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Coconut Layer Cake with Fluffy Coconut Icing

A light and moist yellow coconut layer cake with a hint of apricot preserves under the fluffy white boiled icing and toasted coconut.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time42 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 10 servings
Author: Julia Ann


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea Salt
  • 3 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon coconut extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 jar apricot preserves
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 egg whites at room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon coconut extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 cup sweet shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup toasted coconut


  • Preheat oven 350 F.
  • Grease and line 2 9-inch cake pans with parchment paper; grease the parchment paper.
  • Measure the flour, salt and baking powder together in a small bowl; whisk to blend.
  • In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar until fluffy.
  • Add the coconut extract and beaten eggs; beat just to blend.
  • Add the dry ingredients alternating with the milk.
  • Mix well after each addition and until smooth.
  • Pour the batter into prepared cake pans.
  • Bake 12 to 15 minutes.
  • Insert toothpick in the middle of the cake, when done, the toothpick will come out clean.
  • (This is a small batter.)
  • Cool on a rack for 5 minutes before turning out of the pans.
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  • Put sugar and water in heavy saucepan; cook until it is 238 F or soft ball stage.
  • Meanwhile beat the egg whites and cream of tartar in a large bowl until stiff.
  • When the sugar syrup has reached the correct temperature, dip the bottom of the pan in cold water for 1 second to stop the cooking.
  • Beat the stiff egg whites at high speed while pouring in a stream of sugar syrup.
  • Add the vanilla.
  • Continue beating until icing has cooked, about 5 minutes.
  • Spread the apricot preserves between the 2 layers before adding icing.
  • Put icing between layers, sides and top.
  • While icing is soft sprinkle with grated coconut and toasted coconut.


This was adapted from The New Royal Cook Book, Royal Baking Powder Co., New York, U.S.A., 1922, p 15...................... Julia Ann and cookbookinabox® in partnership with Netta Belle’s Choice® brings you great recipes for your cooking experience. ©2007-2018 Netta Belle’s Choice® The Art of Gourmet Cookery®
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