Coconut Dream Cake


Coconut Dream Cake

Coconut Dream Cake
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If you're dreaming of a tropical-tasting dessert that's a balmy breeze to bake, enjoy the richness of this to-die-for white Coconut Dream Cake that gets its special touch from real coconut.

What You'll Need

  • 1 (18.25-ounce) package white cake mix, batter prepared according to package directions
  • 1 (12-to 14-ounce) package flaked or grated coconut, divided
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 (6-ounce) package white baking bars, melted

What to Do

  1. Mix 2 cups coconut into cake batter and bake according to package directions for two 9-inch round layers; let cool completely.
  2. In a large bowl, with an electric beater on medium speed, beat butter, confectioners' sugar, and melted white baking bars until fluffy and doubled in size. Add remaining coconut and mix until thoroughly combined.
  3. Place one cake layer upside-down on a serving platter and frost top. Place second layer over first and frost top and sides. Cover loosely and chill at least 2 hours before serving.


  • This recipe calls for flaked cocount, but have you ever wondered how to crack open a fresh coconut? Click here for our Test Kitchen's tips.
  • And to kick up the coconut flavor, you can toast the coconut in a skillet over medium heat until it's lightly browned -- be careful, it toasts quickly!


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I am in the process of making this cake and the frosting is so loose due to the room temp butter and melted baking bars that I have the bowl sitting in the fridge right now to thicken it up. I have not put in the coconut yet, but I am hoping this extra step will stiffen up the icing before I ice the cake. As it is right now, the frosting would just ooze off the cake if I attempted to ice at this time. Wish me luck!

The melted white chocolate called for 1 6-ounce package white choc. melted, this was 3 bars, and made the frosting way too sweet. Also the cake was crumbly, I think because 2C of the coconut was too much to add to the cake mix. I have way better cakes than this one, so I will not make it again.

do you use sweetened or unsweetened coconut for this recipe?

Hey there, for this recipe we use sweetened coconut flakes.

I made this the other night, adding one teaspoon of coconut extract along with the sweetened flaked coconut to the cake mix. I was in such a hurry to taste it, I completely forgot to melt the white baking chocolate for the frosting, but it was super delicious even without the melted chocolate. Next time I'll have to try to remember the melted chocolate, it could only make the whole thing much better!

The picture looks like it has pecans or some kind of chips in the layers, but none are listed in the recipe

Hello! It does look like there are nuts or chips in the cake, but those are actually just air pockets from baking the coconut in the cake. :)

???white baking bars in the coconut dream cake. is it chocolate

Could I make this in a 9x13 pan?

I don't see why not. You can bake most boxed cake mixes in a 13 x 9 pan. Good luckk.

Yes, you can make this in a 9 x 13 pan. Just bake it for 25-32 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out dry. Enjoy!

This is a simple and a good recipe, though it is lacking in coconut flavor, even with the toasted shredded coconut. I added pure all natural coconut flavoring 1 tsp. Madagascar 3X Pure Vanilla, and would also recommend coconut milk for coconut fans, as I am.

This was delicious + easy to make. Even non coconut lovers loved it!

This is absolutely the best coconut cake ever and it is also the most simplest! The instructions are not complicated so why make them seem otherwise? If you know how to bake just follow the directions.

I'm only seeing 2 layers in the photo........maybe the toasted coconut is deceiving to the eye for some?

The recipe calls for only 2 cake layers. Did you think there were 3? Sure looks delicious.

You can make a larger cake by doubling the recipe (makes a 4 layer cake) or taking each of the two original recipe layers in half.

There is toasted coconut in the cake batter, as noted in step 1 and the notes.

This picture is deceiving. There is no reference to adding anything to the batter, yet there are dark flecks of something in the cake????? Any thoughts?

The instructions for toasting coconut is found under the NOTES. any frosting mix (including sugar free or low sugar can be used. Using pineapple juice in place of water (if the cake mix directions call for water) adds to the tropical taste!

The photo seems to have toasted coconut in the cake. the directions don't say to toast it. Was this an omission?

The recipe calls for plain coconut. However, under "notes" it says to kick up the flavor you can toast it. It is your choice.

here is 2 layers not three and u can make 4 if you like just cut each 9" cake in half and frost between layers

i do believe that white baking bars they are referring to is white chocolate, white baking chocolate.and for the missing step i do not see a step missing on mine.but maybe you should try closing and reopening see if this clears it up for you.also i see a "watch the video".this may be helpful.i have seen white baking choclate in the grocery the baking isle.not tried it but have seen i am not found of white chocolate my family is so i will most likely try this one as it does look very Delicious. as for the 3 layers,id watch the guess is it was done in 3 layers for the picture and wat ched very well for done ness. while baking.

pampam46. I think if you read the instructions you will see in step one it explains that since you are using a cake mix follow package instructions for baking etc. I don't see where there is a step missing between 3 & 4. Hope this helps.

The instructions in step #1 said to bake according to package instructions. So that would be the temperature and time on the back of the box.

There is a step missing between #3 & #4--how long do we bake this and @ what degrees. Also, the picture shows three layers--but step 4 speaks of only two layers. What about the icing directions? This cake looks delicious--but I need to know more before I can bake it.

What is white baking bars. Please explain. TX Julie

I didn't see your comment and just asked the same thing. I Googled white baking bars and found out that it is white bakers chocolate. This was confusing in the recipe.


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