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Coconut Recipes and Coconut Oil

Updated on July 26, 2013

Coconut Tree

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Coconut History

Nearly one third of the world depends on coconuts for their food and economy and it is a staple on many islands.  The scientific name for coconut is Cocos nucifera and early Spanish settlers called it coco because it resembles a monkey’s face.  On the islands all parts of the coconut are used for food and treatment of some medical conditions.

Coconut is considered a functional food because it provides many health benefits beyond the nutritional content.  The coconut provides a nutritious source of coconut meat, coconut water, coconut milk and coconut oil.  Coconut benefits are protein, all the B vitamins, vitamin C, plus calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and zinc.  It does have saturated fat and carbohydrates.  You can purchase coconut flour which is gluten free.

It’s not hard to find a delicious coconut recipe, from cakes, cookies, ice cream, puddings and custard.  One of my husband’s favorite easy recipes is Coconut Custard, and it makes its own crust.  I made him one last night for Father’s Day.

Coconut Oil Benefits

Coconut oil is a saturated fat; however, it is a healthy oil and it helps to regulate blood sugar. Using coconut oil will help you lose weight, and it is good for diabetics. On islands where the populations have used coconut oil throughout their lives, there is very little diabetes. In addition, coconut oil aids absorption of calcium and magnesium by the body. It also has been shown to help prevent osteoporosis in women.

Coconut Custard -Fathers Day Surprise

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Pyrex Advantage 9 x 13 Inch Rectangular Baking Dish with Cover
Pyrex Advantage 9 x 13 Inch Rectangular Baking Dish with Cover

Product Features:

4-sided, easy-grab handles

Portion guides to help cut pieces evenly

Fill lines to help prevent overflows in the oven

Easy-to-read size markings


Coconut Custard


  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 8 eggs
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 4 cups milk
  • 2 cups coconut


Mix sugar, flour and nutmeg into melted butter until smooth, using a large mixing bowl to hold all the ingredients.

Add eggs. Mix well.

Slowly stir in milk and vanilla and mix until smooth.

Stir in coconut. You can use any coconut from your grocery store. I use Bakers Coconut most of the time.

Pour into a 13 x 9 greased pan. Let stand for five full minutes before baking. This step is essential as the mixture will form its own crust under the delicious custard and coconut topping.

Bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes. Custard will be firm and lightly browned.

Chill and enjoy. This is so easy to make and it’s delicious.

Coconut Cake

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Cake slice

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Photo Courtesy of Tender Crumb

Coconut Cake with White Mountain Icing


  • 3 cups All purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup Milk or juice from a fresh coconut
  • 1 cup Butter softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • White Mountain Coconut Icing Recipe follows
  • 3 cups Freshly grated coconut or sweetened shredded coconut


Preheat oven to 350°. Grease and flour two 9” round cake pans and set aside.

In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt and use a fork to mix them together. Pour the milk or coconut juice into a measuring cup and stir the vanilla into the milk.

In a large mixing bowl, beat the softened butter with a mixer at medium speed until creamy.

Add the sugar, continually beating, scraping the sides as necessary until creamy.

Add the eggs, one by one, beating well each time, until the mixture is thick and smooth.

Add about 1/2 of the flour mixture to the batter and beat well at low speed.

Then add about half the milk to the batter, beating well.

Continue beating as you add another third of the flour mixture, followed by the rest of the milk, and then the remaining flour mixture,

Beat well until the batter is very thick and smooth.

Pour the batter into the two prepared cake pans.

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until the cakes are golden-brown, spring back when touched lightly.

Remove from the oven and cool in the pans on wire racks or folded kitchen towels for 10 minutes.

Next turn out the cakes onto wire racks or plates with top side up and let them cool completely.

Beautiful Ways to Serve Cakes

Anchor Hocking Presence Cake Plate w/Dome, 2 Piece Stand & Dome
Anchor Hocking Presence Cake Plate w/Dome, 2 Piece Stand & Dome

Simple in shape, timeless by design. The Presence Cake Dome Set is great for presenting in formal settings, special occations and family gatherings. The glass cover helps preserve food while adding style and class.


White Mountain Icing


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 egg whites


Add the sugar and water to a small saucepan and stir to dissolve it. Bring the mixture to a gentle boil and cook without stirring for 3 minutes.

Then boil for 5 to 10 minutes, stirring often, until the syrup has thickened and will form itself into a thread about 2 inches long when poured from a spoon back into the pan.

Beat the egg whites in a large bowl with a mixer at high speed until they are bright white and fluffy.

While beating at high speed, slowly pour the cooked syrup into the egg whites to blend them into a fluffy-white icing. 4 to 5 minutes.

To ice the cake, place one cake layer, top side down, on a cake stand or serving plate.

Cover it generously with icing and sprinkle with some of the coconut.

Place the second layer on top of the iced layer, top side up.

Ice the sides to help keep the cake steady, and then spread icing generously over the top, completely covering the cake.

Place cake stand on a cookie sheet or wax paper to catch loose coconut as you shower the cake.

Sprinkle coconut all over the cake, and then gently pat handfuls of coconut onto the sides and top to cover the bare spots.

I usually put any leftover coconut into a freezer plastic bag and store it in the freezer.

I have used this recipe for about 35 years and it is a little bit of work, but this recipe makes one beautiful cake.

Fresh Coconut

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Fresh Coconut

It is not that difficult to use fresh coconut which would always be preferable.  The video shows just how easy that can be accomplished.

he Test Kitchen: How to Crack a Coconut

Southern Praline Pecan Cake

Picture of a Cake I made.
Picture of a Cake I made.

Slice of cake

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Simple Recipe for Cake


  • 1 box butter pecan cake mix
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 can coconut pecan frosting mix
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup pecan pieces


Spray Bundt pan with nonstick cooking spray. Combine all ingredients in large bowl, including frosting mix and mix well.

Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes. It will be brown and you can use a toothpick to double check..

You can make a glaze with confectioner sugar and a little milk but the pecan cake is so moist is not necessary.

The recipe works well with lemon cake mix and lemon frosting as well, without the pecans of course. I do make a glaze with confectioner sugar and lemon juice to enhance the lemon flavor.

I don't think baking a cake can get simpler than this recipe. It stays moist longer than your average cake also. Enjoy!

NO Bake Pineapple Fluff Cake


Photo Courtesy of Joy of Baking
Photo Courtesy of Joy of Baking

Coconut Macaroons Cookies


  • 1 pkg. Bakers angel flake coconut (14 oz package)
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 6 tbsp flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt


Mix coconut, sugar, flour and salt in large bowl.

Stir in egg whites and extract until well blended.

Drop by tbsp. on to greased and floured cookie sheet.

Bake at 325° for 25 minutes or until edges of cookies are golden brown.

Immediately remove from sheet to wire racks as they are a delicate cookie.

Cool completely.

Makes about 3 dozen cookies.

In conclusion

If your haven't had coconut in a long time or think you don't like it, some of these recipes will win you over.  Most of the coconut desserts are quick and easy to make.  I hope you there is some recipe here for everyone to enjoy something new and different.

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    Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

    Patricia, I am not sure if it could be substituted in that way as it is more like a milk. I will keep my eyes open for new recipes and if I find one I will send it to you. Thanks for your comments and the angels of course. Sending angels to you also.

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    Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

    Hi Pamela

    So it is a good fat so I have a question. Do you have some suggestions of how we can substitute it in cooking (without us actually using trial and error)? For example, could we use it in an oil and vinegar dressing without having an unwanted flavor? Just curious. And thanks for the yummy looking recipe.

    Angels are on the way to you this early morning. ps

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    Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

    Annie, It is so healthy, and it tastes good. I wouldn't eat it when I was younger, but that has definitely changed. Thanks so much for your comments.

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    wabash annie 4 years ago from Colorado Front Range

    What can I say but 'yum'! I can't wait to try some of those recipes. Discovered coconut oil a few months ago although I have used the milk and have loved the shredded version most of my lift. Thanks for sharing this with your followers and everyone else!

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    Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

    DDE, Coconut is useful in so many ways also. Thanks so much for your comments.

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    Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

    Coconut is one of my favorites, and you have such great ideas here love it!

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    Pamela Oglesby 5 years ago from United States

    Patricia, I hope you enjoy these recipes. Thanks for your comments and angels. I am sending you angels for this day. God bless.

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    Patricia Scott 5 years ago from sunny Florida


    I am glad it is after dinner time and I have satisfied my sweet tooth for the night. These dishes look so grandbaby would say "tastes good, deeelishus"...

    I am not sure which one I want to taste first. I am bookmarking these to add to my recipe files.

    Voted up and pinned

    Sending Angels to you this evening :) ps

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    Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

    Helen, I am not sure what you mean by carrot cake unless that is your favorite.

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    Helen yank 6 years ago

    Carrot cake

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    Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

    Thelma, I hope you enjoy them and I appreciate you comments.

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    Thelma Alberts 6 years ago from Germany

    This is an awesome hub. I love to try these coconut recipes of yours especially with that coconut icing. Thanks for sharing Pamela99. Bookmark!

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    Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

    Mx, Thanks so much for your comment.

    NP Queen, I hope you enjoy them. Thanks for your comment.

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    NP.QUEEN 7 years ago

    Thank you for your useful recipes.

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    mx187 7 years ago

    Enjoyed your hub. Thanks.

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    Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

    Nancy, They might like the coconut and you can cut it in half so it just makes an 8 by 8 pan which might be enough for them. Thanks for your comments.

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    nancy_30 7 years ago from Georgia

    Thanks for the recipes. I'm not a fan of coconuts. I might try some of these and give them to my dad and mom. They love cocunut desserts.

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    Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

    Support Med, The desserts are really good. Thanks for your comments.

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    Support Med. 7 years ago from Michigan

    These desserts look delicious! Voted-up/rated!

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    Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

    akirchner, I'm glad the coconut hub is more to your liking. Thank you for your comments.

    Anginwu, When you grow up with coconut in your yard you are sure to love it. Thanks for your comments.

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    anglnwu 7 years ago

    Yummy--love the recipes given and the pictures are so inviting. I'm familiar with coconut--I used to have coconut trees growing in our backyard. I love to eat the flesh of young coconuts and often, we would also drink the water--so refreshing. Wonderful jobs of giving us so many recipes. Rated it up and yes to coconut joy!

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    Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Washington

    Oh no - you got me! My weakness or one of them is coconut...I thought I was free and clear with the chocolate going by the wayside but no such luck! I love macaroons and do an Italian frozen dessert with them - and I'm always making coconut cream pie and coconut cake for my middle boy who loves coconut as much as I do. Oy vey - I see I'm going to have to walk twice all week after I find somewhere to have coconut dessert today on Bob's outing! Thanks for the recipes, too!

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    Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

    drbj Thank you so much for your comments.

    Kay, Thank you for your comments.

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    Kay Creates 7 years ago from Ohio

    All of these recipes look so tempting, especially the Coconut Custard. My grandmother use to make this. I'll give it a try.

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    drbj and sherry 7 years ago from south Florida

    Pamela - what a deluscious hub. These desserts are awesome. Had no idea coconut was so vital to the economy and well-being of 1/3 of the world's population.

    Guess Marie Antoinette could have said, "Let them eat coconut."

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    Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

    Darlene, The first one is so easy, I know you can do it. Thanks for stopping by.

    Hello, I'm so sorry I am making your life a little more difficult. Thank you for stopping by.

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    Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

    Pamela, you are too good to be true. Now be a good girl and put the cooking book away because I can't take it anymore.

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    Darlene Sabella 7 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

    I have never tried this Pamela, I love coconut so this is for me. I would so like to make this you make everything sound so easy to make, I am not a great cook, but I am a great fan of desserts. thumbs up

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    Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

    Miata, It would be nice if you could get some fresh coconut. Thanks for your comment.

    BPOP, Its always nice to bring back pleasant memories. Thanks so much for your comments.

    Robert, My father loved coconut also. Thank you for your comment.

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    Putz Ballard 7 years ago

    Pamela, my favorite is coconut cream pie.

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    breakfastpop 7 years ago

    Dear Pamela,

    I adore coconut custard pie. As far as coconuts are concerned, they remind me of all the wonderful trips my family took to my Grandma's house. The coconuts were all over the place!

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    prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

    Wow, I miss fresh coconut though Pam, there are avaolable ones at Asian store, I like coconut a lot as I grew up eating all what we can get from coconut, thanks for this hub, thumbs up, Maita

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    Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

    Tom, I used that video as the selection wasn't great and she showed how simple it is to break the coconut. Yes, she should learn to cut away from her body. Thanks for your comment.

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    Tom Whitworth 7 years ago from Moundsville, WV


    Coconut custard pie was one of my dad'd and my favorites.

    I did cringe watching that young lady who cracked the coconut cutting towards her hand!!!!!!!!!!!