Coconut Cake

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  • Cook time icon 30 minutes Prep | 25-30 minutes Cooking
Coconut cake w-slice & Duke's


  • 2¾ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • ½ cup Duke's Mayonnaise
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 13.5 oz. can coconut milk


  • 1½ cups sugar
  • ⅓ cup cold water
  • 2 egg whites
  • ¼ tsp. cream of tartar
  • 1 tsp. coconut extract or vanilla extract
  • Shredded coconut for cake topping


1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.

2. Grease and flour 2 round cake pans then set aside.

3. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl.

4. In another bowl, beat together sugar and mayonnaise. Add eggs and coconut milk, and continue beating until it is well blended.

5. Add flour mixture to bowl and beat on low until combined.

6. Pour into prepared pans, and bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean; do not over-bake.

7. Cool in pans for about 10 minutes, then cool completely on racks before frosting.

1. Combine the sugar, water, egg whites and cream of tartar in the top of a double boiler or in a metal bowl that fits in a large saucepan with space for water in saucepan (upper pan or bowl should not touch water in saucepan).

2. Beat ingredients for about 30 seconds or until blended.

3. Set over boiling water and continue beating on high for about 7 minutes or until mixture forms stiff peaks.

4. Remove from heat and beat in extract.

5. Frost cooled cake, then sprinkle with shredded coconut as desired.


  1. For the icing it says sugar. It should say powdered sugar. This is a dense cake, recipe tastes fine but I wanted something with a lighter crumb.

    1. Granulated sugar is correct. The frosting is a Swiss Meringue. It is a classic frosting recipe technique that is made by beating granulated sugar, water and egg whites over simmering water until stiff. The recipe should NOT use powdered sugar as that would ruin the frosting.

  2. Nothing better than a dense coconut cake, cold from the fridge, your teeth slowly sinking through the crumb. Make exactly as instructed. Chilling it is necessary for the experience, not to preserve it. This cake won’t last longer than a Wednesday night prayer meeting

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