New Recipe: Recipe: Easy Coconut Sheet Cake

Y’all know I’m no stranger to a sheet cake. In fact, I’ve shared quite a few with you. Buttermilk Chocolate Cake, Easy Caramel Sheet Cake, Best Strawberry Sheet Cake and my Hummingbird Sheet Cake are just a few favorites. The truth is, sheet cakes are so much easier without all that stacking cake business and they taste just as good. Don’t get me wrong, a beautifully decorated layer cake has its place, but you know me … and you know I like easy.

This version takes advantage of a boxed cake mix (gasp) and uses a scaled-down version of the icing for the Coconut Cake that’s in my cookbook. Now, if you’re feeling especially adventurous, you can use a scratch white cake mix recipe and just add in the coconut extract and coconut. But I promise, if you use a boxed mix, no one will know.

The result is this dreamy, tender coconut cake with a delicate frosting that’s not too sweet because of the cream cheese in it. I actually think I prefer this one over the layer cake, but don’t tell anyone. Y’all enjoy.

Sheet cakes are easier and just as delicious as layered cakes. (Stacey Little/Southern Bite)

Easy Coconut Sheet Cake

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cook time: 25 minutes

Total time: 45 minutes

Serves: 10 to 12


  • 1 (16.25 ounce) box white cake mix
  • plus ingredients to make cake called for on box
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon coconut extract
  • 1 cup sweetened flake coconut

For the frosting:

  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon coconut extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups sweetened flake coconut


  1. Prepare the cake batter according to the 9-by-13-inch pan directions on the box.
  2. Before pouring into the pan, stir in coconut extract and coconut.
  3. Mix well, pour into a greased 9-by-13-inch pan and bake according to the directions on the box.
  4. Once the cake has cooled, make the icing by combining the cream cheese and butter in a large bowl.
  5. Mix with a hand mixer or in a stand mixer until smooth and well-blended.
  6. Add the powdered sugar one cup at a time, mixing well after each addition.
  7. Add the coconut and vanilla extract and mix well.
  8. Add a little milk if the icing is too thick or a little more powdered sugar if it seems too thin.
  9. Spread the icing evenly over the cooled cake and and sprinkle with the coconut.

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