Coconut Cake

Coconut Layer Cake

Moist coconut layer cake with cream cheese coconut frosting.

Coconut Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
Yield: 1 (9-inch) cake
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  1. 1 1⁄4 cups salted butter, softened
  2. 1 3⁄4 cups sugar
  3. 5 large eggs
  4. 3 cups all-purpose flour
  5. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  6. 1⁄2 teaspoon baking soda
  7. 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
  8. 1⁄2 cup cream of coconut
  9. 1⁄2 cup coconut milk
  10. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  11. 1 recipe Cream Cheese Coconut Frosting (recipe follows)
  12. 2 cups sweetened flaked coconut
  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Spray 2 (9-inch) round cake pans with nonstick baking spray with flour.
  2. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar at medium speed with an electric mixer until fluffy. Gradually add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In a small bowl, combine cream of coconut, coconut milk, and vanilla. Gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture, alternately with coconut milk mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Pour batter evenly into prepared pans.
  4. Bake until a wooden pick inserted in the center of cake comes out clean, 30 to 33 minutes. Let cool in pans for 10 minutes. Remove from pans, and let cool completely on wire racks. Using a serrated knife, carefully cut layers in half horizontally.
  5. Place 1 split layer, cut side down, on a cake stand. Spread layer with about 1 cup Cream Cheese Coconut Frosting. Repeat with remaining split layers. Spread remaining frosting on top and sides of cake. Sprinkle coconut on top and sides of cake. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
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Cream Cheese Frosting
Yield: approximately 5 cups
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  1. 2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  2. 1 cup salted butter, softened
  3. 1⁄4 cup coconut milk
  4. 3⁄4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  5. 5 cups confectioners’ sugar
  1. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until well combined.
  2. Add coconut milk and vanilla. Gradually add confectioners’ sugar, beating until smooth.
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