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Toasted Coconut Cake

  • Author: Natalie
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 8 slices 1x
  • Category: cake
  • Method: baking
  • Cuisine: american


With coconut butter in the batter, toasted coconut folded in, and coconut cream frosting, this fluffy vegan grain-free Toasted Coconut Cake is the ultimate tropical treat!


  • 3/4 cup (180g) unsweetened applesauce
  • 3/4 cup (165g) coconut butter (or any nut butter)
  • 1/4 cup (60g) coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup (70g) coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup (40g) coconut flour
  • 1/3 cup (40g) tapioca flour
  • 1/2 cup (35g) unsweetened shredded coconut (plus more for topping)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 can coconut cream, chilled overnight


  1. Preheat the oven to 325ºF.
  2. Spread about 1 cup of unsweetened shredded coconut on a pan and toast for 5-10 minutes until golden brown (check/stir halfway through).
  3. Increase oven temperature to 350ºF.
  4. Whisk together applesauce, coconut butter, coconut milk, coconut sugar, vanilla, and lemon juice.
  5. Add the flours, baking soda, and salt.
  6. Fold in ½ cup toasted coconut.
  7. Transfer to a greased baking dish (mine was 10″x6”, but a regular 8″x8″ pan will work too) and smooth the top (spray spatula in nonstick spray to make it easier).
  8. Bake for 25-30 minutes at 350ºF. The edges should be golden and the center bounces back when lightly pressed when it’s done.
  9. Cool completely on a cooling rack.
  10. Spoon out the solid part from the chilled can of coconut cream. Whip with a hand mixer, adding 1-2 tbsp sweetener if desired.
  11. Spread coconut whipped cream on top of cooled cake. Sprinkle with more toasted coconut.
  12. Slice and eat!


  • Serving Size: 1 slice
  • Calories: 335
  • Sugar: 15g
  • Sodium: 264mg
  • Fat: 18g
  • Saturated Fat: 15g
  • Carbohydrates: 25g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Protein: 3g

Keywords: gluten free, grain free, coconut, frosting, easy, healthy, dessert, snack, paleo, egg free, dairy free