This Almond and Coconut Cake is one of the best cakes I’ve made lately and it is inspired by the Raffaello truffles, which are a great combination of a smooth milk cream filling around almonds, coated with crispy wafer and shredded coconut.

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This delicate and elegant cake is made with an almond sponge cake, a white chocolate, Mascarpone and coconut filling and topped with Raffaello Truffles, chopped almonds, white chocolate curls and shredded coconut. It has a great texture and an amazing flavor, not too sweet, not too dry, due to the amazing white chocolate frosting and coconut milk used to soak each layer of cake. The cake has a delicate almond and coconut flavor and is hard not to fall in love with it from the first bite. Try it out, I am sure it will be a crowd pleasure.

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This delicate and elegant Raffaello cake is made with an almond sponge cake, a white chocolate, mascarpone and coconut filling and topped with Raffaello Truffles, chopped almonds, chocolate curls and shredded coconut. It has a great texture and an amazing flavor
Servings 12 servings
Prep Time 40 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 1 hr 20 mins


Almond Sponge Cake

  • 6 large eggs , room temperature
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 cup (200g) sugar
  • 1 cup (100g) ground almonds
  • 1 cup (125g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp (5g) almond extract

White Chocolate Coconut Frosting

  • 7 oz (200g) white chocolate
  • 3 tbsp (45g) canned coconut milk
  • 9 oz (250g) Mascarpone cheese , room temperature
  • 2 cups (500g) whipping cream , 35%fat
  • 1/4 cup (30g) powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup (40g) unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 tsp (5g) coconut extract

Assembling and decorating

  • 1 cup (240g) canned coconut milk
  • unsweetened shredded coconut
  • Chopped almonds , optional
  • Raffaello truffles , optional
  • White chocolate curls , optional


  • Preheat oven to 340F (170C). Grease and line bottom and sides of a 9 inch (23 cm) pan with parchment paper.
  • Prepare the almond sponge cake. Separate egg whites from yolks. Add a pinch of salt over the whites and start mixing until foamy. Gradually add sugar and continue whipping until stiff peaks form.
  • In a small bowl mix egg yolks with almond extract and fold them into the whipped whites.
  • Gradually add ground almonds and flour and carefully incorporate into the batter.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
  • Bake for 40-45 minutes until lightly golden.
  • Let it cool for about 10-15 minutes. Remove from pan and cool completely on a rack.
  • Meanwhile prepare the frosting. Place chocolate and coconut milk in a heatproof bowl and let it melt over a pan with simmering water.
  • In a large bowl mix Mascarpone cheese until smooth. Add melted chocolate and mix until combined.
  • In another large bowl whip the cream until stiff peaks form. Incorporate powdered sugar and coconut extract.
  • Gradually incorporate whipped cream into the white chocolate mixture. Fold in the shredded coconut. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
  • Assemble the cake. Divide the sponge cake in 3 layers. Place one cake layer on your serving plate.
  • Spread 1/3 cup (80g) coconut milk over the cake layer. Spread evenly with a bit less than a third of frosting. Repeat with the second layer of cake. Add the third layer of cake and spread with the last 1/3 cup (80g) of coconut milk.  Spread the remaining frosting on top and sides of the cake.
  • Sprinkle shredded coconut on the top and sides of the cake and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  • Decorate as desired, I’ve used Raffaello truffles, white chocolate curls and chopped almonds.



Serving: 1gCalories: 445kcalCarbohydrates: 42gProtein: 10.4gFat: 27.6gSaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 130mgSugar: 30.6g
Calories: 445kcal
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: almond coconut cake, Christmas Cake, coconut cake, Holiday cake, raffaello cake, raffaello layer cake, winter cake

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  1. This cake looks amazing! I hope to make it~soon!!

  2. Tanya Author says:

    This cake is insane 🙂 i made it twice, once half a portion to taste, and the second time the full thing with the decorations.
    I brought it to work and no one wanted to believe its home made

    The one downside – with all these ingredients, its a bit on the pricey side, but i think totally worth the affect – looks completely store bought.

  3. Thayanny Author says:

    I love this recipe! But here in my country I can’t find mascarpone – I live in Brazil. Is there another ingredient that I can replace to?

    Thank you in advanced!

  4. Dav Author says:

    I think that the shreaded coconut is desiccated coconut? Shredded is more like thin pieces…

  5. Julia Author says:

    Loved the cake! I would make half the frosting next time since I only used half. I added extra coconut and almonds into the leftover frosting and made candy. Delicious cake!

  6. Rihab Author says:

    I have tried it twice so far and it is really delicious , ( I have just added 5g baking powder).
    Many thanks for this recipe .

  7. Can u use cream cheese instead of marscapone ?? And for ground almonds would almond flour work? Or is that too fine ? Please respond

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      Hi Anna.

       Yes,you can use cream cheese  and almond flour .

  8. Cynthia Author says:

    are the almonds toasted first? and do you weigh 100g of almonds then grind and use or do you grind the almonds and then weigh thank you

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      Hi Cynthia.

      I didn't toast the almonds . I first weighed  the almonds and then grinded them.

  9. Julia Author says:

    Thanks for the recipe! Looks great! When you pour the coconut milk over the different layers of the cake does that not make the sponge cake soggy?

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      Hello Julia.

      No, it doesn't, there is  not enough coconut milk to do that.

  10. Donna Author says:


    I know this probably sounds like I daft question, but why is it that this cake doesn’t contain any butter?
    The sponge cakes that I generally make always contain butter or margarine, which is then creamed into sugar etc..

    Many Thanks

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      Hi Donna.

      It's not a daft guestion. I made  a classic sponge cake, this time.

  11. Ivana Author says:

    is the whipping cream used in the White Chocolate Coconut Frosting sweetened or not?

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      Hi Ivana.

      I use  whipping cream without sugar

  12. Sonia Author says:

    Hi! I wonna to try this superbe cake. I have a question. The canned coconut that you using over the cake before you putting the frosting It can be sostituited with other ingredient? thanks from italy

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      Hi Sonia.

      Yes, the canned coconut can be substituted with sugar syrup.

  13. What is the name of the song playing? It’s beautiful.

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      Hello Kat.

      You can find information about background songs in the video description.

  14. Midco Author says:

    Can you share ingredients for 10” cake?

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      Hi Midco.

      You can use the same quantities for the 10 inch pan.

      1. Hi, this cake looks amazing! I want to make this cake in a 6’ inch pan, do I have to divide the ingredients by 2? Thank you in advance!

  15. Genevieve Author says:

    Hi, I will be making this Sunday for a Potluck at work Monday. Im assuming its best if I keep it in the bridge until Monday?

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      Hi Genevieve.

      It is ok to keep it in the fridge until Monday.

  16. Kate Author says:

    Hello, is it possible to make this cake in a bundt tin and just frost the top, not the centre? Would I have to adjust the baking time? Thanks!

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      Hello Kate.

      You don't have to reduce the baking time.

  17. Donna L Author says:

    Can I make the cake and freeze it for a day or 2 before assembling? I’m have guests late in the week and want to make the cake on Sunday.
    Thanks, Donna L

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      Hi Donna.

      You can refrigerate the cake for 2 days, no need to freeze it.

  18. Mrs Usman Author says:


    Can I add vegetable oil ? If yes then how much please ?
    Is there any chance I could use cream of coconut or better milk in recipe . Any one of them and if yes then how much ?

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      in this sponge cake is no necessary to add oil . but if you really want you can add about 2 tbsp in the yolks.. before adding to whipped whites – I have also used coconut milk in the recipe.. so just use the amounts mentioned in the recipe 🙂 Hope you will give it a try and Happy New Year 

    2. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      in this sponge cake is no necessary to add oil . but if you really want you can add about 2 tbsp in the yolks.. before adding to whipped whites – I have also used coconut milk in the recipe.. so just use the amounts mentioned in the recipe 🙂 Hope you will give it a try and Happy New Year 

  19. Sherry Author says:

    Hi, I plan to try this cake soon, can you please suggest which whipping cream should i buy, I mean the brand . I am quite new to baking and have never used whipping cream before in any of my cakes before.

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      Hi Sherry.

      The brand of  whipping cream that i use maybe is not available  in every country, i use natural whipping cream.

  20. Alicia Author says:

    Please tell me if I can substitute the 100 gr of ground almonds in the sponge cake with 100 gr unsweetened shredded coconut.
    Thank you.

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      Hi Alicia.

      You can substitute without any problems.

  21. Lina Author says:

    I made the cake for my son’s birthday yesterday and it is too good. I would like to thank you Ella for the great cake and recipe. So greatful

  22. Ellen Manalo Author says:

    Hi Ella! I am planning to bake this cake and I already bought coconut cream i didn’t know that there’s a difference between coconut milk and cream. Can i use coconut cream in this recipe instead of coconut milk? Thanks!

  23. Ellen Manalo Author says:

    Hi Ella. Can I use coconut cream instead of coconut milk?

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      Hello Ellen. 

      Yes, you can.

  24. Archana Author says:

    are you using lorann essense?

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      Hi Archana.

      I use coconut extract from Flavororganics.

  25. Jan Avedisian Author says:

    Is the coconut milk sweetened?

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      Hello Jan.

      No, unsweetened.

  26. Helena Author says:

    Hi. I want to try this recipe looks delicious.
    The coconut milk is unsweetened?
    Thank you for sharing

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      Hi Helena.

      Yes, it is unsweetened.

  27. Brad Author says:

    Hi and thank you for sharing this Wonderful cake. I made it today for my partners sisters 32nd Birthday and everyone loved it. Given I’m an Australian living in Vietnam and 90% of the guests were Vietnamese it was a extra surprise.
    Actually I made two because of the number of guests. The right amount of Almond and coconut essence made it perfect. I’ll be adding this little beauty to my favourites.

  28. Siv Author says:

    Hi!! Is it ok to avoid the cheese in the frosting recipe?

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      Hu Siv.

      It is not necessary.

  29. Mariana Author says:

    Hello, I made this cake for one of my fiend birthday and it was huge success :-). Everybody loved it, thank you

  30. Estera Author says:

    Hello, thanks for the recipe! I have some questions before baking the cake: as I don’t have a grinder, could store bought ground almonds be OK? Thanks in advance!

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      Hello Estera.

      Sure, it's ok.

  31. Sheena Author says:

    Thank you for ths awesome recipe. I made it for my friends birthday and it was hailed the best cake my friend has ever eaten.

  32. kemala Author says:

    hi how much cocoa powder i must add to makr chocolate version?
    please help thanks

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      Hi Kemala.

      Replace about 1/4 cup flour with cacao powder.

  33. how much cocoa powder to make this into chocolate version? please help thanks

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      replace 1/4 cup flour with 1/4 cup cocoa powder.. might work well 

  34. Janaé Author says:

    Hi, I’m using this recipe for my F & N practical for school but I only have 2 hours and I have to make two other meals. I was wondering if I can just make a normal cake instead of a sponge cake ?

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      yes.. use your favorite  recipe for cake layers instead… should be just fine 

  35. Andrew Author says:

    Hi there. Instead of cutting the cake into 3 pieces, is it alright if split the batter into 3 batches, bake it then join it together?

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      Hello Andrew.

      Sure, it is ok to do that.

  36. heba Author says:

    First, this cake looks so elegant and delicious! I am planning to do this cake but can is there anything I can substitute the almond and coconut extract with since they both contain alcohol?
    Thank you!!

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      Hello Heba.

      You can use vanilla or almond essence. For the essence use just few drops.

  37. Mary Author says:

    Hi, Can you substitute all-purpose flour for more almond flour (to make a keto version)? What amount of almond flour would it be?

  38. hebah Author says:

    Hi, can you split the cake batter into 3 8inch cake pans? By the way, great cake!! You outdid yourself. Keep going. Merci!

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      Hello Hebah.

      Yes, it can be split into 3, iven if you use a 8 inch pan.

  39. Benigna Brigida Author says:

    Hi, if I split the cake batter into 3, will it affect the baking time? Thank you.

  40. JoAnne Author says:

    Can you make cupcakes with this recipe? I want to make this for Christmas. This year we decided to make mini deserts. I can’t wait to eat this. Thank you so very much. Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a Fabulous New Year!

  41. Daniela Author says:

    I made this cake for a Christmas Party with friends. Everyone enjoyed it very much and asked for the recipe! Thank you for putting up such an amazing cake recipe for everyone to try! Keep up the good work!!!

  42. Annie Author says:

    Hi, if I were to separate into 3 different pans, how long do I need to bake them for? Do I need baking powder? I’m not a fan of coconut actually but your cake looks too beautiful that I’ve to make one myself.

  43. Mangai Author says:

    Hi ..what would be the size if the pan for half the recipe..
    Can i reduce the amount of sugar? How much can i use for full recipe?
    Pls relpy soon . Have to bake for my son’s bday

  44. Rebecca Author says:

    I made this for my dad’s birthday – it turned out amazing! One thing I might try next time I make it, is cutting Raffaello truffles and sprinkling in between the layers just to add a little crunch. Thank you so much for the recipe!

  45. Teresa Author says:

    Your coconut looks scrumptious! I plan on making some day soon!
    I was wondering though, what were the songs playing in the background of this video?
    Thank you in advance

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      Hello Teresa.

      You can find the information about the background music in the desription.

  46. Puornima Author says:

    Hi there,
    Cake looks sooo delicious 🙂 I’m planning to try eggless version of your cake for my husband’s birthday. Can i substitute eggs with yogurt ? If so can you please let me know the measurement ?

    Thank you in advance

  47. kylie Author says:

    Hello, what adjustments would you make to this recipe if i were to use 2 8 inch pans instead? how would the timing and temperature change? the ingredients as well?

  48. Kylie Author says:

    Do I need to alter the baking time or ingredients if I use two 8 inch x 2 in round pans instead? I can’t tell how high the pan is you’re using, is it 9×2 or 9×3?

  49. Aya Author says:

    Hello….Your cake is very delicious and great recipe and I like it so much my children also like it very much so thank you for your recipe. I baked many times and ???????????????????????????????? Wow
    My whole family love this cake ??????Thank you again……..

  50. Mojca Author says:

    Very delitious cake. It has been worthed to find almond extract. Next time I’m going to use coconut extract too. For me the best cake ever and I’m not a coconut fan not at all.

  51. Jacky Author says:

    Hi, I just made the cake, and it’s really delicious, but tell me how you making the sponge cake that high, mine as nearly as high as yours, and I guess it dees change the whole combination of taste. Thank you ????

  52. Indu Author says:

    Hi!! The cake looks delicious.. but we are only two of us here so it’s quite large a cake.. can I cut the recipe to the third and bake it in a 6″ pan?. If so what should be the baking time.. thank you in advance l!!

  53. Amanda Author says:

    I made two cakes and a double batch of frosting. I wanted to make a 6 layer cake, but it was too big for my cake carrier, so I made a 5 layer instead. This is a perfect recipe. The cake is scrumptious, fun to make, and looks beautiful. I made it for my best friend’s birthday and everyone loved it.

    Thank you for the recipe!

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      I am so glad Amanda that you and your friends loved it 🙂 I am more than happy to hear that

  54. Limee Author says:

    I made this cake yesterday and brought into work to share with my co-workers. It was a huge hit! I’ll definitely be making it again, it perfect!
    p.s. I added a dash of lemon juice to coconut milk before drizzling it onto the sponges, I felt it needed little bit of a zing…
    re.: jacky, something must have gone wrong with your cake sponge because mine risen all the way to the top of the spring form, I could’ve cut into 4 layers if I wanted.

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      Limee, I am so glad you tried this cake and turned good for you too, one of our favorite as well.. 

  55. Marie Author says:

    This looks amazing. Can i bake this cake in 2 x 8 inch tins. If yes do I need to chang the baking time. Thanks for this recipe. M

  56. Nazli Author says:

    Can the cake be used alone as an almond cake without all the additives and decorations

  57. Faiza Author says:

    Made this cake today minus the white chocolate and added very little icing sugar in the icing since it was for my parents and I wanted it to be low in sugar. They fell in love with the cake.. Thanks so much for such an amazing recipe..

  58. Shweta Author says:

    I am considering to make this cake. Don’t we need to add baking powder to this recipe?

  59. Milena Author says:

    Hi! Just wanted to let u know that I made the cake and it looks and tastes divine! Of course, if you love Rafaello 🙂

  60. Bakir Author says:

    i am planning to make the cake and wanted to ask you that is the shredded coconut named as Desiccated Coconut?
    Please let me know as i have shredded coconut and decigated too.

  61. Itzel Author says:

    Hi. I want to do this cake for my birthday, but I can’t get the unsweetened shredded coconut. Where did you buy this ingredient?

  62. Kat Author says:

    What can I use instead of white chocolate?

  63. Kamille Author says:

    Hi! can you split the cake batter into 2-3 6 inch cake pans? How about the oven temperature and bake time? Will it change? Thank you.

  64. María del Mar Author says:

    Hola, no tengo batidora de varillas para montar la crema. ¿Se podría hacer con una batidora normal, o de alguna otra forma? Es que siempre que la he intentado hacer, nunca me ha salido bien. ¿Algún consejo?

    Muchas gracias, un saludo.

  65. Manu Author says:

    Hi! I am making the cake and I was wondering whether I have to let the melted chocolate cool before pouring it into the mascarpone cheese. Looking forward to eating it, it looks divine!

  66. Hi what can I use instead of eggs in this recipe

  67. Rebecca Author says:

    Made this cake for my birthday. Came out amazing! I’ve always struggled making sponges but this was the most fluffiest and tasty sponge ever!
    Will make this cake soon again

  68. Maha Author says:

    I followed this recipe and it was a huge hit for my family. The cake was really delicious and not too sweet. I highly recommend this recipe if you enjoy coconut.

  69. Can I freeze this cake if made more than a week in advance? Thanks

    1. Ella - Home Cooking Adventure Author says:

      Sure.. it freezes well for up to several months.

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