Heavenly Coconut Cake

by Suzanne on May 8, 2010

in Sweet Things

My sister-in-law Jileen made this cake for a family gathering one time and we all swooned over it.  This coconut cake is one of those recipes that you just have to have after you taste it. Some years ago she came across this wonderfully simple coconut cake that everyone loves and it has become a favorite. I made some slight changes but it’s still the easiest and best coconut cake for a crowd. Give it a try and judge for yourself on how wonderful it is.

Heavenly Coconut Cake

1 box white cake mix(and ingredients to make)
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 can real cream of coconut
1 8 oz. tub cool whip(you may use real whipping cream)
1 pkg. frozen grated coconut(can use the regular not frozen type)

Step 1: Mix cake mix according to package directions for 9X13 except substitute the liquid with buttermilk.
Step 2: When cake is done let cool. After cooled poke holes in top of the cake with the back of fork or knife.
Step 3: Mix sweetened condensed milk with coconut milk and slowly pour over the top of cake. Frost with cool whip sprinkle coconut on top. Refrigerate for several hours before serving.
Serves 12.

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1 Suzy May 8, 2010 at 1:30 am

Can't go wrong with condensed milk! I have had this recipe and love it.

2 Cori May 8, 2010 at 2:25 am

Where do you find a can of cream of coconut?

3 Suzanne May 8, 2010 at 2:43 am

Look in the Asian food section and you should find it no problem.

4 Jileen May 10, 2010 at 5:34 pm

I've also found it in the mixed drink section. Some people use it to make pina coladas. 🙂

5 Sue May 8, 2010 at 4:28 am

This sounds like a coconut Tres Leches! I am not a whipped cream person, though. Would this work with a buttercream frosting?

6 Suzanne May 8, 2010 at 4:35 am

I think a 7 minute frosting would be better it would be hard to spread the buttercream on the cake because the surface is covered in the sweetened condensed milk. If you need a recipe for 7 min. frosting let me know, it's basically cooked sugared whipped at high speed that gives a meringue like quality.

7 Aubrey May 8, 2010 at 8:40 pm

Yummy! This cake is so delicious…I'm glad you posted this recipe! Thanks Suzanne!

8 .Krista May 9, 2010 at 12:36 am

YUMMY! How do you stay so thin?!

9 Suzanne May 10, 2010 at 9:51 pm

I have plenty of fat in reserve let me tell you!

10 Kelly May 9, 2010 at 4:07 pm

This is one of the best coconut cakes out there, amazing!

11 Yolande Colquhoun October 17, 2011 at 9:33 am

This is my kind of recipe. I luv baking and cooking, but I want maximum wow without too much effort. I love to post good recipes etc, worth sharing on my blog. This one definitely rates high. I am so glad I stumbled across you.

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