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Southern Coconut Cake

This recipe for Southern Coconut Cake with Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting is perfect for celebrating holidays and special events.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Additional Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 55 mins
Course: Desserts
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cake, coconut, dessert, southern
Servings: 16 servings
Calories: 374kcal
Author: Jane Smith


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 6 tablespoons corn starch
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 2 cups sugar
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp coconut extract optional
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 5 egg whites
  • tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 cup shredded sweetened coconut


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9x13 cake pan with non-stick baking spray.
  • Sift together flour, corn starch, baking powder, and salt in a bowl and set aside.
  • Cream together the butter, sugar, and vegetable oil until creamy (about 4-5 minutes).
  • Add sour cream, vanilla, coconut extract to the butter mixture and mix until combined.
  • Add the sifted dry ingredients and coconut milk, alternately, adding 1⁄2 of each at a time and set the batter aside.
  • Whip egg whites in a clean bowl with clean mixing blades. Once foamy, add the cream of tartar. Continue to whip on high until a soft stiff peak forms in the egg whites.
  • Fold the shredded coconut and egg whites into the cake batter until there are no more streaks in color.
  • Pour batter into the prepared cake pan. Bake for 30-40 minutes, rotating the pan at the 20 min mark to ensure even baking. Test the cake for doneness with a toothpick or butter knife going into the center of the cake pan. Once it comes out clean, remove the cake from the oven and allow it to cool at room temperature until completely cool (about 45- minutes to 1 hour).
  • Spread coconut cream cheese frosting on top.



Serving: 1 | Calories: 374kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 203mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 27g