Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 30 mins

Requires a bit of advance preparation, but well worth the planning

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 (18 ounce) box yellow cake mix
  • 3 eggs (or as called for by your cake mix)
  • 13 cup oil (or as called for by your cake mix)
  • 1 13 cups water (or as called for by your cake mix)
  • Filling

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 (16 ounce) container whipped topping
  • 1 (16 ounce) container sour cream
  • 1 (12 ounce) package frozen coconut, thawed


  1. One day in advance, mix the filling.
  2. Cover, and keep in the refrigerator overnight.
  3. The next day bake cake mix according to directions on package.
  4. When cool, slice cakes crosswise to make four layers.
  5. Spread filling between layers.
  6. (Be generous!).
  7. Spread final layer on top of cake.
  8. This should be kept in the refrigerator, and will keep up to a week.


Most Helpful

I love this cake and so did everyone else who ate it. I did use the cake mix extender (found on this site) to help increase the height of each layer. Also this cake is soooo easy to make. I plan on making this for Thanksgiving this year but will eliminate the coconut, since not everyone likes coconut. This can easily be made a few days ahead. It keeps fresh in the refridgerator.

clw721 October 26, 2003

This was the best tasting cake that I've had in a long time. It reminds me of the Pepperidge Farm Coconut Cake. We enjoyed it so much. Thanks for posting this wonderful recipe.

gwynn June 29, 2012

This was wonderful. Definitely a keeper. I made it for my sons 4 bday since I didn't want a ton of sugar but still wanted a tropical flair. I also added the crushed pineapple and used Cake Mix Extender #54269. I actually quadrupled the recipe for the frosting/filling and left out the sugar. I piled it all on pretty thick since this was a childrens party. I divided the mixture in half and tinted one half blue for ocean since it was a fish themed party and we had sugar paste fish all over it. Everyone loved it, even the picky kids although there wasn't a lot of sugar. The cake was wonderful and moist, & with the extender was nice and high. LOL I think with the layer of filling and then the frosting, it all probably added about two inches to the cake. The frosting was nice and fluffy and had a nice mellow flavor that I really liked. It was plenty sweet enough without the sugar for my tastes.

Amis June 09, 2006

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