Orange Coconut Pound Cake Recipe: A Tropical Delight!

Welcome to my kitchen, where magic happens and dreams come true. Today, I am excited to share with you my beloved recipe for Orange Coconut Pound Cake. This cake takes the classic pound cake recipe and gives it a tropical makeover, rich with full orange and coconut flavors that will transport your taste buds directly to a sandy beach in a distant paradise.

What makes this cake so special is the combination of two irresistible ingredients: orange and coconut. The delicate sweetness of shredded coconut is paired with the tangy zest of oranges and then baked to perfection in a Bundt pan. This is not just any pound cake; it is an Orange Coconut Pound Cake!

I have been making this cake for years, and it never fails to impress my guests. The aroma that fills the kitchen as it bakes is enough to make anyone drool. The moist, buttery texture of the cake pairs perfectly with its vibrant orange color and subtle coconut crunch. And with a simple glazed orange topping, this cake will make your heart sing.

So grab your ingredients, preheat your oven, and let’s bake this Orange Coconut Pound Cake together. Trust me; you won’t regret it!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Orange Coconut Pound Cake
Orange Coconut Pound Cake

Hello there! I cannot contain my excitement about this Orange Coconut Pound Cake recipe. Let me tell you why you’ll love this scrumptious dessert.

Firstly, this pound cake recipe gives a tropical makeover to a classic recipe. It’s rich full of orange and coconut flavors that will give your taste buds a tantalising sensation. The grated orange zest adds an extra layer of flavour that perfectly complements the cake’s moist texture.

Secondly, this cake takes the humble pound cake to the next level. The recipe includes flaked coconut and white chocolate, which create a mouth-watering combination that is indulgent yet not over-the-top. Who doesn’t love toasted coconut!

Thirdly, the ingredients in this recipe are easily accessible and can be found in most grocery stores. You don’t need anything fancy here; just flour, sugar, eggs and butter flavor shortening, margarine- and you’re good to go!

Lastly, let’s talk about the versatility of this recipe. Whether you are looking for an easy weekday dessert or a centrepiece for a special occasion – this Orange Coconut Pound Cake has got you covered. The stunning Bundt Cake looks beautiful without frosting or glazing it – making it perfect for any occasion.

In conclusion, fill your home with the aroma of orange and coconut flavors with this fantastic recipe. You will never be disappointed with the classic goodness that comes from each bite of this delicious dessert.

Ingredient List

“A slice of sunshine on a cloudy day”

Before we dive into the recipe, let’s gather all the necessary ingredients for this Orange Coconut Pound Cake. You will need:

Dry Ingredients

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Wet Ingredients

  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup butter-flavored shortening or margarine, at room temperature
  • 5 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest (grated orange peel)
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon coconut extract (optional)
  • 1/2 cup milk

Coconut and Glaze

  • 2 cups shredded coconut, divided into two portions
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • Glazed Orange Coconut: A classic glaze that consists of powdered sugar, orange zest and juice, melted white chocolate, and toasted coconut flakes.

Note that these measurements yield one bundt cake. If you want to make multiple cakes, increase the ingredient quantities accordingly.

With these ingredients on hand, we can get started on creating our Orange Coconut Pound Cake masterpiece!

The Recipe How-To

“A tropical twist on a classic pound cake”

Now that you have gathered all the necessary ingredients, it is time to start baking! This recipe gives your classic pound cake a tropical makeover by combining rich and full orange and coconut flavors. If you are ready to impress your taste buds, let’s start!

Preheat the oven

First things first, preheat your oven to 350°F/175°C. The cake will bake for about an hour and during this time, lower or fluctuating oven temperatures can greatly impact the texture of your cake. So, make sure your oven is properly set up before starting.

Combine dry ingredients

In a separate bowl, whisk together 3 cups of flour, 1 teaspoon of baking powder, and half teaspoon of baking soda along with 1/2 teaspoon of salt.

Beat butter and sugar

Next, using a mixer (hand or stand mixer), cream together 1 cup unsalted butter, 1/2 cup butter flavor shortening, and 2 cups sugar until the mixture is light and fluffy.

Add eggs one at a time

To this mixture, add in four large eggs, one at a time while mixing well after each addition.

Add in Orange and Coconut

To intensify the coconut flavor, add some shredded coconut while alternating with flour mixture. Next, pour in 3/4 cup milk, along with the grated zest of one orange, juice from 1 orange (about 1/4 cup) , 2 tablespoons coconut flakes in between additions.

Mix it up!

Slowly add in the dry ingredients mixture into the wet ingredients mixture while mixing at low speed until just combined.


Grease a bundt pan or two loaf pans with additional shortening. Pour batter into pan(s) and smooth out the top with an offset spatula or back of spoon. Place the pan(s) into preheated oven and bake for 55-60 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the center.

Glaze the Pound Cake

While still warm, invert onto a wire rack to cool completely. Then, in a separate bowl, mix together with a whisk, 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, 1 1/2 tablespoons Campari liqueur, 2 tablespoons of orange juice and 1 tablespoon of milk.

Drizzle the glaze over the cooled cake so that it covers the top and makes its way down the sides. Top it off by sprinkling on some toasted coconut and white chocolate shavings.

And voilà! Your delicious Orange Coconut Pound Cake is ready to serve!

Substitutions and Variations

“Coconutty goodness in every bite”

Hey y’all! If you’re anything like me, sometimes you just don’t quite have all the ingredients called for in a recipe. But fear not! Here are some handy substitutions and variations to try with this Orange Coconut Pound Cake recipe.

– Instead of butter flavor shortening or margarine, you can use coconut oil for an extra boost of coconut flavor. Make sure it is melted and cooled to room temperature before using.

– For a more intense orange flavor, try adding 1/4 cup of fresh orange juice to the batter along with the orange zest. You can also swap out some of the milk for orange juice if you prefer.

– If you don’t have flaked coconut on hand, shredded coconut will work just as well in this recipe. You can even toast it before adding it to the batter for an extra pop of flavor and texture.

– The classic bundt shape is perfect for this cake, but it can also be baked as a loaf or in a square pan. Just adjust the baking time accordingly.

– For an even richer and more indulgent treat, try topping the cake with a white chocolate glaze or sprinkling toasted coconut flakes over the top.

Remember, these substitutions and variations are just suggestions – feel free to get creative and put your own spin on this delightful Orange Coconut Pound Cake. Happy baking!

Serving and Pairing

“Zesty orange and sweet coconut dance together in this cake”

Now that your orange coconut pound cake is baked to perfection, it’s time to serve it up and enjoy! The cake is delicious on its own, or it can be served with some additional toppings.

One option is to make a glaze by mixing powdered sugar with fresh-squeezed orange juice. Drizzle the glaze over the cake and sprinkle with some flaked coconut or grated orange zest for a beautiful finishing touch.

For an extra special treat, try serving the cake warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. The creamy ice cream pairs perfectly with the rich coconut and orange flavors of the cake.

Looking for a more indulgent dessert? Tom Cruise says that pairing this cake with a piece of white chocolate is his absolute favorite. Break off a piece of sweet white chocolate and enjoy it along with a slice of your orange coconut pound cake.

This versatile cake can also be paired with other citrus-flavored desserts, such as a lemon sorbet or even a lime tart. You could also serve it alongside some fresh fruit salad for a colorful and healthy dessert option.

Whether you choose to serve it plain or dress it up with toppings, this moist and flavorful cake will be sure to please any crowd.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

“The perfect dessert to bring to a summer picnic”

Once you have successfully baked your delicious Orange Coconut Pound Cake, you’ll want to make sure it stays fresh for as long as possible. This cake can be made ahead of time, and it’s also easy to store and reheat. Here’s what you need to know:

Make-Ahead: For best results, bake the Orange Coconut Pound Cake at least 24 hours before serving. This will allow the flavors to fully develop and meld together. After baking, let the cake cool completely before storing it.

Storing: Store the cake in an airtight container or wrap it tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil. You can keep it at room temperature for up to three days, but make sure to place it in the refrigerator if you’re storing it any longer than that.

Reheating: To reheat your Orange Coconut Pound Cake, wrap individual slices in aluminum foil and warm them up in the oven at 350°F for 10-15 minutes. Alternatively, you can simply microwave each slice for 10-20 seconds until it’s heated through.

Tips: If you want to add a little more flair to your reheated cake, try drizzling some glazed orange icing over the top or sprinkling some toasted coconut flakes on top before serving. You could also serve each slice with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

By following these tips, you’ll be able to enjoy your Orange Coconut Pound Cake long after it comes out of the oven.

Tips for Perfect Results

“Satisfy your sweet tooth with a slice of this cake”

As a chef, I have learned some valuable tips and tricks to make the perfect Orange Coconut Pound Cake recipe. Here are some helpful tips to ensure your cake turns out moist and delicious every single time.

1. Use room temperature ingredients – To ensure that all the ingredients are well incorporated, make sure that they are at room temperature.

2. Don’t overmix the batter – Overmixing leads to a tough and dense cake. Mix until just combined, and then stop.

3. Use butter or margarine flavor shortening – This is especially important in this recipe for the full flavor experience.

4. Toast your coconut flakes – Take your coconut flakes to a new level by toasting them before adding them into the batter mixture.

5. Zest your oranges properly – This may seem like a small detail, but properly zesting the oranges ensures that you get the right amount of juice and zest to create that perfect orange flavor.

6. Use a Bundt pan for even cooking – The shape of the bundt pan ensures that the cake cooks evenly on both sides, leading to a fluffy and evenly cooked pound cake.

7. Let the cake cool before glazing it – Wait until the cake has cooled before glazing it with a mixture of orange juice and confectioners sugar to make sure it doesn’t melt and become too watery.

8. Store leftover cake properly – To keep your leftover cake tasting fresh, tightly wrap it in plastic wrap or aluminum foil and store it in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

By following these tips, you’ll be guaranteed to end up with an Orange Coconut Pound Cake that is moist, fluffy, and bursting with coconut and orange flavors in every bite.


Now, it’s time to address some of the frequently asked questions for this Orange Coconut Pound Cake Recipe. I understand that baking can be a precise art, so let’s dive into some possible doubts and questions you may have before trying out this recipe in your kitchen.

Is there a difference between bundt cake and pound cake?

The disparity between pound cakes and bundt cakes lies in their composition and baking method. While any cake can be transformed into a bundt cake by baking it in a bundt pan, pound cakes have a distinct texture and ingredients. Traditionally, pound cakes were heavy and dense, and the recipe called for a pound of butter, sugar, eggs, and flour each.

Why is my pound cake not moist?

When cake comes out too dry, there are a couple of reasons why it may have happened. One possibility is that it was overcooked in the oven. Another potential cause is an imbalance in the recipe, such as adding too much flour or not enough butter and sugar. To remedy the situation, you may want to reduce the oven temperature or take the cake out earlier than instructed.

What causes a pound cake to be gummy?

A cake’s texture can become rubbery if the gluten in the flour is activated through excessive mixing. Rather than the desired soft and spongy texture, the cake will become hard. This overmixing often results from an error in properly creaming together the butter and sugar.

Why are bundt cakes so moist?

The shape of a bundt pan can affect a cake’s moisture level, as it exposes more of the mix to high temperatures. To ensure a consistently moist lemon bundt cake, this recipe incorporates extra wet ingredients.

What is a Tom Cruise coconut cake?

If you’re in the mood for a moist and flavorful cake that’s easy to make, the Copycat Tom Cruise Cake is the perfect recipe for you. This delectable dessert is made with a sour cream pound cake base, which is infused with enticing flavors of coconut and vanilla extracts. To add texture and richness, the cake is loaded with sweet coconut flakes and white chocolate chips. After baking, the cake is then topped off with a creamy and tangy cream cheese frosting, which is garnished with toasted coconut flakes. You won’t believe how effortless it is to whip up this tasty treat!

Bottom Line

As you can see, this Orange Coconut Pound Cake Recipe is a true crowd-pleaser and will impress everyone at your next gathering. The combination of the rich, full orange flavor and the subtle tropical coconut flavors make for an irresistible cake that deserves to be shared with friends and family.

This recipe takes the classic pound cake to a whole new level by giving it a tantalizing tropical makeover. You won’t find a better orange coconut bundt cake than this one – it’s absolutely delicious!

Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced baker, this cake recipe is easy to follow and will result in a stunning centerpiece for any occasion. So why not whip up this delightful cake today and indulge in a slice of heaven?

Trust me, once you’ve tried this Orange Coconut Pound Cake Recipe, you’ll never look back!

Orange Coconut Pound Cake

Orange Coconut Pound Cake Recipe

This is one I put together this summer to sell through the veggie stand. It disappeared fast.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword < 4 Hours, Coconut, Dessert, Fruit, Nuts, Oven, Weeknight
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 1 tube cake
Calories 530.9kcal


  • 1/2 cup margarine
  • 1/2 cup butter flavor shortening
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 orange, zest of, grated
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup flaked coconut


  • Grease and flour 10-inch tube pan.
  • Preheat oven 350°.
  • Cream margarine, shortening, and sugar till light and fluffy, about 10 minutes.
  • Beat in eggs 1 at a time, beating well after each one.
  • Add extract, zest and juice; combine well.
  • Alternately add flour and milk, beating well after each addition.
  • Add coconut and beat 1 minute.
  • Pour into prepared pan; bake 1 hour and 15 minutes till test done.
  • Cool 15 minutes remove to wire rack to cool completely.


Serving: 153g | Calories: 530.9kcal | Carbohydrates: 78.2g | Protein: 7.3g | Fat: 21.6g | Saturated Fat: 6.5g | Cholesterol: 108.6mg | Sodium: 150.1mg | Fiber: 1.1g | Sugar: 53g

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