17 Delicious Coconut Dessert Recipes Worth Mastering
From a beloved coconut-sugar hummingbird cake to a decadent double-coconut cream pie, here are our favorite coconut dessert recipes.
There are so many coconut products on the market that go beyond sweet flaked coconut. In our coconut dessert recipes, we use everything from unsweetened coconut flakes and sweetened shredded coconut to coconut milk and coconut cream. Each coconut product brings a special flavor and texture to our recipes for cakes, cookies, pies, and donuts.
Looking to make something that requires surprisingly little effort but delivers major flavor? Our crowd-pleasing Chocolate-Coconut Sheet Cake, pictured here, fits the bill and will have family members and friends asking for seconds. That's not the only crave-worthy recipe in this mix. In fact, all of the coconut-based desserts featured here will entice you to go back for more. Our Powdered-Sugar Coconut Layer Cake, for example, is so light yet decadent that we think you won't stop at seconds—it's so good you'll probably want to reach for thirds. Its texture is similar to angel food cake; that's thanks to its use of nine egg whites and cake flour, which has less protein than all-purpose flour resulting in a fine crumb and light texture.
Another guaranteed fan-favorite is our one-pan Chocolate-Chip Oat-Coconut Skillet Cookie. Made with oats, flaked coconut, and chocolate chips, it has a very appealing mouthfeel. Pro tip: The skillet cookie is best eaten warm, so don't be afraid to dig in after it has cooled ever so slightly at room temperature. If a classic cake is more your speed, you'll be pleased to know that we also have a fabulous layer cake recipe. Coconut and lemon flavors come together in our Meyer-Lemon and Coconut Layer Cake, which showcases coconut in the cake, filling, and in the frosting; candied lemons and fresh mint leaves make this a dessert that truly tastes as good as it looks.
For a taste of something sweet any time of the year, make these fabulous coconut dessert recipes.
Coconut Cloud Cake
This light and airy layer cake is one of our most popular coconut recipes. And for good reason! It's made with cake flour and 14 egg whites (yes, 14!), which creates a cloudlike texture.
Coconut-Sugar Hummingbird Cake
Three kinds of coconut are used in the layers of this traditional Southern banana-pineapple cake: coconut sugar, unsweetened shredded coconut, and unsweetened coconut flakes. All add texture and just a hint of sweetness to each of the tiers.
Almond-Coconut Chewy Chocolate Cookies
Chocolate-Chip Oat-Coconut Skillet Cookie
What looks like a jaw-dropping dessert for the table is actually a super easy way to impress your friends. Making the dough is no different than any other cookie recipe, but pressing it all into one cast iron pan is so much easier than forming individual cookies.
Double-Coconut Cream Pie
Coconut Chiffon Cake with Chocolate Frosting
Gluten-Free Baked Coconut Donuts
Start your morning off with these picture-perfect doughnuts made with coconut oil, coconut milk, and sweetened shredded coconut. Top with an indulgent chocolate frosting or our raspberry-coconut glaze.
Meyer-Lemon and Coconut Layer Cake
Cowboy Coconut Bars
Homemade pomegranate gelatin serves as the base for this lovely layered treat. And while we could eat the coconut pastry cream—made with cream of coconut, heavy cream, egg yolks, and pure vanilla extract—on its own, it's even more magical when paired with a pomegranate-studded, coconut gelatin.
Powdered-Sugar Coconut Layer Cake
Even if you forgo the piped Christmas tree pattern on this cake, it's still a stunner. Cake flour and egg whites keep the batter super light and create a fine crumb that falls apart gently when you dig in. It gets its delicious flavor from a combination of coconut milk and sweetened shredded coconut.
Chocolate, Almond, and Coconut Clusters
Perfect for garnishing ice cream or pudding, these nutty clusters add crunch and sweetness. Just combine slivered almonds, sugar, flaked coconut, and melted semisweet chocolate, chill, then shape into mounds with a fork.
Coconut Ice Cream
Coconut Meringue Cakes
Here's a very chic twist on a classic layer cake that requires very little baking. In between thin meringue cookies are heaping scoops of store-bought coconut sorbet. When you don't have a lot of time to spare but want something really impressive, this is the dessert for you.
Macadamia nuts, grated lime zest, and sweetened shredded coconut are the beauty and brains behind these individual tart bars.
Coconut Rice Puddings with Raspberries
A light, not-too-sweet end to dinner, coconut milk and half-and-half work together to create the creamy base for this fruity dessert.