Coconut Cream Cake – This creamy and dreamy cake is a coconut lovers dream. I am a fan of all things coconut and in my opinion it’s sheer decadence. Coconut cakes have a unique ability to become better and better the longer they sit. The same is true with this coconut cream sheet cake it gets better and better the longer it sits making it perfect for make ahead entertaining and holiday events. I can only make this cake when entertaining as it tempts me beyond my control.
If you prefer to make this cake completely from scratch use my white buttermilk cake and then proceed with the recipe from the step of poking holes on the top a soon as it’s finished baking. While it’s still hot, pour the cream coconut goodness over the top and let it soak into the cake.
At this stage, it’s important to allow the cake to cool completely before frosting. I frost this cake with a cream cheese frosting but, if you prefer a shortcut you can use fresh whipped cream or frozen whipped topping that’s been thawed, instead.
The very first version of this cake that I tasted was many years ago when my Mom made it to take to a church dinner. One bite and from that day on, I was a lover of all things coconut. The ease of being able to prepare this in advance makes it an all-time favorite in my Southern kitchen.
- 1 [16.25] oz box of coconut cake or white cake mix plus ingredients to prepare
- 1 (7-oz) package sweetened flaked coconut, divided
- 1 (15-oz) can cream of coconut (See Cook's note)
- 1 (14-oz) can sweetened condensed milk
- 1 pint heavy cream [2 cups]
- 2 cup powdered sugar
- 1  oz cream cheese, softened
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 (6-oz) package frozen fresh coconut, thawed
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease and flour a 13 x 9 x 2 inch non stick metal pan or spray with baking spray.
- For the cake: Prepare the cake per the directions on the box mixing in ½ of the 7 oz bag of sweetened flaked coconut into the batter by hand.
- Bake per the directions until the top is golden and a toothpick inserted into the center comes back clean.
- For the coconut cream filling: After removing the cake from the oven use a fork or bamboo skewer to poke holes over the top of the hot cake.
- In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the cream of coconut with the sweetened condensed milk. Slowly pour over the hot cake, spreading the coconut milk into the holes as you go. Allow the cake to cool completely. Chill overnight.
- For the frosting: beat together the heavy cream, powdered sugar, softened cream cheese and vanilla extract. until light and fluffy. Spread over the top of the cake..
- Toss together the remaining sweetened flaked coconut with the thawed fresh coconut. Sprinkle evenly over the frosting.
- Chill for 1 more day before serving.