Three Day Coconut Cake

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Three Day Coconut Cake with sour cream uses a boxed cake mix and just three other ingredients to make a delicious dessert for the coconut lovers in your life.  Using fresh frozen coconut, this 3 day coconut cake is special.

Three Day Coconut Cake

What is a three day coconut cake?

A 3 day coconut cake is a special cake that sits in the refrigerator for 3 days before you should eat it.  That’s 72 hours for the delicious filling made of fresh, frozen coconut cake and sour cream to meld together to awesomeness.

This Sour Cream Coconut Cake recipe came from the wife of a coworker when Barbara worked at Frito Lay. (Have we shared that Barbara has a degree in Food Science? It comes in handy as she’s working on recipes!)

We were lucky that she brought this recipes with her when she and her family moved back to the family farm a few years ago. Our family loves coconut so this is a real treat when Barbara makes it.  She typically makes it for our coconut-loving mama for her birthday or Mother’s day.

Fresh Frozen Coconut Cake

This 3 day coconut cake is special because it uses fresh coconut in frozen form.  This is different from the sweetened coconut found in the baking aisle.

You are supposed to wait until the third day to eat, but it is so hard, especially after you taste test the delicious icing.

Where can I buy frozen coconut?

Frozen fresh coconut is sometimes hard to find but we’ve found it at our local Walmart and at Asian specialty stores.

 

How to Make Coconut Cake with Fresh Coconut?

For the full instructions for 3 day coconut cake, scroll to the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

  1. Prepare cake mix according to package instructions using three round cake pans. Let cool completely.
  2. Mix fresh coconut that’s been thawed, sour cream and sugar.
  3. Refrigerate for 2 hours minimum to set up.
  4. Layer coconut mixture between layers, over top and on sides of cake.
  5. Use plastic wrap to press coconut mixture onto all sides, tightly.  Add a layer of foil on top.
  6. Refrigerate for 3 days before cutting and serving.
  7. If desired, press sweetened coconut all over the cake to make prettier.

Three Day Coconut Cake with sour cream uses a boxed cake mix and just three other ingredients to make a delicious dessert for the coconut lovers in your life.  Using fresh frozen coconut, this 3 day coconut cake is special.

3 Day Coconut Cake with Sour Cream Ingredients

Boxed cake mix (white, yellow or butter), prepared as directed on box

Sugar

Frozen, Fresh Coconut

Sour Cream

Sweetened Coconut, optional

Our Favorite Easy Cake Recipes Using Boxed Cake Mix

We love a good cake. We like them better when they are easy to make. Try some of our favorite cake recipes. All of them use a boxed cake mix as a base!

Honey Bun Coffee Cake

Triple Chocolate Cake

Grandma’s Fanciful Double Chocolate Cake

Boston Cream Cake

Notes About Frozen Coconut Cake:

  • The original recipe calls for butter cake mix which is hard to find. Find it through this link.  Or, substitute in a white cake mix or yellow cake mix.  Both are yummy!
  • Frozen coconut can be found in the freezer section at large grocery stores such as Walmart.  Or, Asian grocery stores tend to carry it too.  Be sure to grab 3 packages of frozen, fresh coconut.
  • I prefer to use full fat sour cream for this recipe.  The filling and icing should be as thick as possible.
  • The process of filling and icing the layers and top can be messy; just embrace it.  Use plastic wrap to tightly press the coconut filling on all sides of the cake. Top with a layer of foil.
  • To make the finished sour cream coconut cake prettier, use sweetened coconut to hide any bare spots. Press it onto all sides.

Old Fashioned Coconut Recipes

Granny’s German Chocolate Icing

Granny's German Chocolate Cake Icing is an old fashioned, withstand the test of time type of recipe.  The homemade frosting is made on the stove-top and is truly the "icing" on the cake.

Sweet Southern Chocolate Pie

Southern Sweet Chocolate Pie is a homemade baked chocolate pie topped with chopped pecans and coconut.  It's all the flavors of your favorite German Chocolate Cake in a decadent pie.  This old fashioned chocolate pie is Grandma approved!

Dark Chocolate Coconut Macaroons

Dark Chocolate Coconut Macaroons are perfect.  The classic chewy macaroons get dipped in dark chocolate and then sprinkled with sea salt.

Sour Cream Coconut Cake

What makes this 9 x 13 Sour Cream Coconut Cake so special?  This amped up white cake mix recipe has a dense, moist texture that comes from a combination of sour cream and cream of coconut. And the icing on the cake? Well, it's literally a homemade cream cheese frosting that is to die for.

Three Day Coconut Cake

This Three Day Coconut Cake is easy to put together and worth the wait to let it develop all its yummy flavor.
Prep Time2 hrs 10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Refrigerator Time3 d
Total Time3 d 2 hrs 30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: 3 day sour cream coconut cake, fresh coconut cake, fresh frozen coconut cake, frozen coconut cake, three day coconut cake
Servings: 8
Author: Barbara

Ingredients

  • 3 6 oz. pkgs frozen fresh coconut, thawed
  • 1 16 oz. container sour cream
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 boxed cake mix, white, yellow or butter cake prepared

Instructions

  • Mix thawed coconut, sour cream and sugar.
    Three Day Coconut Cake with sour cream uses a boxed cake mix and just three other ingredients to make a delicious dessert for the coconut lovers in your life.  Using fresh frozen coconut, this 3 day coconut cake is special.
  • Let set in fridge for 2 hours.
    Three Day Coconut Cake with sour cream uses a boxed cake mix and just three other ingredients to make a delicious dessert for the coconut lovers in your life.  Using fresh frozen coconut, this 3 day coconut cake is special.
  • Prepare cake mix recipe as directed on back of box.
    Three Day Coconut Cake with sour cream uses a boxed cake mix and just three other ingredients to make a delicious dessert for the coconut lovers in your life.  Using fresh frozen coconut, this 3 day coconut cake is special.
  • Pour into 3 round cake pans and bake according to directions.
    Three Day Coconut Cake with sour cream uses a boxed cake mix and just three other ingredients to make a delicious dessert for the coconut lovers in your life.  Using fresh frozen coconut, this 3 day coconut cake is special.
  • After cake has cooled, ice with coconut mixture between layers and on top and sides.
    Three Day Coconut Cake with sour cream uses a boxed cake mix and just three other ingredients to make a delicious dessert for the coconut lovers in your life.  Using fresh frozen coconut, this 3 day coconut cake is special.
  • Press and smush the coconut mixture all over the top and sides. Cover with plastic wrap and then foil, and store in the refrigerator for three days.
    Three Day Coconut Cake with sour cream uses a boxed cake mix and just three other ingredients to make a delicious dessert for the coconut lovers in your life.  Using fresh frozen coconut, this 3 day coconut cake is special.
  • If desired, press sweetened coconut all over the top and sides or coconut cake before serving.
    Three Day Coconut Cake with sour cream uses a boxed cake mix and just three other ingredients to make a delicious dessert for the coconut lovers in your life.  Using fresh frozen coconut, this 3 day coconut cake is special.
  • Cut and eat on the third day.
    Three Day Coconut Cake with sour cream uses a boxed cake mix and just three other ingredients to make a delicious dessert for the coconut lovers in your life.  Using fresh frozen coconut, this 3 day coconut cake is special.

Notes

  • The original recipe calls for butter cake mix which is hard to find. Find it through this link.  Or, substitute in a white cake mix or yellow cake mix.  Both are yummy!
  • Frozen coconut can be found in the freezer section at large grocery stores such as Walmart.  Or, Asian grocery stores tend to carry it too.  Be sure to grab 3 packages of frozen, fresh coconut. 
  • I prefer to use full fat sour cream for this recipe.  The filling and icing should be as thick as possible. 
  • The process of filling and icing the layers and top can be messy; just embrace it.  Use plastic wrap to tightly press the coconut filling on all sides of the cake. Top with a layer of foil.
  • To make the finished sour cream coconut cake prettier, use sweetened coconut to hide any bare spots. Press it onto all sides. 

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