Southern Coconut Cake w/Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting & Christmas 2013!

Yes, it’s 4 days past Christmas, but better late than never. DSC_0061

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas with family & friends.

As always, Christmas was hosted at my sister-in-law and brother’s home, and each year the crowd seems to get bigger.  In addition to my immediate family, it’s always fun to meet up with cousins I haven’t seen in a while and play catch up.christmas2013 (31)

Here are my nieces and I being silly, posing.  They all wanna be models and I'm just a wannabe!christmas2013 (23)

Christmas kicked off with drinks and presents.  Amongst my gifts, my favorite was the Coco Chanel Mademoiselle gift set, it’s a great perfume if you guys are in search of

After presents, we enjoyed dinner which included… The Waldorf Salad, Vegetable Enchiladas, Mexican Rice, and Artichoke Pasta Salad.chrimstas

And of course, dessert made by yours truly.DSC_0076

This year I opted to make a Southern Coconut Cake.  Why?  Because the coconut flakes represent SNOW.DSC_0031

I can say with the utmost confidence that everyone DEVOURED this cake, including my picky brother who is very critical of ANYTHING I make.  He actually told me the cake was very moist.  DSC_0042

This Coconut Cake is made with egg whites and generous amounts of butter which results in a light and airy cake.  The frosting is a smooth coconut buttercream with cream cheese, also delicious.DSC_0017

It’s only a few times a year I allow myself to let go and bake cakes with a ton of butter, so make this cake before the holidays are officially up.DSC_0051

Hope your Christmas was as special as mine… until next year!DSC_0095

NUTRITION: Coconut is low in cholesterol and sodium, and it is a good source of fiber.  Although coconut contains high amounts of saturated fats, not all saturated fats pose as a health problem, especially those linked with coconut.  Having said that, coconut is high in saturated fat and should be eaten in moderation.  Additionally, this cake consists of high amounts of butter.  If weight is a concern, DO NOT MAKE THIS CAKE!

  • Calories: 266 cals
  • Fat: 17 g
  • Saturated Fat: 12 g
  • Carbs: 25 g
  • Protein: 3 g
  • Fiber: 0.8 g

~ cake recipe mostly adapted from Completely Delicious, frosting is my version.
~ yields 20 slices baked @ 350 degrees in 2 round 9” cake pans

for the cake:
  • Egg Whites: 4
  • Reduced-Fat 2% Milk – 1/3 cup
  • Coconut Extract – 2/3 tbsp
  • Cake Flour – 2 cups
  • Sugar – 1 1/4 cups
  • Baking Powder – 3 tsp
  • Salt – 1/3 tsp
  • Unsalted Butter – 11 tbsp  (room temperature)
  • Unsweetened Coconut Milk – 2/3 cup
for the frosting:
  • Unsalted Butter – 8 tbsp  (room temperature)
  • Cream Cheese – 8 ounces  (room temperature)
  • Powdered Sugar – 2 1/2 cups
  • Coconut Extract – 1 tbsp
  • Vanilla Extract – 1 tsp
  • Coconut Milk – 2 to 3 tbsp  (as need be)
for garnish:
  • Trader Joe’s Sweetened Shredded Coconut – 2 cups (or more)


1. Start by greasing 2 round 9 inch pans and dust them with flour.  Dust off the excess flour.IMG_3163
2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.preheat
3. Add egg whites to a mixing bowl.  IMG_3158
4. Beat until frothy, but NOT until stiff peaks form.IMG_3159
5. Add milk and coconut extract to the egg whites.  Mix well and set aside.IMG_3160
6. In another mixing bowl, add the dry ingredients… flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.  Stir until combined.IMG_3161
7. Add the butter and coconut milk to the dry ingredients.IMG_3165
8. Mix well until light and fluffy for about 2 minutes.IMG_3167
9. Add the egg white mixture to the cake batter in thirds.IMG_3168
10. Mix, but do NOT over mix.IMG_3169
11. Pour the batter evenly between both baking pans.  IMG_3170
12. Into the oven for 35 – 40 minutes.  I baked mine for 35 minutes exactly.IMG_3171
13. Voila!  IMG_3172
14. Add the butter and cream cheese to a mixing bowl.  Cream until light and fluffy.IMG_3173
15. Add the coconut and vanilla extracts along with the powdered sugar.  Mix.  IMG_3174
16. Add coconut milk and beat some more.  IMG_3175
frost the cake & garnish:
17. Once cool, frost the cake as follows:frost
18. Add the shredded coconut on top and along the sides.IMG_3183
19. Scrumptious!DSC_0076

So, every single person who tried this cake LOVED it, and that’s about 25 people.  The cake is light, airy, and moist.  The coconut flavor is apparent, but not overpowering.  I reduced the sugar quantity in the cake portion of the recipe, and this amount was just right.  The shredded coconut adds a slight crunch which is nice.  You can use unsweetened shredded coconut, however I do recommend toasting the coconut slightly.  An amazing cake and one that I will make on special occasions.   

TELL ME: How was your Christmas?  What did you make?  What was the best gift you received?


  1. This looks so delicious!! Is it possible to replace some of the butter with applesauce to make it more healthy but still moist?

    1. @Mari - replacing butter with applesauce is typically not a good substitute, replacing oil with applesauce is a different story. I would just cut down on the amount of butter and perhaps increase the coconut milk slightly for a lower fat option.

  2. This looks so perfect for winter, with the white on white! And for the record, I'm glad you're still posting desserts. I'm not ready for the salad posts to hit my reader just yet :)

    1. Thanks.. definitely perfect for winter. Haha... once the New Year hits, I have like 1 more unhealthy recipe and then it's healthy for a while. I'm not ready for healthy recipes either.

  3. Coconut flakes do look like snow. Such a beautiful cake. And merry Christmas to you!

    1. I know right! Glad you think so Shefali. Hope you had a great Christmas.

  4. Wow, this looks over-the-top good! Anything with coconut gets my attention. Thanks for this. And Happy New Year!

    1. This cake was so delicious. I love coconut too. Happy New Year to you too!

  5. this looks so freaking good as I heart everything coconut :)

  6. Coconut cake is one of my favorites, and yours looks delicious! I wish I had a big slice!

    1. Mine too. It was sooooooo light, barely felt heavy so I went for seconds, of course.

  7. Beautiful family you have! I am not the biggest fan of coconut, so I can not comment on the cake but I am loving everything you got for Christmas!

    1. Thanks Tara. Awwww... I bet if I gave you a slice, you'd like it, it wasn't too overpowering. The Christmas gifts were definitely fun.


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