Chocolate Cake with Coconut Cream and Marshmallow Buttercream Frosting

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!

Chocolate Cake with Coconut Cream Filling and Marshmallow Buttercream Frosting - the perfect cake recipe for birthdays, holidays, parties and more!

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 and Marshmallow Buttercream Frosting - the perfect cake recipe for birthdays, holidays, parties and more!

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.

Chocolate Cake with Coconut Cream Filling and Marshmallow Buttercream Frosting - the perfect cake recipe for birthdays, holidays, parties and more! Chocolate Cake with Coconut Cream Filling and Marshmallow Buttercream Frosting - the perfect cake recipe for birthdays, holidays, parties and more!I highly recommend investing in a rotating cake stand. I’ve been using an 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.

Chocolate Cake with Coconut Cream and Marshmallow Buttercream Frosting

Yield: 1 8-inch 3-layer cake
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Cooling Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
50 mins
 
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!
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Ingredients

For the cake:

  • cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • cups unsweetened cocoa powder plus more for dusting the pans
  • 1 tablespoon instant espresso or coffee powder*
  • cups boiling water
  • ¾ cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • cups 3 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • cups plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 large eggs at room temperature
  • teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon salt

For the filling:

  • 5.4 ounce can coconut cream
  • 4 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1 3/4 cups confectioners’ sugar sifted
  • 1 cup shredded coconut

For the frosting:

  • 1 cup 2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3 cups confectioners’ sugar sifted
  • 7 ounce jar Marshmallow fluff
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups shredded coconut lightly toasted

Instructions

To make the cake:

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.
  4. 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:

  1. 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:

  1. 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:

  1. 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.

Notes

*You can omit the instant espresso or coffee powder, but I highly recommend it because it enhances the flavor of the chocolate.
Source: cake from Baking Illustrated, filling and frosting from Spoonful of Flavor

Nutrition Information

Calories: 12848, Fat: 725g, Saturated Fat: 487g, Cholesterol: 1966mg, Sodium: 4930mg, Potassium: 4502mg, Carbohydrates: 1634g, Fiber: 64g, Sugar: 1309g, Protein: 94g, Vitamin A: 17935%, Vitamin C: 7.1%, Calcium: 786%, Iron: 40.4%

*Nutritional information is an estimate. Please consult a doctor or nutritionist for the most accurate nutritional info.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
All images and text ©Spoonful of Flavor

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43 comments on “Chocolate Cake with Coconut Cream and Marshmallow Buttercream Frosting”

  1. Is this cake really sweet? 

    • I wouldn’t say it’s really sweet as most store-bough cakes are sweeter. But it does have a good amount of sugar in it, especially in the frosting, so it’s sweet.

  2. Hello! I plan to make this cake for my husband’s birthday this Thursday. I have to work Thursday and don’t think I’ll be able to make it all in one fell swoop. Do you have any suggestions for making some of it ahead of time? Perhaps I can make the cake the day before and leave it out or put the layers in the fridge? Can I make the filling or frosting ahead of time? Thanks in advance!

    • Hi Liz! I prefer to assemble the entire cake and then leave it in the refrigerator until about one hour before serving. You can refrigerate it for at least a few days. You can also bake and chill the layers ahead of time. I will often bake the layers one day, frost and assemble another day and then chill until I’m ready to serve. Enjoy!

      • Thank you for your quick response, Ashley! This is very helpful. Maybe I’ll start making the layers as early as Tuesday since they will keep so well in the fridge.

      • Store the layers in a sealed container or large ziplock bag in the fridge so that they don’t dry out. You can also wrap them in plastic wrap.

      • Thanks for the ziploc tip! I am starting the cake right now. So far I can only find large cans of coconut cream; 13.5 oz. Can I just measure out the 5.4 I need for the recipe? Or does that measurement account for the water I won’t be using? Any tips on how much I can use would be appreciated! 

  3. Could you tell me where you buy coconut cream, no one sells it in our town, not even our Walmart!

    • Hi, Von! You can use regular coconut milk and follow these instructions: Chill the can of coconut milk in the refrigerator overnight. Turn the can over, open the can and scoop out the coconut cream. The solid cream part of the chilled coconut milk is the coconut cream. Use 1/2 cup coconut cream. Do not use the liquid part of the coconut milk or it will make it too watery. Enjoy!

      You should able to find coconut milk at any large grocery store, including Walmart.

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