When you are working with a cake mix, it is similar to working with a blank canvas. You can spice up the flavor and texture in many different ways. One example of how to do this is to add coconut. This is a simple addition and works well with almost any flavor of cake mix.

Things You'll Need

Preheat your oven to 350-degrees Fahrenheit. Grease and flour the cake pans necessary, according to the cake mix box instructions.

Make the cake mix according to directions by adding water, egg and oil. Stir until the cake mix is combined.

Decide how much coconut flavor and texture you want your cake to have. Measure out anywhere from 1/4 cup to 3/4 cup of sweetened or unsweetened, shredded coconut.

Transfer the coconut into the cake mix batter and stir just until all of it is incorporated.

Pour the mixed batter into a cake pans that have been greased and floured, according to the directions on the cake mix box.

Bake for about 30 minutes or until the cake is slightly browned and middle is cooked through. You can stick a toothpick in the center and if it comes out clean, the cake is done.

Take the cake out of the oven and allow it to cool for 15 minutes. Remove it from the pan and allow it to cool completely before frosting.


  • If you want coconut flavor and not the texture of the shredded coconut consider adding only a 1/2 tsp. of coconut extract to the batter instead.

References and Resources

Family Oven: Coconut Cake Recipes