Annalise Sandberg

Peanut Butter Coconut Layer Cake

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Peanut butter and coconut are two beloved flavors, so why has no one thought to put them together into a layer cake? I searched the internet and came up practically empty. There was only one thing left to do at that point, create the recipe myself!

Starting with a traditional vanilla cake, I swapped out creamy peanut butter for the butter and added some coconut milk to tie the two flavors together. I frosted the cake generously with a cream cheese coconut icing and finished it with a sprinkling of shredded coconut.

I served the cake to a group of friends and they raved about it. “I’ve never heard of a peanut butter coconut cake before” and “what a great combination!” were some of the comments I got. Yep, it’s definitely a winner.

Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total time: 1 hour and 20 minutes (includes 30 minutes refrigeration time)
Yield: one 8 or 9-inch double layer cake

Peanut Butter Coconut Layer Cake

Ingredients

cake ingredients

For the cake
2¼ cups all-purpose flour
1½ cups sugar
3½ teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
¾ cup Smooth Operator peanut butter
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1¼ cup unsweetened coconut milk

For the frosting
8 ounces (1 package) cream cheese, at room temperature
½ cup (1 stick) butter, at room temperature
4 cups powdered sugar, sifted
Pinch of salt
1 teaspoon coconut flavoring
1-3 tablespoons unsweetened coconut milk
1 cup sweetened coconut flakes

Procedure

1. To make the cake, preheat oven to 350°F and grease and flour two 8 or 9-inch round cake pans.

2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, or in a bowl with a hand-held mixer, beat the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and peanut butter together until combined. Mixture will be very thick.

3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, vanilla, and coconut milk. Add to the peanut butter mixture in 3 additions, mixing after each and scraping down the bowl as necessary. Beat on medium high speed until smooth, about 2 minutes.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, vanilla, and coconut milk. Add to the peanut butter mixture in 3 additions, mixing after each and scraping down the bowl as necessary. Beat on medium high speed until smooth, about 2 minutes.

4. Pour batter evenly into the prepared cake pans. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 25-30 minutes. Let cool 10 minutes in the pan, then transfer to a rack to cool completely.

Pour batter evenly into the prepared cake pans. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 25-30 minutes. Let cool 10 minutes in the pan, then transfer to a rack to cool completely.

5.To make the frosting, beat the cream cheese and butter together until smooth. Add the powdered sugar, salt and coconut flavoring and mix until combined. Add the coconut milk one tablespoon at a time until a spreadable consistency is reached.

6. To assemble the cake, place one cooled cake round upside-down on a cake stand or plate. Cover the top with 1/2 cup of frosting. Place second cake round on top and frost entire cake with the remaining frosting. Cover with the coconut flakes. Place in the fridge for 30 minutes to firm up before serving.

To assemble the cake, place one cooled cake round upside-down on a cake stand or plate. Cover the top with 1/2 cup of frosting. Place second cake round on top and frost entire cake with the remaining frosting.

Cover with the coconut flakes.

PEANUT BUTTER GIVEAWAY

What other ways would you combine peanut butter and coconut together in a recipe?

Leave a comment below with your answer to enter for a chance at winning a jar of Smooth Operator, the peanut butter used in this recipe.

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– One entry per person.
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– Winner(s) will have until 05/15/14 to claim their prize or we will choose another winner.
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Peanut Butter Coconut Layer Cake, 9.0 out of 10 based on 2 ratings

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22 Responses to Peanut Butter Coconut Layer Cake

  1. Victoria G says:

    I can definitely see a cookie recipe! Maybe some sort of peanut-coconut macaroons? Or peanut butter, coconut, and oatmeal? Hmmm…I may need to start working on this 😉

  2. Aeimee says:

    Looks scrumptious! I am definitely trying this recipe 🙂

  3. Andrew Russel says:

    I would put those two together in a nice fudge recipe!

  4. Sarah R says:

    Oh my goodness! Can’t wait to make this. :O)

  5. Fay says:

    I would make some peanut butter – coconut truffles and cover them in shredded coconut! yum!

  6. Jessica says:

    Peanut butter coconut cream pie!

  7. Jalynn says:

    I would make cookies. Thanks for the chance! 🙂

  8. Madealine Wright says:

    Change up traditional no bake cookies and omit the oatmeal and use sweetened coconut.
    Yum.

  9. Amy P says:

    peanut butter and coconut granola would be good

  10. Jessica says:

    OMG this looks delicious!
    I would combine it with chicken for a thai inspired dish! Also a no bake cookie comes to mind 🙂

  11. chapin says:

    Carrot cake protein bar

  12. Abby says:

    I would add shredded coconut to a peanut butter cookie recipe, and maybe add some chocolate!

  13. Frank says:

    Peanut butter ambrosia salad!

  14. Kelli says:

    I’d use peanut butter & coconut in oatmeal.

  15. Erin says:

    peanut butter coconut macaroons!

  16. Erin R. says:

    No bake drop cookies. Leave out the cocoa and use coconut instead of oatmeal.

  17. Jennifer says:

    Brownies!

  18. Kristine says:

    They would be great together as a truffle or as toppings for a brownie.

  19. nik says:

    PB filled coconut macarons

  20. Najia says:

    The recipe looks fantastic . I have never tried a coconut cake . Can I use fresh coconut instead of sweetened coconut flakes?

  21. Judith says:

    Peanut butter coconut blondies!

  22. Kristi says:

    peanut coconut sauce for dipping coconut shrimp

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Peanut Butter Coconut Layer Cake