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Lemon Coconut Cake

posted by Allison Mattina on March 8, 2017

Lemon Coconut Cake ~ Moist, Flavorful Homemade Cake Topped with Lemon and Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting! 

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Lemon Coconut Cake ~ Moist, Flavorful Homemade Cake Topped with Lemon and Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting! Spring is brunch season! And who loves brunch? This girl! As soon as the weather starts warming up, I begin dreaming of tasty recipes that are perfect for Easter, Mother’s Day, and outdoor entertaining.

Brunch is my favorite meal to host. I love the mix of sweet and savory items, I love that we can drink coffee and champagne (hello, mimosas!), and I love the casual laid-back vibe of a late morning meal.

Lemon Coconut Cake ~ Moist, Flavorful Homemade Cake Topped with Lemon and Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting!


When I made this cake last week I immediately thought of how great it would be as part of a brunch spread. The flavors of lemon and coconut make it perfect for Spring. It’s bright and fresh, yet satisfying and indulgent.

In addition to brunch, this cake is also perfect as a dessert, breakfast, or snack cake. My family found plenty of reasons to enjoy it without a special occasion. A skinny slice of this cake and a strong almond milk latte are my current kryptonite.

This recipe is simple and straightforward; you don’t even need a mixer. Combine the dry ingredients in one bowl, wet ingredients in another, and then combine the two, pour into the loaf pan, and bake. This cake gets its lemon flavor from a combination of lemon zest and lemon juice. It gets a triple dose of coconut from coconut yogurt, shredded coconut and coconut oil.

Lemon Coconut Cake ~ Moist, Flavorful Homemade Cake Topped with Lemon and Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting!

Now, we must talk about the best part of the cake (in my opinion) – Cream Cheese Frosting! That golden cake gets smeared with a generous amount of cream cheese frosting, and then sprinkled with shredded coconut and bright flecks of lemon zest.  That creamy, sweet and tangy frosting really takes this cake over the top. I absolutely love the combination of lemon and coconut with cream cheese frosting.

Whether you whip this up for a special occasion or any regular day, I hope you enjoy it as much as my family does!

Lemon Coconut Cake ~ Moist, Flavorful Homemade Cake Topped with Lemon and Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting!

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Lemon Coconut Loaf Cake

Prep Time 25 minutes Cook Time 50 minutes Serves 8     adjust servings

A moist and flavorful Lemon Coconut Loaf Cake topped with cream cheese frosting.



    • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut
    • 1 cup coconut yogurt (I used full-fat coconut Greek yogurt)
    • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
    • 3 large eggs
    • Finely grated zest of 1 medium-large lemon
    • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
    • 1/3 cup melted coconut oil
    • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract


    • 2 ounces cream cheese, softened
    • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
    • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
    • 1/8 teaspoon almond extract
    • 1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
    • 1-2 tablespoons milk or half and half
    • Shredded coconut and lemon zest, optional garnish


    1. Cake:

    2. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 9x5 loaf pan and set aside.
    3. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt and shredded coconut.
    4. In a large bowl, whisk yogurt, sugar, eggs, lemon zest, lemon juice, coconut oil and almond extract until well combined. Add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir until well combined, the batter will be thick.
    5. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan and smooth the top. Bake for 45-55 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Place the pan on a rack to cool.
    6. Frosting:

    7. Using a hand mixer or stand mixer, beat cream cheese and butter until combined. Add powdered sugar and beat until smooth. Add 1 tablespoon milk, extract and lemon zest and beat until combined. If the frosting is too thick add additional milk to thin it out.Spread the frosting on the cooled cake and top with shredded coconut and lemon zest.


    Nutrition Facts
    Serving Size
    Amount Per ServingAs Served
    Calories 482kcal Calories from fat 204
    % Daily Value
    Total Fat 23g35%
    Saturated Fat 16g80%
    Transfat 0g
    Cholesterol 98mg33%
    Sodium 226mg9%
    Carbohydrate 65g22%
    Dietary Fiber 1g4%
    Sugars 46g
    Protein 7g

    Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

    Total FatLess than65g
    Sat FatLess than25g
    CholesterolLess than300mg
    SodiumLess than2,400mg
    Total Carbohydrate300g
    Dietary Fiber25g

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