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Coconut Sheet Cake with Toasted Coconut Buttercream

Servings: 16 to 24

This cake is for the coconut lovers out there. You know who you are. Be sure to use sweetened coconut cream, not coconut milk, in the cake and buttercream.


For the cake

  • 8 oz. (16 Tbs.) unsalted butter, at room temperature; more softened for the pan
  • 12-3/4 oz. (3 cups plus 3 Tbs.) cake flour, sifted
  • 1-3/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 Tbs. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. table salt
  • 2 tsp. pure coconut extract
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 large egg yolks, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sweetened coconut cream, such as Coco López
  • 3/4 cup whole milk, at room temperature
  • 1 lightly packed cup sweetened shredded coconut (about 4-1/2 oz.)

For the buttercream

  • 12 oz. (24 Tbs.) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 5 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted if lumpy (about 20 oz.)
  • 2/3 cup sweetened coconut cream, such as Coco López
  • 2 tsp. pure coconut extract
  • 1/2 tsp. table salt
  • 2 cups unsweetened flaked coconut, toasted (about 3-1/2 oz.)

Nutritional Information

  • Calories (kcal) : 520
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 260
  • Fat (g): 29
  • Saturated Fat (g): 20
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 1
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 6
  • Cholesterol (mg): 85
  • Sodium (mg): 180
  • Carbohydrates (g): 65
  • Fiber (g): 2
  • Sugar (g): 51
  • Protein (g): 3


Make the cake

  • Position a rack in the center of the oven, and heat the oven to 350°F. Grease a 13x9x2-inch pan with softened butter. Line with parchment and set aside.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or in a large bowl with a handheld electric mixer), combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Mix on low speed to combine. Add the butter, and mix until the butter is coated in flour and resembles coarse meal.
  • Add the extracts and then the eggs and yolks, one at a time, mixing until combined. Add the coconut cream and then the milk, and increase the speed to medium. Beat until the batter is smooth and glossy, about 30 seconds. Fold in the shredded coconut by hand with a silicone spatula.
  • Transfer the batter to the prepared pan, scraping the mixer bowl well. Bake, rotating the cake halfway through, until a cake tester comes out clean or with a moist crumb or two, 30 to 35 minutes.
  • Let cool in the pan on a rack for about 10 minutes. Carefully invert the cake onto the rack, then flip right side up to cool completely.

Make the buttercream

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or in a large bowl with a hand-held electric mixer), beat the butter on medium-low speed until smooth and light in color, about 3 minutes.
  • Add the sugar a cup at a time, alternating with the coconut cream and making sure that each addition is fully incorporated. Scrape the bowl with a silicone spatula as needed.
  • Add the extract and salt, and continue beating on medium speed for 5 to 10 minutes. The frosting will be light, creamy, and fluffy.
  • Generously spread the cooled cake with the frosting in decorative swoops, then sprinkle with the toasted coconut.
  • Store the cake lightly wrapped in plastic wrap at room temperature for up to 3 days.


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Reviews (4 reviews)

  • trurocapecod | 12/25/2019

    Got a wow when serving this for xmas eve dessert.

    No problem removing from the pan, but it took 10 minutes longer in the oven.

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    Leila215 | 10/28/2019

    Fantastic coconut cake. Five stars because this recipe is easy (one bowl!) and delicious. The cake is light with a tender coconutty crumb and the frosting was really fluffy. The amount of frosting this recipe makes is a layer just as thick as the cake! I really enjoyed the one-bowl dessert feature in the magazine and I've since discovered Jessie Sheehan's blog where she has tons of great baking recipes.

  • dinnerbelle | 10/19/2019

    I actually made this Gluten-Free yesterday for a friend's birthday. It came out pretty darned good.

    The only "problem" I had was the process of taking it out of the pan to cool and then inverting it. I had breakage at that step. Why not leave it in the pan to frost it.

  • LeeFran | 10/03/2019

    This cake turned out great - everybody loved it! I baked it for my honey's birthday picnic. Coconut is his favorite and other recipes just didn't measure up. Thank you

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