This chocolate coconut pound cake is rich, tender and moist, making it the perfect decadent chocolate-y dessert with a subtle coconut flavor.
Hi everyone! This is Zainab from Blahnik Baker. I am so happy to be sharing another fun recipe with you today. How’s your April been? I hope you are having a great start of spring as we welcome the warm weather finally. It’s been a little busy with the end of the school year for me but I am very excited for summer to come!
Today, I am bringing you a new favorite spring-inspired, yet classic cake. Coconut is my all time favorite flavor but if we are being honest here, I am a fan of all things tropical; mango, coconut, pineapple, kiwi you name it. So whenever spring rolls around and the weather starts warming up, I start craving these flavors, especially coconut. If you look at my recipe index over at Blahnik Baker, you will see this slight obsession 🙂 But I can’t help it. I blame coconut for being a perfect match for so many things. Like this chocolate coconut pound cake that highlights the wonderful combination of creamy coconut with the decadence of chocolate.
I’m not sure if you guys are used to making pound cakes but this was my first homemade attempt. I love ordering a slice at a bakery or restaurant and always marvel at how dense yet moist and fluffy they are. This chocolate coconut pound cake is exactly like that; slightly dense but moist and fluffy. Of course the cake is quite chocolate-y making it a decadent treat and the subtle coconut flavor in the cake gives room for the chocolate to be the main star. However, the sweet coconut glaze on top is the perfect finish for a coconut lover who wants a little bit more of the tropics.
So the next time you are looking for an easy, delicious and beautiful dessert for a get-together, I hope you will make this chocolate coconut pound cake (hint hint: for mom!). It will always be a hit with chocolate-lovers, coconut-lovers and cake-lovers in your family!
Chocolate Coconut Pound Cake
- 1 ½ all-purpose flour
- ½ cup unsweented cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ¾ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ cup coconut oil room temperature
- ¼ cup unsalted butter
- 1 ½ cups plus 1 tablespoon sugar
- 3 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2/3 cup buttermilk
- ¼ cup unsweetened coconut flakes
- 1 cup confectioner's sugar
- 2-3 tablespoon heavy cream
- 1/2 teaspoon coconut extract
- Toasted coconut flakes for topping, optional
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease an 8 x 4“ loaf pan or a 6-cup bundt pan.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, salt and baking powder.
In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the coconut oil, butter and 1 cup sugar on medium-high speed until pale and fluffy, about 5-7 minutes. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, mixing in between additions until combined. Continue beating the mixture until light and doubled in volume, about 5-8 minutes. Beat in vanilla extract.
Reduce speed to low and add in the dry ingredients, in 3 additions. Mix until just combined. Do not overmix. Scrape batter into prepared pan. Sprinkle with coconut flakes and 1 tablespoon sugar.
Bake cake until a tester inserted in the center comes out clean, 60-70 minutes. Transfer pan to a wire rack and let cool for 20 minutes. Turn out cake and cool completely.
To make glaze: Whisk together all the ingredients for the glaze until thick but spreadable. Pour glaze onto cooled cake. Top with toasted coconut flakes.
Adapted from Bon Appetit
Thank you very much for having me again! I hope you can stop by sometime over at Blahnik Baker. Here are a few of my Spring (coconut!!) recipes! Happy Mother’s Day in advance 🙂
Dark Chocolate Coconut Pudding
Yum, yum, yum! I love anything with coconut in it. I’m excited to try it soon! Thanks!
Thanks Rebecca!! Coconut makes me happy always. Hope you have a great week 🙂
Carrie @Frugal Foodie Mama says
I love pretty much anything in bundt cake form, Zainab! These looks amazing. Coconut & chocolate are one of my fave flavor combos. 🙂
Carrie @Frugal Foodie Mama says
Ugh.. *this* looks amazing! Hate when I don’t proofread before I hit post!
Hahha Carrie thanks! I know what you mean…I almost always don’t proof read lol
This cake is gorgeous! I love how dense and moist it looks and anything with coconut always wins me over 🙂 The coconut glaze is totally calling my name and I can’t wait to try this – pinning!
Thanks Kelly! That glaze definitely takes it over the top 🙂
Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor says
Chocolate and coconut is the best combination! What a beautiful cake and so easy but impressive. Great job, Zainab!
Yum! Coconut is one of my favorite flavors!!! Pinning for later!
Thank you Diane!!
Deb@ Cooking on the Front Burner says
Zainab, this is one of my favorite flavor combinations! Great recipe – pinned!
Tanya Schroeder says
You surely cannot go wrong with coconut AND chocolate! I’m with you, I adore coconut!
Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats says
Love love love this recipe… I am a total coconut and chocolate nut! The flavors are seriously made for each. Can’t wait to try this cake Zainab! Beautiful Pics… just pinned as well!
I agree Krista…they are a match made in heaven 🙂
Did I miss the recipe for the coconut glaze??? Can’t wait to make this!:)
Hi Missy, sorry about that. It is now corrected in the recipe above. I hope you try this cake soon. It’s really amazing!!
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This looks delicious, Zainab! The perfect flavor combination, and so pretty!!