Coconut Sponge Cake

coconut cake









This coconut sponge cake is a moist coconut flavored buttered cake filled with homemade lemon curd and frosted with a coconut rum frosting. It gets its coconut flavor from the use of coconut milk, flakes and extract. The taste is buttery, nutty, tangy and sweet at the same time. This is one of my favorite cakes and is a definite crowd pleaser.

2015-04-29 22.59.40








Cake Sponges:

(1) 226 Grams Unsalted Butter (1 Cup)

(2) 300 Grams Granulated White Sugar (1-1/2 Cups) (See Note 1)

(3) 5 Large Eggs (Separated)

(4) 1 Teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract

(5) 1 Teaspoon Pure Coconut Extract

(6) 1 Cup Coconut Milk

(7) 260 Grams All Purpose Flour (2 Cups)

(8) 2 Teaspoons Baking Powder

(9) 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda

(10) 1/2 Teaspoon Salt

(11) 1/2 Teaspoon Cream of Tartar

Lemon Curd:

The recipe for lemon curd can be found here.

Coconut Rum Frosting:

The recipe for coconut rum frosting can be found here. Traditionally, coconut cakes are frosted with a glossy seven minute frosting a recipe for which can be found here.


1-1/2 Cups Toasted Sweetened Coconut Flakes









(1) Take out 1/4 cup of sugar from the total sugar quantity and set it aside. It will be used to beat the egg whites.


(1) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

(2) Grease and coat the sides of two 8 or 9 inch cake pans with flour. Line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper.








(3) Separate the eggs and bring them to room temperature.

(4) In a large bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt together.

(5) In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter at low speed until creamy, about 1 minute. Add 1-1/4 cups of sugar to the butter and cream them together until the mixture is light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.








(6) Add the egg yolks one after another and beat them in. Use a rubber spatula at intervals to scrape the sides and bottom of the mixing bowl.

(7) Next, add the vanilla and coconut extracts and beat them in.






(8) Alternating between the flour mixture and coconut milk, add them to the batter in 5 additions (flour, coconut milk, flour, coconut milk, flour). Do not over mix the batter.








(9) In a separate clean bowl, beat the egg whites with the whisk attachment until foamy and frothy, about 1 minute. Add the cream of tartar and mix at medium-high speed until soft peaks form. Add the sugar a tablespoon at a time and beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form.

Stiff Peak









(10) Fold the egg whites into the cake batter in 3 additions using a rubber spatula. Be gentle so you do not deflate the egg whites.














(11) Pour the batter into the prepared pans and bake in the preheated oven for 35 – 40 minutes or until a tester inserted into the middle of the cakes comes out clean.








(12) Allow the cakes to cool in the pans for 15 minutes before taking them out. It is advisable to chill cakes before frosting.









(1) Make the lemon curd and coconut rum frosting or seven minute frosting. While the lemon curd can be made up to a couple of days in advance, if using seven minute frosting, it should be made only after the cakes have been filled because it gets tougher to work with as it sits.

lvmon curd







(2) Toast the coconut flakes in a pan over medium heat for about 5 minutes or until light brown.








(3) Torte and divide each sponge into 2 layers.








(4) Place the first layer on your cake board and spread about 1/4 cup of lemon curd on it and sprinkle some toasted coconut flakes over the lemon curd. Repeat same for the next 3 layers.














(5) Place the top layer on the cake and frost the outside of the cake.














(6) Plaster the toasted coconut flakes around the sides of the cake.








Leftover cake should be stored in the fridge.

2015-04-29 22.59.40







The coconut sponge cake can be used to make other types of cakes like my piña colada cake. Recipe here.

pina colada









(1) Grilled Pineapple with Toasted Coconut and Honey-Tequila Sauce. Recipe here

Grilled Pineapple







(2) Lemon Cake. Recipe here

lvmon ckvs







(3) Pinapple-Coconut Loaf. Recipe here

Pineapple and Coconut Cake2


Terry Adido is passionate about showing people how easy it is to recreate restaurant quality meals in the comfort of their kitchens. With a style of cooking he refers to as Afro-European Fusion, his meals are influenced greatly by French and Italian Cuisine with a West African twist. If you love good food, you are in for the ride of your life.

Tagged with:
72 comments on “Coconut Sponge Cake
  1. Chinyere Onyero says:

    Terry, Thank you very much.
    I have been thinking on doing this coconut cake.
    My fear is may be it will not taste fine in the mouth when it is cool.
    But with your help now, I will give it a try.
    Thank you, once again.

  2. Lydia says:

    Love your works….Terry

  3. owolabi gbemiro says:

    Nice I love dat nd am gonna give it a try.much love

  4. funmmy says:

    Wat is d other option for cream of tartar.or can it be omitted.

  5. ibk says:

    i will surely try this recipe. tanks

  6. Kankemwa says:

    You have a great website here! I would like to ask if you could please describe how one goes about “plastering” the coconut flakes round the sides of the cake?

  7. Thelma says:

    Thanks so much for sharing wonderful recipes

  8. chinyere says:

    After preheating the oven, what temperature should the cake be baked.

  9. Shola Essienton says:

    Thank you Terry for this post. You are such an inspiration tø people like M̶̲̥̅ε̲̣̣̣̥.

  10. juliet says:

    Thanku so much Terry fof this..will sure try it but what is coconut extract? Is it same as d flavour or how can I make coconut extract..pls

  11. juliet says:

    Ok thank you.

  12. basseycomfort says:

    My eyes are wide open, within few months of being here, hav been so much upgraded in bakin, fondantin etc. Hopin 2 learn more. May God continue 2 bless u wit longlife @ TErrY my BOSS

    • Terry Adido says:

      Thanks Comfort. I am happy to hear about your progress.

      • olabis says:

        Hi Terry, thanks so much for sharing your wonderful recipes with us. Please I would like to bake this coconut cake in a 12″ pan. Pls can I double the recip/measurements? Pls I would appreciate your quick response. Thanks in advance.

        • Terry Adido says:

          You are welcome. If you are using all the batter in a single 12″ pan, you need not double it. If you are baking it in more than one 12″ pan, you will need to put the complete recipe in each pan.

  13. olabis says:

    Thanks for your quick response Terry. I appreciate. Will keep you posted on how it turns out.

  14. Onyinye says:

    Hello terry, you are so my favorite person right now, tried your Nigerian cake for a birthday party and it was gone in minutes. However, I just tried your coconut sponge cake recipe, it is true to its name, sponge, really light and fluffy, but it has a bit of after taste, I’m guessing from the baking soda, baking powder and cream of tartar. What can I change in the recipe to eliminate that taste? Keep up the awesome job, and you will be hearing lots from me…

    • Terry Adido says:

      Hi Onyinye. I’m glad to hear about your success with the Nigerian Cake. I do not get the after taste you speak of in the coconut sponge cake. Could this be a product of the brand of ingredients you use? Unfortunately, none of the ingredients can be eliminated.

      • Onyinye says:

        I noticed a reduction with the after taste when I let it cool down properly. Do you think I can try 1teaspoon of baking powder instead of 2? What effect do you think that will that have on the cake? Patiently awaiting your lemon tart recipe…

  15. Chinyere Onyero says:

    Terry, don’t you think the after taste may come from coconut?
    She should check the coconut she used, whether it is all fresh and so on.

  16. amaka says:

    dear terry, what is coconut milk? is it the process of grating and squeezing out the juice of the coconut or is there a coconut milk sold in stores. thanks. want to try this tomorrow. tried you french vanilla sponge cake, it was awesome. it vanished in a few seconds.

  17. Teesmom says:

    Hello Terry. Thanks for this recipe. I have tried it thrice now,but each time I get to whisking the eggwhites, cream of tartar and sugar, no soft or stiff peaks form. I followed instructions so not sure why. Wondering if it would have made the cake better. Otherwise, this was my first fluffy and moist cake!!!!



    • Terry Adido says:

      Hi Teesmom. Thanks for your feedback. Egg whites can be very fussy. What do you use to beat them? A stand mixer works better than a hand mixer or a whisk. The mixing bowl must be grease free or the egg whites will not beat well. It is best for the egg whites to be at room temperature and not cold before mixing. I hope this helps. Terry

  18. Teesmom says:

    Thank you, Terry. I used a hand mixer as the batter was mixing in the stand mixer bowl and I do not have an extra bowl yet. I will try using the stand mixer the next time

  19. Osha says:

    This cake looks delicious!

  20. funmi says:

    Hello Terry, tanx for the recipe. My questions :
    (1) how do I make my coconut milk?
    (2) can the coconut cake be covered with fondant?
    (3) is pure vanilla extract and coconut extract the same thing as their flavours?
    tanx for your time.

  21. funmi says:

    you’re da bomb terry. tanx a milli

  22. afoma says:

    please The boss ,the coconut flakes used is it freshly grated by you or bought?

  23. Becky says:

    Thanks for the recipe..God bless you. Pls how can I get coconut flakes. Can I make mine using fresh coconut?

  24. stella says:

    Nice job Terry. God bless

  25. yetty says:

    Hi Terry, keep the good work on, please can this recipe be made into cupcakes, or can I just use your Vanilla cupcakes recipe n substitute d milk there for coconut milk

  26. Sade says:

    I love your receipe. I made 3 batches of a 9″cake for a birthday and it was awesome. Thank you!!

  27. Vanessa says:

    Hi, please how long should it be in the oven if making it into cupcakes?

  28. Augusta says:

    Hi Terry. Do you think this cake will go well with the Chocolate Butter Cake? If yes, what frosting do you advice?
    Thanks for all you have bin doing. God bless the works of your hand.

  29. Augusta says:

    Thanks. I appreciate.

  30. Inem says:

    Hello terry..please there seems to be a problem with the coconut rum frosting recipe link..,, just made the coconut sponge cake but can’t access the frosting page.thanks

  31. Joy says:

    Hey Terry, you rock! Thank you for sharing your knowledge ever so freely. This cake looks so yummy, I can’t wait to try it out.

  32. Vanessa says:

    Hi Terry,
    Please how many of this recipe would I need for a 11*15 sheet pan and how long should it bake for?

    Thank you!

  33. Joy says:

    Thanks for sharing boss Terry, will surely try this out.

  34. Judy says:

    Hi Terry,

    God bless your heart for freely sharing your recipes, tips and all. I’ll like to know if this recipe and the French vanilla sponge one have enough structure to allow for sculpting/carving.
    Anticipating your response. Thanks a bunch.

  35. Funmi says:

    Terry thank you for these tips and God bless you. Pls in measuring the cups, is it levelled or heap.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *