If you’re looking for an easy coconut cake recipe, this is the recipe for you. I love using cans of soda for easy cakes! I’ve made a couple other ones, and they always turn out super moist and perfect. I used 7-Up for this delicious, patriotic, flag cake… and Coca Cola for this super simple 2 ingredient Chocolate Cake.
This coconut cake starts with two ingredients. Cream soda and white cake mix. I added a little coconut extract to make it super coconutty (is coconutty a word?), and of course fluffy, marshmallow frosting and tons of shredded coconut. So, five ingredients. You’re going to love how fast this goes together! And, if you’d rather have cupcakes, just line 12 muffin tins with cute cupcake papers instead of buttering a 9×13 cake pan, and voila. Cupcakes!
This would be good with chocolate frosting or strawberry frosting too. I love coconut with these options. But I thought just coconut for Easter because I don’t like to veer too far away from this tradition.
If you can’t find a can of cream soda, 7-Up will work too.
Butter a 9×13 cake pan (or 2 square 8×8 cake pans, or 2, 8 or 9 inch round cake pans if you want to make a layer cake.)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
1 (15.25 oz.) boxed, white cake mix (I used Duncan Hines)
1 (12 oz.) can cream soda (or 7-Up)
1 Tablespoon coconut extract
1 jar coconut frosting, vanilla frosting, or marshmallow frosting
shredded coconut (sweetened or unsweetened)
In a large mixing bowl, combine the cake mix, cream soda, and coconut extract. Mix gently just until completely mixed and only a few lumps appear in the batter. Don’t over-mix.
Pour into prepared pan(s). Bake in preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes, or just until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
Cool completely in cake pan set on a wire rack.
If you’re using a 9X13 cake pan you can just leave the cake in the pan and frost it. If you’re making a layer cake, VERY carefully remove cakes and assemble on a tiered cake stand with a domed top.
Frost with the frosting and press the coconut into frosting so it sticks to the cake.