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Coconut Cake With Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting

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This is a coconut cake for coconut lovers as it’s made with coconut flour and decorated with coconut on top of a creamy cream cheese frosting.   

I had a large pack of desiccated coconut in the cupboard so my mind went to cake.  I decided to make a cake in the pan rather than a batch of muffins as it was a Sunday afternoon and I was in a cake mood.  Something that you could slice and eat with a fork.

coconut cake

This low carb and gluten free coconut cake is very moist in texture. The Chief Taster was at first surprised that it was coconut flour due to the moistness of the cake.  He is still having a love affair with peanut flour and keeps requesting bakes made with it.  I bake one killer batch of muffins and I never hear the end of it.  There was also a killer roulade cake that is on the repeat request list too.   Sometimes you should feel sorry for the Chief Taster as I don’t bake the same thing again and again.  On one hand, he gets a variation of dishes and cakes each week and month.  On the downside, once he tastes something he loves, he might not see that again until I am in between recipe creating and just feel like baking.   I know, just pulls at your heart strings doesn’t it!

I baked the coconut cake in a square baking tin, as I wanted the cake to be sliced into two pieces and sandwiched together.  This was easier than finding two sandwich cake tins the same size.   Feel free to use another shape cake tin.

coconut cake

Slathered with a delicious cream cheese frosting then covered with desiccated coconut this is a gorgeous coconut cake that will be hard to stop at one piece.   Elegant enough for an afternoon tea, delicious enough to have for breakfast when you open the fridge at 7am and a piece is staring right at you!


Coconut Cake with coconut cream cheese frosting
Course: Dessert
Servings: 8 Slices
Author: Angela Coleby
  • 1/2 Cup (56g) coconut flour
  • 2 teaspoons Grated cream coconut from a block (optional if you have it)
  • 4 tablespoons coconut milk
  • 5 eggs separated
  • 1/2 cup Erythritol or sugar subsitute
  • 1/2 cup (113g) Butter softened at room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup desiccated coconut unsweetened
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 tablespoons coconut milk
  • 8 oz packet cream cheese softened at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (113g) butter softened at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons erythritol ground, preferable
  • 1/2 cup desiccated coconut unsweetened
Make the Cake:
  1. Preheat the oven to 200C/400F degrees.
  2. Grease a square baking tin and line with parchment paper.

  3. In a bowl, beat the butter and erythritol together until combined.
  4. Add the egg yolks, vanilla extract and coconut milk and cream. Mix thoroughly.

  5. Add the coconut flour, salt and baking powder. Stir well.

  6. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg whites until stiff.

  7. Gently fold the egg whites into the cake batter.

  8. Pour into the cake tin and bake for 20 minutes until golden and firm.

  9. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.

To Make the Frosting:
  1. Beat the cream cheese, butter and erythritol together. Add the coconut milk to lightly thin out.

  2. Beat until smooth. You may want to use a hand blender to smooth any lumps out.

Assemble the cake:
  1. Beat until smooth. You may want to use a hand blender to smooth any lumps out.
  2. Place one half onto of a serving plate.

  3. Spoon frosting over the half evenly until covered.

  4. Place the other half on top.

  5. Cover the top and edges of the cake with the rest of the frosting.

  6. Sprinkle and press the desiccated coconut onto the frosting.

  7. Slice and serve!
Recipe Notes

Makes 8 slices

Nutritional Info per slice – 454 Calories, 43g Fat, 8g Protein, 12g Total Carbs, 5g Fibre, 7g Net Carbs

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  • Reply
    November 14, 2017 at 2:17 am

    how much stevia in powder would be good to use since in the Netherlands is not easy to find the other one?

    • Reply
      Angela Coleby
      November 14, 2017 at 6:42 am

      I would estimate a couple of teaspoons but would add them one at a time and taste the mixture.

  • Reply
    Gracia Zanuttini
    May 13, 2017 at 5:32 pm

    Hi, if I want to make a bigger cake, can I just double the ingredients? Thanks!

    • Reply
      Angela Coleby
      May 13, 2017 at 5:33 pm

      Of course! Just allow a little more cooking time though.

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    April 16, 2017 at 4:11 pm

    We made this for Easter – it was FABULOUS! Thank you so much for this recipe! I was so worried the cake would be dry due to the coconut flour, but it was delicious. Everyone raved about this cake. They had no idea it was gluten and sugar free. Thanks again!

    • Reply
      Angela Coleby
      April 16, 2017 at 5:14 pm

      You’ve made my day with your comments! I love it when no one can tell that it’s gluten free too!

  • Reply
    April 16, 2017 at 7:31 am

    Really enjoyed this cake, fantastic moist crumb texture! Despite the quantity of eggs, it didn’t taste ‘eggy’ as some low carb cakes do. Wasn’t sure how much salt to use in step 5 as I couldn’t see it in the ingredients list but I guessed 1/2 tsp which worked fine. The second day I spread it with some low carb raspberry chia seed jam and it was amazing!

    • Reply
      Angela Coleby
      April 16, 2017 at 9:07 am

      Glad you enjoyed it!

  • Reply
    April 11, 2017 at 3:05 pm

    Could I use coconut butter for the grated cream coconut?

    • Reply
      Angela Coleby
      April 11, 2017 at 3:07 pm

      Can’t see why not!

  • Reply
    April 2, 2017 at 8:23 pm

    Wow, this looks delicious. I might have to give this a try. Olga

    • Reply
      Angela Coleby
      April 2, 2017 at 8:37 pm

      Hope you enjoy it!

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