I found this recipe in a Betty Crocker Recipe Magazine and tweaked it a little. I swear by Duncan Hines. I think it has the most flavor and it’s really moist. AND I add pudding into every mix to make it even more moist. I hope you enjoy it as much as my family does.


  • 1 box of Duncan Hines White cake mix
  • 1 box of White chocolate pudding
  • 1 can (14 oz) Coconut Milk (NOT cream of coconut)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/2 cup of Large Coconut Flakes


    Preheat over to 350 degrees.

    Mix dry cake mix and pudding in a large mixing bowl. It helps to break up the large pieces making for a smoother cake. Then add in milk, water, and whites. Mix for 2 minutes until all lumps are gone, then stir in coconut flakes.

    Bake 28 to 33 minutes.


KDFcreations Says... 22 Mar 2010 , 10:54am

OMG. I'm so excited you posted this. I've been looking for a coconut cake recipe using a cake mix for weeks now. Most of them tell you to do the 'poked hole' method and I didn't want to do that. I'll be using this for sure! Thank you!!!!!

cakemamaP Says... 3 Apr 2010 , 3:20pm

what kind of filling/frosting do you use with this cake...it sounds delicious!!

I_luv_cakes Says... 7 Apr 2010 , 12:27pm

Thank You sooooo much!!!! I have also been looking for a coconut cake recipe for the longest time. I'm trying this tonight!!!

Davina_Alloway Says... 9 Apr 2010 , 2:00pm

I use a white chocolate buttercream or even a regular BC. I'm in the process of making an Almond Joy Cake. Same cake but a layer of chocolate BC and a thin layer of slivered almonds in the middle and frosted with the chocolate BC.

bmarlow001 Says... 20 Apr 2010 , 7:10pm

great cake! I am using the "ultimate pina colada" filling for this cake so i'll definitely let you know how well it comes out :)

CiNoRi Says... 23 Apr 2010 , 1:21pm

Anyone know if this is good for stacked cakes?

Davina_Alloway Says... 27 Apr 2010 , 11:32am

It sets just like a pound cake. I would like it would be ok to use for stacking

ddon722 Says... 12 Jun 2010 , 2:03pm

Almond joy sounds great. I bet it would be amazing with a ganache glaze!

StandingForJesus Says... 21 Jul 2010 , 2:45pm

Oh thank you so much for posting this. I made a coconut cake for a customer last weekend. I do one for her every single year and never had a problem. She just called me and said she hated to tell me and the cake tasted so good, but when they cut into it, it just crumbled and was just a mess. I was so embarassed. I offered her another cake at no charge and now I'm just scared to death to make the same cake since it failed, so I was looking for a recipe and seen yours. I seen where you said it sets like a pound cake, so that tells me it should cut smooth and not crumble, so I'm gonna give it a try tonight. You may have just saved me a customer. Thank you sooooo much!

Davina_Alloway Says... 27 Jul 2010 , 8:07am

If you've tired this recipes... don't forget to rate it!

dulce925 Says... 3 Aug 2010 , 9:04am

I love making this cake,but instead of using the white chocolate pudding,I use coconut cream pudding and don't even need to add flakes....delish!

YummyArt Says... 27 Aug 2010 , 10:37am

Does anyone know if this is good for carving? I have a request for a convertible-shaped cake and they would like coconut cake.

mooella Says... 7 Sep 2010 , 5:19am

Best coconut cake EVER! Wonderful flavor and incredibly moist! It does set very nicely, it baked so evenly I barely had to level it. Boo for me cuz there were no scraps to munch on!! I filled it with the delicious coconut filling and it was a big hit.

jennrick1 Says... 29 Sep 2010 , 8:06am

Made cupcakes of this recipe last night as a trial for an order in October. OMG!!! So amazing. I loved it! Can't wait to share my cupcakes today and see what others think. Definitely found a new favorite cake. Baked so nice and was perfect for cupcakes too!!

ErinVA Says... 2 Nov 2010 , 8:44am

i have been to every grocery store and cannot find coconut milk... is there anything i can substitute for it???

lovenintheoven Says... 3 Nov 2010 , 8:58am

Anyone try this with whole eggs? ErinVA: coconut milk would be in your Asian food section of the market, or do you have an Asian market in your area? Can't wait to try!

vkat Says... 8 Nov 2010 , 10:58pm

OMG! This cake is soooo goood!! My 8 year old nephew requested a coconut cake for his birthday. I made this one and boy was it scrumdillyumtious!

kathy512 Says... 10 Nov 2010 , 8:55pm

Look in the Asian food section of the grocery store for the coconut milk.

brs011 Says... 24 Nov 2010 , 10:42am

What frosting tastes best with this cake? I'm making this cake for Thanksgiving but not sure if I should use the 7 minute frosting or a regular buttercream. Thanks!

ChristyCakes77 Says... 4 Dec 2010 , 1:03pm

loveintheoven, I made it with 3 whole eggs and coconut pudding. Turned out great!

TeresaSimmons Says... 16 Dec 2010 , 10:36am

i am so excited to try this for a customer she wants a 3 layer coconut cake so here goes.Thanks so much for everyone's imput. For the ones that are experienced and have made this what would you charge for a cake like this. I am new and have no clue. thanks again

Raini Says... 21 Dec 2010 , 7:29pm

o my goodness this cake is perfect !!!! thanks the taste is heaven ;)

cakelady1958 Says... 28 Dec 2010 , 11:43am

Just heard from the client that I made this cake for and she said it was a BIG hit with her family. I also used coconut cream pudding in the batter instead of coconut flakes. Thanks for sharing............

missv1973 Says... 8 Feb 2011 , 2:58pm

Can you tell me how much caek this recipe makes? Two 8" rounds?

mam1080 Says... 8 Mar 2011 , 10:13pm

I wish I could eat this cake every single day! It is heavenly! VERY fluffy!

brick_a_brack Says... 5 Apr 2011 , 9:29am

This cake is soooo good!!!! I made this for a bride who loves coconut. I did make a couple of changes. I used Coconut Cream pudding, I used unsweetened coconut that I toasted, and I increased the water to 1/2 cup. The batter was a little to thick for my liking. It baked so nicely!!! Thanks for posting.

ashya Says... 24 Apr 2011 , 1:01pm

I'm not a big fan of coconut but I loved this cake. The only flaw I found with it is that mine turned out a little too dense almost doughy.cake tester came out clean don't know what I did wrong,but i'm going to keep on trying because it is that good! I filled mine with a whipped mango and pineapple filling and then frosted it with a whipped cream frosting,very yummy!

SamaritanSweets Says... 12 May 2011 , 8:30pm

Do you still have to use the pudding if the cake mix is one that already has pudding in it?

Jennifer824 Says... 13 May 2011 , 4:27am

Made this Cake last night I did what some others said about the pudding and used coconut pudding and my husband loved it said it was one of the best I have made. Thanks for sharing this amazing recipe! :)

Crystalg1208 Says... 21 May 2011 , 7:20pm

Has anyone tried making this cake with chocolate mix? I wonder if it would be good?

ljchevygirl Says... 21 Jun 2011 , 7:47am

Made this over the weekend for a dear friends Betty Boop cake and it was a big hit with everyone. I do not like coconut so I can not say personally but everyone else ate it all up. I made a simple coconut buttercream icing for it due to the Betty Boop request. Everything turned out perfect. The icing was done with a little over a 1/2 tsp of vanilla and a little less than 1/2 tsp of coconut flavoring.

JNettecakes Says... 1 Jul 2011 , 12:25pm

Help! I just made this recipe for a wedding cake and it doesn"t taste like coconut at all. Just tastes like white cake. I used white cake mix, cocnut cream pudding mix, coconut milk and everything else as is called for in the recipe. Is it a very subtle coconut flavor? Anyone else have this problem? What am I doing wrong?

My_Little_Cake_Shop Says... 3 Jul 2011 , 11:02am

Can we substitute the white chocolate pudding for vanilla pudding and add coconut flavoring?

andlydle Says... 21 Jul 2011 , 11:50am

I love this cake! I've made it a few times now and it's one of everyone's favorites. I've made it with a coconut pecan filling (like german chocolate cake) with a ganache outer coating. Also, I've made it with a pineapple filing and coconut flavored BC. I substitute coconut cream pudding, but otherwise use the same ingredients. The coconut is fairly subtle, but pops when you put it with other things. High quality ingredients make a difference too.

lyndim Says... 30 Nov 2011 , 5:53pm

Made this recipe today, cupcakes and cake, the cupcakes came out very nice, but the cake was too moist almost doughy. Like asya stated, the cake tester came out clean but the inside too doughy. Does anyone have any tips on how to make it less doughy. The coconut flavor is not as strong as I would like.

tjames30 Says... 29 Mar 2012 , 10:32am

No oil in this cake???

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