Coconut Cream Bundt Cake


Are you doing anything special for Easter? In terms of holidays- Easter has always been a free for all as far as I am concerned. Every year is different and I don’t have any family traditions that I feel a strong need to hold on to like with Christmas and Thanksgiving. This year we’ll be visiting Andy’s family in South Carolina and introducing them to Hugo which is very exciting!! (He may or may not have an adorable outfit planned complete with a bow-tie!) The only thing I care about when it comes to Easter is celebrating with loved ones on what is (hopefully) a lovely spring day complete with lots of pastel and delicious food!


Anyway- if I were the type to host an Easter brunch with all my family and friends, I would love to feature this delectable cake right smack dab in the center. Something about the fluffy coconut and milky white glaze reads Easter to me! This cake is just loaded with coconut. Coconut oil is in the batter, as well as shredded coconut and coconut extract. Then coconut milk and is poured all over the cake, letting it soak up even more fresh coconut flavor. This really is the ultimate coconut cake for anyone that loves the flavor as much as I do! I served it with some homemade caramel sauce to make it even more decadent- but it’s also delicious on its own!


Coconut Cream Bundt Cake

Coconut Cream Bundt Cake

Yield: 12 servings


  • 1/2 cup 1 stick butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • 2 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 6 eggs- room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon coconut extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 cups flaked coconut
  • 2 cups unsweetened coconut milk*
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • flaked coconut for topping


  1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Grease and flour a 10 inch bundt cake pan.
  2. In a food processor- pulse the 2 cups of flaked coconut for a few seconds until broken down into teeny pieces.
  3. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and cream cheese until smooth. Mix in the coconut oil and sugar, and beat until light and fluffy. Blend in the eggs one at a time, scraping the bowl down after each is added- then stir in the extracts. Mix in flour and baking powder until just combined and then fold in the coconut. Spoon batter into the prepared pan.
  4. Bake for about 60 minutes, or until a knife inserted into the cake comes out clean. Allow the cake to cool in the pan for 10 minutes before inverting onto a cooling rack.
  5. Use a fork to prick holes all over the cake. Brush 1 cup of coconut milk over the cake, letting it soak in fully before adding more. (This may take a few minutes as you wait for each layer to really soak into the cake.

For the Glaze:

  1. Combine the 2 cups powdered sugar with a tablespoon of coconut milk. Gradually add more coconut milk until glaze is desired consistency. Drizzle the glaze over cooled cake and top with flaked coconut.


Recipe adapted from All Recipes * I used unsweetened coconut milk. If you can only find sweetened- I would take 1/2 cup of sugar out of the cake.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Unsaturated Fat: 0g

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  1. What do you do with the 3/4 cup coconut oil? Is it mixed in with the butter and cream cheese?

  2. I was just thinking the other day how I would totally love to have an Easter basket all made for me. I haven’t had a good one in years. Let’s face it the husband is not as good as my mom. I would however take this cake instead. It looks fabulous.

  3. Hi Audra, is this a dense cake? Like a pound cake? Was wondering if i could use it in my lamb cake mold? Thank you! Pat B

  4. The.Boy and I have definitely been arguing about where to spend easter, and I think he won out this year! I love the idea of a coconut sweet treat on the table, and this cake looks perfect! Bundts are just so underrated.

  5. Hi-
    I plan to make this cake for Easter but I wanted to check on the recipe…when do you add the coconut oil and what about the vanilla? Does it go in when you add the coconut extract? Does the coconut oil go with the butter and cream cheese? Can you please let me know. I am also wondering if you can use light coconut milk? The regular seemed so thick.
    Thank you

    1. Hi Amy- I edited the recipe to reflect those additions- I guess I can blame new mo brain for forgetting initially?

      And yes- I think light coconut milk would be Ok- just a bit less rich I’d guess :)

      1. Thank you! I understand the new mom brain…it happens to me all the time! : ) I just bought the light coconut milk at Whole Foods today so I could always swap it out for the regular if you think it would be better. I wasn’t sure because it seemed so thick I didn’t think I could pour it over the cake. : ) Enjoy your first Easter with Hugo!

  6. Omigosh, this cake is making my mouth water.

    Is that the sugary flaked coconut that you add to the top or something harder to find?

  7. If I wanted to bake this cake, but serve it tomorrow, do you think I should wait on the topping? Or should I lel the liquid absorb into the cake while it is still hot?


  8. Made this last night and it is so delicious! I had never used coconut oil before and wasnt sure if I was supposed to melt it first ( which I did not). Either way, very yummy :)

  9. I made this today! It took more like 1hr. 15min to cook (with a clean knife). I’m not loving how brown the outside is, even though I put foil over for the last 15. Any idea why it might have taken so long to cook?

    1. Hi Caroline. Every oven is different- have you calibrated your oven to see if the baking temperature is accurate?

  10. Hi,
    Can you let me know what coconut to add after I add the baking powder, is that where I add the coconut flakes?
    Also is all of the coconut milk being used for dripping into the holes in the cake and some for the glaze?
    Thanks for clarifying.

  11. Can this cake be frozen for a few weeks. (Making wedding reception desserts). And if so, should you our the coconut milk on before freezing?

  12. Love this cake. Everyone at my house loved it. I’m making it again for my office. I left milk on top off but added to batter

    1. This looks amazing. I am planning to make for a family dinner Sunday. Two questions: Is the coconut oil refined or unrefined? Would cake flour also be ok to use?

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