This Strawberry Coconut Cake is a delicious and easy-to-fix dessert that’s perfect for summer. Made from a box cake mix plus fresh strawberries and coconut, it’s a cake anyone can create and everyone will enjoy.

This Strawberry Coconut Cake is an easy to make dessert perfect for summer. #dessert #cake #strawberry #coconut

It’s been a while since I made and shared a cake here on IBC, which is sort of odd because of my fondness for cake. Even though I’m currently without an oven (Yes, I made this in my little smart oven.), I decided to whip up this Strawberry Coconut Cake.

This Strawberry Coconut Cake is an easy to make dessert perfect for summer. #dessert #cake #strawberry #coconut

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This Strawberry Coconut Cake is an easy to make dessert perfect for summer. #dessert #cake #strawberry #coconut

As you know from many of the recipes I’ve shared here, I delight in things that look and taste special but are simple to make. This cake is just that!

How to make Strawberry Coconut Cake:

As mentioned above, this recipe calls for a box cake mix which practically makes it foolproof. Small additions, such as pureed strawberries, coconut, and strawberry jello, give a typical box cake amazing flavor and color, quickly taking it from boring to bold.

This Strawberry Coconut Cake is an easy to make dessert perfect for summer. #dessert #cake #strawberry #coconut

This Strawberry Coconut Cake is an easy to make dessert perfect for summer. #dessert #cake #strawberry #coconut

I also love that this recipe calls for my favorite cream cheese frosting. It’s an IBC favorite, so I’m super excited whenever I get a chance to use it.

This Strawberry Coconut Cake is an easy to make dessert perfect for summer. #dessert #cake #strawberry #coconut

To customize the frosting for this recipe, I stirred in 1/2 cup of coconut, which I chopped. It’s a subtle addition that enhances the frosting texture and makes it pop with the taste of coconut.

Speaking of surprises, I also added a layer of sliced strawberries between the two layers of cake. The color and flavor of the fresh berries are a wonderful touch. Again, it’s an extra detail that will make this cake truly memorable.

This Strawberry Coconut Cake is an easy to make dessert perfect for summer. #dessert #cake #strawberry #coconut

This Strawberry Coconut Cake is an easy to make dessert perfect for summer. #dessert #cake #strawberry #coconut

Oh, and if you’re crazy about coconut, you can even press some onto the frosting once you have frosted the cake. I opted not to do this because I wanted fresh strawberries, strawberry flowers, and strawberry leaves to be the focus of my decorative garnish.

This Strawberry Coconut Cake is an easy to make dessert perfect for summer. #dessert #cake #strawberry #coconut

This Strawberry Coconut Cake is an easy to make dessert perfect for summer. #dessert #cake #strawberry #coconut

I was incredibly lucky and happened to find a big strawberry plant at the Farmers Market an hour before I decorated this cake. I had planned to use fresh flowers, but this was even better. Talk about serendipitous!

This Strawberry Coconut Cake is an easy to make dessert perfect for summer. #dessert #cake #strawberry #coconut

And for those of you who are long-time IBC readers, this cake may remind you of the Naked Strawberry-Rhubarb Cake I made a few years ago. I garnished that one with fresh flowers. It’s still one of my favorite cakes. It photographed so beautifully.

Anywho, If you like strawberries and coconut, I hope you’ll give this cake a go. I’m certain you’ll enjoy it as much as I did. Happy Summer Baking!

This Strawberry Coconut Cake is an easy to make dessert perfect for summer. #dessert #cake #strawberry #coconut

This Strawberry Coconut Cake is an easy to make dessert perfect for summer. #dessert #cake #strawberry #coconut

Strawberry Coconut Cake
  |   Prep Time: 30 mins   |   Cook Time: 30 mins   |   Total Time: 1 hr
This Strawberry Coconut Cake is an easy to make dessert perfect for summer. #dessert #cake #strawberry #coconut
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This Strawberry Coconut Cake is a delicious and easy-to-fix dessert that's perfect for summer. Made from a box cake mix plus fresh strawberries and coconut, it's a cake anyone can create and everyone will enjoy.
Ingredients
  • 1 box white cake mix
  • 4 tablespoons strawberry gelatin powder
  • 1 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup pureed strawberries
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon coconut extract
  • 1 cup coconut chopped
  • 1 batch Go-to Cream Cheese Frosting Go-to Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 1/2 cup coconut chopped
  • 6-8 strawberries sliced. plus additional strawberries for garnish
Instructions
  1. Begin by preheating your oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour two 9-inch round cake pans and set aside.
  2. In a mixing bowl, add the white cake mix, strawberry gelatin powder, all-purpose flour, and baking soda. Whisk to combine. Next beat in the oil, eggs, milk, pureed strawberries, vanilla, and coconut extract. Then stir in the chopped coconut.
  3. Divide the batter evenly between the two prepared pans. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center of each layer comes out clean.
  4. Cool the pans on a wire rack for about 10 minutes. Remove the cake from the pans and leave it on the racks until it is completely cool.
  5. While the cake cools, make your cream cheese frosting. Prepare as directed, but mix in 1/2 cup of chopped coconut.
  6. Once the cakes are cool, spread a layer of frosting onto the top of one cake. Top with sliced strawberries. Place the second layer of cake on top of that and frost the rest of the cake. Garnish with fresh strawberries.
Recipe Notes

Cream Cheese Frosting recipe can be found by clicking here

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  • Heidi at

    What a beautiful cake! I just love how you decorated it with the strawberries and flowers. I will have to make this for my daughter’s birthday!

  • Patricia Hall at

    My daughter in law is teaching our grandkids (ages 6 and 12) how to cook and bake. This looks like a good one for them to try! I might suggest leaving the cake unfrosted and just decorate with whipped topping and fresh berries. It would make it a little easier for kids.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      You could certainly do that. I personally prefer frosting because it’s DELISH and is easier to decorating, but you can make it any way you’d like.

      xo Michael

  • Kathy M. at

    Could you use peach puree annd peach. Jello?

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      I don’t see why not. Sounds delish!

      xo Michael

  • Christine Reilly at

    Oh.My.Goodness. You’re amazing! This is right out of my dreams! My two favorite flavors together! Every year I ask for a special cake for my birthday and THIS is going to be my request this year. 🙂

  • Lou Ann Clifton at

    You are so talented, and the prestation is a magazine worthy.

  • Duck life at

    The coconut milk you make is wonderful, it looks very beautiful and attractive, you decorate is also very beautiful. Can you teach me to make bread?

  • JoEllen at

    Could your picture be more gorgeous!? Can’t wait to try this recipe!!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      You’re so kind! Thank you JoEllen!

      xo Michael

  • Amanda at

    I made this today for my dad’s birthday. Everyone loved it! It was a huge hit! Thanks Michael for another great recipe!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      I’m so happy to read this Amanda! Glad you loved the recipe. 🙂

      xo Michael

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