A Coconut Cake for Granny

Every week, we go over and have dinner with my granny, and every week,  I try to create a menu of things she likes or things she may not have had in a while. I have a firm belief that Granny should get anything she wants, and since she turns 92 this week, I’m planning a menu of favorites.

One of Granny’s favorites is a coconut cake, and I tried making a coconut cake recipe that she gave me years ago, but it was overly dry and needed some tweaking. So, I took my basic cake formula, added a Mounds candy bar style filling , and encased the entire cake in tons of coconut buttercream and sweetened coconut flakes.  The end result is a coconut cake that I hope becomes one of her favorites.

A Coconut Cake for Granny

A Coconut Cake for Granny


  • Cake
  • 2 sticks butter-softened
  • 2 c. sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 TBSP coconut extract
  • 3 c. all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 1/4 c. coconut milk
  • Filling
  • 3 c. flake coconut
  • 1-15 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Frosting
  • 2 sticks butter-softened
  • 2 c. shortening
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp coconut extract
  • 2 lbs. powdered sugar
  • 4-6 TBSP coconut milk
  • 3 c. coconut flakes


  1. Cake
  2. In a mixer, combine butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Mix in eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  4. Mix in coconut extract.
  5. In a bowl, sift together dry ingredients.
  6. Add flour alternately with coconut milk to egg and sugar mixture.
  7. After final addition, scrape down the sides and beat on high for 1 minute.
  8. Divide batter into 3 greased and floured 8″ cake pans.
  9. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  10. Cool in pans for 10 minutes before removing from pans and allow to cool completely before decorating.
  11. Filling
  12. In a small bowl, stir together coconut, sweetened condensed milk, and salt.
  13. Frosting
  14. In a mixing bowl, beat together butter, shortening, salt, and coconut extract until smooth.
  15. Add half of powdered sugar and mix until completely blended.
  16. Add remaining powdered sugar and beat well.
  17. Add coconut milk until the desired consistency is reached.
  18. To assemble the cake
  19. Level the layers with a serrated knife.
  20. Place a cake layer on the cake board or cake plate.
  21. Spread half of coconut filling onto the bottom layer.
  22. Top with another cake layer.
  23. Spread the remaining coconut filling onto the middle layer.
  24. Top with another cake layer.
  25. Frost sides and top with coconut frosting.
  26. Mound top and sides with coconut flakes.
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One response to “A Coconut Cake for Granny”

  1. Love coconut cake and this looks beautiful! Granny is a lucky lady!

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