Lemon Coconut Cake



  1. 5 eggs, separated
  2. 1/4 tsp cream of tartar
  3. 2 cups sugar
  4. 1/2 cup butter, softened
  5. 1/2 cup canola or vegetable oil
  6. 2 tsp vanilla extract
  7. 1 1/2 tsp almond extract
  8. 2 cups all purpose flour
  9. 2 Tbsp corn starch
  10. 1 tsp baking powder
  11. 1/2 tsp baking soda
  12. 1/4 tsp salt
  13. 1/2 cup coconut milk
  14. 1/2 cup whole milk
  15. 1/4 cup Greek yogurt or sour cream
  16. 1 cup coconut, sweetened flaked


  1. 12 oz cream cheese, softened
  2. 12 Tbsp butter, softened (1 1/2 sticks)
  3. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  4. 1 tsp almond extract
  5. 2-3 Tbsp heavy cream
  6. 5-6 cups powdered sugar
  7. salt to taste
  8. 1/2 cup shredded coconut, sweetened
  9. 3/4 cup lemon curd


  1. 2 cups toasted coconut
  2. lemon slices, optional



  1. Separate the egg whites from egg yolks, and allow the egg whites to stand at room temperature for 30 minutes (it's easier to separate the eggs when cold, but it is better to whip the egg whites when they are at room temperature)*.
  2. Preheat the oven to 325. Grease three 9" round cake pans and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, beat sugar, butter and oil until well blended. Add egg yolks, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add in vanilla and almond extract. Set aside.
  4. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, corn starch, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  5. In a small bowl, mix whole milk, coconut milk, and Greek yogurt (or sour cream) together.
  6. Alternately add flour mixture and milk mixture to the creamed mixture, beating well after each addition. Once combined, add in coconut.
  7. Add cream of tartar to egg whites, and with clean beaters, beat on medium speed until stiff peaks form. Fold a fourth of the egg whites into the cake batter, then gently fold in remaining whites.
  8. Once combined, divide the batter evenly into the 3 greased cake pans. Bake 25-30 minutes, or until a cake tester comes out clean. Allow to cool at least 10 minutes before carefully removing from the pans and allowing to cool completely on a wire rack.

In a 300 degree oven, toast 2 cups of coconut on a baking sheet, spread out in an even layer, about 8-12 minutes, or until lightly golden brown. Allow to cool while working on the frosting.


  1. For the frosting, beat cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy.
  2. Add in 2 Tbsp of the lemon curd; mix.
  3. Add in powdered sugar, beginning with 5 cups.
  4. Add in vanilla and almond extracts. Beat together, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary.
  5. Add in 2 Tbsp of heavy cream and beat. If frosting seems too thick, add in another Tbsp of cream. If it seems too thin, add in the last cup of powdered sugar (cream cheese frosting has a slightly thinner consistency than buttercream). Add in salt to taste (salt helps even out the sweetness).
  6. (Before frosting the cake, you may need to trim the tops of each layer until they are flat.)
  7. On a serving plate or cake stand, place down one of the layers. Spread a layer of frosting over the cake (about 1/3 cup). Spread lemon curd over the top (about 1/4 cup). Sprinkle on 1/4 cup of coconut. Top with second cake layer, and repeat the process. Top with the last layer and spread the remaining frosting over the top of the cake and around the sides, covering thoroughly. On the top of the cake, drizzle the last 2 Tbsp of lemon curd. With a toothpick, swirl the curd with the frosting.
  8. Press toasted coconut on the sides of the cake and sprinkled lightly over the top.
  9. Refrigerate cake for at least 2 hours before serving, and store the leftovers in the fridge.
  10. Enjoy!

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