Buttermilk White Cake with Coconut


This moist, tender layer cake enveloped in a fluffy frosting sprinkled with coconut might be a new favorite dessert recipe for your family.

Buttermilk White Cake Coconut
Photo: Con Poulos
Prep Time:
1 hrs 15 mins
Cool Time:
10 mins
Bake Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 15 mins


  • 4 egg whites

  • 2 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 ½ cup sugar

  • 2 teaspoon baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 cup buttermilk or sour milk*

  • ½ cup shortening

  • 2 teaspoon vanilla

  • 1 recipe Buttercream Frosting

  • 2 cup coconut chips or flaked coconut

Buttercream Frosting

  • ¾ cup softened butter

  • 3 cup powdered sugar

  • ¼ cup buttermilk or milk

  • 2 teaspoon vanilla

  • 3 ¼ cup powdered sugar


  1. Let egg whites stand at room temperature 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour two 9-inch round baking pans; set aside.

  2. In large mixing bowl combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and baking soda. Add buttermilk, shortening, and vanilla; beat on low until combined. Beat on medium 2 minutes more, scraping bowl. Add egg whites; beat 2 minutes more. (Batter will appear curdled.)

  3. Spread in pans. Bake 25-30 minutes or until tops spring back when lightly touched and wooden pick inserted near centers comes out clean. Cool on wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove from pans; cool completely.

  4. Prepare Buttercream Frosting. Place layer flat side down on plate; spread top with some of the frosting. Stack second layer flat side down; frost top and sides. Sprinkle coconut. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate. Makes 16 servings.

Buttercream Frosting

  1. In 4-quart mixing bowl beat butter on medium until smooth. Gradually beat in powdered sugar to combine. Beat in buttermilk or milk and vanilla. Gradually beat in enough additional powdered sugar to make of spreading consistency.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

529 Calories
20g Fat
85g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 529
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 20g 26%
Saturated Fat 12g 60%
Cholesterol 24mg 8%
Sodium 258mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 85g 31%
Total Sugars 71g
Protein 3g
Calcium 40.4mg 3%
Iron 0.7mg 4%
Potassium 120mg 3%
Folate, total 32.3mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.1mcg
Vitamin B-6 0mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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