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This syrup soaked cake is LOADED with coconut and it is delicious, moist and full of flavor! Greek Coconut Cake is going to be a new favorite!

Heart shaped cake topped with golden flaked coconut and soaked in syrup.

Rich cake loaded with coconut and topped with coconut. This syrup is straight from the Greek isles, and a taste or two will transport you there. 

It may only be in your mind, but it will be a fun trip nonetheless! So enjoy the process of making, baking and tasting this coconut filled cake.

It’s cake time, it’s cake time, everyone. It’s cake time!  I don’t think I have ever baked (or eaten) as many cakes in my life as I have these past few months.

You’d think we never eat anything else, but somehow we manage to get in our three square meals a day despite all of the cake!

Of course, the twentieth of the month always calls for cake.  This month’s choices for the Cake Slice Bakers all looked like winners.

There was the Ten Layer Coffee Chocolate cake, which totally has my name written all over it, actually.  I was really tempted, but with so much going on, I wasn’t sure I could devote the time to it, and I thought maybe it would be good to show a little restraint.

Piece of rich Greek coconut cake with rich yellow color cake soaked in syrup and topped with large pieces of browned flaked coconut.

The Banana Loaf actually looked really good, too. However, I already have quite a few banana baked goods posted, and I like to try something new and exciting.

If there ever was a cake that seemed destined to be made, this one was it.  I was already leaning in the direction of this Greek Coconut Cake when looking at this month’s choices.  

Then MiMi mentioned that she was planning to make a Greek inspired dish for family dinner.

Hmmm, Greek inspired dinner followed by Greek inspired cake sounded like something that should happen.  

Then, one of my dearest blog friends, Debbie, who happens to live in Greek islands, said that her son requested a coconut cake for his birthday.

I couldn’t help but wonder if they were at all similar.  Is it, Debbie? I am really dying to know! It seemed like all of the signs were pointing toward making this cake.

picture of cliffs on Greek island
A beautiful shot Deb took on one of her walks!

Now, a quick little aside about Debbie.  She blogs over at Deb’s Random Writings.  A lot of her posts are photographs she takes on her walks around the island.

One look, and you will be dying to visit.  The landscapes and scenery are nothing like I have here in the Midwest, so it is fun to be transported through her pictures.

I suggest you go take a look to get in the mood for this cake!  Don’t worry, I’ll wait for you to come back.

The Coconut Cake

Back to the cake.  I did do a few adjustments to the recipe that Roger wrote in World Class Cakes.

I stuck with the intent of the recipe but made a few very minor tweaks to accommodate ingredients that are easier to find or that I always have on hand.  The exception is the flaked coconut.

I really liked the look of it on the top of his cake.  I know I have seen unsweetened flake coconut around, but it still took me two stores and a lot of scouring to find it.

I found dehydrated chunks, which wouldn’t work, and of course, there was plenty of shredded coconut.  I ended up finding it in the health market section of the store.

heart shaped Greek coconut cake on platter.

It was on the pricier side, so I decided to use it for the topping and regular shredded for in the cake.

I also tweaked the method a bit to make it a way that felt a bit more natural to me.  But in the end, the cake is pretty darn close to what he published.

I can’t wait for you to read the ingredients and see if you have the same thoughts I did.  9 eggs in a one layer 9-inch cake?

Only 2 cups of flour and 7 whole cups of coconut? Gee whiz!  Roger said he made his in a 9″ cake pan and turned it out when it was done.

Tried as I might, I just couldn’t imagine turning it out with all of that coconut topping on top and having it turn out ok.  So, I opted for a springform.

All in all, I think that was a good choice.  Next time, I will certainly go with a bigger one, though!

The only issue I had with the springform itself was losing some of the syrup out the bottom.  In the end, I probably lost about a third of the syrup to the counter, the floor, and the bottom of the oven.

It turned out I had plenty for the cake, but I did find myself in a stick mess.  Of course, that sticky mess led to a smoky mess when the cake was finished, and I turned on the oven’s self-cleaning cycle.  Oh well, at least the cake turned out!

When I took the finished cake out of the oven and saw all of the gooey topping everywhere, I thought for sure it would stick to the springform, and I’d end up with a broken cake.  So I took a couple of pictures of the cake in the pan just in case that was the last time it looked good.

Then, when the prescribed 10 minutes was up, I ran a plastic knife between the cake and the pan and popped it open.

Like magic, it released! I held my breath one last time, transferring it off the bottom and onto the plate, but somehow, it all worked out!

I have to say this cake was definitely a winner.  The coconut flavor is so good, and the eggy cake is just right.

All of that syrup makes the cake so moist and amazing, even a few days later.  And of course, a caramelized coconut topping never hurt a thing.

Rich cake loaded with coconut and topped with coconut. This syrup is straight from the Greek isles and a taste or two will transport you there. It may only be in your mind, but it will be a fun trip nonetheless! So enjoy the process of making, baking and tasting this coconut filled cake.

I would definitely think of making this cake again, but next time, I am using a bigger pan and putting it on a sheet pan for safety sake!  I also think it would be fun to try a honey version of the syrup.

Wouldn’t that be fun?!  There are so many options and so many things to think about.  All of this thinking is making me want another slice of cake.  Excuse me while I go grab some!

More Coconut Treats

If you would prefer a little chocolate with your coconut cake, may I suggest Ellen’s german chocolate cake?  Or if you want to do something a little less traditional, how about my great-grandma’s german chocolate cake with broiled coconut frosting?

Or make some coconut bon bons for a no bake chocolate and coconut candy treat. No matter which you decide to make, you are going to have happy taste buds!

Rich cake loaded with coconut and topped with coconut. This syrup is straight from the Greek isles and a taste or two will transport you there. It may only be in your mind, but it will be a fun trip nonetheless! So enjoy the process of making, baking and tasting this coconut filled cake.

Greek Coconut Cake

Servings: 16 Servings
Author: Carlee
Rich cake loaded with coconut and topped with coconut. This syrup is straight from the Greek isles and a taste or two will transport you there. It may only be in your mind, but it will be a fun trip nonetheless! So enjoy the process of making, baking and tasting this coconut filled cake.
4.45 from 9 ratings
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 3 hours



  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 9 eggs at room temperature
  • 4 cups shredded coconut
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 teaspoon baking powder


  • 1⅓ cups granulated sugar
  • cups water
  • 2 Tablespoon lemon juice


  • ¾ cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3 cups flaked coconut


  • Preheat oven to 300°F and grease a 9″ pan. (I used a springform because I was terrified to turn this finished cake out, but Roger says to use a 9″ pan and turns his out.)
  • Cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
    1 cup butter, 2 cups granulated sugar
  • Add the eggs, one at a time, beating until fully incorporated then adding the next. Be sure the scrape down the sides of the bowl as you go to avoid any curdling of the batter.
    9 eggs at room temperature
  • Quickly stir together the flour, salt and baking powder and add to the egg and butter mixture stirring until just incorporated.
    2 cups all purpose flour, 1 teaspoon salt, 3 teaspoon baking powder
  • Stir in the coconut and then pour into prepared pan.
    4 cups shredded coconut
  • Bake for about 1 hour and 45 minutes or until it tests done.
  • Allow to cool for at least a half hour.
  • While the cake is cooling, it is time to make the syrup. Put all of the ingredients in a sauce pan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. There is really no need to stir during this step, just keep an eye on it. Boil for a minute to ensure all of the sugar is dissolved. Allow to cool while cake is cooling. After 30 minutes, prick small holes in the top of the cake and spoon a bit of the syrup at a time over the cake allowing it to soak in before adding the next spoonful.
    1⅓ cups granulated sugar, 1¼ cups water, 2 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • For the topping, put the brown sugar and cream in a pan and bring to a low boil over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from the heat and stir in the coconut. While it is still warm, spread over the top of the syrup soaked cake.
    ¾ cup packed light brown sugar, 1 cup heavy cream, 3 cups flaked coconut
  • Return to the oven, this time at 375°F and bake until the topping is golden, about 5 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and let cool for 10 minutes before removing from the pan.


Serving: 1ServingCalories: 613kcalCarbohydrates: 82gProtein: 7gFat: 30gSaturated Fat: 21gPolyunsaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 152mgSodium: 469mgFiber: 4gSugar: 64g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Cooking With Carlee” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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Friday 19th of January 2024

I never write comments but had to save someone else from this disaster. I am a very experienced baker and my gut said not to bake this, but I did. First, this is too much filling for a 9” pan. I thought maybe she used 3 but only mentioned and showed the one. I had to use a Bundt pan. There was way too much syrup but I did it (gut screaming the whole time). The ingredients say baking powder but instructions say “soda” - I went with powder. I had to flip it and my goal was to flip (get it out) and then flip back so that the top was up. When I did, all the filling fell off but the cake did not move. I left it inverted for 20 minutes - nothing. I took a knife and went around the edges then inverted - nothing. I had to scoop the cake out and smear the topping on. The cake had a strange and undesirable consistency. I suppose the flavor was 1 star but everything else was a negative 5. Next time I will listen to my gut.


Friday 19th of January 2024

I am sorry it didn't work out for you. A springform pan is definitely the way to go with this cake. They have nice deep sides and you don't have to worry about tipping it out.

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Saturday 25th of March 2017

Wishing I had coconut on hand so I could be baking this up this afternoon! Need to try this asap!


Monday 27th of March 2017

We definitely enjoyed it, I hope you do too!


Saturday 25th of March 2017

Thank you so much!


Thursday 23rd of March 2017

Excellent choice, Carlee! Love that first picture showing off the tender cake crumb, just delicious! I love coconut cakes but decided to bake something else.


Saturday 25th of March 2017

It is fun to see the variety each month!

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Tuesday 21st of March 2017

Oooh...I can almost smell the aroma of the coconut! Your cake looks fabulous! I love coconut cakes. This one goes to my list of to make!


Wednesday 22nd of March 2017

It is definitely a fun one! Thank you!