Raspberry Coconut Cake

Everything from the moist cake to the creamy filling in this raspberry coconut cake recipe will have you coming back for more. Make this simple, indulgent cake for a special occasion like a birthday or even a fun weeknight surprise!

If you’ve got a party coming up, you’ll want to try my vegan cheeseball or even my chocolate coconut macaroons, too.

A slice of raspberry coconut cake on a plate sits in front of the rest of the cake.

Have you ever had a day where you’ve indulged yourself in one of your favorite childhood treats and then felt disappointed that it wasn’t as good as you remembered?

I used to love raspberry zingers, but I’ve decided this cake tastes better. Yes, I pulled out all the stops for this vegan raspberry coconut cake. It’s easy to make and oh-so-delicious!

Why This Recipe is a Winner

  • Coconut milk is added to the cake, making it moist, dense, and delicious
  • Cashew cream combined with raspberries makes the perfect filling between the cake layers
  • Coconut frosting is rich and creamy and adds a dramatic finish to this stunning cake.
Looking down on a slice of cake on a plate. A fork has taken a bite out and is sitting next to the cake.

I didn’t set out to make a vegan dessert to rival my favorite childhood comfort food, but it worked out well.

One of the first recipes I posted on this site was my Coconut Cake, and it seemed a perfect choice to revisit. Once that decision was made, it really was only a matter of time before raspberry filling came to mind.

What You Need

You can find the full printable recipe, including ingredient quantities, below. But first, here are some explanations of ingredients and steps to help you make this recipe perfect every time.

Here are the ingredients you’ll need for this recipe:

  • Vegan Butter — Use storebought dairy-free butter like Earth Balance or make your own vegan butter.
  • Granulated sugar
  • Coconut milk — You’ll need a 13.5 oz can of full-fat coconut milk or coconut cream. Look at the ingredients and make sure it has at least 12 grams of fat.
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Vanilla extract
  • Coconut extract
  • Flour — I recommend all-purpose flour.
  • Baking powder + baking soda
  • Salt
  • Raw cashews — I buy these at the health food store or online.
  • Raspberries — You can use fresh or frozen.
  • Coconut oil — Use either refined or virgin coconut oil or substitute vegan butter.
  • Agave nectar — Or substitute maple syrup.

How to Make Raspberry Coconut Cake

  1. Cream the vegan butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  2. Add the coconut milk, vinegar, and extracts. Beat 2 to 3 minutes, until light and fluffy.
  3. Mix the dry ingredients from the flour to the salt.
  4. Pour flour mixture into the whipped butter mixture and beat on low speed until just mixed.
  5. Pour batter into prepared pans.
  6. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until done.
  7. Cool cakes in pans for 10 minutes, then invert cakes onto cooling racks.
  8. Top the bottom cake with raspberry filling.
  9. Add the second cake and top with coconut frosting.
  10. Top frosted cake with flaked coconut.

Here’s more detailed step-by-step instructions.

Step One: Cream the Butter and Sugar

Use an electric mixer to cream together the vegan butter and sugar. You want them to be nice, light, and fluffy. This helps aerate the butter and creams the sugar into the butter as well.

Butter and sugar have been whipped together in a mixing bowl of a stand mixer.

Step Two: Add Coconut Milk

Next, add the coconut milk, vinegar, vanilla, and coconut extract. Beat until light and fluffy, approximately 2 to 3 minutes. 

A hand holds a can of coconut milk pouring it into a mixing bowl along with a butter mixture.

Step Three: Whisk Together Flour Mixture

In a separate bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Whisk until combined. Pour flour mixture into the whipped butter mixture.

flour is being poured into a mixing bowl of a stand mixer.  There is some batter at the bottom of the bowl.

Beat on low speed until just mixed.

Step Five: Pour + Bake

Divide the batter equally among prepared pans. Level the batter in each pan by holding it 3 or 4 inches above a counter and dropping it flat onto the counter. Do this several times to release air bubbles and to ensure a more level baked cake.

Batter is being poured into a cake pan lined with parchment paper.

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until a tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove the pans from the oven and allow the cake to cool in the pans for approximately 10 minutes. Then invert cakes onto cooling racks.

Step 5: Make the Raspberry Filling

To make the raspberry filling, drain the soaked cashews, and place them in a blender or a food processor. Pulse for several seconds, using a spatula to push down ingredients from the side of the bowl in between pulses.

Ingredients such as cashews and raspberries are in the bottom of a food processor bowl.

Next, add the agave nectar. Continue pulsing and scraping the bowl until the cashews are relatively smooth.

A spatula is spreading raspberry cream over a cake.

Add the vegan butter (or coconut oil) and raspberries and pulse again in short bursts, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed. Continue until the mixture is creamy. Add coloring as necessary. Refrigerate.

Storage Tips

Store the entire cake in a cake storage container or individual slices in an airtight container. It will keep at room temperature for 2 to 3 days. Store it in the fridge for up to 7 days. Or store it in the freezer for up to 2 months.

More Coconut Desserts

If you like this raspberry coconut cake, you’ll want even more coconut desserts to try:

A slice of cake sits on its side on a plate. A fork has taken a bite out of it and this sits in front of the slice. The rest of the cake is behind it.

That’s it for this raspberry coconut cake. Enjoy!

A slice of raspberry coconut cake on a plate sits in front of the rest of the cake.

Raspberry Coconut Cake

You'll want to pull out all the stops for this love-filled raspberry coconut cake. A crowd-pleaser for sure!
5 from 5 votes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 16
Calories: 529kcal
Author: Namely Marly

Ingredients

For the Coconut Cake:

  • 1 cup vegan butter , melted
  • 1 ¾ cups granulated sugar
  • 13.5 oz can full fat coconut milk (see notes)
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon coconut extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt

For the Raspberry Cashew Cream Filling:

  • 1 cup raw cashews , soaked in water for 2 hours
  • 1 cup raspberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil (or vegan butter)
  • ¼ cup agave nectar

For the Coconut Frosting:

  • ½ cup vegan butter
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon coconut flavoring
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons soymilk
  • Topping: ½ cup flaked coconut
  • Optional coloring. To make the filling or the frosting pink, you can use pink food coloring, a drop or two of beet juice or juice from one or two raspberries.

Instructions

For the Coconut Cake:

  • Preheat your oven to 350°F/175°C. Grease and flour two (or three) 9-inch cake pans.
  • Using an electric mixer, cream together vegan butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Next, add the coconut milk, vinegar, vanilla, and coconut extract. Beat until light and fluffy, approximately 2 to 3 minutes.
  • In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Whisk until combined. Pour flour mixture into the whipped butter mixture. Beat on low speed until just mixed.
  • Divide batter equally among prepared pans. Level batter in each pan by holding pan 3 or 4 inches above the counter, then dropping it flat onto the counter. Do this several times to release air bubbles and assure a more level cake.
  • Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until done. Cool in pans for 5 to 10 minutes. Invert cakes onto cooling racks.
  • Once the cakes have cooled, place the bottom cake layer on a plate and top with Raspberry filling (recipe below). If you have prepared 3 cakes, then place the second cake on top of the raspberry filling and top it with additional raspberry filling. Top that with the final cake.
  • Ice the entire cake with Coconut Frosting, being careful not to tear the cake when spreading the frosting over it. I use a butter knife dipped in warm water to help the frosting spread more easily.
  • Top frosted cake with flaked coconut.

For the Raspberry Cashew Cream Filling:

  • Drain the soaked cashews and place them in a blender or food processor. Pulse for several seconds. Use a spatula to push down ingredients from the side of the bowl and pulse again. Next, add the agave nectar. Continue pulsing and scraping the bowl until the cashews are relatively smooth.
  • Next, add the coconut oil and raspberries and pulse again in short bursts, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed. Continue until the mixture is creamy. Add coloring as necessary. Refrigerate.

For the Coconut Frosting:

  • In a mixing bowl, combine the coconut oil and powdered sugar. Using either a hand-held mixer or a stand mixer, beat on low speed until the powdered sugar is combined, gradually increasing speed up to medium. Mix on medium until light and fluffy. Add the coconut flavoring and mix again until combined.
  • Next add the soymilk, one tablespoon at a time until you reach a desired, spreadable consistency. I like to be able to easily spread the frosting over the top of my cake so I usually use 3 tablespoons soymilk or vegan creamer.
  • For a pink frosting, add some coloring (either beet juice, raspberry juice, or pink food coloring) and mix it again until the color is distributed throughout the frosting.
  • Set aside until your cakes have completely cooled.

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Notes

*Feel free to substitute corn starch for tapioca starch and some other gluten-free flour for the coconut flour if that’s not available to you…or too pricey!)
Nutrition Facts
Raspberry Coconut Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 529 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Fat 25g38%
Saturated Fat 9g45%
Sodium 408mg17%
Potassium 212mg6%
Carbohydrates 72g24%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 50g56%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 715IU14%
Vitamin C 2.2mg3%
Calcium 45mg5%
Iron 2.7mg15%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

This post was originally published in 2020 and was updated to include new photos, new text, and an updated recipe in 2021.

28 Responses to Raspberry Coconut Cake

  1. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyPaula- bell'alimento Reply

    You make vegan look so good ; )

  2. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyShannon Reply

    Oh wow! Raspberry cashew cream. You really know the way to a girl’s heart. I also have a bottle of concentrated cherry juice that I have been wanting to use as a dye, so I might attempt that with this frosting recipe!

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Concentrated cherry would be MUCH better than beet sauce. What a great idea!

  3. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMolly Reply

    Could I half the recipe and make this in a 9×13 pan?

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      I think this recipe would work perfectly baked in a 9X13 pan, but I would use the full recipe. You could use the raspberry cream as the icing and forgo the pink frosting. Or maybe add another tablespoon of soy milk to the pink frosting to make it a little runnier and drizzle it over the top of the raspberry cream. Oh, that sounds so good! I may have to try that myself!

      If you wanted just half a recipe, then I would use a square 9X9 baking dish.

  4. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMolly Reply

    Thank you so much!!! I can’t wait too give this recipe a try, it looks so good!

  5. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyAggie Reply

    Raspberry and coconut. Wow. This is making my mouth water Marly!!!!

  6. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyRuby Reply

    Beautiful! I will definitely need to try this soon. Raspberry and coconut sound like the perfect flavor combo.

  7. Avatar thumbnail image for Marlymightyvegan Reply

    I love both raspberry and coconut and this is an absolutely beautiful looking cake! I love the photos too!

  8. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMargy Reply

    Oh my gosh, Marly, this sounds soooo yummolicious! I’ve been looking for a good “vegan” cake recipe for my sons 29th birthday this Saturday … this is by far the best one I’ve seen. Very creative & well written recipe. And hey…I too, have always loved raspberry zingers…So, when I saw this recipe, it caught my attention. My son just became a Vegan recently, so he will be thrilled with this cake. I was baking raspberry cream cheese brownies today… he & his vegan friend stopped by & wanted some, but didn’t since it wasn’t a vegan recipe. I’m not yet vegan myself, but, after all the delicious recipes I’ve seen…I’m beginning to think I could do it…I stumbled upon your site when I was looking for a banana streusal muffin recipe & found yours. And discovered it was a vegan recipe too. Thank you Marky! And by the way, I like your name & I too have had a life long fascination with names & their meanings too! I also think of names for businesses! Well, off to bake some banana muffins & raspberry zinger cake tomorrow or Friday. I’ll let you know how they came out!

  9. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyAmy @ FragrantVanillaCake Reply

    This cake sounds absolutely heavenly! Raspberries and lemon are so good together, but in a vegan cake with layers even better! It is so lovely as well :)! I would love a large slice :)!

  10. This cake looks amazing Marly! I love coconut cake, but you took it to another level! Vegan and gluten free, means guilt free in my book!

  11. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyGerry Reply

    My son has nut allergies. Any suggestions to replace the cashews in the rasperry cream filling?

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Well, there are a few options you could consider. You could use the cream part from a can of coconut milk (not the watery substance at the bottom of the can). If soy is not an issue, you could use silken tofu whipped in a food processor to smooth it out or even commercial vegan cream cheese would work too. Let me know if you try one of these.

  12. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMy Casa Bella Reply

    Raspberry Zingers were my favorite as a kid and teenager, now that I’m GF I can’t enjoy them like I used to, when I clicked on this recipe I did not realize it was GF and I about shouted out loud for joy, I cannot wait to make this recipe, thanks so much for sharing!!!!
    MCB

  13. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyRochelle Reply

    How do you make it layered? do you get 3 pans the same size and distribute the batter between them?

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Hi Rochelle. You’ve got it! Step #1 of the recipe indicates to prepare 3 round cake pans. For me that means using a paper towel to spread a thin layer of margarine or vegetable shortening around the inside of the pan and then lightly coating with some flour. Alternatively, you could spray the pan with vegetable spray. Then follow the rest of the steps and you’ll be instructed to pour the batter evenly between the three prepared pans. Once you bake the cakes, allow them to cool for about 7 – 10 minutes before inverting them onto a plate. Then once they’re completely cooled, they’re ready for some frosting!

      Hope that helps!

  14. Avatar thumbnail image for Marlymarie Reply

    My cakes fell apart when I flipped them over. Why?

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Hi Marie. There’s many things that can contribute to a cake falling – the size of the pan, the oven temperature, etc. But if you’re saying the cakes fell apart after you removed them from the pan, it sounds like you may have done the same thing I do way too often – I have a tendency not to wait long enough before removing the from the pan. The cake needs to cool for at least 10 minutes first. When you’re waiting for a cake…10 minutes can seem like an eternity!

  15. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyDiane Reply

    I made this cake yesterday for my birthday & it was wonderful!! Cake stuck to two of the pans (I greased & floured & waited 20 min to cool) & the icing was runny (maybe b/c of too much juice from the raspberries to make it pink) but it was so delicious!!! Brought 1/2 for my coworkers & it was devoured fast! I will definitely make this again!

  16. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyKaren Reply

    I used this recipe to make cupcakes (and filled with the raspberry cream). Delicious! They had to cook for a really long time, but eventually cooked through. Making the cake today for Easter.

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Hi Karen. So glad you liked it. And thanks for the feedback on the baking time. I will add a note to the recipe. Hope you like it in cake form too. Happy holiday weekend!

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyRobin F

      How long did you cook for cupcakes? I really want to make these as cupcakes in the next couple of days, I just bought all the ingredients 🙂

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Hi Robin. I think these would be great as cupcakes! I would set the timer for 20 minutes and then check them to see if they’re done. I guess they might need a few more minutes, before you pull them out. Once they cool, I would top with the raspberry filling. You can either skip the coconut frosting or…insert a little in the middle of the cupcake. How tasty would that be!

  17. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyCindy Reply

    Raspberry Zingers were my favorite treat for many years. I am excited to try this recipe! I don’t like to use agave nectar. Do you have any idea how much sugar I would use in place of the agave? Thank you.

  18. Avatar thumbnail image for Marlysalina Reply

    This looks delicious! Does floor such as all purpose or wheat work?

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Hi Salina. Thanks! Yes, all-purpose flour would work fine in this recipe. If you want to use whole wheat, I would recommend using whole wheat pastry flour.

  19. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyElina Reply

    Thank you for the recipe, it looks amazing and I am about to try it! Is there any difference between using coconut oil vs vegan butter in the cake layers? How do they behave and what results do you get with either of them? Thank you so much!

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