Crazy for Coconut: Our Best Recipes for Baking With Coconut

5. Coconut Buttermilk Pound Cake 

Fluffy, moist, and filled with all kinds of coconut, this loaf is a true crowd pleaser. Don’t skip the toasted flakes on top—the subtle crunch makes this cake absolutely irresistible.

Photography and Styling by Mason + Dixon / Recipe Development and Food Styling by Ben Mims

6. Banana Coconut Strudel 

Strudel, an eastern European pastry, is typically filled with spiced apples, poppy seeds, or walnuts—flavors endemic to the region. For Ben Mims’ strudel, coconut stands in for the nuttiness of seeds and nuts, and is balanced by caramelized bananas and dates for a very untraditional strudel. 

Coconut Skillet Cake

7. Coconut Skillet Cake

Perfumed with coconut extract, swirled with silky whipped cream, and studded with sweetened coconut flakes, this cake is the perfect finale to any meal. The coconut lover in your life is about to be your biggest fan.

Photography and Styling by Mason + Dixon / Recipe Development and Food Styling by Ben Mims

8. Chocolate-Coconut Tart with Almonds 

Like a grown-up version of the popular Almond Joy candy bar, Ben Mims’ tart balances almonds and sweet chocolate with plenty of salt and toasted coconut. 

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