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The idea of coconut cake brings to mind layers of fluffy decadence bisected by rich frosting — a mighty confection that takes time and energy. But this recipe is a shortcut to heaven for bakers of all calibers. Ready in less than an hour, this simple coconut cake is full of fruity flavors, unsaturated by the sweetness of frosting…

A Unique And Simple Cake

This cake recipe uses only seven ingredients, none of which is cake mix — so you get your badge for making a cake from scratch, but it's not as difficult as typical cakes. While most cakes use milk to moisten it, this recipe uses orange juice for a citrus accent and margarine instead of butter, making this an excellent dessert for people who are sensitive to dairy. But it's also very versatile in flavor and in method. It's sweet enough to satisfy kids, but not so sweet that adults would turn it down, but it can easily be changed to suit different tastes and dietary restrictions.

In a coconut shell: This is the coconut cake recipe to make for an afternoon snack, to stick in a lunchbox, to take to a potluck, serve at a luncheon, or to end a weeknight dinner.

Using Coconut In Baking

Coconut is absorbent: Becuase coconut is so absorbent, you don't need as much all-purpose flour as a regular yellow cake or chocolate cake. This recipe only calls for 8 Tablespoons which doesn't seem like it would be enough, but it's plenty for this cake.

Sweetened vs unsweetened: Depending on how much sugar you're looking to use, there may be a significant difference between sweetened and unsweetened. Sweetened coconut contains added sugar, making it moist and sweet with a stronger flavor, while unsweetened coconut is simply dried coconut without any added sugar and has a less intense flavor.

Grated or shredded coconut: Made from dried coconut meat, grated or shredded coconut may come in a variety of sizes. It's also available sweetened or unsweetened.

Desiccated coconut: Slightly different than shredded coconut, desiccated coconut has most of the moisture removed but still retains the fat. It can be used in the same way as shredded coconut.


Make it gluten-free: Swap out your regular cake flour or all-purpose flour for coconut flour or another a gluten-free variety like almond flour. There is a caveat: Gluten-free flours behave differently than white flour, so pay attention to the ratios for the flour you choose. Coconut flour is a great option because you'll get a little extra coconut flavor, but it is extremely absorbent. For a cup of white flour, you only need 1/4 cup of coconut flour, so you'd have to adjust the recipe accordingly.

Make it vegan: To make this recipe vegan-friendly, use a flax egg in place of the regular egg and coconut oil in place of margarine. The amount of coconut oil would be the same amount of margarine for this recipe. Also, while margarine is a butter substitute made with vegetable oil, some brands do contain traces of animal byproducts.

Add extra flavor: While it tastes great all on its own, you can up the flavor by a teaspoon of adding coconut extract, vanilla extract, or almond extract to the batter. Either of the latter options will complement the coconut and orange flavors.

Add toppings: Top your cake with powdered sugar, a glaze, or coconut flakes. For a deeper coconut flavor, toast your coconut flakes before sprinkling them on top.

Make a layer cake: To make a larger cake, double the recipe and make two separate cakes and frost them. This coconut buttercream frosting uses butter, coconut milk and powdered sugar, but you can trade the butter for coconut oil to make it vegan.

Use freshly squeezed orange juice: Feel free to use freshly squeezed orange juice instead of store-bought. Either works great. While a store-bought brand provides convenience, freshly-squeezed can bring the flavor to a new level.

Light and fluffy, yet incredibly moist, this coconut cake is an ideal dessert for any season and any occasion.

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  • 3 eggs
  • 150 grams sugar
  • 100 grams margarine (at room temperature, or softened in the microwave)
  • 100 grams grated coconut
  • 4 tablespoons orange juice
  • 8 tablespoons flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
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    1. Preheat oven 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
    2. Grease and flour an 8 x 8-inch cake pan. Set aside.
    3. Beat the eggs with the sugar until they get fluffy. Add the softened margarine, the coconut, and the orange juice. Beat again until well mixed.
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    Calories610Calories from Fat360
    Total Fat40g62%
    Saturated Fat19g95%
    Trans Fat4g
    Calories from Fat360
    Total Carbohydrate59g20%
    Dietary Fiber4g16%
    Vitamin A4%
    Vitamin C15%

    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


    April Chandler 6 months ago
    The recipe was simple and straightforward; not too many ingredients. My cake was moist and delicious, not too sweet. I love the abundance of coconut in each bite.
    Berrybuns a year ago
    Weird texture and flavor
    Sachs a year ago
    Wonderful and easy cake!
    This was great i used alternate ingredients to make it plant based. Flax, mixed flours coconut, plain and self raising. Mine came out a bit sweet so will do again and adjust the sugar my toddler and I enjoyed it i don’t give her sweet things generally so this was a treat for sure! Thank you!!!
    Christopher D. 2 years ago
    Exceptionally delicious!
    Robert Petitdor 2 years ago
    Great recipe I replaced one table spoon of flower with corn starch added 1 less table spoon of butter ,1 less egg ,added 1 tea spoon of vanilla extract and 1 table spoon milk and used lemon juice instead of Orange it tasted great
    Phebe Priyanka 2 years ago
    Beautiful ❤️ I would make it again!!
    Hi 2 years ago
    Too greasy and way too sweet
    Geydi Valenzuela 2 years ago
    Delicious! A hit at home and at the office.
    Marieah LaScuola 2 years ago
    super moist cake. replaced margarine w butter and was a bit greasy idk how it is with the margarine
    Peta Dowling 2 years ago
    Easy, delicious. Perfect as per instructions.
    Lubna S. 2 years ago
    deicious,it was chewy and soft. the coconut with the orange is a perfect combination, although i would like the orange flavour to be a bit stronger.
    Elena P. 2 years ago
    This was so great! Easy to make and results in a super fluffy, tasty cake. Will definitely make again.
    Johanna Laitila 2 years ago
    Not usually a huge fan of coconut but this turned out great
    Andrea Cody 2 years ago
    Love! I made two and cut into a bunny cake for Easter. I subbed butter for margarine and it was totally fine. My three year old stuck two jelly beans on for eyes, and everybody was tickled! This cake needs no topping, but next time I’m going to try some sugary strawberry stuff anyway! Thank you!
    YumChef 2 years ago
    This turned out so good! My husband raved and said it was a "keeper”. So easy to put together. Love the coconut & just a hint of orange. Soooo good!
    Chris 2 years ago
    not good. my fault. I used I can't believe its not butter
    Groenewald 2 years ago
    Come out just like the pictures! Light and fluffy 😊
    Iddis Sanchez 2 years ago
    This is the best coconut cake I’ve ever had! Not dry, on point with sugar taste. My family loved it and my coworkers too. Everyone is asking me for the recipe!
    Timothy Snayers 2 years ago
    Simple recipe, amazing taste. Enjoyed with some dessert topping. Will definately be baking it again.
    Rangan 3 years ago
    Very coconut-y! We made it at the Yummly offices, and it's intense and delightful. The middle is gooey like the inside of a Mounds candy bar and the edges are crispy and Macaroon-like. It was tricky to get it out of the pan in one piece, in the future I'd put a square of aluminum foil in the bottom of the pan and plan to run a knife around the edges, flip it out, and peel off the aluminum foil before plating.