The best coconut pound cake ever!

My posts have been so healthy so far in 2014 —  I need to mix things up a bit.  Not that this Triple Coconut Pound Cake is unhealthy…as cakes go it’s very respectable.  Pound cakes get a bad rap because they used to be loaded with butter, a pound of it, as a matter of fact.   My sister in law’s pound cake, which comes from her grandmother, is notorious for setting the toaster on fire.  This one is a little more restrained, I promise.   The triple coconut makes up for the overload of butter, so it’s still very luxurious…without the threat of spontaneous combustion.

For serious coconut lovers only!

This cake has a wonderfully fluffy, chewy texture which comes  from lots of shredded coconut and the little bit of coconut flour in the batter.   Coconut flour is a high fiber flour made from dried de-fatted coconut, so it has a nice, distinct coconut flavor.  You can substitute it for about 20% of regular flour in recipes.  I bumped up the coconut flavor even further with coconut extract.

Fluffy moist pound cake with triple coconut flavor

Triple Coconut Pound Cake


  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour (or use all regular flour)
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk (or coconut milk!)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp coconut extract
  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut plus more for garnish
  • for the glaze
  • 1 heaping cup confectioner's sugar
  • milk or cream or coconut milk, to thin
  • 1/2 tsp coconut extract


  1. Set oven to 350F
  2. Whisk together the flours, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  3. Cream the butter and sugar together in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time.
  4. Mix the evaporated milk with the extracts, and add alternately to the bowl with the dry ingredients, beginning and ending with the dry. Don't over mix the batter.
  5. Stir in the shredded coconut and turn into a greased and floured loaf pan. Smooth out the top and bake for about 55 minutes until risen, golden, and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out without wet batter clinging to it. (Moist crumbs are ok)
  6. Let the cake cool for 10 minutes before turning out onto a rack. let cool completely before glazing.
  7. Make the glaze by mixing the confectioner's sugar and extract with enough liquid to make a spreadable glaze. Top the glazed cake with more shredded coconut.

The perfect pound cake loaded with coconut

This pound cake is pure coconut bliss.  If you’re ready to take a coffee break from all the January healthiness, this is perfect.

The best Coconut Pound Cake

You can make your own coconut extract, starting with a whole coconut, I outline the process in THIS POST

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39 Responses to Triple Coconut Pound Cake

  1. Janet says:

    This cake looks delicious! I am a little confused by the instructions – it doesn’t say when to add anything to the creamed butter/sugar/egg mixture. It just says to mix the evap. milk with the extracts, then to add alternately to the bowl with the dry ingredients. Sorry, I am a novice cook; guess I need very detailed instructions! Thank you!

    • Sue says:

      Hi Janet, sorry that’s confusing…you will add the evaporated milk and the dry ingredients alternately to the original bowl that you mixed the butter, sugar, and eggs in. Does that make sense? I’ll try to word it more clearly.

  2. Gail says:

    This would be really amazing with fresh coconut milk. I’m going to hit up the markets to see if I can find the coconut flour too. Love this.

  3. Kim D. says:

    Hello can you double this recipe for a bundt cake pan? Thank you.

    • Sue says:

      I’m not sure because I haven’t tried, but I think it might work! You’ll have to carefully monitor the baking time…

  4. Marimba says:

    I just made it for church for a revival event. I love coconut cake recipes. I took a litle crumb of it and it was delish. I didn’t even put the glaze on it yet. Lol! I’m so excited. Thank you for the recipe.

  5. Suzanne says:

    Never mind just found it 55 min

  6. Suzanne says:

    I can’t find the bake time.

  7. MJay says:

    If you love coconut , you can’t go wrong with this recipe.
    God thing I’m the only one that is a fan of coconut because I won’t share!

  8. rachael ploegstra says:

    is the coconut milk from can or carton

  9. Ana says:

    What size pan do you use?

  10. Adrienne says:

    I am the queen of saving recipes and never actually making them… this is the first recipe I’ve ever seen that sent me IMMEDIATELY to the store for ingredients. I’m about to start baking it. Haha ? Thank you for sharing!

  11. Alena says:

    Have you tried subbing the butter for coconut oil?

  12. PamG says:

    This looks so incredibly delicious and we are cuckoo for coconut in this house. Can’t wait to make it. Thanks!

  13. Nancy Long says:

    I don’t have coconut extract, so I usually use coconut rum

  14. Savannah says:

    Made this for my family a couple weeks ago and everyone LOVED it! Served it with mixed berries and vanilla ice cream.

  15. Shelley Gerstberger says:

    Love your recipes, can hardly wait to give them a try…

  16. meri says:

    I will definitely make this for my family, thank you! And THANK YOU for the natural extract, I was buying some the other day and suddenly thought i should look at the ingredients in the imitation extract – a brand my Mum and probably many other people use, it’s very inexpensive… but there is stuff in there that scared me! superyuck. The fakies don’t taste as good either ;)

  17. i love coconut & can’t wait to make this, thanks!

  18. Christina says:

    I am the Queen of Coconut Lovers! I HAVE to make this cake, and soon!!! Oh my!!

  19. Now I know what to do with all my coconut flour! Love that this isn’t very heavy as pound cakes go.

  20. grace says:

    this is so dangerous for me–even though it’s not a very light dessert, i could eat SO much in one sitting! :)

  21. This just sounds like the best ever coconut pound cake – a real must to have in the repertoire.

  22. hungry dog says:

    I only very recently have come to like coconut and am intrigued by this recipe! I might reduce the coconuttiness and make it double coconut but I definitely plan to try it!

  23. I’m a coconut lover and anything triple coconut is just perfect!

  24. I love how we both have coconut on the mind lately! I can never get enough, and this beautiful cake is now on my must-try list!

  25. Sharon says:

    I love coconut anything, will try

  26. Sandra says:

    where do you buy coconut flour at??

  27. Linda says:

    I love coconut cake. I have a recipe similar to this. The glaze calls for an entire bottle of coconut extract. It is quite extreme in the flavor. I think I’ll use your recipe. Thanks for sharing.

    Linda @ Tumbleweed Contessa

    • Sue says:

      Wow, that sounds fascinating, I’m heading over to check it out now…I have noticed that coconut is a difficult flavor to isolate, even the extract is relatively mild. I made my own, and the longer you let it steep, the stronger it gets.

  28. This really is a coconutty cake! And I’m cuckoo for coconut! (I have no idea where that came from!)

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