Triple Coconut Rum Cake

Eek! Today I’m super excited to share this coconut-overload cake for Zainab‘s virtual baby shower! It’s no secret that Zainab LOVES coconut, so some other bloggers and I got together to share a BOATLOAD of coconut recipes. I’m serious, there’s like thirty of them.

I knew I needed to make something overflowing with coconut flavor for Z’s baby shower. It’s funny because I didn’t used to like coconut, and actual shredded coconut still isn’t exactly my favorite thing. But it has definitely grown on me, and I love coconut when it’s toasty and crunchy. And pretty much anything with coconut rum in it, so there’s that.

Zainab and I also share a great love of baking and cakes, so I knew immediately that I had to make a layer cake. This one was made using three 6 inch pans, but you could use two 8 inch pans instead. I love making 6 inch cakes because I can make them taller without creating a HUGE, massive cake. Like I really don’t need a three layer 8 or 9 inch cake taunting me in my apartment for a couple days, right?

To pack as much coconut flavor into this cake as I could, I used coconut extract, coconut milk, shredded coconut, and toasted coconut. The extract flavors the cake and the frosting. The rum is in the frosting as well, and more is brushed on the cake layers before they’re frosted. There’s shredded coconut in the cake batter and toasted coconut between the layers. And instead of buttermilk, which I like to use in most of my cakes, I used coconut milk.


But let me tell you, all that coconut pays off because this cake turned out wonderfully on the first try! It’s the perfect way to celebrate Zainab’s little blahnik baby and this exciting time for her and her family. Zainab has always been so great and helpful to me, including me in blogging groups and those kinds of things. She is always so willing to help whenever I have a question or need blogging advice. I feel so lucky to consider her a blog friend! She totally deserves the best and I wish her SO much luck in this new phase of her life. 🙂

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Triple Coconut Rum Cake
This coconut cake is OVERFLOWING with coconut. It's make with coconut milk, shredded coconut, and coconut rum.
coconut cake
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp coconut extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • ¼ cup coconut rum

coconut frosting
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 tsp coconut extract
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 cups toasted coconut
  • 1 tbsp coconut rum
for the coconut cake
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line three 6 inch cakes (or two 8 inch cakes) with cooking spray and parchment paper.
  2. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and shredded coconut.
  3. In another bowl, cream butter and sugar together on medium speed with an electric mixer until fluffy. Add the coconut extract and the eggs. Mix until completely incorporated. Add half of the flour mixture and half of the coconut milk, and mix well. Repeat with the second half of the flour mixture and the coconut milk. Divide cake batter among the prepared pans and bake for 20 minutes, or until the center is set and a toothpick inserted into the center of the cakes comes out clean. Let cakes cool in the pans for 10 minutes, then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.
  4. When cakes are cool, brush the top of each cake layer with coconut rum.
for the coconut frosting
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream butter until smooth and there are no lumps. Add the coconut extract and rum, then add half of the powdered sugar. Mix on low speed until just combined, then medium-high speed until powdered sugar is incorporated. Repeat with the second half of the powdered sugar.
  1. Place one cake layer on a cake stand and top with coconut frosting and a layer of toasted coconut. Repeat with the other two layers.
  2. Serve and enjoy!
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Check out the rest of the wonderfully coconut-crazy recipes in the group. Get your bakeware and cooking utensils ready, there’s a whole lot of delicious going on here!

Blackberry Coconut Cupcakes, by Baking a Moment
Blueberry Coconut Meusli Bars, by The Spiffy Cookie
Blueberry-Ginger Coconut Cheesecake Popsicles, by Floating Kitchen
Caramel Coconut Cluster Bars, by Eats Well with Others
Chocolate Coconut Cake, by Brunch with Joy
Coconut Breakfast Pudding with Sauteed Nectarines, by Cooking and Beer
Coconut Cake, by I am Baker
Coconut Cream Pie Ice Cream, by The Recipe Rebel
Coconut Energy Bites, by The Kitchenarium
Coconut Key Lime Angel Food Cake Roll, by Flavor the Moments
Coconut Key Lime Pie Cookie Bars, by Two in the Kitchen
Coconut Key Lime Macarons, by Life Made Sweeter
Coconut, Lime, and White Chocolate Milkshake, by A Clean Bake
Coconut Pineapple Banana Smoothie, by The Bitter Side of Sweet
Coconut Pineapple Fried Rice with Shrimp, by Healthy Nibbles and Bits
Coconut Sweet Potato Muffins, by Luci’s Morsels
Double Chocolate Chip Cookies with Toasted Coconut, by The Cooking Actress
Key Lime Coconut Button Sandwich Cookies, by Culinary Concoctions by Peabody
Key Lime Coconut Pound Cake, by Grandbaby Cakes
Lavender Coconut Macarons, by Broma Bakery
Macaroon Tarts with Ginger Coconut Whipped Cream and Pineapple, by A Cookie Named Desire
Mango Coconut Donuts, by Chez Catey Lou
Mango Coconut Smoothie, by Jessica in the Kitchen
Mango Summer Cake, by Keep it Sweet Desserts
Mini Coconut Cream Pies, by Hip Foodie Mom
Pina Colada Pie, by Life, Love, and Sugar
Skinny Blueberry Lime Scones, by Club Narwhal
Spiced Lentils with Toasted Coconut, by This Gal Cooks
Toasted Coconut Banana Meringue Pie, by The Sweet {Tooth} Life
Triple Coconut Rum Layer Cake, by bethcakes
Tropical Pineapple Coconut Sangria, by Shared Appetite
White Chocolate Coconut Key Lime Cookies, by Culinary Couture

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