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Easy Coconut Loaf Cake

May 9, 2020

A simple and delicious quick bread that comes together in minutes, this easy coconut loaf cake is a favorite for […]

A simple and delicious quick bread that comes together in minutes, this easy coconut loaf cake is a favorite for breakfast and dessert! Perfectly moist and deliciously sweet with a delicate coconut flavor in every bite.

Happy almost Mother’s Day to all of you baker mamas out there! I hope your weekend is filled with all of your favorite things and that the little people in your life spoil you rotten. You deserve it! I for one have big plans to put my feet up and let the kiddos handle all the cooking {and baking!} this Mother’s Day, starting with this perfectly sweet and super moist frosted coconut loaf. Some may call it cake. Or bread. Call it what you will, but I call it incredibly delicious. There’s just so much to love about a loaf cake. You get all the flavor of a full size cake with minimal effort and there are zero fancy decorating skills required. Hint, hint kiddos….you got this!

This coconut loaf cake is high on my list of favorite things and I can’t wait to enjoy a slice for breakfast tomorrow. And dessert. Cuz it’s just that good.

I love this coconut loaf cake because it’s so easy to make and the flavor isn’t over powering. It has a delicate coconut taste that shines through in every bite and it pairs perfectly with a glass of milk or a cuppa tea. And it doesn’t hurt that it looks pretty but only takes two minutes to decorate. Just pour on a thick layer of the 3-ingredient coconut frosting and dust generously in sweetened coconut. It’s that easy!


This simple loaf cake is easy to throw together with just a few ingredients that you probably already have hiding in your pantry.

Flour. No fancy flour required for this recipe. Just spoon and level your regular all purpose flour and you’re good to go!

Eggs. Eggs help to give this loaf a gentle rise and a soft, cakey texture. Be sure to use room temperature eggs for best results. If you forgot to take your eggs out of the fridge in advance, just pop them into a bowl of warm water for 15 minutes before you mix your batter.

Coconut oil. We use melted coconut oil as the fat in this recipe rather than regular oil or butter. It helps deliver that subtle but mouthwatering coconut flavor in every bite. Be sure your coconut is melted, but cool to the touch before adding to your batter.

Greek yogurt. I almost always add full fat greek yogurt to my loaf cakes for a moist, fluffy texture. I even use a scoop of greek yogurt to thicken the frosting for this coconut loaf cake. If you don’t have greek yogurt you can substitute sour cream or whole milk plain yogurt.

Sweetened coconut. The shredded coconut gets mixed right into the batter and we add a layer on top of the frosting for extra coconut-y flavor. I love those bits of sweet coconut in the cake. I recommend chopping the coconut shreds up before adding to the batter so you aren’t stuck with any long strands of coconut in the cake.

Coconut milk. For that triple dose of all natural coconut flavor, we add a bit of thick coconut milk to the recipe. This is the kind that you find in the can with the thick cream layer on the top and the coconut water on the bottom. Pro-tip: pour the coconut milk into a bowl and use a whisk to mix well. Then measure off what you need for the cake and the frosting. You can store the left over milk in the refrigerator for another day.

Lemon zest. You could certainly make this coconut cake without any citrus flavor added at all. But the combination of lemon and coconut is so refreshing and delicious that I highly recommend you follow the recipe as written. Lemon is one of my favorite flavors to bake with and I wouldn’t steer you wrong. You’ll need two full tablespoons of lemon zest so you’ll need about two regular sized lemons.


Use room temperature ingredients. I say it every time, but this tip cannot be stressed enough. Stick with this golden rule and your loaf cakes will bake up perfectly every time. Take your eggs, yogurt, and milk out of the fridge in advance to reach room temperature and be sure the melted coconut oil is not hot or you will risk scrambling the eggs. Take it from me, it’s not pretty.

Do not over mix your batter. For soft, fluffy cake be sure to mix the batter until it’s just barely combined. Over mixing the ingredients can lead to a dense, gummy cake. Once you have added the dry ingredients, mix the batter until a few streaks of flour remain and stop there. Pour the batter into your prepared pan and smooth the top just once with a knife or spatula.

Bake until golden brown. Be sure to watch your oven to be sure the cake is not browning to quickly on top. If the cake is not fully baked but the top looks nearly done, cover loosely with a piece of aluminum foil. The cake is done when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean or with just a few crumbs remaining. Don’t be tempted to over bake the loaf as it will be dry and crumbly.

Cool the cake completely. We don’t want that sweet coconut frosting sliding right off the top of the cake so wait for the cake to cool completely. I like make this cake ahead and frost it the next day. The triple dose of coconut paired with the greek yogurt makes this cake super moist and it’s even better the next day after the flavors have soaked in.


This loaf cake is so delicious I’m not sure there will be single crumb left over. If you do, store it at room temperature tightly covered. The cake will hold it’s moisture and gets more flavorful by the minute. I also like to double the batch and freeze a loaf for another day. You can freeze the whole loaf unfrosted by wrapping it tightly in plastic wrap and sealing in a plastic bag for up to three months. To defrost the cake, unwrap it and allow it to sit at room temperature for 1-2 hours. To freeze already frosted slices of the cake, simply wrap each slice in plastic wrap and freeze flat. The frosting will flatten out a bit but the cake will still taste amazing.

This simple coconut loaf cake makes the most delicious, indulgent dessert and believe me when I tell you it’s even better for breakfast. This moist and tender quick bread is a real crowd pleaser and it’s the perfect flavor for spring so be sure to bookmark this recipe for all of your cake eating occasions. And if you love a good loaf cake as much as I do, check out this round up for 10 Delicious Loaf Cakes for Mother’s Day. There’s a little something for everyone to enjoy.

Happy Mother’s Day and happy baking!

If you like this Coconut Loaf Cake, you’ll also love:

Coconut Cake Donuts

Classic Vanilla Pound Cake

Easy Lemon Bundt Cake

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Coconut Loaf Cake

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  • Author: Browned Butter Blondie
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 45 mins
  • Total Time: 55 mins
  • Yield: 8 slices 1x
  • Category: Cakes


A simple and delicious quick bread that comes together in minutes, this easy coconut loaf cake is a favorite for breakfast and dessert! Perfectly moist and deliciously sweet with a delicate coconut flavor in every bite.



For Cake

  • 1 2/3 cups all purpose flour, spooned and leveled
  • 1 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 2/3 cup shredded sweetened coconut, finely chopped
  • 3 large eggs room temperature
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup full fat Greek yogurt, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted and cool to the touch
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut milk (from a can)
  • 2 TBSP finely grated lemon zest
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

For Frosting

  • 1 1/2 cups confectioner’s sugar, sifted
  • 3 TBSP coconut milk or whole milk
  • 1 TBSP full fat Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup shredded sweetened coconut


For Cake

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease a 9 x 5 loaf pan with non-stick baking spray and line with parchment paper. Leave 2 inches of parchment hanging over short sides of the pan for easy removal of the loaf once cooled.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, whisk the eggs, sugar, yogurt, coconut milk, coconut oil, lemon zest, and vanilla until well combined.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt and shredded coconut.
  5. With the mixer on low, add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until just barely combined. Remove the bowl from the mixer and use a rubber spatula to fully combine the mixture in just 2=3 strokes. Do not over mix.
  6. Spoon or pour the batter into the prepared pan. Use an offset spatula to level the top.
  7. Bake on the center rack of the oven for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
  8. Remove the pan from the oven and cool the cake on a wire rack for 10 minutes.
  9. Using the parchment paper over hanging the sides of the pan, carefully remove the cake from the pan and cool on a wire rack completely before adding the frosting.

For Frosting

  1. Combine the confectioner’s sugar, milk and yogurt in a medium bowl and whisk to combine until smooth. Frosting should be thick but pourable. If frosting is too thin and transparent, add more confectioner’s sugar. If too thick, add more milk.
  2. Pour the frosting over the cooled cake and then top with shredded coconut, gently pressing it in to the frosting.
  3. Allow 30 minutes for frosting to set before slicing.


Store cake tightly covered in a cool, dry place.


  • Reply
    June 6, 2024 at 7:14 am

    I’d like to make this tomorrow but I have a question regarding the Greek yogurt. Would substituting full fat sour cream work instead of the yogurt?

    • Reply
      Heather Mubarak
      June 6, 2024 at 1:41 pm

      Yes, that works! Enjoy the cake!!

  • Reply
    May 26, 2023 at 4:47 pm

    This cake is delicious and so easy to make! Often, when recipes state the prep time, it always takes me twice as long.
    But not this one. It was easily in the oven within 10 minutes! I followed the recipe as written (except I forgot to add my zested
    lemons). It still tasted so good, especially the second day. We didn’t even use the frosting! When I make this again, and I definitely will, I will wait to serve it until day two.
    I am new to this site but I am so glad I found it!

  • Reply
    January 9, 2021 at 1:15 am

    Can I substitute butter for the coconut oil? Would it be the same amount? Thanks 🙂

    • Reply
      Heather Mubarak
      January 10, 2021 at 4:39 am

      Hi Kari, I have only made this recipe as it is written so I can’t speak to how it will turn out if you alter the ingredients. Let me know how it turns out if you do try it!

  • Reply
    November 5, 2020 at 2:04 pm

    Hi! I’ve just made this and it smells incredible – are you able to do the nutritional information for it and how many calories per slice? Thanks so much!

    • Reply
      Heather Mubarak
      November 9, 2020 at 8:32 pm

      Hi! Unfortunately we do not have nutritional information to provide at this time. I do hope you enjoyed the cake!

  • Reply
    October 23, 2020 at 7:11 am

    Delicious recipe! I did it without the frosting but still I absolutely love it! In my case I had to leave it 1h in the oven. Now looking forward to trying more of your recipes! Thanks so much!

    • Reply
      Heather Mubarak
      October 25, 2020 at 12:23 am

      Thanks for trying my recipe! I’m so happy that you loved it and I appreciate you following along!!

  • Reply
    May 14, 2020 at 7:02 pm

    Loved the coconut cake recipe! I’ve never tried anything like it but will definitely be making it again. The only issue I had was with the frosting – it wasn’t as thick as the one photographed in the recipe. If this happens again, could it be placed in the fridge to firm up? Thanks!

    • Reply
      May 14, 2020 at 7:21 pm

      I had the same issue and did put it in the fridge but it didn’t help 🙁

    • Reply
      Heather Mubarak
      May 15, 2020 at 7:13 pm

      Hi Amira. Sounds like you may have had too much liquid in the frosting….try adding more confectioner’s sugar next time to thicken it up. You can also add a tablespoon of full fat greek yogurt to the frosting to make it thicker.

      • Amira
        May 15, 2020 at 9:05 pm

        Thanks so much for the tip! I’ll make sure to do that if it ever happens again. Also, you were right, the cake tastes even better the next day! We can’t get enough of it. Thanks again!

  • Reply
    May 12, 2020 at 4:22 pm

    Absolutely loved the cake but the frosting looked nothing like the picture. Any tips? It was too liquid

    • Reply
      Heather Mubarak
      May 15, 2020 at 7:19 pm

      Hi Andrea. Sounds like you may have had too much liquid in your frosting. Try adding more confectioner’s sugar next time to thicken it up a bit. You can also add full fat greek yogurt or other whole milk yogurt in place of some of the milk to make it thicker. There are some notes in the recipe that help with troubleshooting the frosting.

  • Reply
    Lynn Hughes
    May 12, 2020 at 7:45 am

    Hi, made the coconut loaf cake yesterday and it was delicious.
    So easy, and I love making loaf cakes
    Thank you for the recipe, it is going in my ‘bake again’ recipe book.
    Thank you

    • Reply
      Heather Mubarak
      May 15, 2020 at 7:17 pm

      Yay!! I’m so glad to hear that you loved this loaf. Thanks for trying my recipe!

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