Coconut Cake

Total Time:
1 hr 45 min
50 min
30 min
25 min

8 to 10 servings

  • Coconut cake:
  • 5 eggs, separated
  • 8 tablespoons butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup buttermilk, shaken
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut
  • 1 cup pecans, finely chopped
  • Coconut Frosting:
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • Milk, to thin as needed
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut plus 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut, toasted for garnish
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped, plus 1/4 cup pecans, toasted, for garnish
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Special equipment: 3 (8-inch) round cake pans, or 2 (9-inch) round cake pans, floured and greased
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

  • To make the cake, whip the egg whites until stiff, but not dry in an electric mixer. Set the whites aside.

  • Switch to the paddle attachment. In a clean bowl cream the butter with the shortening, and sugar until fluffy. Add the yolks, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in the vanilla.

  • Sift the flour and baking soda together. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture, alternating with the buttermilk, starting and ending with the dry ingredients. Beat in the coconut and pecans. Gently fold in the whipped egg whites. Do not overmix.

  • Pour the batter into the prepared pans and bake until toothpick comes out clean, about 25 minutes. Do not overbake or cake will become too dry. Remove the cakes from the oven and cool in pans for 10 minutes. Turn the cakes out onto a rack. Cool completely.

  • To make the frosting: Cream the cream cheese with the butter in an electric mixer. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar. To achieve the spreading consistency you desire, add milk to thin, as needed. Add the vanilla and beat in 1 cup of coconut and the chopped nuts. Frost the cake and sprinkle the toasted coconut and pecans.

Professional Recipe: This recipe was provided by a chef, restaurant or culinary professional and makes a large quantity. The Food Network Kitchens chefs have not tested this recipe in the proportions indicated and therefore cannot make any representation as to the results.

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