Easy Coconut Cake Recipes – Oma's Kokosnusskuchen

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by: Gerhild Fulson  /  Cookbook Author, Blogger, German Oma!

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This Coconut Cake recipe, and the one following it, are among some of the best coffee cake recipes.

In other words, need something delicious to go with your coffee?

These are it!

These are variations of "Kokosnusskuchen", one a bit easier than the other. 

For these recipes use grated or desiccated coconut. If these aren't available, shredded can be used. It's just a bit more difficult to cut nice pieces because the shreds pull the topping apart.

Still delicious though!

If you love coconut, then you really need to try them both. A bit of non-German tropical sunshine.

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1. Recipe for Coconut Cake

This Coconut Cake recipe, aka Kokosnusskuchen, is an easy one to make to serve for your Kaffeeklatsch.

Prep Time

20 minutes

Bake Time

30 minutes

Total Time

50 minutes


  • ⅔ cup butter
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs, separated
  • 2½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • approx. 1 cup apricot jam
  • 1⅓ cups granulated sugar
  • 3 cups grated coconut


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Cream butter and ½ cup sugar in mixing bowl. Add 4 egg yolks. Combine flour and baking powder. Add flour mixture to bowl and mix thoroughly.
  3. Spread dough onto greased baking sheet.
  4. Brush apricot jam over dough.
  5. Whip 4 egg whites. Add 1⅓ cups sugar and whip until sugar is dissolved. Take some mixture and rub between your fingers. Should not feel gritty. Add coconut.
  6. Spread coconut mixture over jam.
  7. Bake about 30 minutes or until nicely browned.
  8. Cool before serving.

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2.  Another Coconut Cake Recipe

Here's another Coconut Cake recipe, aka Kokosnusskuchen, to make to serve for your Kaffeeklatsch.

Prep Time

15 minutes

Bake Time

30 minutes

Total Time

45 minutes


  • 1 cup minus 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla sugar, divided
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • 2½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2½ cups grated coconut


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Cream butter, 1 cup sugar, and 1½ teaspoons vanilla sugar in mixing bowl. Add eggs one, mixing well after each one.
  3. Add lemon zest.
  4. Mix together flour, cornstarch, and baking powder. Add to mixing bowl and stir until well mixed.
  5. Spread dough onto greased baking sheet.
  6. Sprinkle coconut over top. Sprinkle 1½ tsp vanilla sugar over top.
  7. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until golden-brown.
  8. Let cool slightly before cutting into 1½ x3 inch bars. 
  9. Makes about 25 pieces.

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