Easy Coconut Sheet Cake

Easy Coconut Sheet Cake

I have always been intimidated by coconut cake recipes.  I honestly don’t know why.  So I started with a really easy coconut sheet cake recipe.

I’m not against using a box cake mix, I just don’t normally have them in my cupboards.  You will never know this recipe is not completely from scratch, replacing the oil with butter makes a big difference.  If you like really moist cake give this recipe a go.

Easy Coconut Sheet Cake

easy coconut sheet cake

How to make a Coconut Sheet Cake

Prepare the cake mix as directed, replacing the oil with melted butter.

Bake the cake in a 9×13 prepared pan as directed on the box.

While the cake is still hot from the oven, poke holes then pour the cream of coconut and sweetened condensed milk mixture over the cake.


Let it cool completely.

While the cake is cooling toast the coconut if desired.  We prefer it toasted, your choice.  I toasted it in a dry sheet pan at 350 degrees for about 8 minutes watching CLOSELY.

Easy Coconut Sheet Cake - Don't Sweat The Recipe

Once cooled, spread the whipped topping all over and sprinkle with the coconut.

Store in the refrigerator.


Easy Coconut Sheet Cake Recipe

Easy Coconut Sheet Cake
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5 from 4 votes

Easy Coconut Sheet Cake

You will never know this recipe uses a box mix, replacing the oil with butter makes a big difference. If you like really moist cake give this recipe a go.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 15
Author: DSTR


  • 1 box yellow cake mix and all ingredients listed on the back of the box minus the oil
  • unsalted butter to replace the oil in the mix
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 can cream of coconut
  • 1 bag of sweetened flake coconut divided
  • 1 tub of frozen whipped topping thawed


  • Measure out about 1/3 to 1 cup of coconut, set aside for later. This is for the top of the cake so it's really up to you. (I used about 1 cup)
  • Prepare the cake as instructed on the box. Replace the oil with melted butter, slightly cooled.
  • Mix in the rest of the bag of coconut until the mixture is uniform.
  • Bake the cake in a 9x13 pan according to the package instructions until done or a cake tester comes out clean.
  • While the cake bakes mix the cream of coconut and sweetened condensed milk until combined. (HINT: if your cream of coconut comes out of the can and it seems to be solid chunks in a liquid put it in a microwave safe bowl and zap on five-second intervals stirring between each one. It will combine back together.)
  • When the cake is done remove from the oven. While the cake is still hot from the oven poke it all over with the end of a wooden spoon that is rounded.
  • Once you've poked holes and while the cake is still hot, pour the cream of coconut and sweetened condensed milk mixture over the cake. If it pools a bit on the edges no big deal, just spread it around a bit. The cake with soak up all of the mixture.
  • Now cool your cake.
  • Once your cake is cool, spread all over with the whipped topping and sprinkle the remaining coconut on top.



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  1. Reply

    Oh yum! This looks so so good! Pinned!

  2. Reply

    This looks very tempting. Will definitely have to try it out.
    Greetings from Dubai and have a great day!!


    1. Reply

      Thank you!

  3. Reply

    5 stars
    This looks so delicious! I wish I had a piece right now! Thanks for linking up to Waiting on Wednesday.

    1. Reply

      Thank you, Jennifer!

  4. Reply

    Makes my mouth water!!! Would love to have you come share at the “What’s for Dinner” linky party!

    1. Reply

      Thank you, Helen!

  5. Reply

    This looks delicious! I had never heard of cream of coconut before, do they sell this in the baking aisle? Will have to try this out soon!

    1. Reply

      I usually find it in the drink mix isle. Thank you for stopping by!

  6. Reply

    Yum! This looks great. I love coconut anything! Maybe I will try it for Easter! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Reply

      Thank you, Cristina!

  7. Reply

    Oh I love coconut! I haven’t made coconut cake before, I’ll have to try this! Thanks for sharing at From the Archives Friday! See you next week!

    1. Reply

      Thanks, Chellie!

  8. Reply

    5 stars
    WOOOHOOO! What an awesome recipe. Thanks a million for sharing with us at Weekend Potluck. Pinning now!

    1. Reply

      Thank you!

  9. Reply

    I love all things coconut, this cake sounds incredible! Thanks for sharing at What’d You Do This Weekend?!

    1. Reply

      Thank you, Joy!

  10. Reply

    Coconut sheet cake looks really yum. Thanks for sharing with Hearth and soul blog hop, pinning and tweeting.

  11. Reply

    5 stars
    This looks so divine! I must give it a try! Thank you for sharing with us at the Friday Funday blog Hop! <3

  12. Reply

    5 stars
    Oh I love anything with coconut. This looks and sounds delicious. Thanks for linking up to Share With Me #sharewithme

  13. Reply

    Yum! I actually don’t care for coconut…unless it’s in cake! My dad used to make one that was awesome. I’m going to share this recipe with him, we may give it a try when I’m home in a couple of weeks. Thanks for sharing at You Link It, We Make it. I hope you’ll come back tomorrow and link up again!

    1. Reply

      Thanks, April!

  14. Reply

    My mother used to make this cake, and it was always delicious. Thanks so much for sharing with the Let’s Get Real party.

    1. Reply

      Thank you, Gaye!

  15. Reply

    One word – YUM!!! Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful cake at Weekend Potluck! We hope to see you again tomorrow! Cheers!

    1. Reply

      Thanks, Mary!

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  18. Reply

    Hi, did you use salted or unsalted butter?

    1. Reply

      Hi, Kelly. I always use unsalted butter for baked goods. I have corrected the recipe to reflect the change. Thanks for bringing this to our attention.

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