Lemon Coconut Cake

Zesty Delight: Lemon Coconut Cake

 Prepare your taste buds for a journey of sweet and tangy bliss with our Lemon Coconut Cake recipe. This dessert masterpiece beautifully balances the bright and zesty flavors of lemon with the tropical essence of coconut, resulting in a cake that’s a true delight for the senses. Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or simply craving a slice of sunshine, this cake is sure to brighten your day. So, let’s dive into the world of citrusy-coconut perfection!


For the Cake:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest (from about 2 lemons)
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup buttermilk

For the Lemon Coconut Frosting:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut

For Garnish (Optional):

  • Additional shredded coconut
  • Lemon slices or zest curls


Prepare the Cake:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and flour two 9-inch round cake pans and line the bottoms with parchment paper for easy removal.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, cream the softened butter and granulated sugar together until light and fluffy, which should take about 3-4 minutes.
  4. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in the lemon zest, lemon juice, and vanilla extract.
  5. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, alternating with the buttermilk, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients. Mix until just combined.
  6. Divide the batter evenly between the prepared cake pans and smooth the tops. Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  7. Allow the cakes to cool in the pans for about 10 minutes, then remove them from the pans and transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.

Prepare the Lemon Coconut Frosting: 8. In a mixing bowl, beat the softened butter until creamy. Gradually add the powdered sugar, lemon juice, and lemon zest, mixing until the frosting is smooth and well combined.

  1. Fold in the shredded coconut, ensuring it’s evenly distributed throughout the frosting.

Assemble and Frost: 10. Once the cakes have cooled, place one layer on a serving plate or cake stand. Spread a generous layer of the lemon coconut frosting over the top.

  1. Carefully place the second cake layer on top and frost the top and sides of the entire cake with the remaining frosting.
  2. If desired, garnish the cake with additional shredded coconut and lemon slices or zest curls for a visually appealing finish.

Cook’s Notes:

  • For an even more intense lemon flavor, you can add a touch of lemon extract to the cake batter and frosting.
  • Toasting the shredded coconut before adding it to the frosting will impart a delightful nutty aroma and flavor.
  • Ensure your cake layers are completely cooled before frosting to prevent the frosting from melting or becoming too runny.


  • Lemon Blueberry Twist: Incorporate fresh blueberries into the cake batter for bursts of juicy sweetness that perfectly complement the lemon and coconut flavors.
  • Lemon Curd Filling: Add a layer of lemon curd between the cake layers for an extra zesty surprise.
  • Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting: Substitute the buttercream frosting with a luscious coconut cream cheese frosting for a tangy twist on the traditional.

 The Lemon Coconut Cake is a celebration of vibrant flavors and delightful textures. With its zesty lemon notes and tropical coconut flair, it’s a dessert that captures the essence of sunny days and happy moments. Whether you’re sharing it with loved ones or savoring a slice in solitude, this cake will undoubtedly brighten your day and leave you craving more. Enjoy every forkful of this zesty delight!

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