Coconut Cake

"This is a different version on the "Better than Sex cake!" For those of us who truly love coconut. Great for potlucks!"
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photo by Jennifer Zysk photo by Jennifer Zysk
Ready In:
1 cake




  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • While oven is preheating put 1 cup coconut in a pie pan and carefully toast in the oven, stirring occasionally.
  • (It will burn quickly so watch it carefully.).
  • Mix cake mix, eggs, butter and water on medium speed for 2 minutes until mixed well.
  • Stir in 1/2 cup toasted coconut.
  • Pour into greased 13x9 pan.
  • Bake about 33-38 minutes until toothpick inserted in center come out clean.
  • Mix condensed milk with cream of coconut.
  • Remove cake from oven and poke holes all over cake with the handle of a wooden spoon about 1 inch apart.
  • Pour milk/cream of coconut evenly over hot cake.
  • Cool completely.
  • Frost with cool whip.
  • Sprinkle with remaining toasted coconut, coconut and pecans.
  • Refrigerate.

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  1. This is the best Coconut Cake I have ever eaten! The first time I made it with both a box of butter pecan cake mix and yellow cake mix and it came out perfect. The other times I made it with just one cake mix which is what I should have done the first time. Either way, this cake is fantastic. I will continue to make this as my coconut cake. Thank you so much for sharing this great recipe. Everyone in my house LOVES it! :)
  2. As my DH was eating his 3rd piece of this, he said "I don't like coconut, but you can make this for me anytime." Simply delicious. I chose this recipe out of about 10 or 12 others that I had saved. It's now going in to the keeper file. Great!!!
  3. All I have to say is WOW ! I followed the directions exactly although I was a bit skeptical about adding all of that liquid...but did it anyway. It turned out so moist and delicious....hubby kept telling me that I have to make this again real soon. My future daughter-in-law wolfed it down before this is a definite keeper ! Thanks so much. I will make this one often !
  4. I am not a coconut fan at all, but I made this for a friend for his birthday. Then for another event. I tried a piece and man do I love this cake. Like I said I'm not a fan of coconut, but there's just something about this cake. It is so moist, and yummy, I could eat the whole thing myself. 5 stars from me. Great recipe!!!!!
  5. I substituted pineapple juice (from a bottle) for the water and put pineapple slices on top of the cake. It was apparently delicious (I don't like coconut, but everyone else loved it).


  1. I substituted pineapple juice (from a bottle) for the water and put pineapple slices on top of the cake. It was apparently delicious (I don't like coconut, but everyone else loved it).


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