Delicious Coconut Topping Recipe: A Perfect Summer Dessert

Hello, coffee cake enthusiasts! If you’re looking for a recipe that combines the flavors of coconut and coffee, you’re in the right place. I’m a barista by trade, but in my free time, I love to experiment with different coffee-centric recipes. Today, I’m here to share with you my all-time favorite coconut topping for coffee cake recipe.

To me, there’s something special about the combination of tender buttery cake and toasted coconut streusel. It adds just the right amount of crunch and sweetness to any coffee break. With this recipe, you’ll have a delicious cake that’s perfect for breakfast or as an after-dinner treat.

One of the things that makes this recipe stand out is its versatility. Whether you’re a fan of pineapple, banana, or just plain coconut flavor, this topping will complement each one perfectly. Let me tell you, there’s nothing better than sitting down with a slice of freshly-baked coffee cake and a hot cup of coffee.

So whether you’re an avid baker or just starting out on your culinary adventures, I hope you’ll give this recipe a try. Trust me; your taste buds will thank you for it!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Coconut Topping for Coffee Cake
Coconut Topping for Coffee Cake

Attention all coffee and cake lovers – this recipe is about to become your new best friend. Picture this: a tender, buttery cake with a coconut crumb topping that’s perfectly sweet and toasty, topped with toasted coconut flakes. It’s like a tropical paradise in every bite.

But why should you try this recipe? Let me give you a few good reasons.

Firstly, this cake is incredibly versatile. It can be served as breakfast or brunch, an afternoon snack or even as dessert. The coconut flavor pairs perfectly with a cup of coffee or tea, making it a perfect indulgence for any time of day.

Secondly, the recipe is easy to follow and requires simple ingredients that are likely in your pantry already. All you need is flour, sugar, eggs, sour cream, unsalted butter and coconut flakes to create this incredible cake. Plus, the recipe includes detailed instructions to make sure your cake comes out perfectly every time.

Thirdly, the recipe provides plenty of opportunities for customization. You can easily switch up the flavors by swapping out the topping for something like pineapple or banana coconut streusel coffee cake – the possibilities are endless!

Finally, don’t underestimate the power of presentation. This cake not only tastes amazing but looks impressive too when plated with fresh berries and dusted with powdered sugar.

So what are you waiting for? Give this delicious coconut topping coffee cake recipe a try and let your taste buds transport you to a tropical paradise!

Ingredient List

 Sprinkle some tropical goodness on your coffee cake with this coconut topping recipe!
Sprinkle some tropical goodness on your coffee cake with this coconut topping recipe!

Let’s talk about the ingredients that you will need for this delicious coconut topping for coffee cake recipe. Here they are:

  • 1/2 cup of unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup of full-fat sour cream
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup of all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup of sweetened coconut flakes, toasted

For the cake recipe itself, you will also need:

  • 1 and 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 4 tablespoons (half a stick) of unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup of full-fat sour cream

We recommend using high-quality ingredients to ensure the best flavors in this dish. Let’s get started on how to prepare this delightful treat!

The Recipe How-To

 Take a trip to the beach with this coconut-inspired topping.
Take a trip to the beach with this coconut-inspired topping.

Preheat your oven to 350°F.

Mix the ingredients for the cake topping in a bowl set aside; 2 cups of brown sugar, 1 and 1/2 cups of flour, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, 3/4 cup of room temperature unsalted butter, and 3/4 cup of toasted coconut flakes.**

Sift 3 cups of all-purpose flour with two teaspoons baking powder and one-half teaspoon baking soda.

In a separate bowl, beat one cup of unsalted butter until it becomes creamy. Add in 1 cup of granulated sugar, mixing until the two are fluffy. Then add in two eggs beating them well.

Add in the sifted flour mixture to the egg mixture alternately with one and one-third cups of sour cream. Mix them until they are completely combined.

Spread half of the batter evenly into a greased and floured 9×13-inch pan. Sprinkle with half of the crumb topping mixture then top with remaining batter. Use your fingers to spread the batter over crumb topping gently.

Sprinkle the remaining crumb topping on top cake gently.

Bake the coffee cake for about an hour or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.

Use protective oven gloves to take the coffee cake out of the oven then cool it on the wire rack for around 30 minutes before serving.

Substitutions and Variations

 Add some crunch to your coffee cake with this delicious coconut topping.
Add some crunch to your coffee cake with this delicious coconut topping.

When it comes to baking, there’s always room for experimentation. Here are some substitutions and variations you can try with this coconut topping coffee cake recipe.

– Flour: You can use all-purpose flour in this recipe, but if you’re looking for a gluten-free option, you can swap it out for coconut flour or almond flour. Keep in mind that the texture may be different.

– Coconut flakes: If you don’t have any coconut flakes on hand, you can substitute it with chopped nuts like almonds or pecans. This will add a nice crunch to the topping.

– Sour cream: If you don’t have sour cream, you can substitute it with full-fat Greek yogurt or buttermilk. This will give the cake a tangy flavor and keep it moist.

– Brown sugar: You can use dark or light brown sugar in this recipe. Alternatively, you can use coconut sugar, which has a lower glycemic index.

– Toppings: The toasted coconut streusel is great on its own, but feel free to mix things up by adding chocolate chips or blueberries to the mix. You can also try substituting pineapple or banana for the coconut for a tropical twist.

– Vegan: For a vegan version of this cake topping, you can substitute the egg with 3 tablespoons of aquafaba (the liquid from a can of chickpeas) and swap out the butter with coconut oil. To make the cake itself vegan, you can use plant-based milk and replace the egg with a flaxseed or chia seed egg.

Overall, there are plenty of ways to customize this cake topping recipe to suit your tastes and dietary needs. Don’t be afraid to get creative!

Serving and Pairing

 This topping is the perfect way to add some sweetness and texture to your morning coffee.
This topping is the perfect way to add some sweetness and texture to your morning coffee.

Now that your Coconut Topping for Coffee Cake is ready to serve, let’s talk about how to make the most of this delicious treat. This topping is the perfect addition to any coffee cake recipe, as it adds a delightful and crunchy texture to the top of the cake.

To serve this cake, I highly recommend pairing it with a cup of freshly brewed coconut coffee. The combination of flavors will take your taste buds on a tropical journey, with notes of coconut in every bite and sip. The best part? The sweetness of the coffee will offset the saltiness in this topping, making for a balance and delightful brunch or afternoon snack.

If you’re feeling adventurous, try serving this cake with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream on top. The sweet and creamy flavors go perfectly with the toasted coconut in the topping, making for an irresistible dessert.

Additionally, this cake pairs perfectly with fresh fruit, such as sliced mango or pineapple. The juicy sweetness will contrast beautifully with the crunchiness of the topping and will provide some freshness and lightness to the overall dessert.

Whatever you choose to pair it with, be sure to savor each bite and enjoy this tender buttery Coconut Topping for Coffee Cake!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 A little coconut never hurt nobody, especially not your coffee cake!
A little coconut never hurt nobody, especially not your coffee cake!

Listen, folks. Coconut Coffee Cake shouldn’t be rushed. It’s a thing of beauty that deserves to shine in its own time. But sometimes, life happens and we need to make this cake ahead of time. Fear not! This cake can be made up to a day in advance and honestly, it gets even better with age.

To make it ahead of time, just wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and store it at room temperature until you’re ready to serve. But if you are going to hold onto it for more than a day, I suggest freezing it. Trust me on this one, it’s worth it.

Now, when it comes to reheating this masterpiece, you don’t want to screw up all your hard work. Here’s what you do: slice the cake and place each slice in the microwave for about 15-20 seconds. This will give it that warm, fresh-from-the-oven taste without drying out the tender buttery crumb or toasted coconut topping.

But let’s say you’re really trying to impress someone with a fresh Coconut Coffee Cake straight from the oven but you’re short on time? If that’s the case, you can refrigerate the unbaked cake overnight and pop it in the oven for 30-35 minutes the next morning. Trust me on this one — they’ll think you’re a baking wizard.

If you happen have any leftovers (which I find hard to believe), this cake will keep well at room temperature for up to two days or in the refrigerator for up to four days. Just be sure to store any leftover slices wrapped tightly in plastic wrap or an airtight container.

So go ahead, make this Coconut Coffee Cake your own masterpiece by taking your time with it or planning ahead accordingly – but let’s be honest – is there really such thing as too much Coconut Coffee Cake?

Tips for Perfect Results

 I've got 99 problems but this coconut topping recipe ain't one.
I’ve got 99 problems but this coconut topping recipe ain’t one.

As a barista who loves to bake, I always look for tips and tricks to achieve the perfect result every time I make a coffee cake. Here are some suggestions that will help you to make the best Coconut Topping for Coffee Cake Recipe.

First, it is important to use room temperature ingredients. For this recipe, make sure the unsalted butter and full-fat sour cream are at room temperature before you start. Soft ingredients are easier to mix, and your cake will bake more evenly.

Another tip is to toast the coconut flakes before using them in the recipe. This will give a nutty flavor and a beautiful color to your topping. Spread the coconut flakes on a baking sheet, and bake them in a preheated oven at 350°F (180°C) for 5-7 minutes or until lightly browned.

Even though substitutions can enhance some recipes, this one requires exact measurements of ingredients. So avoid any adaptations, reducing or increasing the amounts of ingredients in the recipe might alter the texture or taste of the cake.

For a detailed recipe like this one, I suggest reading through it multiple times before starting. This way, you can have better control over each step’s timing and avoid any mistake along the way.

If you want to get creative with your coffee cake toppings, try adding chocolate chips, raisins, or diced apples. They will complement well with coconut flavors from this recipe.

Lastly, it might be helpful to invest in quality baking equipment like an inch-square baking pan instead of using random baking dishes that can affect the final results of your cake.

By following these tips and practicing with this recipe more than once, you’ll quickly become an expert in making Coconut Topping for Coffee Cake!


You might have some additional doubts or queries about making the perfect Coconut Topping for Coffee Cake, and that’s where our FAQ section comes in. Here, we’ll address any concerns you have and provide solutions to common problems that might arise while making this recipe. So, let’s dive in!

How do you get coconut to stick to cake?

When it comes to adding the toasted coconut, I suggest starting by taking a small section of the cake’s side and sprinkling coconut flakes on it. Gently press the flakes using a piece of parchment paper, so they stick to the frosting. Repeating this process in small sections until you have covered the sides of the cake. Finally, give the cake a finishing touch by sprinkling more coconut flakes on the top.

What is coffee cake topping made of?

The terms crumble, streusel, and crumb topping can be used interchangeably. They refer to a mixture of flour, sugar, and butter that can be used to add a delicious top layer to muffins, cakes, and pies.

What to decorate a coconut cake?

One can choose from a variety of fillings to complement Coconut Cake, including Cream Cheese, Swiss Buttercream, German Buttercream, fresh berries, sour cherries, raspberry or lemon curd, and chocolate. Among these choices, the quickest and most popular filling is cream cheese frosting.

What compliments coffee cake?

I have been tasked with providing detailed instructions, tips, and recommendations for making a variety of delicious beverages and breakfast options. These include fruit salad, milky coffee, green tea, fresh cow milk, oatmeal with raisins, orange juice, and red wine. So, let’s get started!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this coconut topping recipe is the perfect addition to any coffee cake recipe. Whether you are a coconut coffee lover or just want to add some extra flavor to your next coffee cake, this recipe is sure to please. With its tender, buttery texture and toasted coconut flavor, it’s no wonder why this topping is a favorite among coconut lovers.

So why not give this recipe a try? With just a few simple ingredients and easy-to-follow instructions, you can have a delicious and impressive coffee cake in no time. And don’t be afraid to experiment with substitutions and variations – the possibilities are endless!

In summary, this coconut topping recipe is a must-have for anyone who loves coffee cake and wants to add some extra flair to their baking. With its rich and satisfying flavor, it’s sure to become a staple in your recipe collection. So grab your apron and get ready to bake – there’s no better way to start your day than with a delicious slice of coconut coffee cake topped with homemade coconut streusel!

Coconut Topping for Coffee Cake

Coconut Topping for Coffee Cake Recipe

This recipe is from Mrs. Albert Heeszel, from the cookbook "Heritage of Cooking" A Collection of Recipes from East Perry County, Missouri. To find out more about this cookbook read the description from the first recipe I posted from it #38,782.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 1 topping recipe
Calories 1756.9 kcal


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup coconut
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 egg
  • 6 tablespoons cream
  • salt


  • Mix in order given.
  • And spread over coffee cake dough #40265 after it has risen.
  • Bake as directed.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 448gCalories: 1756.9kcalCarbohydrates: 241gProtein: 16.5gFat: 87.9gSaturated Fat: 67.7gCholesterol: 311.4mgSodium: 132.5mgFiber: 14.5gSugar: 206.6g
Keyword < 15 Mins, Breads, Coconut, Dessert, Easy, European, Fruit, German, Kid-Friendly, Nuts, Oven, Potluck
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