Chocolate Coconut Cake

This was for my husbands birthday. I asked him what kind of cake he wanted for his birthday and he ran into the bedroom and came out with this recipe- photo copied from Family Circle magazine. He said- "I have been saving this!" He is a big time coconut lover- me, not so much. He has this cake all to himself, which works fine for my shedding the baby weight diet! (Although, if I wanted, I could make my indulgence a little less detrimental to my diet by sprinkling on some Sensa. Have you heard of this stuff? Amazing...) He did love it though, if you were wondering!

2 c. flour
1/2 c. cocoa powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 sticks butter, softened
1 1/2 c. packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 c. buttermilk

16 oz powdered sugar
1/4 c. boiling water
1 1/2 sticks butter, cut up
4 oz cream cheese, cut into pieces
1/4 tsp coconut extract
3 c.  sweetened flake coconut

Heat oven to 350 degrees F.  Coat two 9" pans with nonstick spray. 

Beat butter and brown sugar until blended.  Add eggs and vanilla.  Alternately mix in dry ingredients and buttermilk. Mix well.  Spread into prepared pans.  Bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.  Cool 10 minutes.  Invert onto cooling racks to cool completely. 

Place powdered sugar in a bowl, pour in boiling water and beat well.  Add butter & cream cheese, beating well after each piece.  Beat in extract.  Refrigerate until a firmer consistency, 30 minutes to an h our.

Place one layer of cake on plate or pedestal.  Spread with 1 c. of frosting and 1/2 c. coconut.  Add second layer. Spread frosting on top and side of cake.  Press remaining coconut onto the frosting. 


ma said…
This cake sounds really good - I need a great chocolate cupcake recipe for the scout auction on friday - would this be good and how long would you guess I needed to bake it. Was it moist.
Oh I love love love your blog.
your great.
Pam - Tylers mom
oh I was also thinking about using your bundt cake recipe - which would be better?
Cathy said…
wow, that looks delicious. I wish I had more coconut lovers at my house. And when you said your husband did it, did you mean he ate all the cake or was responsible for your baby weight? :) Just teasin' ya!
Cathy said…
Ok, disregard my lasts comment. I totally read your post wrong. Sorry! The cake still looks yummy!
Unknown said…
Pam- not sure how else to write you back, so I will do it here. glad you love the blog- I liked the bread story! This cake was quite moist- it had a more dark chocolate taste- not as sweet as the bundt cake. To do it as cupcakes, I would guess 12-15 minutes?? Good luck! I hope it works.
You are right..."mmmmm" Looks delicious!!
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