Lemon Coconut Cake

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I am not sure which part of this Lemon Coconut Cake I love the most!

Ultra moist and fluffy coconut cake layers, the lemon custard and coconut buttercream!

Or the cutest little lemon stuffed coconut macaroons on top!

This lemon coconut cake should be front and center at every gathering from now on!

And it has never been easier!

My food processor method of making the lightest and fluffiest cakes is at it again!

This time coconut flakes are added to the coconut batter

Easy stove top lemon custard for a zingy refreshing filling!

The coconut macaroon cookies are so simple and make the most adorable topper for each slice



For more coconut cake variations click the links below!

Classic Coconut Layer Cake

Coconut Mango Cream Cake

Coconut Orange Fudge Cake

Lemon Coconut Cake
Prep time
3 hours
Bake time
25 mins
Total time
3 hours 25 mins
I am making 4-7″ layers for this cake, if you only have 8″ pans you can make 3-8″ layers
Serves: serves 8-10

For the Coconut Cake Layers Coconut Milk 1½ cup (350ml) *not the tinned variety Coconut Water or Filtered Water 5 Fluid Oz. (147ml) Coconut Extract 1½ teaspoons (7ml) All Purpose Flour 3 ¾ cup (469g) Egg Replacer 3 teaspoons *I am using Bob’s Red Mil Granulated Sugar 1¼ cups (250g) Baking Powder 6 teaspoons Salt 1½ teaspoons Vegan Butter Melted or Vegetable Oil 18 Tablespoons (270ml) Unsweetened Coconut 1 cup (85g) For the Lemon Custard Plant Milk 1 cup (237ml) Lemon Juice ½ cup (118ml) Water ¾ cup (177ml) Tumeric ⅛ teaspoon Sugar ¾ cup (150g) Cornstarch 6 Tablespoons (48g) Lemon Zest from 2 large lemons approx 3 teaspoons For the Coconut Buttercream Vegan Butter 4 Cups (8 sticks) (672g) Confectioners Sugar 8 cups (900g) Coconut Extract 3 teaspoons Salt ½ teaspoon Coconut Macaroon Cookies for decor *optional


If you are making the lemon stuffed coconut macaroons prepare according to that recipe post First prepare your coconut cake layers by greasing & parchment lining 4-7″ cake pans Preheat the oven to 350°F Place all of the cake ingredients including the oranges into a food processor and processor until smooth batter (about 20 seconds) Add the coconut flakes and pulse again to distribute evenly Pour batter evenly between the 4 greased and parchment lined 7″ cake pans Bake in a preheated oven at 350°F for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool the cakes in the pans until you can safely flip them onto a cooling rack to cool to cold Prepare the lemon custard by combining the sugar and the cornstarch together in a heavy bottom medium sauce pot Add the lemon juice, lemon zest, water and plant milk and a pinch of turmeric for color if desired Cook over medium high heat stirring constantly to avoid scorching the bottom Once it comes to a full boil remove it from the heat pour into a clean bowl and let it cool in the refrigerator while you prepare the buttercream recipe Combine the vegan butter in a stand mixer bowl with the paddle attachment (or with an electric hand beater) Add the salt and cream on medium to high speed for about 3 minutes. Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl to make sure it is evenly mixed and add the coconut extract Stop mixer and add the sifted confectioners sugar all at once. Mix on low speed until incorporated , scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl and then mix on high speed for 3 minutes. Assemble the cake as shown in the video tutorial make sure to reserve some of the lemon custard to fill the coconut macaroon cups

Lemon coconut cake should be kept refrigerated and will stay fresh for up to 7 days wrapped loosely to prevent drying.

I do not freeze custard cakes, but you can freeze the separate layers wrapped well for up to 2 months





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