Photo by Jen Altman

A wonderful coconut cake recipe from The Blackbird in Asheville triple plays the coconut factor with coconut cream cheese frosting, coconut filling, and coconut vanilla cake. Triple Yum.

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1 cake, made from 3 12-inch pans


  • Coconut Cake
  • 4½ cups flour
  • 1½ tablespoons baking powder
  • ¾ tablespoon salt
  • 1 pound butter, room temperature
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 6 !eggs
  • 1½ tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon coconut extract
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • ½ cup sour cream

  • Cake Filling
  • 5 cups heavy cream
  • 1 pound butter
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 4 tablespoons (heaping) cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1-2 tablespoons cold water
  • 9 cups shredded coconut

  • Cream Cheese Frosting
  • ⅓ pound butter, room temperature
  • 20 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 1½ pounds confectioners’ sugar
  • 3 cups shredded coconut

Coconut Cake

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees and butter and flour 3 12-inch cake pans.
  2. Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  3. Cream together butter, sugar, and eggs until very light and fluffy.
  4. Add vanilla and coconut extracts. Combine.
  5. Add cream and sour cream alternately with dry ingredients and mix gently.
  6. Pour into prepared pans and bake for 18 to 25 minutes, until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely on wire rack before filling and frosting.

Cake Filling

  1. Heat cream, butter, and sugar over medium-low heat until dissolved.
  2. Separately, make a slurry with cornstarch, vanilla and cold water.
  3. Whisk slurry into hot mixture and boil gently, stirring constantly until thick.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in coconut.
  5. Chill overnight.

Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting

  1. Cream butter and cream cheese together until smooth. Add vanilla and mix until combined.
  2. Incorporate sugar in increments, blending until smooth.
  3. Stir in coconut by hand

Not enough with just one type of coconut cake recipe to make at home? We have a recommendation for you for another one which is the peninsula grill coconut cake.

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