coconut jam cake

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~ coconut jam cake ~

I wanted to call this recipe “piece of cake” coconut jam victorian sandwich cake, but when I looked at the title all long and stretched out above the photograph I realized that it’s sort of confusing and doesn’t really convey the message that I’m trying to communicate…this cake is easy.

Soooo, I decided to just tell you. This cake is easy. There. Now that we have that out of the way…

I originally had all these lofty plans (per usual) to make my favorite “3 Day Coconut Cake,” but as you may have guessed from the easy to understand title, it takes 3 days, and the next time I thought about it I only had one day to make the cake. So I took it down a notch and decided to make the Cake Mix Doctor’s coconut cake. It’s called “Last Minute Coconut Cake.” Yeah, right. Last minute if you don’t have to go to the store the DAY BEFORE EASTER to get the six ingredients your missing first. After reading her recipe I realized I didn’t have everything it called for. So I made one up. As you may have gathered by now, this happens to me a LOT. I hardly ever go into the kitchen with the plan of inventing something, but out of necessity, I have gotten really good at it.

Anyhoo, here’s my recipe for easy coconut jam cake. Don’t laugh.

1 box white or yellow cake mix


possibly oil, depending on the cake mix

pineapple juice

coconut extract

1 jar premade frosting

flaked, sweetened coconut

raspberry jam

Mix up the cake according to package directions, using pineapple juice in place of the water called for…and replacing 1 Tablespoon of that liquid with a Tablespoon of coconut extract.

Bake according to, yup you guessed it, the package directions for a 2 layer cake.

Cool completely and slap some jam between the layers. This step is critical. If you forget to cool the cake completely, you’re done. That cake will not stay together. Not even if you cry. Or swear. Which I did. Even worse, the cake will look like it’s bleeding. Gross. Not very festive.

Frost with the frosting. Coat with flaked coconut.

Voila! Easy coconut jam cake.



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  12 comments for “coconut jam cake

  1. April 10, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    So beautiful! I love coconut – can’t wait to make this cake. Thank you!

    • Melissa
      April 10, 2012 at 2:04 pm

      You’re welcome Stephanie! xo and thanks so much for stopping by! 🙂

  2. April 12, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    That is one beautiful cake. I love coconut cake and I thin the jam takes it over the top. I had to comment because it was so pretty.

    • Melissa
      April 12, 2012 at 9:52 pm

      What a sweet thing to say, Tina 🙂 xoxo, and thanks for stopping by!

    • Melissa
      September 30, 2012 at 2:57 pm

      thanks for the ping back. enjoy the cake 🙂

  3. Danielle
    September 3, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    Making it. Doing it. 🙂

    • Melissa
      September 3, 2013 at 11:32 pm

      Hee hee 🙂 Enjoy, D! XOXO

  4. Sharon
    January 13, 2016 at 9:36 pm

    Thank goodness. I thought I had lost you, Melissa. Must not have been liking enough.
    Well, that will change, right now. So glad to be back in the fold of superior recipes.

    • Melissa
      January 14, 2016 at 2:04 pm

      Oh dear! I’m so happy you found me again 🙂 Thanks so much for stopping by. Your sweet note made my day. XO ~M

  5. September 21, 2016 at 1:21 pm

    We made this yesterday and boy was it good. Thanks for sharing this. Simon

    • Melissa
      September 22, 2016 at 6:01 pm

      You’re welcome, Simon 🙂 Glad you liked it! Thanks for visiting. ~M

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