Colossal Coconut Cake

colossal coconut cake

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The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.  Like me, my oldest son, whom I fondly refer to as my “George Clooney,”  just loves coconut cake!  And when I make it, he’s stopping by the house about every day after work!  If there’s no coconut cake, then it could be days even weeks, and I’ll not see him!

This cake is moist. This cake is drenched with creaminess. This cake has an overdoes of coconut. This cake gets better the next day and the next.

This cake lasts for a while, and, of course, must be refrigerated.  Garnish and serve with fresh raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, a warm chocolate ganache, freshly made lemon sauce, or your own creation.  This cake makes my mouth water just writing about it.  This cake is addictive, and it’s better the second and third day!
 Colossal Coconut Cake
Serves:  8-12 (depending upon “normal” slices or Fred Flintstone servings!)
Preheat oven to 350

What you need:
2 boxes of white cake mix
Note:  You can make the white cake batter from scratch if you prefer & here’s a great recipe!
8 oz sour cream
8 oz crème fraiche (or I’ve used mascarpone as a substitute)
4 oz Greek plain yogurt
16 oz container of cool whip
1/3 cup confectionary sugar
2 packages Birds Eye frozen coconut (thawed)
2 cups sweetened flake coconut (divided)
 Colossal Coconut Cake
What you do:

Prepare cake mix according to box directions.  When completely cooled, slice each through the middle making two layers each (4 layers total).

In a large mixing bowl, combine the remaining ingredients (1 ½ cup of the flake coconut leaving ½ cup for the garnish) and blend.

Beginning with the first layer spread equal amounts of the filling between each of the layers keeping in mind that the last layer/entire cake will need to be topped and iced with the filling.  Garnish the top of the cake with the remaining coconut.

Place in refrigerator for several hours before cutting and serving.

 Colossal Coconut Cake


  1. Gorgeous cake ….especially for the holidays ! Cannot wait to see the other one !

  2. Just found your site thru pinterest, and have enjoyed looking at your site. You have some fantastic recipes, already pinned some. I do have a question about this cake….I’m confused about the two boxes of cake mix. What size pans do you use that will hold the 2 boxes of mix? It is very late here so I hope I’m making sense. Anyway, love your site and will check out more of it!!! Thanks for sharing!

    • Awesome, Mary! In fact, I’m on Pinterest and salivating over all your boards…left you a comment on the ‘retro’ ones…we’re kindred spirits! Your question makes perfect sense 🙂 I actually baked 4 cake layers, hence, each cake mix will make two…of course, you could do two, split each and get four, but I’m not sure you’d achieve the ‘colossal’ Fred Flintstone effect! lol! Most of my recipes are totally intuitive and sparked by a dream, a bike ride, a glance, thought, particular ingredient or something else whacky going on in my brain…I’m very eclectic (Bohemian!) in my approach, and I love to incorporate the ‘world’ (other cultures/ethnicits) into new creations…so so happy you’re here, and I look forward to seeing you more! Hugs! Ally 🙂

  3. Hello Ally!

    I just recently discovered your website (and loving it) and wanted to thank you for sharing this fabulous recipe! I ended up using another recipe for the cake part, but used your delicious frosting with a couple of tweaks. I used 6 oz of Greek yogurt, since that’s what the size of my container was… yeah, I was too lazy to measure out the 4 oz 😉 I also made my own whipped cream from a pint of heavy cream and added 1 teaspoon of coconut extract. Anyway, it was the best frosting on a coconut cake I’ve ever had. Far superior to the traditional “7 minute frosting”. Thank you again for creating such an amazing website. You truly are an inspiration for this newly turned 40 year old baking fanatic 🙂

    Warmest regards,

    • Tonya! Your tweaks sound fabulous!! Actually, I even tweak my own recipes!! I would have thrown in the entire 6 oz of Greek yogurt, too!! Now, I’m too lazy to make my own whipped cream, so I reckon if we cooked together, we’d be lethal! 🙂 You are so sweet and supportive w/your kind words and thoughts about my website…knowing what you think is really impt b/c I do listen and want to create what you like! You’re just a babe at just turning 40…trust me, the best years are yet to come!! xoxox Ally <3

  4. I’m speechess…this is simply magnificent!

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