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This chocolate coconut cake recipe is a rich chocolate cake topped with a creamy coconut marshmallow sauce and finished off with a layer of chocolate frosting.

Chocolate Coconut Cake

This chocolate coconut cake features a layer of rich chocolate cake topped with a creamy coconut sauce and chocolate frosting. Adapted from All Recipes and Cooking Light.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 394kcal
Author Sara Welch


For the chocolate cake:

  • 1 box devil's food cake mix
  • oil, eggs and water as directed on cake mix package
  • cooking spray

For the coconut sauce:

  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 15 large marshmallows
  • 3 cups flaked sweetened coconut
  • 3/4 teaspoon cornstarch

For the chocolate frosting:

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 6 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 4 1/2 tablespoons cocoa powder sifted
  • 4 1/2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 and 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chocolate sprinkles


  • For the cake: Coat a 9"x13" pan with cooking spray. Prepare the cake mix with the oil, eggs and water in amounts as directed on the box and bake according to package instructions. Cool completely in the pan.
  • For the coconut sauce: Combine milk, sugar and marshmallows in a medium saucepan, cook over medium heat for 5 minutes or until the marshmallows are melted.
  • Stir in coconut and cornstarch, bring to a boil. Cook one minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and pour the coconut sauce over the cake while it's still warm, then let cool completely before you add the frosting.
  • For the frosting: Melt butter in a small, heavy saucepan over low heat. Add granulated sugar, milk and cocoa powder, cook for 2-3 minutes or until mixture is thoroughly combined.
  • Remove from heat and cool slightly. Stir in powdered sugar and vanilla. Pour over the cake. Add the sprinkles on top while the frosting is still warm. Do not try to spread the frosting with a knife or it will not set properly.



Make Ahead: The entire cake can be made a day in advance.
Little Helpers: Sprinkle time! Let your kids do the decorating


Serving: 1g | Calories: 394kcal | Carbohydrates: 64g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 392mg | Potassium: 251mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 47g | Vitamin A: 120IU | Calcium: 83mg | Iron: 2.2mg