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Are you looking for an easy, simple, delicious dessert?  Are you a coconut fan?  If so, you will love this Easy Coconut Cake.  

Easy Coconut Cake is made using five simple ingredients including cake mix, coconut, sugar, sour cream and whipped topping.  It is so simple to make and super delicious.  You will not be disappointed in this truly easy and super delicious.EASY COCONUT CAKE WITH 5 SIMPLE INGREDIENTS



My husband Jerry loves coconut cake, and this easy coconut cake is his favorite.  It is my favorite coconut cake too.  The sugar, sour cream, and coconut mixture absorb all through the cake making it super moist.  Coconut, sour cream, and sugar are the strange combination of ingredients in this filling, but it is a delicious sweet treat.  I make this cake for special occasions.  We were not home this Thanksgiving or Christmas due to my father in law passing away just before Thanksgiving.  Instead of waiting for Easter to make this easy coconut cake, I decided to make it this weekend.  It was a perfect time before buckling down to try to lose a few pounds.

I have made this easy coconut cake several times using a 9 x 13 baking dish.  This time, I used two eight inch round cake pans.  Baking this cake in round cake pans makes a beautiful presentation.  I love to see the layered filling when you slice a piece of cake.    This cake keeps well.  It truly gets even better after a couple of days if it lasts that long.

How to make this Easy Coconut Cake?

You begin making this easy coconut cake by baking a cake mix according to the package directions.  After the cake cools, you slice the two cake layers in half horizontally.  The filling mixture includes coconut, sugar, and sour cream.  It gets spread in between every layer.  You reserve a cup of the coconut filling and add a tub of whipped topping.  This mixture will frost the entire cake.  The frosting is extremely light, fluffy, sweet and beautiful.

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Why use a cake mix?

This question is obvious, but it is so true that we have less and less time to spend in the kitchen.  Cake Mixes are a homemade or home baked cake with far less time spent in the kitchen.  

In addition to less time spent in the kitchen preparing a delicious dessert, cake mixes are a reliable friend.  Cake mixes from scratch require some practice.  Yes!  I can tell you a story or two when I did not have just the right ingredient called for in a made from scratch dessert and the adverse outcome that followed.  You have to have the right cake flour and room-temperature butter for example.  If you are using a cake mix, you do not have to worry about the ingredients. 

Cake mix desserts are easy to assemble by simply dumping all the ingredients together and mixing them up.  You can even put your spin on cake mix desserts by adding can pie filling, or a handful of fresh fruit.

A Cake Mix Can Be Used To Make More Than Cakes 

You can tweak a cake mix dessert by putting your spin on the recipe and quickly turn a cake mix cake into cupcakes, bars, cookies, waffles, pies, or even cheesecake.  

Cake Mix Peanut Butter Bars

Birthday Cake Popcorn Mix

When making a made from scratch cake, you have to worry about over beating.  You do not have to worry about how long you mix a cake when using a cake mix.   Cake mixes are magical in that way.  I have under mixed and over combined, and they still bake up great and look stunning.   

Cake Mix And A Can Of Soda

Have you ever mix a cake mix with JUST soda.  It comes out extremely light, fluffy and terrific.  Not to mention, low in fat and calories especially if you are using a diet soda.  

All The Cakes You Can Make With Just A Box Of Cake Mix And A Bottle Of Soda


Baking does not need to be a long drawn out follow every detail in the recipe process.  You can bake a great dessert quick and easy using a cake mix.  My pantry is full of cake mixes.  I stock every flavor because I never know when the moment will hit for a delicious dessert.  I am always ready to whip up a cake mix dessert like these amazing Chocolate Peanut Butter cupcakes.  They are not only easy to make but beautiful and tastes amazing. 

Poke Cakes Made From A Cake Mix

Some of my favorite desserts are poke cakes made with cake mix.  They are incredibly moist from a layer of condensed milk or pudding and typically topped with a layer of non-dairy topping.  Poke cakes are not only moist but super light and creamy.  Not to mention how super simple they are to make.



Banana Pudding Poke Cake

Boston Cream Poke Cake


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Easy Coconut Cake
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 10 - 12
  • 1 - 18¼ ounce box white or butter cake mix
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups sour cream
  • 1 - 12-ounce pack coconut
  • 1 - 9-ounce carton whipped topping
  1. Prepare cake mix according to the package.
  2. Make 2 layers.
  3. When layers are baked and completely cooled, split halves horizontally with a knife.
  4. Combine sugar, sour cream, and coconut.
  5. Blend well
  6. Reserve 1 cup of sour cream mixture.
  7. Spread remainder between the layers of the cake.
  8. Mix the whipped topping with the reserved 1 cup sour cream and sugar mixture.
  9. Spread on top and sides of the cake.
  10. Seal cake in an airtight container.
  11. It is better to store the cake in the refrigerator.
  12. The longer it sits, the better. It is amazing a couple of days later.

Tips To Make This Cake In A 9 x 13 pan. 

  • After the cake comes out of the oven, allow it to slightly cool.
  • It should be warm but not hot before adding the filling.
  • The filling will slightly melt into the cake but not fully melt.
  • Let the filling set up firm.
  • You can do this by placing the cake in the refrigerator.
  • Once it has cooled completely, add the frosting made with the whipped topping.
  • The cake needs to be refrigerated.
  • The whip topping frosting will melt in a warm room.

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19 Responses to EASY COCONUT CAKE

  1. Like one of the other comments.. how do you make this in a 9×13 with the filling? I know that you could split any size cake really, but 9×13 cake is usually better and easier left in the pan?.. thanks for your time answering.. I don’t see an answer in your comment above, just that you said you’ve made it “many times”

    • Maria,

      Thank you for leaving me a comment about my Coconut Cake. Please accept my apology for not answering your question. After the cake comes out of the oven, allow it to slightly cool. It should be warm but not hot before adding the filling. The filling will slightly melt into the cake but not fully melt. Let the filling set up firm. You can do this by placing the cake in the refrigerator. Once it has cooled completely, add the frosting made with the whipped topping. The cake needs to be refrigerated. The whip topping frosting will melt in a warm room.

      I hope this helps. Be sure to follow me on social media especially Facebook. I am going to start making recipes on Facebook Live.
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  2. Hi Diane,
    Let me just say you have some mighty fine recipes listed on your site. Wanted to ask you if you make this cake in 8″ round pans, do you still need to split each round in half, or can you just put filling between the 2 rounds?

  3. Reading the first part of tthis blog, I see where you made it in a 13×9 pan how do you splitthe cake in 1/2. I want to make this for a gathering at my church.

  4. Really delicious & easy one to make. As per it’s look & feel the taste must also be very nice, I would try it for the next time during my holiday vacation and also make sure to circulate these recipe to nearby colleagues. A professional caterer can also think of this new cake recipe for their catering service during any birthday events or any other celebration

  5. Oh my gosh. It tastes like heaven. I can’t speak to whether it tastes better after the first day. I took it to a 4th of July party and it was gone very quickly.

  6. I made this cake and boy are you right on that its good cake. It’s so awesome everything about it. I love your cooking taste in food. It was pretty easy too. Thank you ?

    • Mary,

      I cannot thank you enough for taking the time to leave me a comment letting me know you made my easy coconut cake. You made my day. My blog is all about easy SCRUMPTIOUS recipes that everyone can make.

      Please visit my recipe blog anytime. I also have a family fun travel blog at

      Have a great day!
      Many blessings,
      Diane Roark
      Diane Roark recently posted…How To Make Outstanding Pesto Chicken Grilled CheeseMy Profile

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