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Coconut Broiled Topping to Use With Pineapple Sheet Cake and Cupcakes

Updated on July 31, 2012
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Broiled Coconut Adds a Delightful Topping to Desserts

Coconut Topping on Cupcakes
Coconut Topping on Cupcakes | Source

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 3 min
Ready in: 18 min
Yields: Topping for 24 slices of sheet cake or 24 cupcakes

Coconut is the perfect topping for pineapple cake or cupcakes

I love the taste, texture, and smell of coconut, so it is no wonder why my favorite recipe with coconut is a broiled coconut topping over pineapple cake.

The recipe shared here is for a topping that can be spread over a 13X9-inch pineapple cake or 24 medium sized cupcakes.

Bake your favorite pineapple cake or cupcakes

This recipe is for the topping only.

You may use any boxed pineapple cake mix or bake a pineapple cake from your favorite recipe.

Bake a 13X9-inch pineapple flavored cake or 24 cupcakes.

Ingredients for Broiled Coconut Topping

  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine, room temperature
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1 cup coconut, flaked
  • 3 tablespoons milk


  1. Mix thoroughly – butter, brown sugar, nuts, and coconut.
  2. Stir in milk.
  3. Spread the mixture evenly over your warm 13X9-inch cake or 24 cupcakes.
  4. Set the oven control at broil and/or 550 degrees.
  5. Place the cake 5 inches from the heat; broil for about 3 minutes or until the topping bubbles and browns slightly. (Watch carefully as this mixture will burn easily.

Enjoy the Broiled Coconut Topping on Other Flavors of Cake or Cupcakes

The flavor of coconut can be pared with any number of cake flavors, so your broiled coconut topping will go well with chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, cherry, lemon, or any other cake flavor you can imagine.

Special Note

This broiled coconut topping recipe is best used as a topping only, because, for the best flavor, the topping needs to be broiled to gain that slightly nutty texture and flavor.

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      Marlene Bertrand 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Yes, RTalloni! Chocolate indeed. I want to make this now so I can put it over a nice chocolate donut or something. Thanks for the idea.

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      Coconut is one of my favorites, also, and though I must replace the cow's milk ingredients in this recipe with coconut oil and almond milk, I think it will be a staple in my kitchen. I'm thinking it will be quite elegant over chocolate… :)

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      Marlene Bertrand 5 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Yes, alocsin! You are right. This coconut topping can make a delicious dessert out of just about anything.

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Well, this is somewhat exotic to me because I've never thought to do it. It's a great way to add that extra spice to almost any dessert. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      Marlene Bertrand 5 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Hi idigwebsites. Oh, I do hope you give it a try. I am sure you will enjoy it.

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      Marlene Bertrand 5 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Hello kitkat1141, coconut is one of my favorite flavors so I use it in a good share of desserts that I make. It will taste awesome on top of your fruit coctail cake.

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      Marlene Bertrand 5 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Hello rajan jolly! This coconut topping actually is yummy to taste by itself. It's like eating candy and it makes anything you put it on top of really delicious.

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      idigwebsites 5 years ago from United States

      The icing looks yummy and sumptuous... thanks for sharing. Might give it go. :)

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      kitkat1141 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I have never heard of broiling icing, but this looks delicious. I have a fruit cocktail cake I make with coconut icing. I will give this a try. Thanks

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Marlene this coconut topping looks yummy to taste by itself too. Voted up, awesome and shared.