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Feb 07 2014

Red Velvet Coconut Cake

Published by at 10:11 pm under Desserts

Valentine’s Day is exactly a week from now, so to get everyone in the spirit, we baked something that will surely make you feel warm and fuzzy inside.. okay maybe not. But we do hope that this Red Velvet Coconut Cake looks tempting enough for you to make for that special someone. The red and white on this cake really shouts Valentine’s! Oh, and believe it or not, this is actually the very first cake we’ve made on our blog! Hooray! We figured it was a fun challenge to bake this together, and luckily it did not turn out disastrous, since baking is not our forte! With the help from and Paula Deen’s Red Velvet recipe, we tweaked it a bit to create this Red Velvet Coconut Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting that is sprinkled entirely with shredded coconut! If you love sweet desserts, you are in for a delicious treat!

Sift together 2 1/2 cups cake flour, 3 tbsp cocoa powder, 1 1/2 tsp baking powder, and 1/2 tsp salt. Gently mix together.

In a mixer, beat 1 1/2 sticks of softened unsalted butter, 1 cup sugar, and 1/2 cup shredded coconut. Then add 3 large eggs, one at a time. With the mixer on low, gradually add 1/2 cup buttermilk, 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk, and 1 vanilla bean (shown below). To get the batter looking a lovely red, add 2 tbsp of red food coloring.

Instead of vanilla extract, we scraped a vanilla bean instead. If you don't have this on hand, then use 1 tsp vanilla extract to be added to the wet ingredients.

We combined the dry ingredients with the red batter by hand instead of using the electric mixer. In a separate bowl, combine 1 tbsp white vinegar with 1 tsp baking soda and let it activate. Then add it to the batter.

Spray two 8-inch cake pans and divide the mixture into two. (Note: We didn't have two pans handy, so we just used one cake pan for the batter. This will have a longer baking time and we had to cut off the top of the cake after it baked to get it flat.) If you have the two cake pans, it should take about 25-30 minutes to bake or until toothpick comes out clean.

As you can see, we sliced off the top of our cake to give it a smooth texture to prepare for the icing.

We also cut the cake into 3 layers and added a thin layer of cream cheese frosting on each piece. Cream cheese frosting is prepared by mixing 1 package of softened cream cheese, 1/4 cup softened butter, 4 cups confectioner's sugar, and 1 tsp vanilla extract. If the frosting is not as smooth, add 1 tsp of water to help the consistency be more spreadable.

Frost each layer of the cake and finish off with the entire outside of the cake. Don't worry if you get red velvet specks when you are icing because the coconut flakes will cover it.

Sprinkle about 1 cup of shredded coconut over the entire cake, making sure to cover all areas of the frosting. This was definitely the most enjoyable part! Maybe it's because we were at the finish line.

From the outside, it just looks like a white coconut cake, but once you slice into the cake, you get the beautiful red velvet color which is perfect to serve for a Valentine's Day dessert. So now you can have your cake... and eat it too!

To view or print-out this recipe, click here: Red Velvet Coconut Cake

28 responses so far

28 Responses to “Red Velvet Coconut Cake”

  1. Debbyon 07 Feb 2011 at 11:11 pm

    That is my kind of a dessert. Yummmmm!

  2. Roxanon 07 Feb 2011 at 11:15 pm

    This cake is perfect for valentine’s day! I should hint for my husband to make it for me ;] I love coconut and think to smother it all over a cake is a great idea.

  3. Loul@on 07 Feb 2011 at 11:26 pm

    Tout simplement : SUPERBE!!!! Bravo

  4. Kellyon 07 Feb 2011 at 11:44 pm

    Mmmm! This looks so delicious. Love all the coconut! :)

  5. Altaon 08 Feb 2011 at 3:29 am

    This is gorgeous!

  6. Dicopeon 08 Feb 2011 at 3:42 am

    mmm looks delicious ! to bad I can eat coconut , even if I love it ^^

  7. Belinda @zomppaon 08 Feb 2011 at 5:42 am

    This is simply a double whammy of yummy!

  8. 5 Star Foodieon 08 Feb 2011 at 6:44 am

    So pretty with the snow white coconut outside and bright red inside, wow!

  9. Alisa Flemingon 08 Feb 2011 at 7:39 am

    That looks amazing! I love the abundant coconut sprinkled on – so enticing!

  10. Lori Lynnon 08 Feb 2011 at 9:28 am

    Terrific for Valentine’s! Warm fuzzies, perfect description.
    Love your photos too.
    See you in San Diego on Thursday?

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  12. Michael / South Bay Foodieson 08 Feb 2011 at 10:45 am

    Red Velvet + Coconut = OMG! :D

    I’ve always enjoyed pecans and walnuts on my red velvet cakes but the coconut is a nice spin.

  13. Sophiaon 08 Feb 2011 at 12:34 pm

    I love Valentine’s Day desserts, and yours looks so, so delicious! You should really consider submitting this to Recipe4Living’s Valentine’s Day Recipe Contest! You could win a GreenPan Stainless Steel Todd’s Perfect Gourmet Cook Set!

  14. Chris and Amyon 08 Feb 2011 at 1:10 pm

    Soooo pretty! The top looks like snow, and believe me, we know what snow looks like!!!

  15. briarroseon 08 Feb 2011 at 6:08 pm

    Red velvet cake and coconut…wonderful mix and it looks just lovely. Excellent Valentine’s Day cake.

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  17. Dinaon 08 Feb 2011 at 8:37 pm

    nice take on red velvet cake!

  18. nanceeon 08 Feb 2011 at 9:08 pm

    This is awesome!!!! On a scale of 1 to 10 with 1 being the least I declare this cake a 10!!!

  19. Cynthiaon 09 Feb 2011 at 5:05 pm

    Looks amazing. I am making this next week. Thank you

  20. graceon 09 Feb 2011 at 9:41 pm

    red velvet cake by itself holds little thrill for me, though i do like the vibrant color. it’s funny that the simple act of adding coconut makes it practically irresistible!

  21. Joanneon 10 Feb 2011 at 2:41 pm

    I love the tangy flavor of red velvet cake and the coconut on top makes it absolutely perfect!

  22. Teri [a foodie stays fit]on 12 Feb 2011 at 4:43 pm

    wow, this sounds like my dream cake. i love coconut cakes but combining it with red velvet?? brilliant! what a gorgeous cake for valentine’s day too!

  23. Annetteon 13 Feb 2011 at 9:01 pm

    Brilliant idea- it looks like a fab idea for V-DAY :)

  24. Violeton 17 Feb 2011 at 12:18 pm

    This cake looks amazing… we’d love to have you feature some of your dishes at

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  26. Ericon 03 Mar 2011 at 3:11 pm

    I’m not the biggest fan of shredded coconut, but this looks awesome. We might just try a variation of it!

  27. Lori Delgadoon 17 Mar 2011 at 1:33 am

    Hi; made this YUMMY cake today and we LOVED it! Love the coconut in it and on it. Very moist and SO good!!!

  28. KJ @Low Cost Auctionson 01 Jul 2013 at 11:55 am

    I do like red velvet cake (alot), but am just not a fan of coconut on cakes. I do like coconut… so I might actually try it. Anyone else who tried it mind the coconut?

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