World's Best Coconut Cake Recipe

Updated on April 13, 2016

Here is the recipe for what I truly believe is the world's best coconut cake. I love coconut. This cake is simply wonderful and if you can make it and leave it alone in the refrigerator for three days without cutting, you will be rewarded with the best-flavored cake you will ever eat. And that's saying a lot but this cake is just that good.

I remember the first time I ever tasted this cake at a cake party in Miami, Florida. They had made the cake very much like the recipe here and they had put toasted coconut on the outside. I like it both ways—toasted and untoasted. No matter how you make it, you'll find that this cake has great flavor.

Sour Cream Coconut Cake Recipe


  • Two cups of sour cream
  • Two cups of granulated sugar
  • Six ounces of frozen coconut, thawed
  • One box yellow cake mix
  • Two cups of Cool Whip topping


  • Make your yellow cake mix by the package directions on the back of the cake box and bake in two 9-inch cake pans.
  • Once your cake layers are cool, split your layers in half so you end up with four cake layers.
  • Mix the sour cream, Cool Whip and 2/3 of the coconut in a large bowl and mix well.
  • Once you have it mixed well, spread a layer of the mixed topping between each cake layer and then using a knife or spatula, spread the remaining mixed topping all over the outside of your cake, being sure to cover the whole cake. Now you have a decision to make.

To Toast or Not to Toast

You can take your hands and apply the remaining coconut you have all over the outside of your cake or you can toast it in the oven and then apply it. My family likes it both ways so I make it both ways from time to time.

If you choose the toasted method, it does change the flavor of the cake a bit. When you toast your coconut you only want it to brown slightly, not burn.

The finished cake is beautiful if you toast the coconut or not.

Let It Sit

Now comes the really hard part. And be prepared to guard the refrigerator. You want to cover your cake and place it in the refrigerator for three days before you cut it.

If you make the cake, please let us know how it turned out for you.

Neat Idea for a Party

Purchase a small glass doll or something similar that will stand the heat of the oven and put it into the cake batter when you're making the cake. If you wish, you can use a brightly colored marble. Purchase a large nice gift and set it out on the table at your party. Whoever gets the marble or miniature statue wins the prize. I guarantee that people will love this.

Whatever item you use in your cake must be very clean and it must stand the heat of the oven. It also needs to be as small as possible. Be sure to let everyone know how the big prize is going to be given away and tell them to be sure to look for the prize marker in their cake.


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      Lin Head 4 months ago

      My mom made this cake for years, it's really good. The only thing she did different was mix sour cream,coconut and sugar together tissue mixture goes between the layers,then add the cool whip to the left over icing to ice the top and sides. This cake is awesome,so moist.( can add more coconut,unfrozen will thicken the icing.

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      In the cake recipe what do you do with the 2 cups of granulated sugar? You do no tells us. 10 months ago

      Tell us what to do with the sugar.

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      Thomas Byers 3 years ago from East Coast , United States

      No it is the same thing as what is on the cake.

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      parsleygurl 3 years ago

      In the picture with the 3 layers, it looks like there is a different filling. What did you use?

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      Thomas Byers 4 years ago from East Coast , United States

      Most supermarkets have several brands of frozen coconut but you can use other coconut if you can't find the frozen.

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      Darlene 4 years ago

      where do you fine frozen coconut - I live in a small town -could I use coconut in a bag I get from the grocery store --The cake sounds wonderful _-want to make today

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      glenda 4 years ago

      I have been making this cake for years. However, a little differently but just as delicious. I mix 2 cups of sugar, 2c. of sour cream & 2c. of coconut and refrigerate overnight. Next day, make cake, fold a large Cool Whip into mixture, split layers and ice cake. Pat on extra coconut over cake and refrigerate 3 days.

      I have been making this cake for years.However, a little differently. I mix 2c. sour cream, 2c. sugar & 2c frozen coconut thawed. Refrigerate overnight. Next day, make cake, split layers and fold a large Cool Whip into reserved mixture. Ice cake and cover with more coconut. Refrigerate 3 days. Delicious!!!

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      Jessainia 5 years ago

      Relly good

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      Mary C. 5 years ago

      I want to make this cake for my Daughters birthday and Mother's day can i make this cake in an oblong pan? 11x13

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      Erica 6 years ago

      Yum! So I just made this cake. The frosting was a little runny. Will it thicken up once I leave the cake in the fridge for 3 days? Thanks for posting this recipe :)

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      Thomas Byers 6 years ago from East Coast , United States

      Yellow Cake Mix is Duncan Hines Yellow Cake Mix. I say there in the directions to make the cake by the direction on the box. That is where you will find the eggs. And yes making it with a cake mix I still say it is the best Coconut Cake in the world. You won't find a better coconut cake.

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      Lee-anne 6 years ago

      Hi... I was very excited to find a recipe for the world's best coconut cake, because I love coconut more than even chocolate! But I don't understand this recipe, what on earth is yellow cake mix???!!! Where are the eggs? And the flour etc?


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      Audrey 6 years ago

      I LOVE THIS CAKE! It was easy to follow and easy to make AND it tastes GREAT!!!

      IF the frosting is runny.....try putting it in the refrigerator for about 5 minutes before frosting your cake; thickens it right up and allows the sugar a few extra minutes to dissolve into the ingredients!!

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      Love2Cook1954 6 years ago

      Oh booy these cakes looks so darn yummy, I am like a child in a toy store. I don't know which ones to make for the

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      6hotfingers3 7 years ago

      Great and to the point. I will try this cake recipe. Good Hub and easy to follow!

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      Thomas Byers 7 years ago from East Coast , United States

      Yes sorry the sugar is mixed with the sour cream

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      Joyce Kroll 7 years ago

      I would like to try this recipe, and assuming the sugar is mixed with sour cream, etc. but there are no directions saying this.

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      Jackie 8 years ago

      Wow!!! It had a sumblime taste- just excellent!!! one tip is that the frosting is a bit runny, so what I did was apply the runny frosting in the layers so it could soak in, But to the remaining frosting, I added a thickener for the outside coat. What I did was put 1 cup milk with 4 tablespoons of flour over the stovetop on low heat until the consistency was like mashed potatoes. Then I let it cool and I beat it in with the runny frosting. It did nothing to the taste, so I recommend doing that change. Overall, I loved the cake. Thanks for sharing the recipe.