No Need for Frosting Coconut Cake

by Michele Pesula Kuegler | March 12th, 2019 | Desserts, Recipes

no need for frosting coconut cake

No Need for Frosting Coconut Cake

Michele Pesula Kuegler

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins

Course Dessert

Servings 8



  • 1/2 cup salted butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. coconut extract
  • 1/2 Tb. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1-1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk



  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Butter and flour a 9-inch cake pan.
  • In a stand mixer beat butter for 30 seconds.
  • Add sugar and beat for a minute.
  • Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each.
  • Add extract, baking powder, and salt, beating well.
  • Turn mixer to stir and add half of flour.
  • Add coconut milk and stir.
  • Add remaining flour, stirring until blended.
  • Add batter to prepared cake pan.
  • Bake for 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  • Cool for 10 minutes in pan; remove cake from pan and cool completely.

Keyword cake, coconut, dessert, no frosting

I try to make weekly themes for my recipes. This week started as coconut week with the new recipe I created. When I searched the archives to find a corresponding recipe, I realized it was a double theme. This week it’s all about coconut cake. However, when you see the two cakes side by side, you’re going to realize that their similarities stop there. Although they are very different cakes, they each have a purpose in my culinary thinking. So, be sure to try today’s and then come back and give Thursday’s version of coconut cake a try as well.

To learn more about this recipe, originally published in February 2016, keep reading.

I truly enjoy cake. Well, certain cakes. I adore wedding cake and carrot cake. I can skip on every piece of chocolate cake or chocolate-frosted cake. The one thing that holds true for all cakes that I enjoy is their frosting. I do love a strong ratio of frosting to cake.

Being a fan of anything but chocolate, I tend to make either cream cheese or buttercream frosting for cake. Between the two of them, I find that I can frost any cake I make. Recently I decided that perhaps I should expand my repertoire and give a classic frosting a try: 7-minute frosting.

All of the descriptions made it sound like a lovely marshmallow-y topping that I would enjoy. I was wrong. While my sweet tooth can tolerate the utter sweetness of white chocolate, this frosting threw me for a loop. It was so painfully sweet that I actually discarded the entire batch and didn’t finish my slice of cake.

Which brings me to the title of this article: No Need for Frosting Coconut Cake. I chose a coconut cake, as many people suggested it as the perfect pairing for 7-minute frosting. One bite of the cake (on its own), and I was hooked. It was moist, had a delightful taste of coconut, and just the right amount of sweetness. However, for this cake I didn’t need a frosting. Definitely not the 7-minute version.

This cake was the perfect end of the meal treat (perhaps topped with a dollop of whipped cream). Even if you are a frosting addict, as am I, I am pretty sure you’ll love it as.

Give it a try; you won’t be disappointed.

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