Coconut Beach Cake

Coconut Beach Cake

When I think of beaches and tropical islands, coconut always comes to mind. I wanted to create a cake that transports your mind and your tastebuds to a far away land and so this Coconut Beach Cake was created! It’s made of a flavour packed coconut sponge using coconut oil, creamed coconut blocks (which you can easily find in the Asian food section) and dessicated coconut. I’ve filled and covered it with a coconut flavoured buttercream with a blue watercolour effect to remind you of those beautiful blue seas from exotic lands. On top is crushed digestive biscuit and white chocolate shells for more of that beach vibe!

Step by step…


To start I melted two creamed coconut blocks with coconut oil, then I stirred them into caster sugar and let the mixture cool for 10 minutes.


I whisked in eggs, then self raising flour and dessicated coconut.


I divided the batter between the tins and baked the cakes for 35 minutes.

To make the buttercream I mixed together butter, icing sugar and coconut flavouring until smooth.


I stacked up the cake, spreading buttercream between each layer. Then I covered the whole cake in a crumb coat of buttercream and chilled it in the fridge.


To create the watercolour icing effect I first separated some of the buttercream into bowls and coloured it two shades of blue. Then I covered the cake in a layer of the white buttercream, then added blobs of the blue buttercreams all around.

I smoothed the buttercream out to create the watercolour effect.

Coconut Beach Cake

To decorate I added crushed digestive biscuits as sand and some white chocolate shells I had made in a silicone mould.

Coconut Beach Cake

This Coconut Beach Cake will fill your mind with memories of your last beach holiday, and make you want to book another one immediately!

Coconut Beach Cake

The sponge of the Coconut Beach Cake is a different texture to the cakes I normally make using butter, it’s denser but in a good way! And it’s absolutely packed with coconut flavour!

Recommended equipment & ingredients*

8″ cake tins Mixing bowls Cooling rack
Kitchen scales Creamed coconut Blue food colouring
Shell mould Electric hand mixer Round cake tin liners
Decorating turntable Buttercream scraper/smoother Angled palette knife

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Coconut Beach Cake

Cake packed with coconut flavour and decorated with a watercolour buttercream effect

Course Dessert
Cuisine British
Keyword Cake
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Decorating time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 55 minutes
Servings 16
Author thebakingexplorer


For the sponge

  • 400 g Creamed coconut block
  • 100 g Coconut oil
  • 500 g Caster sugar
  • 9 Eggs large
  • 500 g Self raising flour
  • 150 g Dessicated coconut

For the buttercream

  • 475 g Butter or baking spread
  • 950 g Icing sugar
  • 3 tsp Coconut flavouring
  • Blue food colouring I use Pro Gel

For the decorations

  • 6 Digestive biscuits crushed
  • White chocolate shells optional


  1. Pre-heat your oven to 160C Fan/180C/350F/Gas Mark 4, and grease and line three 8" cake tins

  2. Melt the coconut oil and creamed coconut blocks in a pan on a low heat

  3. Remove from the heat and pour into a mixing bowl, add the caster sugar and mix well, leave to cool for 10 minutes

  4. Add the eggs and whisk until fully incorporated

  5. Add the self raising flour and whisk in until you can't see any flour anymore

  6. Mix in the dessicated coconut

  7. Divide the mixture between the tins, use scales for accuracy

  8. Bake them for 30-35 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean. Leave them to fully cool either in the tins or remove from the tin and place on cooling racks

  9. To make the buttercream mix the butter and icing sugar together. Once it starts to come together add the coconut flavouring and mix until smooth. I use my electric hand whisk to do this but you can also do it by hand with a spoon

  10. If the cakes have domed on top, level them off with a cake leveller or a serrated knife

  11. Put one of the sponges on a decorating turntable and spread over some buttercream, add the second sponge and spread over more buttercream, then add the third sponge

  12. Fully crumb coat the cake, this means cover the whole cake in a thin layer of buttercream to seal in the cake crumbs, then put it in the fridge for 30 minutes to firm up

  13. Put two heaped tablespoons of buttercream into a bowl and colour with the blue food colouring to a light blue shade, do the same with two more heaped tablespoons of buttercream in another bowl and colour it a slightly darker blue (or lighter if you've gone too dark with the first batch)

  14. Cover the whole cake in a layer of the white buttercream then add blobs of the two blue buttercreams randomly all around the sides

  15. Use a cake scraper to smooth the sides and create the watercolour effect, making sure to wipe off excess buttercream from the scraper as you go. Once the sides are smoothed to your liking, add some blue buttercream to the top of the cake and smooth it out using a palette

  16. Transfer the cake to your cake stand or serving plate

  17. Add the digestive biscuit on top and around the sides

  18. Add your chocolate shells and any other decoration you are using

  19. Leftovers will keep in an airtight container in a cool place for 2-3 days

If you like this, check out more of my Cake recipes!

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7 comments / Add your comment below

    1. Jealous down your cake is stunning Please E-mail me your recipes step by step just like this one

      1. Thank you Bertha! You can sign up to my newsletter and you’ll get an email every time I post a new recipe 🙂

  1. Please I have no idea of what the coconut block is…I know of the coconut oil in a thick creamy texture…

    1. Hi Millicent, it is called creamed coconut and you buy it in blocks. The brand I bought was called Blue Dragon, but many other brands sell it too. I would suggest typing “creamed coconut block” into Google, then you can see what it looks like.

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