6 Layer Coconut Dream Cake {Raw/Vegan}

Coconut lovers, REJOICE! It’s finally here!
IMG_4824 bckdThe most beautiful and INTENSELY coconutty DREAM CAKE is yours for the making. This spectacular 6 layered creation is loaded with coconut flavor. And that’s because it’s made with 5 different coconut products! Coconut flakes, coconut butter, coconut oil, coconut milk, and coconut extract! Yaaas.

6 Layer Coconut Cake

Die hard coconut fans –if you love all things coconut and can’t get enough of that delicious tropical flavor, you will LOVE this dessert. And unlike traditional coconut pies and cakes, this is gluten-free, dairy-free and refined sugar-free! It’s also grain-free and can easily be made Paleo by swapping the maple syrup for honey.

PLUS it’s no-bake and actually pretty simple to make. Just blend up the ingredients in a food processor. Pile up the layers and you have this stunning, towering masterpiece of glorious coconut BLISS. The hardest part is the waiting for the layers to set.IMG_4820

I just want to stare at this cake. lol It’s pretty, right? This is definitely one of my favorites. (I LOVE COCONUT.. in case you didn’t know.) Worth every minute making it and every calorie eating it. Haha. It’s full of healthy fats, for sure! And haven’t you heard– fat is GOOD for you. Yes and AMEN. Give me allll the fat.
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Anyone obsessed with coconut like I am? You NEED this cake.

6 Layer Coconut Dream Cake

Layers of intense coconut flavor in between chewy cashew date crumbles, topped with amazing coconut whipped cream.
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Prep Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 4 hours 30 minutes
Servings: 14 slices
Author: Emily



Cake layer:

Whipped cream:

Coconut topping:


To make the crust:

  • Pulse cashews in a food processor until broken up, then add remaining ingredients and pulse until combined.
  • Press half the crust into the bottom of a parchment-lined 7" springform pan and set in the fridge. (Leave the other half on the counter to layer later on)

To make the coconut cake:

  • Add all ingredients to food processor and blend until smooth. Taste & adjust sweetness to your liking.
  • Scoop out 1/2 the cake filling on to your crust and set in the freezer for about 1 hour until firm.

Assemble the next layers:

  • After first two layers are firm, add 1 layer of crust on top, freeze 1 hour, then add another layer of cake on top.

To make the whipped cream;

  • Scoop out the solid cream from a can of refrigerated coconut milk into a large chilled bowl and whip with a hand mixer. Add in sweetener & extracts, adjust to taste. Spread on top of cake.

To make the toasted coconut topping:

  • Place coconut flakes and 1 tsp maple syrup to a dry skillet on medium heat, stirring constantly until toasted, about 3 minutes. Sprinkle on top.


I used a 7" springform pan. If you use a larger pan, the layers will be flatter/shorter.
*To make coconut butter, simply blend coconut shreds in a food processor until liquefied, about 10-15 minutes) scraping down the sides as needed. Store at room temp.
Once the layers are set, store in the fridge. Set out on the counter for a few minutes to soften.
Can also be freezer, but it may take a while to thaw because coconut butter hardens when cold.
Adapted from catching seeds
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    • Emily

      If you have a food processor, it’s really easy and less expensive to make yourself. But you can find it at a health food store, such as Sprouts, Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, etc. Also available on Amazon. It’s also called coconut manna. http://amzn.to/2sHufiS

  • Lindsay

    Hi Emily! Just a quick question… I really want to make this pie to take to a housewarming party I’m attending. However, I think it’s going to mostly be finger food at the party—so do you think there’s a chance I can make this in a 9×13 or 8×8 pan so I can cut in up into smaller squares? I’d like to neatly fit the squares into paper muffin holders….but do you think it would work out?

    • Emily

      Yes, I think 8×8 would work! Or 9×13 if you double the recipe (or do 3 layers instead of 6)

      But the smaller the pan, the taller the cake will be (and vice versa)

      If you’re not using a springform, just be sure to press the date mixture in the pan firmly so it holds together.

      Hope that helps! Let me know how it turns out

  • Heatehr

    My daughter made this for my birthday and it was fabulous!! She only made it in 3 layers and it was perfect! Thank you for sharing a wonderful recipe! How wonderful it is to eat a birthday cake and feel good instead of sick after!

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