Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 0 mins

There are endless uses for this decorative topping... It's fun to put around individual servings of fruit salad or ambrosia. At Easter, I made a cake in the shape of an egg, and used the colored coconut flakes as "Easter grass" around the cake. I've also made carrot cake in the shape of a carrot, and used green coconut flakes to make a decorative pretend carrot top. You can also make a "fluffy" or "furry" cake by putting the colored flakes on top of the cake's frosting. I'm sure you'll think of many more ways to use it!

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 cup coconut (shredded or flakes)
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • food coloring


  1. Put the coconut in a ziploc bag.
  2. Dissolve a few drops of food coloring in the teaspoon of water, then pour this colored solution over the coconut in the bag.
  3. Seal the bag and shake until all coconut is uniformly colored.
  4. Tip: if you make primary colors first, you can use any leftover of that color to make a secondary color (e.g., if you have leftover yellow coconut, add red to make orange).


Most Helpful

My mother made the most beautiful Easter cake with this recipe; so thank you the coloring worked wonderfully. Thank you.

Tammy B. April 16, 2014

This technique worked great, thanks for posting! I used 6 drops of yellow food coloring for my daughter's 1st B-Day "Little Chick" cake & it was a nice bright true yellow.

ct in ut July 22, 2011

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