This summer has been flying by! I can’t believe August is just a few short days away (what?!).
At this point in the summer, everything seems like it goes in fast-forward. It seems like we have a million things to do before school starts, and we haven’t even done half of what we wanted to do this summer.One thing that I have been working on this summer, though, is more easy recipes – like this Chocolate Coconut Sheet Cake. Even though the cake and the frosting are both made from scratch, it only takes about 15 minutes of total hands-on time to make this super yummy cake.
The cake itself is moist and rich and chocolaty. It goes perfectly with the sweet, creamy coconut frosting, and the cake it topped with crunchy toasted coconut chips.
I highly suggest finding or making toasted coconut chips. I found a bag already toasted in the health food section at our grocery store. They really help to make this chocolate coconut sheet cake something special.
Chocolate Coconut Sheet Cake
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup melted coconut oil
- 3/4 cup plain nonfat, lowfat, or full-fat Greek yogurt, at room temperature
- 4 ounces semisweet baking chocolate melted
- 4 large eggs , at room temperature
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup warm (not hot) water
Coconut Buttercream Frosting
- 1 cup butter at cool room temperature
- 5 tablespoons full-fat coconut milk
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Pinch or two of kosher salt
- Unsweetened toasted coconut chips
Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a 9x13-inch baking pan; set aside.
In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
Add coconut oil, yogurt, melted chocolate, eggs, vanilla, and water. Stir together until combined.
Pour batter into prepared pan.
Bake for 30-40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Let cool in pan to room temperature.
To make frosting, beat butter until smooth, about 1-2 minutes.
Add coconut milk, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract. Beat until well-combined.
Stir in pinch or two of salt, to taste.
Spread frosting over cooled cake, and top with coconut chips.
Store any leftovers covered in the fridge.
*If you're colder ingredients aren't at room temperature, the chocolate and the coconut oil can both harden when mixed with the cold ingredients.