Lettuce Grow


MARCH 13, 2024


12 Slices



Prep Time

30 mins

Cook Time

30 mins

Inspired by Sally’s Baking Addiction ( and beloved by Farmstand grower Sherry Marks-Shpall, this Lemon Coconut Cake brings a lively twist to tradition. Infused with lemon zest and unsweetened coconut flakes, it's perfect for any celebration. Sherry loves adorning her cakes with farmstand-fresh flowers and greens, adding a touch of natural beauty. With lemon flavors and zest curls for decoration, it’s deliciously eye-catching.


3 cups (345g)

sifted all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled)

1 Tbsp

baking powder

1/2 tsp


1 cup (240ml)

unsalted butter, softened to room temperature

2 cups (400g)

granulated sugar


large eggs, at room temperature

1 cup (240ml)

canned coconut milk, at room temperature

2 tsp

lemon extract


lemon, zested (about 1 1/2 tsp)

1 cup (80g)

unsweetened coconut flakes

1 cup (240ml)

unsalted butter, softened to room temperature

5 cups (600g)

confectioners' sugar

1/3 cup (80ml)

canned coconut milk, at room temperature

2 tsp

lemon extract

pinch of


1 lemon

Lemon zest curls, for decoration

In-season Farmstand flowers, greens and things!

1. Prep:
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F (177°C). Grease and lightly flour three 9-inch cake pans.

2. Cake Batter:
  • Whisk flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

  • Cream butter and sugar with a mixer until smooth.

  • Add eggs one at a time, incorporating fully. Mix in lemon extract and zest.

  • Alternately add dry ingredients and coconut milk, starting and ending with dry. Mix until just combined.

  • Fold in unsweetened coconut flakes. Divide batter among pans. Bake 25–30 minutes.

3. Frosting:
  • Beat butter until creamy. Gradually add sugar, coconut milk, lemon extract, and salt. Beat until smooth. Adjust consistency if needed.

4. Assembly:
  • Level cakes if needed, stack with frosting between layers. Frost outside. Decorate with lemon zest curls and, optionally, farmstand-fresh flowers and greens.

Sherry’s Note:
  • Combining coconut's richness with lemon's zestiness creates a refreshing, satisfying balance. The lemon flavor shines, especially with unsweetened flakes. Ideal for special occasions, it's sure to impress.

  • Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days or refrigerated for up to a week. Best enjoyed at room temperature with the ones you love!