The retro ‘Rave Reviews’ coconut cake with coconut cream cheese frosting (1978)

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The retro Rave Reviews Coconut Cake recipe (1978)

The Rave Reviews coconut cake.

Delicious looks. Delicious taste. Delicious crunch.

The cake everyone’s talking about: Lusciously moist and walnut-crunchy, topped by creamy frosting and chewy with fresh-tasting coconut… If you love applause, bake yourself proud with our Rave Reviews coconut cake.

The retro Rave Reviews Coconut Cake recipe (1978)

Rave reviews coconut cake with coconut cream cheese frosting

Yield: 16 servings
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes


  • 1 package yellow cake mix
  • 1 small package (4-serving) vanilla flavor instant pudding mix
  • 2 cups coconut
  • 1-1/3 cups water
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 4 Tbsp. butter or margarine
  • 2 cups coconut
  • 1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 3 tsp. milk
  • 3-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar


  1. For the cake: Blend cake mix, pudding mix, water, eggs and oil in large mixer bowl. Beat at medium speed for 4 minutes. Stir in coconut and nuts.
  2. Pour mixture into 3 greased and floured 9-inch layer caked pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes.
  3. Cool in pans for 15 minutes, remove and cool on wire rack. Fill and top cooled cake layers with Coconut cream cheese frosting.
  4. For the coconut cream cheese frosting: Melt 2 tablespoons butter in skillet. Add coconut, stirring constantly over low heat until golden brown. Spread on absorbent paper to cool.
  5. Cream 2 tablespoons butter with cream cheese. Add milk. Beat in sugar gradually. Blend in vanilla. Stir in 1-3/4 cups coconut.
  6. Spread on top of cooled cake layers. Stack and sprinkle with remaining coconut.


High altitude areas: Increase water to 1-3/4 cups and add 1/4 cup flour

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 411Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 57mgSodium: 373mgCarbohydrates: 54gFiber: 3gSugar: 36gProtein: 5g

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The retro 'Rave Reviews' coconut cake with coconut cream cheese frosting (1978)

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The retro Rave Reviews Coconut Cake recipe (1980)

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