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?

This recipe is that process in reverse. Because I used to love raspberry zingers, but to me, this cake tastes better. Although I had to have a piece or two (or three) to make sure I got it just right. That’s the kind of sacrifice I’m prepared to make for ya!

Yes, I pulled out all the stops for this love-filled Vegan Raspberry Coconut Cake. Maybe it’s because I learned that my old favorite Raspberry Zingers are not even vegetarian, let alone vegan! It’s odd the things you give up when becoming a vegetarian.

Most people think a little snack cake would be vegetarian, but Hostess Zingers are made with animal shortening. That’s what you call a nice way of saying, “lard.” I’ve decided I’m a better person for giving those up and now an even happier person for creating a vegan way of making the cake myself.

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.

How to Make Raspberry Coconut Cake

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.

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.

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I hope you love this recipe as we do. Have you tried it? Be sure and leave a comment and a rating of this recipe below and then take a quick photo and share it with me using #namelymarly on Instagram. I love seeing your creations!

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

Vegan Raspberry Coconut Cake

You'll want to pull out all the stops for this love-filled Vegan Raspberry Coconut Cake. A crowd-pleaser for sure!
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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
  • 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
  • 1/2 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 – 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. 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
Vegan 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.

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28 Responses to Raspberry Coconut Cake

  1. 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!

    • 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.

  2. 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!

    • 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.

  3. 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

    • 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!

    • 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!

  4. 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!

  5. 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.

    • 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!

    • 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 🙂

    • 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!

  6. 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.

    • 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.

  7. 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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