I’ve always loved Easter. Before Jon and I were even married, I made him dye easter eggs and did a little basket up of goodies for the two of us. So, now that we’re a family of four, we have even more fun getting into the holiday. The boys had a great time at an egg hunt last weekend, and we’re looking forward to dying eggs tomorrow. One of the things that really makes my Easter dinner table special is this coconut cake. I’ve been making it for as long as I’ve made him dye eggs, and it’s never let me down. Cook’s Illustrated is like that.

The one thing qualm I had about the recipe was the frosting, too sweet for my taste. So, I changed things up a bit and went with a coconut buttercream instead. I think it has a little more depth of flavor, and held up a little better under the pressure of all that delicious coconut piled on top. The cake gets a heavy dose of coconut flavor with the addition of cream of coconut (leftovers make fabulous Piña coladas) and coconut extract. I used those two ingredients in the frosting as well, and it really came out nice.

Have a happy and blessed holiday, and here’s hoping that the Easter bunny leaves you plenty of chocolate. Enough that your younger brother doesn’t can steal some out of your basket and you don’t mind. Happy Easter, everyone!


  1. Maryellen
    Posted April 6, 2012 at 9:57 AM | Permalink

    Where do you get Cream of coconut? I love coconut I would love to make this cake.

    • Laura
      Posted April 6, 2012 at 10:29 AM | Permalink

      It’s usually with the drink mixers. I found it at Walmart.

  2. Posted April 6, 2012 at 11:15 AM | Permalink

    I am majorly craving coconut, and this cake looks perfect. Love the photo of your boys too! Hope you guys have a wonderful Easter!

  3. Jackie
    Posted April 6, 2012 at 7:18 PM | Permalink

    Cream of coconut can be found in most ethnic aisles in yr local grocery store. Goya makes a great one. This cake is fabulous!!!!

  4. Posted April 9, 2012 at 9:57 AM | Permalink

    Yum, I LOVE coconut cake! I’ve had both this recipe and Ina’s on my radar forever but haven’t had a chance to make either. I better get on it!

  5. elaena
    Posted April 10, 2012 at 11:11 AM | Permalink

    i am assuming the “water” it calls for with the eggs and extract is buttermilk??? there is no “water” in the ingredients and the buttermilk is not called for anywhere else… am i correct?

    • Laura
      Posted April 10, 2012 at 11:34 AM | Permalink

      Yes! Thanks for calling that to my attention. I substituted buttermilk for water in the recipe – a little extra moisture never hurt anybody, right?

  6. Gail Welsh
    Posted March 26, 2013 at 9:59 AM | Permalink

    Im confused about the water comment. also the 2 cups of liquid you mentioned. So, do you use the 1/4 cup of buttermilk with the cream of coconut etc. and then add 2 more cups of buttermilk later on when you say add 1 cup liquid and then again you say add remaining cup of liquid. If I understand correctly all together i would use 21/4 cups of Buttermilk. Is this correct??

    • Posted March 26, 2013 at 2:01 PM | Permalink

      I’ve corrected the water/buttermilk error when the previous commenter mentioned it. As for the amount of buttermilk, the amount listed is correct. You are combining it with the eggs, as well as the cream of coconut and extracts. You then alternate that mixture with the dry ingredients when making the cake.

  7. Bekah
    Posted March 29, 2013 at 10:23 AM | Permalink

    Am i supposed to add the two cups of coconut into the cake batter??? I doesn’t say to do that in the instructions!! I have them in the oven now without the coconut because I didn’t read it in the instructions.

    • Posted March 29, 2013 at 10:31 AM | Permalink

      It’s for decorating the outside of the cake, as it states in the instructions.

  8. Posted May 22, 2013 at 12:30 PM | Permalink

    I made this cake yesterday for my husband’s birthday. He loves coconut. The cake was amazing! I found your recipe easy to follow and I was extremely happy with the results. My husband was happiest of all!

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