We bet you’ve never tasted anything quite as delicious as this coconut cake. From the tender crumb to the sticky-sweet frosting, this coconut confection is made completely from scratch. Three perfectly moist, almond-and-vanilla-infused cake layers are brushed with a coc…

Ingredients

Cake

Boiled Frosting

Filling

Steps

  • 2 In large bowl, beat butter with electric mixer on medium speed 30 seconds. Gradually add 2 cups sugar, 1/4 cup at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat 2 minutes longer. Add whole eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla and almond extract. On low speed, alternately add flour mixture and milk, beating just until blended. Divide batter evenly among pans.
  • 4 In heavy 2-quart saucepan, mix 1 1/2 cups sugar and the water. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is clear. Cook, without stirring, to 240°F on candy thermometer, about 10 minutes. Meanwhile, in large bowl, beat egg whites with electric mixer on low speed until foamy. Add cream of tartar and 1/8 teaspoon salt; beat on medium speed until soft peaks form. Increase speed to high; pour hot syrup into egg white mixture. Add marshmallows, a few pieces at a time, beating until stiff peaks form and frosting is thick enough to spread.
  • 5 In small microwavable bowl, microwave 2 tablespoons sugar and the coconut milk on High 1 minute; stir until sugar dissolves. Brush half of the coconut milk mixture over 1 cake layer to within 1/2 inch of edge. Frost with 1 cup of the frosting; sprinkle with 1/2 cup of the coconut. Top with second cake layer; brush with remaining coconut milk mixture. Frost with 1 cup frosting; sprinkle with 1/2 cup coconut. Top with remaining cake layer. Spread remaining frosting on top and side of cake; sprinkle with remaining coconut.
  • If you’d rather keep your frosting in the traditional buttercream family, here’s an excellent Marshmallow Buttercream Frosting.
  • If you fall for the boiled frosting in this recipe, you’ll want to try our Swiss Meringue Buttercream next. It’s made with a similar method and is just as delightful!
  • Cool layer cakes in their pans on a cooling rack for 10 minutes. If you try to remove them from their pans sooner, they’ll be too warm and tender and might break apart. Then, flip each cake out of its pan onto the cooling rack. Allow cakes to cool completely before frosting.
  • Try using a turntable when decorating your cake. These nifty rotating cake stands are available at large craft stores and allow you to assemble your cake on a flat surface and turn the cake as you frost.
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*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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