Chocolate Chip Coconut Crunch Cake

Chocolate Chip Coconut Crunch Cake

Chocolate chips, coconut flakes and coconut milk come together to make this day-dreamy, unforgettable cake. It was love at first sight. One look at the toasty-coconut, chocolate-dotted topping and I was a complete goner.

It was a vision I couldn’t erase from my mind. I had to make it immediately or do nothing else, even knowing love at first sight doesn’t always transfer to love at first bite. Luckily, this time – it did.

Coconut milk and an entire cup of coconut flakes in the batter give it a big, fluffy crumb that is moist and tender but sturdy and dense all at the same time. The topping is a smattering of chocolate chips and oodles of coconut flakes that turn golden-brown and lightly crisp in the oven. It’s all held together with a drizzle of coconut milk icing that turns it into a sweet and crunchy, candy-like topping.

It lived up to my every expectation.

This is a great cake to serve to company with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a generous dollop, maybe two, of fresh whipped cream and a steaming hot cup of coffee. Or – like me, you can simply make it for yourself.

I insist.

Chocolate Chip Coconut Cake

Chocolate Chip Coconut Crunch Cake

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 70 minutes

Yield: 1 (9-inch) cake

Chocolate Chip Coconut Crunch Cake

A dreamy cake with chocolate chips and coconut flakes in the cake and the topping.


1 + 3/4 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon fine sea salt
1 + 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes, divided
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, room temperature
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup canned unsweetened coconut milk
1 cup chocolate chips (semi-sweet or dark chocolate), divided
3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
2 tablespoons canned unsweetened coconut milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
vanilla ice cream, for serving


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Wrap the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan with aluminum foil then butter and flour it. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl sift together the flour, baking powder and salt. Stir in 1 cup of coconut and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl beat the sugar and butter together on medium speed 3 minutes. Beat in eggs 1 at a time. Beat in vanilla.
  4. Beat in flour mixture in 3 additions alternating with the coconut milk starting and ending with the flour. Beat in each addition just until combined. Fold in 2/3 cup of the chocolate chips.
  5. Spread the batter out evenly in pan and sprinkle with the remaining 1/3 cup chocolate chips followed by the remaining 1/2 cup coconut flakes.
  6. Bake cake until golden and toothpick in center comes out clean about 60 to 70 minutes. Place a piece of tinfoil over the cake if the coconut begins browning too much.
  7. Transfer cake to rack and cool in pan completely.
  8. Make the topping:
  9. In a small bowl whisk the powdered sugar with 1 - 2 tablespoons coconut milk and vanilla until smooth. Add more coconut milk a 1/2 teaspoon at a time if needed to get a thin glaze.
  10. Remove the side ring from the springform pan and place cake on a platter. Drizzle with glaze. Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.


Adapted from Bon Apettit

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  1. Judy says

    I’m not sure. Maybe dessicated? I’ll look in the supermarket next time I’m there and tell you what we have. I don’t know why we don’t have everything.

  2. Judy says

    Oh well. Here we go again.
    Can’t get coconut flakes. Just the usual coconut stuff like you roll choc.balls in.
    We used to get coconut milk and coconut cream, not that there was much difference, and now all I see is coconut liquid.

    • Doris says

      Hi Reeni!
      I am baking this cake as I type this —you ought to smell the kitchen (but I think you already have in your own home) it is just about ready to come out of the oven. Can’t wait until hubby and company tonight taste it—me too! XOX

      • says

        Hi Doris! I’m so glad you decided to bake this cake! You’re in for a real treat! Hope your company loves it too! Enjoy and thank-you!! xoxo

      • Dors says

        Happy Monday Reeni!
        I gotta tell you that the cake came out almost like the picture—only have one small piece left . It was a huge hit and my husband said to me ,”How come you never made this before”? Well, I just found it dear! My son took pieces home with him–great recipe and will do this one again very soon. Big hug to you!

  3. Doris says

    Hi Reeni!
    I have everything in my pantry to make this today—I can guarantee that my husband will love this cake—almost like a Mounds candy bar. Thank you for another great one and happy Sunday to you and the Moon person.

  4. says

    first time I am hearing of the combination of chocolate chip and coconut milk!!?. Very curious on how it tastes like, cake looks delicious !!

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