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Coconut Cake

This delicious coconut cake recipe is courtesy of Robert Carter from the Peninsula Grill, in Charleston, South Carolina.

  • Yield: Makes two 10-inch round cakes
Coconut Cake


  • Nonstick cooking spray with flour
  • 1 pound unsalted butter, preferably European-style
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 6 large eggs
  • 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon coconut extract


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray two 10-inch round cake pans with cooking spray; set aside.

  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy, 5 to 6 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, and beat until creamy, occasionally scraping down sides of the bowl using a spatula.

  3. In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. In a small bowl, mix together cream, vanilla, and coconut extract. With mixer on low speed, add flour mixture, alternating with cream mixture, beginning and ending with flour; beat until just combined.

  4. Pour batter into prepared cake pans and bake until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean, 40 to 45 minutes. Let cool completely on a wire rack before removing cakes from pans.

Reviews (20)

  • saraK 20 Apr, 2014

    I think it's funny that people are so panicked by the amount of butter. Even if it's 10 sticks of butter, you're not eating the entire cake. This is enough for 20-30 people and you don't eat this everyday. 1 slice is less than you McD meal.

  • ada 13 Feb, 2013

    Hello. I love this recipe. What is exactly the baking powder suppose to be. help. Can i use this for a tiered wedding cake? thank u

  • Sharon Planer 3 Aug, 2012

    1 teaspoon baking powder per 1 cup regular flour is the norm...and there are three teaspoons in a Tablespoon, so the proportion in the recipe is correct.

  • nigruzdeva 10 Jul, 2012

    I love this recipe and use it often.the batter is great and can be used for different types of cakes,with ot without coconut,thanks a lot for the recipe

  • lulubelle8 27 Oct, 2011

    Yes, a total of 10 stick of butter. 4 for the cake, 4 for the filling and 2 for the frosting..... for a grand total of 10 sticks. My heart just can't take all that fat. Sorry.

  • katarina32 6 Mar, 2011

    I got a lot of compliments on this cake, but here are a few things to note..

    a couple of things to note:
    ...1. in the recipe she says 1.5 TABLEspoons of baking powder; but I think that's wrong so I used 1.5 teaspoons.
    2. when ur adding the cornstarch mixture be sure to dissolve the cornstarch completely before adding it to the rest of the filling
    3. the actual cake took about 15 more minutes to bake than the recipe said it would...

  • abluewindow 1 Dec, 2010

    there are indeed 10 sticks of butter in this recipe. Four in the cake, four in the filling, and two in the buttercream. Yep...10 sticks.

  • enchantress71 5 Oct, 2009

    No, it doesn't have 10 sticks of butter. There are four sticks in a pound of butter.

  • samich 5 Feb, 2009

    This is really the best cake I have ever eaten. I have not tried the icing or filling yet, but if the cake is any indication I know it will also be delicious. Great with just a powdered sugar glaze.

  • Queenlalisa 29 Nov, 2008

    Did I read this right? The whole cake has 10 sticks of butter? OMG!

  • teresaferraris 26 Nov, 2008

    Absolutely the best coconut cake I've ever eaten. I halved the recipe and made an 8inch cake. Going to buy 10inch cake pans. Will make again and again!

  • MindyUmbaugh 15 Nov, 2008

    My husband and I honeymooned in Charleston, SC and stayed at Planters Inn which is where Peninsula Grill is located. The last night we had a piece of this cake and OMG! It is soooo good! I'm going to give the recipe a try.. but I'm probably going to be ordering a cake to compair one day!!!!!

  • starkrazi 8 Aug, 2008

    It would cost 223 dollars to have this delivered to my home. I will have to try to make this at home first and i bet it would cost a lot less. But i am tempted to order for a special occasion.

  • Hamppon 4 Aug, 2008

    Look under the main title for ultimate coconut cake. There you will find the recipes for the filling, icing, and simple syrup.

  • Hamppon 4 Aug, 2008

    Look under the main title for ultimate coconut cake. There you will find the recipes for the filling, icing, and simple syrup.

  • kittierussell21 3 Aug, 2008

    Yes, this is incomplete. I watched the show the day this cake was made and sense you said it would be on your site I did not write down the recipe. I need the filling for the cake recipe and directions for the sides of the cake.

  • BakingNook 19 Jul, 2008

    Great cake the only thing I changed a bit was replaced the heavy cream with I cup of cream of coconut and a 1/2 cup cream, it made the coconut flavor intense we all loved it!! Great Cake, thankx!!

  • melkcj 2 May, 2008

    what do you mean, imcomplete? What is missing?

  • mmsrjs 3 Feb, 2008


  • AdrianaBrea 7 Nov, 2007

    this recipe is incomplete

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