This Coconut Bundt Cake is a delicious dessert with an incredible coconut flavor. Moist and dense and topped with cream cheese frosting, this bundt cake is perfect for Easter parties.
Bundt cakes are hands down my favorite type of cake to make. They look extra fancy because of the shape, but they are literally one of the easiest cakes to bake. This funfetti bundt cake and this salted caramel bundt cake are two of my favorites because they taste amazing and are so easy to make.
The other day I was craving a coconut cake, so I reached for my bundt pan. It is my favorite pan after all!
Since Easter is just around the corner, I decorated the top of the cake with chocolate covered strawberries. The orange color kind of made them look like carrots.
Why This Recipe Works
This coconut bundt cake is the perfect dessert for Easter. It is easy to make, has the perfect amount of coconut flavor, and is topped with frosting and toasted coconut.
You're going to love how simple this recipe is. All you need is one bowl and a few ingredients.
Plus, this cake looks so pretty when it is finished. And the best part is that it tastes amazing too! Serve it at spring parties and WOW all your guests.
Key Ingredients Needed
This coconut bundt cake recipe is easy to make and doesn't require any fancy ingredients or tools. It starts with doctoring up a cake mix to taste and look like a fancy bakery cake.
- White Cake Mix - Using a store bought mix saves a little bit of time in the kitchen. You can also use a yellow or vanilla cake mix.
- Instant Coconut Pudding Mix - Adding a pudding mix helps to deepen the flavor and also gives it a pound cake texture.
- Oil & Sour Cream - Gives the cake more moisture, flavor, and a dense texture.
- Eggs - Helps to hold all the ingredients together.
- Coconut Extract - Boosts the coconut flavor in the cake mix.
- Coconut Milk - Can be used in place of the liquid called for on the box directions. You can use canned coconut milk or refrigerated coconut milk, although the canned will have a stronger coconut flavor.
- Shredded Coconut - Gives a fun texture to the cake. You can use unsweetened coconut or sweetened coconut in this cake recipe.
- Cream Cheese Frosting - Cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar, and a few flavorings creates the dreamiest frosting.
- Toasted Coconut - You can use regular shredded coconut on the top of the cake, but the toasted coconut adds so much more flavor and color.
- Chocolate Covered Strawberries - Use orange melting wafers to give the strawberries a fun "carrot" look.
How to make a Coconut Bundt Cake
Three times the coconut makes this the best coconut cake you will ever have. Follow our simple directions for doctoring up a cake mix.
- Prep the pan. Preheat the oven and spray a 12-cup bundt pan with nonstick baking spray. I prefer Baker's Joy because it allows the cake to slide right out after baking.
- Make the cake batter. Add the cake mix, dry pudding mix, sour cream, eggs, extract, oil, and coconut milk to a mixing bowl. Beat for about 2 minutes on medium speed.
- Add the coconut. Gently stir the shredded coconut into the cake batter.
- Bake and cool. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake until a toothpick or skewer inserted in the center comes out with a few crumbs. Let the cake cool for about 15 minutes in the pan, then place a plate on top of the cake and flip it out gently. Let it cool completely.
- Decorate and serve. Mix together the frosting ingredients until it is light and fluffy. Spread the cream cheese frosting over the entire cake. Top with toasted coconut and chocolate covered strawberries, if desired.
A tall cake carrier with a lid is a great option for storing and transporting bundt cakes. You can also cover the cake with plastic wrap and use toothpicks to keep it from sticking to the cake.
- Counter - The unfrosted cake can be kept in an airtight container for 2-3 days.
- Refrigerator - Place the frosted cake in an airtight container in the fridge for 4-5 days.
- Freezer - Wrap the unfrosted cake in plastic wrap, foil, and place in a freezer safe bag or container. Freeze for 1-2 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge, then frost and decorate right before serving.
- Make sure to grease the bundt pan very well. A baking spray that has flour added to it is what I recommend.
- Do NOT let the baked cake sit in the hot pan longer than 15 minutes. As the cake begins to cool, it can stick to the pan.
- Use toasted coconut to decorate the top of the cake. Learn how to make toasted coconut with these three easy methods.
- This creamy vanilla frosting or this marshmallow buttercream can also be used to frost the cake, if you do not like cream cheese frosting.
- Other topping decorations that would be good on this cake are robin eggs, Mounds bars, or Almond Joy candy bars.
Can this cake be made ahead of time?
Yes, this is a great cake to make 1-2 days ahead of time because the flavor of the cake deepens with time.
Does this coconut cake need to be refrigerated?
The unfrosted cake does not need to be refrigerated. If the cake is topped with the cream cheese frosting, it needs to be kept in the fridge because of the dairy.
Can you freeze this easy coconut cake?
Yes you can. Wrap the cooled unfrosted cake in layers of plastic wrap and foil. Freeze this way for up to three months. Defrost completely before frosting.
What can you use instead of coconut milk?
You can use regular milk, heavy cream, or half and half in place of the coconut milk.
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*The post for Coconut Cream Bundt Cake was first published on March 2014. The photos were updated April 2019, and the post was republished on March 2020.