Coconut Layer Cake

Coconut Layer Cake

I am utterly predictable.  For someone who craves variety and doesn’t enjoy routine, I hate to admit it.  But it’s true, I am so very predictable. Like anyone with a modicum of personality, I have those funny little idiosyncrasies that are the trademarks of my nature.  At least I hope they’re funny, in an amusing and endearing sense, and not annoying traits that irk my loved ones.  I am sure they are a little bit of both, depending on the circumstances.  But they are quite predictable and some you could almost set your watch by.  The trail of water glasses and coffee cups I leave in my wake around the house (I could never hide from anyone, the water glasses and coffee cups would always give me away).  The way I get chilly every evening around 5pm and have to turn up the heat to get warm.  The way I tuck my pajama pants into my socks because I can’t stand how they ride up at night.  And the fact I never remember to chill or warm my ingredients properly ahead of baking and end up having to take short cuts.

 It was this last trait that had my husband snickering and me saying “yes, I know, I am so predictable” the other day, as I realized that the can of coconut milk was meant to chill overnight if I wanted to make proper coconut whipped cream.  And, just as predictably, I was far too impatient to wait another day to frost the delicious coconut cake I had made.  So I decided to attempt a shortcut and put the whole can of coconut milk into the freezer to see if I could firm it up properly.  It worked…but just barely.  I ended up with such a firm substance that it was difficult to whip into a frothy cream and took a little extra coaxing to make into anything with which I could frost a cake.  And I ended up with some funny frozen clumps that wouldn’t whip out, no matter what.

So this is going to be one of those “do as I say and not as I do” recipes.  I wanted to play around with various coconut ingredients to really get a tender, airy, coconut confection of a cake.  The cake itself was made with Kelapo coconut oil, some shredded coconut and a little coconut extract, and it turned out just beautifully.  And I was looking forward to icing it with coconut milk whipped cream, to really play up that coconut flavour.  But I predictably undermined myself by only thinking to prep a few hours in advance, and I almost scrapped the coconut whipped cream altogether.  My short cut is not one I’d recommend as a good stand in for thinking ahead.

Thankfully, my predictable lack of planning is offset by an equally predictable resourcefulness on the fly.  In a pinch, I can usually be counted on to think of a good solution to save the end result.  In this case, I used my over-chilled, slightly clumpy coconut cream frosting for the layers between the cake and whipped up a batch of regular cream to frost the top and sides.  If you are a better planner than I, you could make a double batch of properly chilled coconut whipped cream to frost the entire thing and be done with it.  Either way, it’s going to taste amazing.


2 1/4 cups almond flour

1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

1/3 cup unflavoured whey protein powder

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 cup Kelapo coconut oil, melted

3/4 cup granulated erythritol

3 egg whites, room temperature

1/2 tsp coconut extract

Sliced Coconut Layer Cake

1/2 cup almond milk

 Coconut Whipped Cream Filling:

1 can coconut milk (not light), chilled overnight in the refrigerator

1/3 cup powdered erythritol

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Whipped Cream Frosting:

3/4 cup whipping cream

1/4 cup powdered erythritol

1/2 tsp vanilla or coconut extract (depending on how coconutty you want it)

1/3 cup unsweetened, shredded coconut, lightly toasted for sprinkling.

 For the cake, preheat oven to 325F and spray a 9×5 inch loaf pan with Kelapo coconut oil spray.

 In a medium bowl, whisk together almond flour, shredded coconut, protein powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

 In a large bowl, beat coconut oil and granulated erythritol until well combined.  Beat in egg whites and coconut extract.

 Beat in half the almond flour mixture, then beat in almond milk and then remaining almond flour mixture.  Spread batter in prepared   loaf pan and bake 50 minutes, or until golden brown and just firm to the touch.

Remove and let cool in pan for 15 minutes, then loosen around edges with a sharp knife and turn out on to a wire rack to cool completely.

When cake is completely cool, cut horizontally into 3 even layers.

Beautifully Sliced Cake

Place a metal bowl and beaters into the freezer for 5 minutes.  Remove can of coconut milk from fridge and turn upside down.  Open with a can opener and pour off the coconut water (reserve for another use).  Scoop out the solidified coconut cream left in the can and place into the chilled metal bowl. 

Beat until whipped and creamy, then add powdered erythritol and vanilla extract and beat until combined.  Lay the bottom layer of cake on a serving plate and spread with half of the coconut cream.  Add the middle layer and top with remaining coconut cream.  Top with the final layer of cake.

In the metal bowl, beat whipping cream, powdered sweetener and vanilla or coconut extract until stiff peaks form.  Spread over top and sides of cake.  (Alternatively, you can use another can of chilled coconut milk to make more coconut cream frosting).

Sprinkle top and sides of cake with toasted, shredded coconut.  Chill at least two hours to firm up before serving.


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17 Comments Post a comment

  1. Beverly Crawford
    May 8, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    Could provide nutrition info…like net carbohydrates

    • May 10, 2013 at 11:33 am

      Hi Beverly,

      We are so sorry that we haven’t provided the carbohydrates. We can look into being able to add them to future recipes. However there are websites, like, that you are able to calculate the carbs for recipes! We hope this helps, thanks!

  2. Lisa
    May 13, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    Made this recipe for Mother’s Day. It was fabulous!! We used whipped cream for the frosting. Yummy!!

  3. Midge
    July 2, 2013 at 8:21 am

    Could you let us know the carb content on this delicious looking cake? That part on all recipes, I really appreciate. Thank you. 🙂

    • July 3, 2013 at 9:43 am

      Hi Midge,

      Thank you for your insight. I did a quick carb count of the whole recipe on, this is a free service that they offer you just need to add in the measurements of the ingredients, and the whole cake has approximately 85 carbs in it. Divided by 8, which is a rough estimate of how many servings you could get, and each slice has 11 carbs in it. We hope this helps and have a nice day!

  4. sylvia richardson
    July 3, 2013 at 11:41 am

    Love your products, but way too expensive.

    • July 3, 2013 at 12:20 pm

      Hi Sylvia,

      Thank you for loving our products! I’m so sorry that you feel that way please keep in mind that our coconut oil does reflect the quality that we provide such as organic, extra-virgin, cold-pressed, unrefined and fair trade certified. We hope you continue to use coconut oil and have a wonderful day 🙂

  5. Marcy
    July 26, 2013 at 11:07 pm

    I just made this and the batter is really crumbly? I have it in the oven now so I hope it will turn out? Is it supposed to be crumbly? Thanks.

    • July 29, 2013 at 4:04 pm

      Sometimes alternative flours, like almond, can be more dry. How did the cake turn out?

  6. Kat
    December 2, 2013 at 1:25 am

    Sounds quite yummy. Love the site. Loads of great ideas.

  7. Cassie
    December 29, 2013 at 11:32 pm

    I was looking at your recipe. For the frosting it says 1/4 powdered erythritol. is that a cup or teaspoon or tablespoon. It doesn’t say.

    • December 31, 2013 at 9:36 am

      Cassie – sorry about that! It’s 1/4 cup. Hope you enjoy the delicious cake.

  8. Cathy
    January 17, 2014 at 6:37 am

    Why does every gluten free recipe call for some sort of whey protein powder? I seriously don’t want to use body-builder junk in my cake recipes. Anybody know of a substitute?

    • January 17, 2014 at 5:45 pm

      Cathy, using the whey protein is really necessary in gluten-free baking. When you remove gluten, you are removing a protein which directly impacts the way the goods interact with each other. If you don’t want to use whey, there are other options. There are some gluten-free protein powders you can use. You can read more from Carolyn’s blog here: Hope this helps!

  9. Nonya
    August 8, 2016 at 9:09 am

    OMG people!!!!!! I made this for my birthday. And it’s amazing. It totally kicks butt.
    I had to modify it because I couldn’t get he coconut milk to separate into solid and
    Liquid. After failing twice. I just made a triple batch of whipped topping and used
    It in between layers and on top. It was moist. It was sweet (lightly sweet). Even my
    Daughters liked it. I will definitely make this again.

  10. Glenda Tavenner
    April 8, 2017 at 11:11 pm

    I LOVE this recipe! I’ve made this probably 5-6 times for our family and a friend of mine. I’ve had several people ask for the recipe also! It’s totally a favorite! Everyone who has had it loves it too, whether they have dietary restrictions or not. The moist, coconut flavor it absolutely wonderful! Thank you!

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