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Lemon Coconut Cake – Sticky, Filling, And DELICIOUS.. You Will Love it!

Lemon Coconut Cake – Sticky, Filling, And DELICIOUS.. You Will Love it!

The tangy lemon filling between layers of tender white cake. Top it all off with a rich coconut-cream cheese frosting. It’s no wonder some people think that it is one of the best cakes they’ve ever eaten.

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Why You’ll Love This Lemon Coconut Cake

What I love about this lemon coconut cake, besides the flavor, is the dense and fluffy texture. It has an unbelievably light crumb, but there is A LOT of dense flavor in each buttery bite. And readers all around the world agree– giving this cake rave reviews.

Here’s why you’ll love it, too:

  • Not just for spring– this cake brightens up cold and gloomy winter days
  • Great for all occasions
  • Mega flavorful
  • Extra buttery
  • Moist and soft
  • Simple yet impressive
  • Completely from scratch
  • Filled with lemon curd
  • Topped with cream cheese frosting
  • Garnished with toasted coconut

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Sugar
Cornstarch
Egg yolks, lightly beaten
Grated lemon rind
Fresh lemon juice
Butter
Cream Cheese Frosting
Butter, softened
Cream cheese, softened
Powdered sugar
Vanilla extract
Toasted Coconut
Shredded or flaked coconut

 

 

Ingredients

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For the cake

1 cup butter, softened
2 cups sugar
4 large eggs, separated
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Lemon Filling (see below)
Cream Cheese Frosting (see below)
2 cups sweetened flaked coconut

Lemon filling

1 cup sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
4 egg yolks, lightly beaten
2 teaspoons grated lemon rind
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons butter
Cream Cheese Frosting

1/2 cup butter, softened
1 (8-oz.) package cream cheese, softened
1 (16-oz.) package powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Toasted Coconut

shredded or flaked coconut

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Instructions

For the cake

Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until fluffy; gradually add sugar, beating well. Add egg yolks, 1 at a time, beating until blended after each addition.
Combine flour and baking powder; add to butter mixture alternately with milk, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat at low speed until blended after each addition. Stir in vanilla.
Beat egg whites at high speed with electric mixer until stiff peaks form; fold one-third of egg whites into batter. Gently fold in remaining beaten egg whites just until blended. Spoon batter into 3 greased and floured 9-inch round cake pans.
Bake at 350° for 18 to 20 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks 10 minutes; remove from pans, and cool completely on wire racks.
Spread Lemon Filling between layers. Spread Cream Cheese Frosting on top and sides of cake. Sprinkle with toasted coconut and spread Lemon on top. Garnish, if desired.

Lemon filling

Remove the zest of 3 lemons, being careful to avoid the white pith.
Put the zest in a food processor fitted with the steel blade. Add the sugar and pulse until the zest is very finely minced into the sugar. Cream the butter and beat in the sugar and lemon mixture. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, and then add the lemon juice, salt and cornstarch. Mix until combined. Pour the mixture into a 2 quart saucepan and cook over low heat until thickened (about 10 minutes), stirring constantly. The lemon curd will thicken at about 170 degrees F, or just below simmer. Remove from the heat and cool or refrigerate.
Cream Cheese Frosting

Beat butter and cream cheese at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy.
Gradually add powdered sugar, beating at low speed until blended; stir in vanilla.
Toasted Coconut

Preheat oven to 350°F.
Spread coconut in a single layer on a baking sheet. (cover with parchment paper)
Place coconut in oven. Check after about 2 minutes. Continue checking every minute until the coconut is the desired color. We like ours toasted on the edges, but still white in the middle.
Remove from oven. Allow to cool.

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