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One of my dearest friends, Stephanie, sent me the most beautiful apron for my birthday last week. (Along with a pad of Mad Libs- she knows me so well!) The card said that she hoped the gift would inspire a yummy dessert for Whipped. I wrapped that hot pink sash around my waist and wanted to bake all weekend long!

I have saved this recipe for ages but had never made it. Ripped out from a 2004 In Style magazine, the cake was a suggested dessert for an Indonesian themed birthday party. It was the perfect summer cake – light and airy with exotic fruit flavors.

Purists beware!!! There is a yellow cake mix in this recipe. But, it looks so fancy and tastes so good, your guests will never know. (Unless you are like me and blurt it out the minute someone compliments you on the cake.)

Tropical Coconut Cake with Mango Sauce
1 ripe mango, peeled and chopped
2 tsps fresh lime juice
1 box (18.25) yellow cake mix
1 can (11oz) mandarin oranges
1 stick (8Tbs) unsalted butter, melted
1/4 cup vegetable oil
4 eggs
1 can (8oz) crushed pineapple, drained, juice reserved
2 cups heavy cream
1 pkg. unflavored gelatin
1 cup sweetened, shredded coconut

Puree mango and lime juice in blender until smooth. Set aside. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour two 9 inch round cake pans.

In large bowl, beat cake mix, oranges and their juice, butter, oil and eggs. Pour into prepared pans. Bake 27-32 minutes or until woden pick inserted in center comes out clean.

Remove cakes from pans and cool on wire rack. While warm, poke holes in top and brush cakes with pineapple juice.

In medium bowl, whip cream. Stir in gelatin and pineapple. Place one cake on platter. Spread with cream mixture. Top with second layer and frost sides and top. Cover all with coconut. Refrigerate at least 1 hour before eating. Serve wtih mango sauce drizzled on the plate.

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10 Responses to “Tropical Coconut Cake with Mango Sauce”

  1. Mary Says:

    Happy Birthday! Your cake looks delicious. My husband had a birthday last week and I made cupcakes at his request. I’ve never been able to make a truly excellent cupcake without using a box of yellow cake mix. I’ve tried many different recipes, but always come back to that box. Nobody asked, so I didn’t tell.

  2. eva Says:

    What a beautiful apron and a stunning cake. I’m sure it will inspire a lot more gorgeous food!

  3. Stolk Says:

    Yah! I’m so honored! How appropriate that you were making a tropical cake in the apron while I was in the tropics eating fresh mangoes, papaya and guavas daily. The Ecuadorians drink fresh juices every morning; I was in heaven. Love you.

  4. S Says:

    Thank you so much for posting this recipe. I lost my magazine and the recipe. I have been looking for this recipe for a few years now online. This is a wonderful and easy cake which brings down the house. My family will be thrilled to have it again at family gatherings.

  5. indonesia first Says:

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  6. zia Says:

    YES!! Thank you SO much for posting this recipe! I also lost my magazine with this recipe. My husband’s birthday is coming up next weekend and when I asked him what he wanted, he only asked for this cake. In a final desperate attempt, I tried a search online and voila, I found my way here! This cake is phenomenal…. and almost “healthy” with all the yummy fruits =) Can’t wait to make it again!

  7. Robin Says:

    Thank you for putting this recipe up. I made it for my friends in New Mexico and everyone loved it. I made the honey-soy dipping sauce which was delicious too. I also lost the recipe from the magazine. I still have the picture of the cake from the magazine, just not the necessary info–till now. Now I can make it for my friends here in Key West. I’m going to put a couple flowers on it too. Thanks again!

  8. Anne Says:

    YAY! I ripped out that SAME RECIPE from Instyle years ago! I made it once, and it was absolutely delicious. I’ve moved a couple times since, and when I went to look for it, I couldn’t find my little piece of ripped-out magazine anymore. I really want to make it for a bbq I’m going to tomorrow,and you JUST TOTALLY SAVED ME!!!!
    This recipe is awesome! Thank you so much!

  9. barbara lauer Says:

    I am confused; with the mandarin oranges do you drain them or use all the liquid as well? Thank you

  10. Caroline Says:

    Barbara,
    You do beat the oranges and their juice in.
    Good luck. Let me know how it turns out!

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