Chocolate cake with coconut cream filling, marshmallow buttercream frosting and toasted coconut is the perfect cake recipe for birthdays, holidays, parties and more! This 3-layer cake is packed with flavor and irresistible!
I think I’ve probably made two dozen cakes since the beginning of this year. I’ve officially been designated as the go-to cake baker by some people so my calendar is always full of special requests. With plenty of requests for cakes, I have a lot of time to test recipes and hear feedback from everyone. Out of all of the cakes I recently made, this chocolate cake with coconut cream and marshmallow buttercream frosting received raved reviews. It is also my absolute favorite cake that I have ever made. Since I made this cake for the first time, I’ve had four different requests to make it again. In fact, I already have two orders of this cake for a birthday and Easter.
Chocolate cake with coconut cream filling, marshmallow buttercream frosting and toasted coconut combines some of my favorite flavors into one impressive cake. This is the cake you need to make for Easter, birthdays, bridal showers and everything in between. It is a 3 layer cake packed with flavor.
Some cakes are complicated and require multiple steps with detailed instructions. For a homemade cake, this one is pretty simple. With three layers, it is full of chocolate, coconut and marshmallow flavor. I use one of my favorite recipes for the cake layer. The filling is a thick creamy consistency. It complements the chocolate cake and whipped buttercream frosting perfectly.
I highly recommend investing in a rotating cake stand. I’ve been using this Ateco one for the past year or so and it makes decorating cakes so much easier. I also purchased some plastic disposable cake trays. They are recyclable and I actually reuse them often. They are perfect for transporting cakes or giving away to friends and family too. I find that they are more sturdy than a cardboard cake box and because they are reusable I don’t have to buy as many.
Yields one 8-inch 3-layer cake
Chocolate Cake with Coconut Cream and Marshmallow Buttercream Frosting
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
3 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
1 (7 ounce) jar Marshmallow fluff
2 tablespoons heavy cream
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 cups shredded coconut, lightly toasted
To make the cake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Cut out 3 8-inch round pieces of parchment paper and place them in the bottom of 3 8-inch round cake pans. Butter the sides of the pans and dust with cocoa powder, shaking out the excess.
In a medium bowl, combine the cocoa powder, espresso powder, and boiling water. Whisk until smooth; set aside to cool for 2 minutes. When cooled down, whisk in the sour cream and vanilla; set aside.
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter on medium-high speed until smooth, about 1 minute. Gradually blend in the sugar and whip on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes more. Blend in the eggs one at a time. In another medium bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and salt; whisk to blend.
With the mixer on low speed, add the dry ingredients in three additions alternating with the sour cream mixture, beating each addition just until incorporated. Divide the batter evenly between the prepared pans. Bake the cake layers for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, rotating the pans halfway through to ensure even baking. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool in the pans at least 30 minutes before inverting onto the rack to cool completely.
To make the filling, using a spoon, carefully scoop out the thick layer of coconut cream from the can. (You will not need any of the coconut water that has settled to the bottom of the can.) Add the cream to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Whip on medium speed for 1 minute. Add the cream cheese and confectioners’ sugar and mix well on high speed until combined, about 1 to 2 minutes. Slowly fold in the shredded coconut.
To make the buttercream frosting, add butter to the clean bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Add the confectioners’ sugar and mix until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes. Add marshmallow fluff, heavy cream and salt; beat for an additional minute.
To assemble the cake, place one of the cake layers on a cake board or serving platter. Spread half of the coconut cream filling over the top of the cake. Top with a second layer and the remaining filling. Place the final cake layer on top. Frost the top and sides of the cake with the frosting. Coat the frosting with the toasted coconut flakes. Refrigerate the cake until just before serving.
*You can omit the instant espresso or coffee powder, but I highly recommend it because it enhances the flavor of the chocolate.
**Refrigerating the coconut cream beforehand will help the filling to thicken. If the filling is too runny, refrigerate until it firms up enough to spread it.