Coconut Raspberry Cake

Coconut Raspberry Cake (500x334)Coconut has such a distinct flavor. It certainly is assertive enough to be make it’s appearance known, but is also mild and delicate in it’s own way. This coconut cake is absolutely divine. When I first saw the recipe on America’s Test Kitchen, it was on my to-do list right away. I was very pleased with the results, especially when my husband loved it too. Sergi doesn’t usually like coconut, but he loved this cake.

I decided to add raspberry jam to the cake, adding some tartness and another dimension of flavor. Since I don’t like butter cream, I decided to make a Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting instead and it was the right decision. This cake is going to be made for many special occasions in my family, and I hope you and your family will enjoy it too. 
Cake Layers:

1 large egg plus 5 large egg whites

3/4 cup cream of coconut

1/4 cup water

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon coconut extract

2 1/4 cups cake flour (9 ounces), sifted

3/4 cup granulated sugar

1 Tablespoon baking powder

3/4 teaspoon table salt

12 tablespoons butter (1 1/2 sticks), cut into 12 pieces, softened

Raspberry Jam:

12 oz raspberries (fresh or frozen)

1/3 cup sugar (or to taste)

Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting:

2 sticks butter, softened

1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, softened

1/2 cup powdered sugar

remaining cream of coconut

2 teaspoons vanilla

2 teaspoon coconut extract

Garnish:

1-2 cups toasted coconut flakes

fresh raspberries

Cake Layers:

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease 2 (8-9 inch) round cake pans and line with parchment paper.

First of all, let’s talk about the cream of coconut. You can find this in the baking aisle, or in the international food aisle. Make sure it says Cream of Coconut on the can, not coconut milk, etc. You will need one full 15 oz can. We’re going to use part of it in the cake layers and the rest of it in the frosting. IMG_7171 (500x328)Combine all the wet ingredients (egg, egg whites, water, cream of coconut, vanilla and coconut extract) together and mix to combine.IMG_7172 (500x334)

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IMG_7178 (500x334)In a large bowl of a standing mixer, with a paddle attachment, or using a hand mixer, combine all the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder and salt) and mix to combine. IMG_7179 (500x334)Add the softened butter, one piece at a time, until it’s incorporated into the dry ingredients, about 2 minutes. The butter pieces shouldn’t be larger than pea sized. IMG_7186 (500x334)

IMG_7188 (500x334)With the mixer running on low, pour in the liquid ingredients. IMG_7193 (500x334)Mix until the batter is smooth. IMG_7199 (500x334)Divide the batter evenly between the two prepared cake pans. IMG_7202 (500x334)

IMG_7203 (500x334)Bake in the preheated oven for about 30 minutes. Cool for about 10 minutes and then take out of the pans onto cooling racks. IMG_7224 (500x334)When the cakes have cooled, cut them in half horizontally with a serrated knife.

Raspberry Jam:

Meanwhile, make the raspberry jam by combining the raspberries and sugar in a small saucepan. IMG_7206 (500x334)Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cook for about 20 minutes. IMG_7211 (500x334)Strain the raspberries through a fine mesh sieve. Set aside. IMG_7216 (500x334)

Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting:

Combine the cream cheese and butter in a standing mixer using a paddle attachment. Mix until creamy and smooth. IMG_7280 (500x334)Add the powdered sugar, the remaining container of cream of coconut and the extracts. Mix to combine. IMG_7282 (500x334)

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IMG_7290 (500x334)Assembling the Cake:

Spread 1/3 of the raspberry jam on top of the first cake layer. IMG_7287 (500x332)Spread part of the frosting over the jam. IMG_7291 (500x334)Repeat with the rest of the cake layers. IMG_7292 (500x326)Spread the frosting evenly over the top and sides of the cake. IMG_7293 (500x334)Decorate the sides of the cake with the toasted coconut flakes and with fresh raspberries on top of the cake.IMG_7295 (500x334)

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Coconut Raspberry Cake (500x334)

Coconut Raspberry Cake
 
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Recipe type: Sweets
Serves: 1 (9 inch) cake
Ingredients
Cake:
  • 1 large egg plus 5 large egg whites
  • ¾ cup cream of coconut
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon coconut extract
  • 2¼ cups cake flour (9 ounces), sifted
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon table salt
  • 12 tablespoons butter (1½ sticks), cut into 12 pieces, softened
Raspberry Jam: 12 oz raspberries (fresh or frozen)
  • ⅓ cup sugar (or to taste)
Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting:
  • 2 sticks butter, softened
  • 1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • remaining cream of coconut
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 teaspoon coconut extract
  • Garnish: 1-2 cups toasted coconut flakes
  • fresh raspberries
Instructions
Cake Layers:
  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease 2 (8-9 inch) round cake pans and line with parchment paper.
  2. Combine all the wet ingredients (egg, egg whites, water, cream of coconut, vanilla and coconut extract) together and mix to combine.
  3. In a large bowl of a standing mixer, with a paddle attachment, or using a hand mixer, combine all the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder and salt) and mix to combine.
  4. Add the softened butter, mixing on low speed, one piece at a time, until it's incorporated into the dry ingredients, about 2 minutes. The butter pieces shouldn't be larger than pea sized.
  5. With the mixer running on low, pour in the liquid ingredients. Mix until the batter is smooth.
  6. Divide the batter evenly between the two prepared cake pans.
  7. Bake in the preheated oven for about 30 minutes.
  8. Cool for about 10 minutes and then take out of the pans onto cooling racks. When the cakes have cooled, cut them in half horizontally with a serrated knife.
Raspberry Jam
  1. Meanwhile, make the raspberry jam by combining the raspberries and sugar in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cook for about 20 minutes.
  2. Strain the raspberries through a fine mesh sieve. Set aside.
Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting:
  1. Combine the cream cheese and butter in a standing mixer using a paddle attachment. Mix until creamy and smooth.
  2. Add the powdered sugar, the remaining container of cream of coconut and the extracts. Mix to combine.
Assembling the cake:
  1. Spread ⅓ of the raspberry jam on top of the first cake layer. Spread part of the frosting over the jam. Repeat with the rest of the cake layers.
  2. Spread the frosting evenly over the top and sides of the cake.
  3. Decorate the sides of the cake with the toasted coconut flakes and with fresh raspberries on top of the cake.

62 Comments

    • olgak7

      In Florida cream of coconut can be found in all grocery stores. It will depend on the area that you live in. Maybe it’s not sold in the state that you live. I usually find it in the aisle where all the international food items are sold. Did you ask the store manager to find out if they sell it?

      • Terry

        It usually can be found in the drink mixers section. It’s the main ingredient in most pina coladas. Look for by the bloody mary mix etc.

  • Luba

    I finally ended up finding it in Safeway, there was only one brand to choose from, but cream of coconut, nonetheless! Thanks for your reply though 🙂

  • Nadia

    Beautiful cake, Olga! I love the way you take extra time to make your cakes looks thrillingly breathtakingly beautiful. Like they just came outta some high-end bakery! I’ll have to give this a try 🙂 I like coconut 🙂

  • Rita

    This looks amazing. I also had to go to 3 stores to find cream of coconut, I asked in the 1st two and they didn’t have it, I finally found it at Fred Meyer next to the drink mixers. On the frosting, you just say 1/2 powdered sugar. Do you mean 1/2 a cup?

    I made this cake, but had to bake for 40 minutes because after 30 it just was not done. Also I had to add more powdered sugar to the frosting, I am guessing because my butter was to soft? Not sure. But it turned out great in the end.

    • olgak7

      Hi Rita! I’m glad you tried out this recipe. Thanks for taking the time to let me know your thoughts.
      Every oven is different, I write the recipes based on what works in my kitchen. Yes, it’s 1/2 cup powdered sugar. Thanks for letting me know, I’ll fix it. I did not need to add more sugar to my frosting. My guess it that you were expecting the frosting to be very thick, like buttercream. I personally don’t like buttercream, so I don’t use it in my cakes and I prefer my frostings to be softer and not as sweet. I was very pleased with the consistency of my frosting, but of course, everybody has different preferences, so you just adjust it to the way that you like it.

  • Katrina T

    Does the cake turn out moist? I noticed you didn’t use any syrup on the cake layers before the frosting, and the raspberry filling doesn’t look runny to me. I love love love coconut and definitely want to make this as soon as I buy some coconut cream.

    • olgak7

      Hi Katrina,
      Nope, no syrup needed. This cake is very tender and delicate and doesn’t need any syrup. Although, it’s totally up to you; you can add some if you’d like. In my opinion, it’s moist enough.

    • olgak7

      Hi Alina!
      If you mean the coconut flakes, then, yes, you can omit them. However, the cream of coconut is necessary in the recipe. If you don’t want to use it, I would recommend baking another cake.

    • olgak7

      Tanya, I have no idea what the measurements would be, since I’ve never made this cake into a roulade. I’m not even sure if this cake will roll up properly. If you try it, please let me know:).

      • Tanya

        Olya how much powdered sugar would I use in the cream? It says 1/2 powdered sugar. 1/2 cups? Also, does it tasted buttery with the amount of butter in the cream?

  • Sher

    Hi, this cake looks so decadent and I can’t wait to try the recipe. However, I’ll be making it for a special occasion and thinking about covering it with fondant. Do you think the cake will hold up for this type of decoration?

    • olgak7

      I wouldn’t recommend it, Oksana. The cake will not be as tender and delicate, but more dense and may not rise as much as it should. The protein structure in cake flour is much different than all purpose flour.

      • oksana

        Well you’re definitely right about that! I was tied down to the house and couldn’t get cake flour, so hoping that Canadian flour would be closest to cake flour, I made the cakes and it’s really really dense 🙁 but I’m sure once it’s all put together, the flavor will be there. This was a learning experience; when a recipe calls for cske flour, you NEED cake flour 🙂

        • olgak7

          Yep, cake flour is very important in most recipes and cannot be substituted for any other kind of flour, although I know that you can add some cornstarch while taking away some of the flour; I don’t know the exact measurements, but you can look it up online. However, whenever I’ve done that in the past, the results are not the same.

  • yuliya

    can you make this cake with margarine instead of butter for the cake layers? will it make a difference?

  • yuliya

    the only problem that I had was that the raspberry jam turned out kid of thick and I wasn’t able to strain it through… is it fine if you don’t strain it?

  • Yuliya

    the only problem that I had was that the raspberry jam turned out kind of thick and I wasn’t able to strain it through… is it fine if you don’t strain it?

    • olgak7

      You don’t have to strain the raspberry jam if you don’t want to, but then you will have the raspberry seeds in the cake. I personally don’t mind taking the time to strain it, since I don’t like raspberry seeds in cake. I strain the raspberry seeds out of jam when I make it too, so if you don’t mind the seeds, you don’t have to bother.
      It does take some patience to strain it out. It helps if you do it while it’s still hot.

  • shaz

    hey Olga great recipe!! Just one question, would cream of coconut be the same as coconut cream? Normally coconut cream is much more thicker then the one in the photo

  • JOLIENE

    I’VE NOW MADE THIS CAKE AT LEAST 4 TIMES, BECAUSE ONCE I MADE IT FOR THE FAMILY, IT IS CONSTANTLY REQUESTED. TRULY AN AMAZING CAKE!!! IT IS NOW OFFICIALLY OUR FAMILY EASTER CAKE, AND 4 PEOPLE ONLY WANT THIS CAKE FOR THEIR BIRTHDAYS.

  • Dina

    Olga, I made this cake for a family gathering at my sister’s house. We all loved it 🙂 The cake layers were so moist and soft. Thank you for sharing this recipe!

  • Tanya G

    Hey Olga, does the frosting taste really buttery with two sticks of butter? I am not a fan of buttercream and am wondering if I can get by using one stick.

    • olgak7

      I actually hate buttercream myself too, Tanya! This one is much lighter than most recipes. Using cream cheese and the cream of coconut really helps to make it not as heavy. If you use only 1 stick of butter, you won’t have enough frosting, but you can make a cream cheese frosting instead.

  • Angeliki

    Hey Olga,
    Coconut is my absolute favourite ingredient! This cakes looks amazing and I would like to make it for my birthday this weekend. One question… I would like to put shredded coconut in the cake because I really like the texture it gives and that extra bit of flavour – what do you think? Thanks!

      • Angeliki

        Just to follow up – I did this with coconut flakes in the cake, turned out very well, a bit denser than without but very tasty and definitely not too dense to eat! Also, if anyone can’t be bothered to make the icing this cake also goes well with whipped cream (I made it without sugar)!
        All in all, great recipe, I’m making it again soon 🙂

  • Terry

    Love love love this cake! I’ve had to make it over and over again with all the requests. Quite honestly this is one of the best cakes I’ve ever made, and it even tops my Irish Car Bomb cake…which is decadent and full of liquor!
    I have to admit that I cheat and use premium raspberry jam from a jar. I had too much trouble with the fresh raspberries and straining (ie seeds). I ended up wasting so much and raspberries are $$$ no matter what time of year you buy them. The jam from a jar was just as tasty as the fresh. I used one that was 100% natural, with no artificial anything or preservatives.
    Thanks for the recipe!! (I am a little biased and I’m coconut freak. haha)
    Also, if there is anyone out there who has never used baking strips on the pan, and heating cores, I highly recommend especially since they will keep this cake very level in the oven. I just discovered this apparently well-known secret! After all these years of crowning cakes, I finally found a solution to keeping them level!

    • olgak7

      Wow, Terry! I’m so happy to hear that the Coconut Cake was such a hit. Thank you so much for taking the time to write.
      I’ll have to check out those baking strips. I’ve head about them before and you’ve peaked my interest again.

  • oksana

    Hi Olga,
    I went on a serious hunt (5 stores!), for that cream of coconut and absolutely no luck! It Coconut Cream the same thing? Wish I could post a pic of it hear to be sure, buthe that’s all I found. Will it work?

    • olgak7

      I’m so sorry you had such a hard time, Oksana. It’s a very common ingredient in my area; I’ve found it in all our regular grocery stores. It’s usually in the International aisle. Coconut cream and Cream of Coconut are not the same. Cream of coconut is a sweetened version of coconut cream, and is often used for desserts and mixed drinks. Because of the added sugar, it is usually not interchangeable with coconut cream. I’m not sure if you can substitute coconut cream for the cream of coconut. It might work if you add more sugar, but honestly, I’ve never used it in this cake and I can’t guarantee that it will work out and not mess up the texture and flavor of the cake.

      • oksana

        I guess it makes sense since you’re closer to all the tropics 😊 Here on the west coast, I’m not having much luck. I’m gonna keep looking!! I’m determined to find it .

        • oksana

          UPDATE!! I found it at wal mart in the mixer aisle!! I googled where I can find cream of coconut in my state, and wal mart popped up and people commented that it’s in the mixer aisle. So glad I found it I’ll let you know how the cake turns out 😊

  • Oksana Firsov

    So…we DEVOURED this cake today lol. It sure is delicious and I absolutely love how subtle the coconut is, but still there, and that it’s not too sweet. I missed one step of adding the leftover cream of coconut to the frosting, and by the time I realized it, the cake was all done. Nonetheless, it was delicious!! Thank you , Olga for delicious recipes! 😊😊😊

    • olgak7

      That’s wonderful, Oksana! After all the trouble you had finding the cream of coconut, I’m glad you enjoyed it. Thank you for taking the time to write. I feel like I’ve been rooting for you these past few days, hoping you’ll find all the ingredients and wishing I could help more across the miles:).

  • Teresa

    So your recipe calls for 3/4 cup cream of coconut for the cake part. The Frosting is calling for the remainder of the cream of coconut. What amount would the original be? Your recipe does not include this valuable piece of information. Does the frosting need 1 and 7/8 cups based up your 15 oz of Lopez cream of coconut? Not everyone who is trying to make this recipe will have Lopez cream of coconut.So we have to know what the original size is in order to calculate the remaining part for the frosting. Thanks.

  • Nancy

    Made the cake according to the directions. Used all purpose flour and took out 2 tablespoons and replaced with 2 tablespoons cornstarch per cup. The cake did not rise much so I didn’t cut each cake horizontally because I thought each layer would be too thin. So unfortunately there won’t be the 4 layers only 2. Same problem with the jam as others have mentioned. So I added the seeds back. Haven’t eaten it yet. Having it tonight for a birthday celebration.

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