Coconut Sheet Cake

Prep 30 mins
Cook 25 mins
Total 55 mins

This Coconut Sheet Cake recipe is so easy to make using boxed cake mix. It’s a moist and flavorful sheet cake recipe that is ready in just a few minutes!

If you love this coconut cake recipe you should also try my Southern Orange Coconut Cake or my Coconut Tres Leches Cake recipe!

A slice of Coconut Cake on a white plate with the rest of the sheet cake behind it

This Is One Of My Moms Favorite Cake Recipes

I guess it’s just a coconut kind of week around here. Between the Coconut Sugar Scrub and this Coconut Sheet Cake, maybe my brain and kitchen are already on vacation!

This is one of those cakes that is for people who don’t like to make things from scratch — people like my mom. I made this cake for my Mom on Mother’s Day by her request. And when I say request, I mean she handed me the old recipe card and said “Make me this!”.

This cake is actually one of her favorites and is written down on a recipe card from the 90’s by an old neighbor (Hi Miss Roni!). It’s like those crockpot recipes that no one wants to admit loving…it’s a can of this, a can of that and a box of cake, but the finished result is delicious.

A close up shot of a big slice of Coconut Sheet Cake

Is This Coconut Cake Easy To Make?

Once it is all put together, you would never guess that this was such an easy (from a box!) cake! It’s very reminiscent of a Tres Leches cake with the liquids, but a much more fun flavor.

If you are looking for an easy cake that is still impressive, give this Coconut Sheet Cake a shot! It only takes about 10 minutes of total work from you…including the dishes. 😉

Yield: 1 sheet cake

Coconut Sheet Cake

A close up shot of a big slice of Coconut Sheet Cake

This Coconut Sheet Cake recipe is so easy to make using boxed cake mix. It's a moist and flavorful sheet cake recipe that is ready in just a few minutes!

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes


  • 1 (18.25 oz) Betty Crocker white cake mix (plus ingredients needed to bake cake)
  • 1 14oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 15oz can cream of coconut (like Coco Lopez)
  • 1 8oz tub Cool Whip
  • 2 1/2 cups Shredded Coconut, toasted


Bake cake according to directions in a 9x13 cake pan.

Poke tons of holes with a toothpick on top of the cake. Slowly pour sweetened condensed milk and cream of coconut on top of cake while still hot. (Don't get nervous if it looks like a lot of liquid sitting on the sides. The cake will soak it all up!)

Let cake cool completely, then frost with Cool Whip and top with shredded coconut. Store in the fridge until ready to serve.


For extra coconut flavor, you can use a coconut cake mix instead! Also if you are not a Cool Whip fan, you can top it with homemade whipped cream instead!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 465Total Fat: 30gSaturated Fat: 22gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 57mgSodium: 162mgCarbohydrates: 46gFiber: 3gSugar: 41gProtein: 6g


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28 Responses
  1. Mari

    Just baked this cake and it’s AWESOME! You’re right, it’s like the tres leches but less work and it tastes great! I will use it in the holidays for sure. Thanks for sharing this.

  2. Lisa Thakkar

    This sounds awesome and I would love to make it for my daughter’s birthday party! How far ahead do you think I can make it?

  3. Cherish

    Looks awesome! And finally…a blog that posts a recipe WITH a printer option!! Printing NOW 🙂 and making tonight!

  4. Faith

    I’ve made this many times, but with one difference. I mix in a small box of instant coconut pudding, plus a few tablespoons of milk with the whipped topping before putting it on the cake. It adds a bit more coconut to the overload.

  5. candycane

    I love this recipe! I added Moscato wine to the white cake batter and a little bit to the homemade whipped cream as well. The Moscato really richened the coconut dlavor without overpowering it. I also added sliced almonds and white chocolate chips to the topping because I didn’t have the patience to toast the coconut, but I still wanted the added texture.

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