Old Fashioned Coconut Cake

a slice of old fashioned coconut cake with coconut frosting
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Prep time
15 minutes
Cooking time
35 minutes
Total time
50 minutes


If you enjoy the tropical flavors of coconut and pineapple, try a coconut cake recipe for a delicious change of pace. Nothing you buy can compare to coconut cake homemade by you.


2 1⁄2 c
Cake Flour
2 1⁄4 t
Baking Powder
3⁄4 t
2 c
1 c
butter (softened)
Eggs (separated)
1 1⁄2 t
Vanilla Extract
1 c
3⁄4 c
shredded coconut
1 1⁄2 t
lemon rind


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour three 9" cake pans.
  2. Sift together the flour,baking powder and salt into a bowl.
  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer,cream the butter. Gradually add the sugar to the butter and beat until consistency is light. To the butter mixture, add one egg yolk at a time, beating in between additions.
  4. Add 1/3 of the flour mixture at a time to the butter mixture, alternating with the milk. End by adding the flour mixture. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and the beater.
  5. Add the coconut and lemon rind.
  6. In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites until stiff, but not dry.
  7. Fold the egg whites into the cake batter.
  8. Bake the old fashioned coconut cake until a toothpick comes out clean from the center of the cakes.
  9. Cool the cakes for 10 minutes before inverting onto wire cake racks.


Coconut cream cheese icing is a natural pairing with this cake.

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