Coconut Bundt Cake

The classic Southern coconut layer cake is simply and easily presented as a family-style Bundt cake.
Coconut Bundt Cake

Coconut Bundt Cake

By Sue Lau | Palatable Pastime

It’s #BundtBakers time again and this month I am hosting. And since being captain of this little excursion, I thought it would be delicious to have some Southern Bundt cakes.

I’ve been asked what Southern Bundts are- and while most of those kind of cakes are usually done on triple  layers, or alternatively,  in a sheet pan, Bundts can be the best choice for a busy family.

Typical Southern cakes include Lane Cake, Hummingbird Cake, Lady Baltimore Cake, Red Velvet Cake, Mississippi Mud Cake, Dr. Pepper Cake, and the list goes on. I decided to do a version of a Coconut Cake, since I’ve been a fan of this kind of cake since I was a kid. Except mostly, Mom would buy one from the freezer section   for her #DessertDayOff. And while I like baking from scratch, I can’t blame her. We all deserve a little day off from the oven now and then, right? I mean, I have some French cannelés in there freezing  cold, just calling my name.
Coconut Bundt Cake
What’s your favorite Southern cake, or any cake, for that matter? Dear Gawd, in my case it must be double chocolate. That’s the first cake I ever baked. Could. Not. Wait. To frost it so it ran off the cake, but hey,  it was delicious anyway. And I was only ten years old.

Never fault a child for cooking, however yucky it turns out.  Their skills will polish over time, and these are valuable skills.

But  I hope you enjoy this one- it certainly disappeared in record time.

Join me tomorrow as my culinary journey moves on into different waters:  Fish Friday Foodies is here and I am hosting that one as well (it seems to be the week for that!) The topic is on Seafood Sandwiches. I’ve got a Crispy Honey Sesame Shrimp Burger for ya’, and as for my blogging friends? You’ll just have to wait and see what  they will  surprise you with. #MyLipsAreSealed.

And from there the calendar is pretty much booked solid through the end of the month so check back in every now and again so you don’t miss anything.

Coconut Bundt Cake

recipe name

  • Servings: 10
  • Difficulty: easy
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Coconut Bundt Cake

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1-3/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon coconut extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 14 fluid ounces unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk powder
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

Coconut Frosting:

  • 1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 1-1/2 cups sifted confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 teaspoon  vanilla  extract
  • 1 teaspoon coconut extract
  • 1-1.5 tablespoons milk, as needed
  • 3 cups sweetened flaked coconut


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Spray a 10-cup Bundt pan with baker’s release spray.
  3. In  an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and sugar.
  4. Add the extracts and the eggs (one egg at a time).
  5. Slowly stream in the coconut milk with the mixer running.
  6. Add buttermilk powder, baking powder, salt and flour,  running until  the batter is smooth.
  7. Pour batter into the prepared cake pan and smooth the top.
  8. Bake 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick tests clean.
  9. Cool in the pan 15 minutes then turn out and finish cooling the cake on  a wire rack.
  10. When the cake is cool, stir together the butter, sifted confectioner’s sugar, extracts, and enough milk to  make a smooth and creamy frosting.
  11. Spread over the cake to provide a sticky base  for the coconut to cling to.
  12. Sprinkle coconut over cake, pressing down lightly.
  13. Toast some of the excess coconut to sprinkle over all, if desired.

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We take turns hosting each month and choosing the theme/ingredient.
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Coconut Bundt Cake

7 responses

  1. Coconut cake is one of my absolute favorites! And also my husband’s, so I was very tempted to make one. I am glad I didn’t because your recipe looks amazing, Sue, already saved it and making it this weekend 😉 Thanks for hosting (again), it was a real pleasure participating again with this wonderful group of bakers and this absolutely great theme of Southern cakes (loved reading about it and to have a look at all the southern cake names you published!!) Xx from Spain

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