Coconut Sheet Cake*

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I guess it’s just a coconut kind of week around here. Between the Coconut Sugar Scrub and this Coconut Sheet Cake, maybe my brain and kitchen are already on vacation!

This is one of those cakes that is for people who don’t like to make things from scratch — people like my mom. I made this cake for my Mom on Mother’s Day by her request. And when I say request, I mean she handed me the old recipe card and said “Make me this!”.

This cake is actually one of her favorites and is written down on a recipe card from the 90’s by an old neighbor (Hi Miss Roni!). It’s like those crockpot recipes that no one wants to admit loving…it’s a can of this, a can of that and a box of cake, but the finished result is delicious.

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Once it is all put together, you would never guess that this was such an easy (from a box!) cake! It’s very reminiscent of a Tres Leches cake with the liquids, but a much more fun flavor.

If you are looking for an easy cake that is still impressive, give this Coconut Sheet Cake a shot! It only takes about 10 minutes of total work from you…including the dishes. 😉



Coconut Sheet Cake

Recipe Note: For extra coconut flavor, you can use a coconut cake mix instead! Also if you are not a Cool Whip fan, you can top it with homemade whipped cream instead!


  • 1 (18.25 oz) Betty Crocker white cake mix (plus ingredients needed to bake cake)
  • 1 14oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 15oz can cream of coconut (like Coco Lopez)
  • 1 8oz tub Cool Whip
  • 2 1/2 cups Shredded Coconut, toasted


Bake cake according to directions in a 9x13 cake pan.

Poke tons of holes with a toothpick on top of the cake. Slowly pour sweetened condensed milk and cream of coconut on top of cake while still hot. (Don't get nervous if it looks like a lot of liquid sitting on the sides. The cake will soak it all up!)

Let cake cool completely, then frost with Cool Whip and top with shredded coconut. Store in the fridge until ready to serve.

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29 Responses to “Coconut Sheet Cake”

  1. 1

    Tieghan — May 16, 2013 @ 8:17 am

    So delicious! I love coconut!

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    raquel from Florida — May 16, 2013 @ 9:26 am

    Coconut week!!! Definitely vacation mood!

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    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough — May 16, 2013 @ 9:47 am

    Oh this sounds SO. GOOD. Love coconut! And cake, of course :)

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    Aimee @ See Aimee Cook — May 16, 2013 @ 5:39 pm

    Oooh, this looks good – and easy enough for a non baker like myself! Thanks!

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    Marcie@FlavortheMoments — May 16, 2013 @ 6:35 pm

    Good lord, this looks good! I’ve made a cake with coconut cream once and it was without a doubt one of the best things I’ve tasted. So moist and coco-nutty!

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    Gerry @ Foodness Gracious — May 16, 2013 @ 7:28 pm

    Nice job on the cake! I’m a big coconut fan and this looks tasty!

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    Mimi @ Culinary Couture — May 17, 2013 @ 12:36 am

    This looks delicious! And I’m not even a coconut fan!

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — May 17, 2013 @ 10:58 am

    Omg, this is dangerously EASY! I love that you used boxed cake mix, too. This wouldn’t take long or last long in this house!

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    Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl — May 19, 2013 @ 6:04 pm

    Look at how light and pretty this looks! Swooning, wish I had some now!

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    Jenn@The Boiled Noodle — May 19, 2013 @ 9:06 pm

    Have a feeling this may become a staple at our backyard barbecues this summer!!

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    shelly (cookies and cups) — May 20, 2013 @ 9:05 am

    Oh this is perfect…Love recipes that are passed down like this!

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    Diana Falcon — May 20, 2013 @ 3:23 pm

    I will def be making this. I love coconut! YUM!

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    Tina | My Life as a Mrs — May 20, 2013 @ 9:09 pm

    Box cake = my friend :) looks delish girl (no suprise there – you baking queen!)

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    Susan (Oliepants) — May 20, 2013 @ 9:57 pm

    I love sheet cake – and I like this variation on the usual chocolate sheet cake!

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    Nutmeg Nanny — May 20, 2013 @ 10:41 pm

    This looks wonderful :) I love coconut cake, this recipe sounds perfect!

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    Honey What's Cooking — May 20, 2013 @ 11:01 pm

    Looks divine… condensed milk is an awesome touch.

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    Cary — May 23, 2013 @ 10:40 am

    I made this cake for my Mom’s birthday. She is in LOVE with coconut and is now in love with this cake! I received so many compliments and people texting me that they want me to make it again! I love your blog!!!!

    • Jessica replied: — May 24th, 2013 @ 10:09 am

      Awesome! So happy to hear that someone made it and loved it! :-)

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    Nicole — May 24, 2013 @ 9:07 pm

    I tried this out last summer; it’s known as my ugly cake. I thought I made a mistake in the recipe and covered it up with sliced bananas and fresh coconut “whip cream” Definately, a dinner party hit.

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    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — May 29, 2013 @ 12:46 pm

    oh my goodness i need this in my life. And in my belly.

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    ErinsFoodFiles — June 4, 2013 @ 10:51 am

    I really like coconut, but most people around me don’t! So I almost never bake anything coconut-ty. Wah waaah. I wish I was there to share this with you!

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    candycane — June 29, 2013 @ 12:22 am

    I love this recipe! I added Moscato wine to the white cake batter and a little bit to the homemade whipped cream as well. The Moscato really richened the coconut dlavor without overpowering it. I also added sliced almonds and white chocolate chips to the topping because I didn’t have the patience to toast the coconut, but I still wanted the added texture.

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    Faith — July 12, 2013 @ 12:42 pm

    I’ve made this many times, but with one difference. I mix in a small box of instant coconut pudding, plus a few tablespoons of milk with the whipped topping before putting it on the cake. It adds a bit more coconut to the overload.

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    Cherish — August 4, 2013 @ 6:37 pm

    Looks awesome! And finally…a blog that posts a recipe WITH a printer option!! Printing NOW :-) and making tonight!

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    Lisa Thakkar — October 13, 2013 @ 4:09 pm

    This sounds awesome and I would love to make it for my daughter’s birthday party! How far ahead do you think I can make it?

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    Mari — October 22, 2014 @ 3:20 pm

    Just baked this cake and it’s AWESOME! You’re right, it’s like the tres leches but less work and it tastes great! I will use it in the holidays for sure. Thanks for sharing this.

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    Bonny Whilden — December 25, 2014 @ 12:14 pm

    Christmas morning making this cake to take with family to Tenn. House smells wonderful

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