Red Velvet Coconut Cake with Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting
Prep Time
45 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 45 mins

Southern style kicked up a notch, this Red Velvet Coconut Cake is the bee's knees!

Course: Baking, Cake, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cake, coconut, red velvet
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 1018 kcal
Author: Kellie
  • 2 1/2 cups cake flour plus more for the pans
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons red food coloring
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk shake before measuring
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • For the frosting
  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1 15 ounce can coconut cream
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4-6 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 cups sweetened shredded coconut
  • For the cake soak:
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 and position a rack in the middle.
  2. Coat a half sheet pan with cooking spray and line with parchment with a 3 inch overhang on each side.
  3. For the cake:
  4. Whisk the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  5. Pulse the coconut in a food processor until it is very finely chopped. In a large bowl, beat the butter, sugar, and coconut with an electric mixer on medium speed until thoroughly combined, about 2 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the vanilla.
  6. In a small bowl, stir together the red food coloring, buttermilk, and coconut milk. With the mixer on low, add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture in 3 batches, alternating with the buttermilk mixture, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients. Stop and scrape down the bowl twice.
  7. In a small bowl, stir together the vinegar and the baking soda. With the mixer set at medium speed, beat the vinegar mixture into the batter. Pour the batter into the cake pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes. Cool on a rack.
  8. For the frosting:
  9. Beat the cream cheese with the butter until light and fluffy. Mix in the vanilla and coconut cream. Slowly add the confectioners' sugar 1/2 a cup at a time until the mixture reaches the consistency of frosting and can hold it's shape. Store in an airtight container at room temperature until ready to use.
  10. For the cake soak:
  11. In a small bowl, whisk together the milk and vanilla set aside.
  12. To assemble:
  13. Lay a piece of parchment on the counter. Turn the cake onto it and peel off the parchment from the bottom of the cake. Use an 8 inch cake ring to cut out 2 circles from the cake. These will be your top 2 cake layers. the remaining cake scraps will come together to make the bottom layer of the cake.
  14. layer 1, the bottom
  15. Clean the cake ring and place it in the center of a sheet pan lined with clean parchment or a silpat. Use 1 strip of parchment (4 inches wide x 24 inches long) to line the inside of the cake ring.
  16. Place the cake scraps together inside the ring and use the back of your hand to press the scraps together into a flat even layer.
  17. Dip a pastry brush in the cake soak and brush the soak over the cake scraps.
  18. Use the back of a spoon to spread one-fifth of the frosting in an even layer over the cake.
  19. Sprinkle one-third of the shredded coconut evenly over the frosting. Use the back of your hand to press them in place.
  20. Use the back of a spoon to spread a second fifth of the birthday cake frosting as evenly as possible over the coconut.
  21. layer 2, the middle
  22. With your index finger, gently tuck the second strip of parchment (same size) between the cake ring and the top ¼ inch of the first strip of acetate, so that you have a clear ring of acetate 5 to 6 inches tall – high enough to support the height of the finished cake. Set a cake round on top of the frosting, and repeat the process for layer 1 (if 1 of your 2 cake rounds is uglier than the other, use it here in the middle and save the prettier one for the top).
  23. layer 3, the top
  24. Place the remaining cake round into the frosting. Cover the top of the cake with the remaining frosting. Garnish the frosting with the remaining coconut.
  25. Transfer the sheet pan to the freezer and freeze for a minimum of 12 hours to set the cake and filling. The cake will keep in the freezer for up to 2 weeks.
  26. At least 3 hours before you are ready to serve the cake, pull the sheet pan out of the freezer and, using your fingers and thumbs, pop the cake out of the cake ring. Gently peel off the parchment, and transfer the cake to a platter or cake stand. Allow it defrost in the fridge for a minimum of 3 hours (wrapped well in plastic, the cake can be refrigerated for up to 5 days).
Nutrition Facts
Red Velvet Coconut Cake with Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting
Amount Per Serving (0 g)
Calories 1018 Calories from Fat 450
% Daily Value*
Fat 50g77%
Saturated Fat 39g244%
Cholesterol 95mg32%
Sodium 503mg22%
Potassium 584mg17%
Carbohydrates 136g45%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 99g110%
Protein 12g24%
Vitamin A 495IU10%
Vitamin C 2.3mg3%
Calcium 111mg11%
Iron 3.7mg21%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.