanks for letting me know!

  15. this is Mexican tres leches cake.


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