Old-Fashioned Coconut Cake Recipe

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Ramona Dean Modified: March 25, 2022
Old-Fashioned Coconut Cake Recipe

How To Make Old-Fashioned Coconut Cake Recipe

You can’t get any more traditional than this white and fluffy as a cloud coconut cake. The tender crumb is frosted with vanilla icing and coconut flakes.
Prep: 30 mins
Cool: 2 hrs 10 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Total: 3 hrs



  • For Cake:
  • cups white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ cup butter
  • cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • For Frosting:
  • cups white sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • 4 egg whites, room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp cream of tartar
  • 2 cups coconut, sweetened and flaked, or as needed


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease three 9-inch round cake pans.
  • Mix sugar, eggs, and egg yolks together in a mixing bowl using an electric mixer for about 5 minutes until light and fluffy.
  • Heat milk and butter in saucepan over low heat for 2 to 3 minutes until butter melts. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.
  • Combine flour and baking powder in a bowl. Pour into egg mixture. Add vanilla extract and milk mixture; beat well using an electric mixer. Divide batter evenly among the prepared pans.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 15 to 18 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cakes comes out clean.
  • Let cool in pans for 10 minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.
  • Meanwhile, thoroughly clean mixing bowl and beaters. Beat egg whites and cream of tartar with an electric mixer until foamy.
  • Bring sugar and water to a boil in a saucepan. Boil for 3 to 4 minutes, until a candy thermometer reads 242 degrees F.
  • Beat egg whites on high speed. Carefully pour in hot sugar mixture in the side of the bowl, avoiding the beaters; continue to beat on high for 6 to 8 minutes until stiff peaks form. Stir in vanilla extract.
  • Place 1 cooled cake layer on a serving platter and frost the top. Repeat with second and third layers of cake.
  • Complete frosting the sides, top, and throughout. Sprinkle coconut on top and smooth onto sides of cake using hands.


  • Calcium: 127.1mg
  • Calories: 464.0kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 77.8g
  • Cholesterol: 97.7mg
  • Fat: 14.9g
  • Fiber: 1.9g
  • Iron: 2.0mg
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 3.2g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.8g
  • Potassium: 156.4mg
  • Protein: 6.4g
  • Saturated Fat: 9.9g
  • Sodium: 131.7mg
  • Sugar: 56.2g
  • Trans Fat: 0.3g
  • Vitamin A: 102.6mcg
  • Vitamin C: 0.4mg

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