Friday, July 20, 2007

Strawberry Coconut Cake

A few weeks ago, Cheryl over at Gruel Omelet posted an ice cream recipe featuring coconut and strawberries, both of which I love. I was inspired to bake a cake for A Full Plate that echoed her ice cream.
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Strawberry Coconut Cake

1 cup butter
2 cups white sugar
4 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 3/4 cups milk
Up to one cup of coconut

Cream together butter and sugar. Beat in eggs and vanilla.

In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Add to creamed mixture alternately with milk. Add coconut and mix well. Pour batter into greased pans. I used two nine inch round cake pans.

Bake for 40 minutes, or until cake tests done. Cool.


1 cup butter softened
1/2 cup coconut milk
4-5 cups powdered sugar

Beat butter at medium speed until creamy and smooth. Add coconut milk and powdered sugar one cup at a time, until you reach the desired consistency. (If you don't have coconut milk on hand you can use a two teaspoons of coconut extract and some regular milk.) Chill the frosting for about 20 minutes.

To assemble the cake, you'll need some strawberry jam or preserves. I used my favorite stratwberry jam from Trader Joe's.

Lay the bottom layer of cake on a plate. Spread 1/2 cup of the strawberry jam on the top of the cake. Lay the second layer of cake on top of the jam. Frost the cake with the chilled frosting, and sprinkle with coconut.


  1. Chris said...
    Looks Great!
    Randi said...
    this looks soooo tasty.. can't wait to try to make it this week.. nice it simple too :)
    Cheryl said...
    I am so flattered that my creation inspired this gorgeous cake. I am blushing!

    I think this is the perfect cake to cheer up my husband after a bad day he had.

    Fantastic job!!
    Cookie baker Lynn said...
    Lovely cake! I love using jam for cake filling. Yumm.
    Anonymous said...
    I just made this cake for my sister's birthday and it turned out great! I added just a little too much coconut milk to the icing and it melted a little too quick, but other than that, YUM! I can't wait to make it again!
    Stephanie E. Wonka said...
    I made this cake for my boyfriend's birthday, and he loved it! I used fresh strawberries in the filling instead of jam--I smashed them up and held the cake together with more icing. I made it in three layers, so there would be even more strawberry goodness.

    Here are some pictures:

    Thank you for a great recipe!
    Anonymous said...
    This recipe is AWESOME! Boyfriend asked for this exact cake so took my chances by trying this recipe after googling it - INCREDIBLY DELICIOUS! Even the cake batter is the best I've ever tasted. Makes me never want to use boxed cake mix ever again! I've made it twice in a month and making it again for a party tomorrow. Thank you for this recipe - it's definitely a keeper!
    Cassandra King said...
    This cake was incredible. I made one and half of the recipe to use a ten inch pan. I also used half cream cheese and half butter for the frosting. I topped the cake with diced strawberries for presentation. I am making it again tonight for a party at my church. THANK YOU!

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