Coconut Sheet Cake

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Growing up, every year my grandmother made a coconut cake in the spring time. Of course, she would make it in the shape of a rabbit with jelly bean eyes and nose and pink ears she had cut from construction paper. I’m not into rabbits as cake, but I do love coconut cake. Today, I’m sharing this classic recipe for Coconut Sheet Cake in her honor.

Classic and delicious Coconut Sheet Cake | Get the recipe from Cosmopolitan Cornbread

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This cake is made from very basic ingredients and, because it is a sheet cake, it is simple to make and easy to decorate. Cake decorating is not my super power.

Classic and delicious Coconut Sheet Cake | Get the recipe from Cosmopolitan Cornbread
Classic and delicious Coconut Sheet Cake | Get the recipe from Cosmopolitan Cornbread

Once the cake is baked, you want to allow it to cool completely before frosting it.

Classic and delicious Coconut Sheet Cake | Get the recipe from Cosmopolitan Cornbread

Just look at that coconut covering the cake like a blanket of snow.

Classic and delicious Coconut Sheet Cake | Get the recipe from Cosmopolitan Cornbread
Classic and delicious Coconut Sheet Cake | Get the recipe from Cosmopolitan Cornbread
Classic and delicious Coconut Sheet Cake | Get the recipe from Cosmopolitan Cornbread

Coconut Sheet Cake

Constance Smith – Cosmopolitan Cornbread
Pillow buttermilk cake topped with a creamy frosting and coconut. This cake is a coconut dream.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Cooling Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 50 minutes
Course Cakes, Sweets, Treats & Desserts
Cuisine American
Servings 12
Calories 703 kcal

Ingredients
  

For the Cake:

  • 3 c all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tb baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 3/4 c organic vegetable shortening
  • 1 1/2 c sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon coconut flavoring
  • 1 1/4 c buttermilk
  • 3/4 c egg whites, room temperature (this takes about 6 eggs)

For the Frosting:

  • 8 oz Neufchatel cream cheese, 1 block, room temperature
  • 1/2 c unsalted butter, 1 stick, room temperature
  • 4 c powdered, confectioner’s sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon coconut flavoring
  • 2 teaspoon coconut rum, optional
  • 2/3 c sweetened coconut flakes

Instructions
 

  • To begin, preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Stir these together and set them aside for now.
  • In your mixing bowl, beat the shortening and sugar together until nice and fluffy.
  • Add in the vanilla and coconut flavoring. Mix those in.
  • Add half of the dry mixture to the creamed mixture, mixing until just combined.
  • Add half of the buttermilk, again mixing until just combined. Repeat with the other halves of the dry ingredients then the remaining buttermilk.
  • Make sure to scrape the bowl with a rubber spatula to get everything mixed in together well.
  • Whisk your egg whites until they are frothy, then fold them into the cake batter.
  • Pour the batter into a 9×13 inch cake pan that has been greased & floured or sprayed with baking spray.
  • Bake 30-35 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Place the cake on a cooling rack and allow it to cool completely.

To frost the cake:

  • In your mixing bowl, beat the butter and Neufchatel cream cheese together until fluffy. Add in the powdered sugar a little at a time and mix until fully combined.
  • Add in the vanilla extract, coconut flavoring, and coconut rum. Beat the frosting together until nice and creamy.
  • Spread the frosting on the cooled cake.
  • Sprinkle the coconut all over the top.
  • Store this cake covered and in a cool place.
  • Enjoy!

Nutrition

Serving: 1cCalories: 703kcalCarbohydrates: 120gProtein: 6gFat: 23gSaturated Fat: 12gPolyunsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 30mgSodium: 466mgFiber: 1gSugar: 95g

Nutritional information is auto-generated and the accuracy is not guaranteed.

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1 thought on “Coconut Sheet Cake”

  1. This looks ah-mazing, Constancee! My hubby’s favorite pie is coconut cream, so I may need to try this cake for him. Thanks for sharing!

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