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Coconut Celebration Cake

Coconut Celebration Cake has three layers of tender, mouth-watering cake with a creamy coconut filling and a luscious coconut frosting. It’s much easier to make than your typical coconut layer cake. Whether it be Easter, Mother’s Day, Graduation, a birthday, or Christmas, this is just the cake to make your celebration special.

Coconut Celebration Cake

I can remember hating coconut as a child. I actually cried at my 5th birthday party when I realized my birthday cake was covered in coconut.

As an adult, coconut has become one of my very favorite foods and I love to add it to baked goods or use it as a coating for chicken or shrimp.

Coconut Celebration Cake

What I really love most about Coconut Celebration Cake is the coconut really takes center stage. It is all about the coconut.

This recipe is from White Lily and uses White Lily® All-Purpose Flour.  I love to use White Lily flour in my baked goods. Because it is made from soft winter wheat and has less protein than most other kinds of flour, it’s really great for making fluffy and light biscuits and tender cakes and quick breads.

Coconut Celebration Cake


This coconut cake is super quick and easy to make compared to most coconut cakes. Typically a southern coconut cake would be covered in a 7-minute frosting which you need a double boiler to make. It’s made with egg whites and requires lots and lots of beating.

The icing on this Coconut Celebration Cake is so much easier, but every bit as delicious. It’s made from mixing whipped cream into a mixture of sugar, sour cream, and coconut. It tastes absolutely heavenly.

Coconut Celebration Cake

Recipe slightly adapted from this White Lily recipe.

Coconut Celebration Cake

PREP: 30 minutes
COOK: 25 minutes
TOTAL: 55 minutes


  • 3 cups White Lily® Enriched Bleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 (14-ounce) package sweetened shredded coconut
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream, whipped


  • Heat oven to 350º F. Coat three 9-inch round cake pans lightly with no-stick cooking spray. 
  • Whisk together flour and baking powder in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  • Beat butter with an electric mixer on medium until light and fluffy. Gradually add sugar, continue mixing until very light, about 4 minutes. 
  • Add eggs, one at a time, beating one minute after each addition. 
  • Beat 1/3 of flour mixture into egg mixture on low until blended. Beat in 1/2 cup of milk until blended and repeat, ending with the addition of flour. Stir in vanilla extract.
  • Divide batter evenly among pans. Bake 20 to 25 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack 10 minutes before removing from pans. Cool completely.
  • Stir sugar and sour cream together in medium bowl until blended, while cake is baking. Reserve 1/3 cup coconut and set aside. Add remaining coconut to sour cream mixture. Blend well. Fold 1 cup sour cream mixture into whipped cream for frosting. Chill sour cream mixture and frosting until cake layers are cool.
  • SPREAD sour cream mixture between layers of cake leaving 1/4-inch at edge uncovered. Spread frosting on top and sides of cake. Frosting may run down sides of cake, but will thicken as cake chills. Sprinkle reserved coconut over top of cake. 
  • Chill at least one hour uncovered. Serve or cover and chill up to three days to allow the flavors to blend.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Southern

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4 thoughts on “Coconut Celebration Cake”

  1. Barbara B. Howie

    This is a wonderful recipe. Very moist and the cake is light. I come from a bakery family but have misplace recipes from the past. This is like the one we had ! I’ve been trying for a few months to recreate the coconut cake and thanks for the light fluffy cake!


  3. This coconut celebration cake looks delicious! We love coconut over here, so I am going to give this recipe a try.

    Have you substituted coconut milk for the whole milk? I am thinking it would give the cake more of a coconut kick.

    Let me know if you have and if so, do you like it better or keep to the original recipe.

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