Easy Sour Cream Coconut Cake

Coconut cake

The Spruce / Diana Rattray

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 30 mins
Total: 40 mins
Servings: 12 to 16 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
292 Calories
17g Fat
31g Carbs
6g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 12 to 16
Amount per serving
Calories 292
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 17g 21%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Cholesterol 139mg 46%
Sodium 65mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 31g 11%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Protein 6g
Calcium 56mg 4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This wonderful coconut cake is one of our favorite Southern cakes. It's moist, delicious, and perfect for any occasion. The rich coconut filling and frosting are what makes the cake so delicious, and it is unbelievably easy to make with a cake mix.

(If you can't find frozen coconut, check your local Walmart Supercenter. Walmart online will show the stores where frozen coconut may be available.)


  • 1 cake mix, butter flavor, about 18 1/2 ounces (with oil, eggs, etc. as called for on the package)
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 cups sour cream
  • 2 packages (6 ounces each) frozen coconut (thawed*)
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen whipped topping, thawed

Steps to Make It

  1. Prepare cake mix following the package directions, baking it in two 8-inch layers. Cool completely and carefully split each layer horizontally. (See below)

  2. In a bowl, combine the granulated sugar, sour cream, and coconut; blend well and chill.

  3. Reserve 1 cup sour cream mixture for the frosting and set aside. Spread the remaining sour cream mixture between the two cake layers.

  4. Combine the reserved 1 cup sour cream mixture with the 1 1/2 cups whipped topping; blend until smooth.

  5. Spread the whipped topping and sour cream mixture over top and on sides of coconut cake.

  6. Keep the coconut cake in an airtight container and store it in the refrigerator.