Friday, July 13, 2012

Summer Strawberry Coconut Cake

As promised, here is the recipe for Matt's Strawberry Coconut birthday cake. When I found this recipe {here} a few months ago, I knew I had to make it, and Matt's birthday was the perfect occasion {he loves coconut and strawberries}.  

Summer Strawberry Coconut Cake

1 (18.5 ounce) box white cake mix
4 tbl strawberry gelatin powder
2 tsp all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
2 tbl granulated sugar
3/4 cup vegetable oil
4 eggs
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup pureed strawberries
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp coconut extract
1/2 cup fresh strawberries, finely diced
1 cup coconut, finely shredded in food processor
several strawberries to fill cake and garnish

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Combine dry ingredients in mixer bowl and stir together. Beat in oil, eggs, water, strawberry puree, vanilla, and coconut extract. Mix well. Stir in diced strawberries and coconut. Pour into two 8- or 9-inch round pans, greased and floured. Bake for 25-35 minutes, or until a tooth pick inserted into the center of the cakes comes out clean and the cakes are pulling away from the sides of the pans.

Put pans on wire racks and cool for 10 minutes. Remove from pans and leave on racks to cool completely. While cooling, make icing.

Spread some icing on first layer, then top with sliced strawberries. Place second layer on top and ice the rest of the cake. Cover entire cake in shredded coconut and garnish with fresh strawberries. I don't tint my coconut pink like in the original recipe, because I think it's so pretty to cut into the white cake and have the surprise of bright pink inside. I like the contrast of the white icing/coconut and pink cake.

Cream Cheese Frosting

8 ounces cream cheese, softened
2 sticks (1 cup) butter, softened
2 16-oz. boxes powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Beat butter and cream cheese until smooth. Add vanilla. Slowly beat in powdered sugar until desired consistency. Add a tablespoon or so of milk if icing is too thick.
 This definitely turned out to be one of my favorite cake recipes. It is super moist, fresh and flavorful - the perfect summer cake!

For some of my cake tips and layering tutorial, check out {this post}.


  1. Oh gee gosh, that looks absolutely delicious!

  2. this looks 1.gorgeous and 2.delicious! definitely on the "must bake" list!

    have a great weekend!

  3. YUM! This definitely will be my next cake attempt :)

  4. I'm leaving for Denver this weekend, but when I get back this is the first thing I'm making! It looks so delish and the perfect summer dessert.

  5. That cake looks SO good!!! I think I might just have to make it this weekend. Thanks for posting it! Happy Friday!!! =)

  6. That looks delish! Reminds me of the Dolly Madison cakes - Zingers!

  7. That looks divine! I think you should ship out cakes to all of us, LOL! YUM!

  8. I cannot wait to try this! It looks soooo good!

  9. That looks AMAZING! Great receipe for the summer. I'll have to try making it.

  10. Oh my, this looks to die for! What a perfect girly cake for summer. Will have to try it out :)

  11. I can't wait to try this! It looks wonderful!

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  13. Oh no. This is not something I needed to see. Now someone is going to have to block my entry to all grocery stores lest I purchase these ingredients, make the cake, and stuff it entirely in my face. Sounds so delicious!

  14. This looks truly unbelievable lady! You are one awesome wife!

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