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Semi-Homemade Coconut Cake

This Semi-Homemade Coconut Cake is fluffy with creamy frosting and topped with sweet coconut. It's quick and is a delicious show-stopper!
Course Dessert
Cuisine Southern
Keyword Semi-Homemade Coconut Cake
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Author I Heart Recipes


  • 15.25 oz box of white cake mix and ingredients on the back of box( Replace water with coconut milk)
  • 1 tsp coconut extract
  • 2 cups sweetened shredded coconut
  • Coconut Buttercream Frosting
  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 4 cups confectioners sugar
  • 2 tbsp coconut milk
  • 2 tsp coconut extract


  • Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  • Pour the cake mix into a large mixing bowl, then sift or whisk to get rid of the lumps.
  • Add in the eggs, coconut milk, and vegetable oil.
  • Mix until well combined, then add in the coconut extract, and mix.
  • Spray the cake pans ( two 8 or 9 inch pan) with baking spray, then pour in the cake batter.
  • Bake each cake for 25-30 minutes or until done.
  • Let the cakes cool completely.
  • Combine all the ingredients for the buttercream in one bowl, and mix until creamy.
  • Once the cakes are cool, frost them, then add the shredded coconut on the top and sides.
  • Let the cake sit for at least 30 minutes.
  • Serve ad enjoy!