Coconut Dream Cake



The reports of snowstorms across the country have me dreaming of coconut cake.  Instead of pulling your hair out because your kids are home yet another day for President’s Day, celebrate winter’s snowfall with a taste of the tropics and a mug of hot chocolate.  Snow days and winter holidays are a great time to watch movies, bake, play board games, make hot chocolate, read a good book and surf Pinterest.  That is, unless you are lucky enough to go somewhere warm and lie on a beach with a good book and a beverage that tastes like coconut. My friend Kristine shared this coconut cake with me over the holidays.   My sister-in-law also makes one very similar.  I love coconut, but no one else in my family likes it so unless I’m sharing it with others it’s not something I make often.

This coconut cake is easy to make and very moist.  If you like coconut you’ll  love this cake!


Coconut Dream Cake
Recipe type: dessert
  • 1 (15.25 oz.) box white cake mix
  • 1 (15 oz) can cream of coconut
  • 1 (14 oz) can Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 (16 oz.) container Extra Creamy Cool Whip
  • 1 bag Baker's sweetened shredded coconut flakes
  1. Bake case as directed. Kristine used a 9 x 13 pan.
  2. Remove cake and poke holes with a straw.
  3. Mix ½ can cream of coconut with 1 can Eagle Brand Condensed Milk in bowl and pour over hot cake.
  4. Let cake completely cool.
  5. Cover cooled cake with Cool Whip and about ¾ bag of shredded coconut to look like snow.
  6. Cover and refrigerate overnight.


hot chocolate cookie cups


These little hot chocolate cookie cups from The Gunny Sack are adorable and would make a fun addition to the snow day coconut cake.   The base of the cup is  made from Pillsbury Sugar Cookie Dough.  My kids would have loved these hot chocolate cookie cups when they were younger and I’m pretty sure my teenage daughter would still love them.  You can find the recipe at The Gunny Sack.

Happy Monday, President’s Day and depending on where you live snow day!


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    • says

      You’ll have to let me know when you make it Ashley. It’s a coconut lovers dream, maybe that’s why they call it coconut dream cake, ha!ha!

  1. Jeanene Brake says

    This sounds DELICIOUS and dangerous because I too am the only one in my family that likes coconut so I would be the only one eating this. But who cares?! I have very fond memories of a cake similar to this when I was very young. My Dad’s aunt would have us to her house every summer and would make a coconut layer cake that was so moist an so delicious. I’m sure I had several slices. Also the hot chocolate cookie cups look great, I know my kids would love them!
    Thanks for sharing, Dawn.

  2. Keri Davey says

    I think the hot choc cookie cups look adorable!!! Brie would love making those so I pinned it. None of us like coconut unfortunately. Hope you enjoyed your Presidents Day:)

  3. Virginia Hollar says

    love the recipe for the coconut cake, but where would I find cream of coconut? I never heard of it? would appreciate it if you would email me the answer as I may not find your blog again.
    thank you

    • says

      Most grocery stores sell it. It comes in a can and is in the aisle with the mixers like tonic water, etc. If you don’t see it there just ask someone at your store. I hope you enjoy the cake.

  4. Dee says

    Would it be possible to give weights for the ingredients please as we in the UK have different items to what you can get in your country? Things like a bag of coconut – is this dessicated coconut and what size is the bag? (Dessicated coconut in the UK is sort of ground coconut).
    Thank you for any help you could give me because I would love to have a go at making your cake.
    Please could you email me as I want to print out what you say about this?

  5. says

    I would LOVE this cake. My husband doesn’t like coconut, so I rarely get to eat it. If I make a cake he won’t eat, guess who ends up eating the whole thing? I’m saving this for the next time I have to bring a dessert to a group function. Heavenly!


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