Raspberry Coconut Cake

Friday, February 11, 2011
Raspberry Coconut Cake was my dad's favorite cake of all time with red raspberry seedless jam and a white cake or yellow and smothered in coconut.

Every year I would make this for my daddy on Valentine's Day it was so special and the memories are priceless to see his face light up.

We usually don't post much about family, but this recipe has to be a tribute to him and dad was so appreciative, he deserves more than this shout-out.

I can't express enough the cherished memories and gratitute and how lucky I am for the kindness, support he gave me as a child and without his teachings cooking foods, support, love, and life in general, I wouldn't be the woman I am today.

Although you can make this cake with a mix or from his mom (my grandmother) scratch cake, it's a delicious easy cake, always made for him with love, this ones for you dad.

heart shaped raspberry coconut cake

Great Alternative to a Large Cake!

Cupcakes are also a great alternative if you don't have a heart pan

Perfect for small families, just bake the cupcakes, freeze them, slice the tops off, cut out the center with mini appetizer cutters, filled, and put the tops back on.

Mini heart shaped cupcakes tins, or smaller heart pans can be used or any shapes at all you happen to have on hand or need for your party theme your hosting.

this is a homemade heart shaped cake filled with Red Raspberry Jam and coconut then sprinkled with powdered sugar for Valentines Day

Use and Seedless Jams

  • raspberry
  • pineapple
  • apricot
  • orange marmalade
  • blueberry
  • cherry
  • peach
  • strawberry
  • blackberry

this is a homemade heart shaped cake filled with Red Raspberry Jam and coconut then sprinkled with powdered sugar for Valentines Day


  1. powdered sugar
  2. powdered sugar with added unsweetened cocoa powder
  3. drizzled with a glaze
  4. using a piping bag with sweetened whipped cream
  5. melted white or dark chocolate
  6. ganache 

this is a homemade heart shaped cake filled with Red Raspberry Jam and coconut then sprinkled with powdered sugar for Valentines Day

Cookie Cutter Heart Shaped for the Centers

  1. animal shapes for the kids
  2. holiday themes
  3. birthday themes
  4. letters of the alphabet
  5. wedding bells
  6. baby shapes for baby showers

Heart-Shaped Pan with Cookie Cutter Heart

These pans and cutters are easily found online and you can scroll to the bottom of the page to order from Amazon (which is an affiliate link I do make a small commission from)

Any flavored cake mix or your favorite homemade scratch cake can be used in this recipe.

this is a homemade heart shaped cake filled with Red Raspberry Jam and coconut then sprinkled with powdered sugar for Valentines Day

More Cake Mix Flavors to Use

  1. strawberry
  2. red velvet
  3. orange
  4. lemon
  5. coconut
  6. pineapple
  7. cherry
  8. butter pecan
  9. yellow
  10. white
  11. funfetti

my dad and me

My Dad and Me

my dad in  1912

Carmen Colenzo 1912-1995 RIP

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Raspberry Coconut Cake and more Tips

This festive cake is very easy to make for Valentine's Day or use any holiday-themed cookie cutters.

Seedless jams were always what dad preferred unless it was homemade then seeds would be in the preserves.

Use any flavor jams you prefer, pineapple and apricot were grandma's favorites.

Again, use a cake mix or scratch cake (which is much denser) and freeze it to slice if it's a whole cake.

Raspberry Coconut Cake

Raspberry Coconut Cake

Yield: 12
Author: Claudia Lamascolo
Prep time: 15 MinCook time: 35 MinTotal time: 50 Min
This is a tribute post to my late dad and his favorite Raspberry Coconut Cake for Valentine's Day made from scratch or doctored cake mix.


  • Raspberry Coconut Cake
  • Tools: 1 Heart Shaped Cake Pan greased, Heart Shaped Cookie Cutters or Use Cupcake Tins and see photos in the post
  • White Cake Mix or your favorite recipe for a Homemade Cake
  • 1 jar Strawberry Preserves or seedless Red Raspberry Jam or Strawberry Preserves
  • 1 cup of coconut put through the food processor till fine
  • Bake cake mix as directed or make the cake from scratch.
  • Cool completely.


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease a heart-shaped pan or use cupcakes tins with liners.
  3. Note: We rarely used a white or yellow cake mix and made this from scratch recipe. (dad also loved Grandma's sponge cake recipe)
  4. Bake cake mix as directed on the package or make the cake from scratch.
  5. Cool completely.
  6. See tips below on how to assemble and create the cakes.



If you freeze the cake first it slices easier to split these cakes with a sharp knife evenly.

Use a cookie cutter to cut the heart shape on only one cake for the jam to peek out the top.

Fill with your favorite seedless jam, then add the coconut, and sprinkle the tops with powdered sugar.

Only cut one heart in the middle with the cookie-cutter heart shape for the top.

See the above photos in this post:

 for cutting layers with cookie cutters appetizer sized heart shapes

Sprinkle cooled cake with powdered sugar when cooled or frost

Filling the cake or cupcakes:

For split cake layers fill with jam, and sprinkle with coconut careful not to fill the middle hole with the coconut to cover the jam in the center.

Replace the heart cut in the center on top of the filled cake then powder sugar on the top of the cake.

For Cupcakes:

Bake in Pretty cupcake liners for whatever your holiday theme is.

You can slice the top of the cupcake off when cooled then cut the heart shape in the top part of the slice, then spread the jam on the bottom part of the cupcake, add the coconut and replace the top.

Or use the smallest available heart-shaped cookie cutter directly in the middle of your cupcake and pull it out and set them on wax paper until all is completed.

Fill with coconut, jam on top, and sprinkle with sifted powdered sugar.

Grandma's Scratch Cake

dad's favorite jelly and coconut cake, homemade scratch yellow cake, doctored cake mix cake, raspberry jelly and coconut cake
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this is a homemade heart shaped cake filled with Red Raspberry Jam and coconut then sprinkled with powdered sugar for Valentines Day


  1. You know what I love about you Claudia? Your loving heart. Kind of makes us soulsisters. Happy Valentines Day to you and hubby. HUGS!

  2. Bellissimo post! Sai sei riuscita a commuovermi! Un abbraccio e complimenti

  3. What a lovely tribute to your dad, Claudia! He had good taste in cakes :)

  4. The cake is perfect. Claudia thanks for sharing your Dad with us on this day. Great photos!

  5. Oh, how sweet and a lovely treat! Happy Valentine's Day!

  6. What a sweet way to remember your dad! Happy Valentines Day!

  7. Claudia,
    This is a wonderful tribute and celebration for your dad!

    Happy Valentines!

  8. What a wonderful tribute. Your dad was so handsome. I see where you get your looks from.

    These cakes are darling.

    Happy Valentine's Day to you and your darling husband.

  9. Its so cute I dont think I could eat it! Very sweet post!

  10. Beautiful posts - what a handsome striking man your father was! And how sweetly you honor him. Plus he had good taste in tarts - I love jam tarts and this is particularly pretty.

  11. Delicious and beautiful cake Claudia. I can see your love towards your dad, yes when they are not with us we feel more about them. Nice photos.

  12. Talk of love in the air! I think its more in the cake pan :) love those heart shapes. Me want one of these pans now :)

  13. A very pretty cake! What a sweet tribute to your father!
    Have a wonderful weekend!

  14. What a lovely and touching post Claudia... Happy valentine day to you and your love one

  15. Aw, that's so sweet to make something and dedicate it to your dad. It's amazing how food can keep those we love alive in our hearts. xoxo

  16. Claudia, what a sweet tribute to your dad!! Thank you for sharing something so personal and special, I'm sure your dad is looking down at you now and wishing he had one of these lovely cakes :) xo!

  17. You have such a kind heart my friend. I love the sweet pic of your Dad. The cakes would be a favorite of mine too and are really creative. Happiest Valentine's to you and your family.

  18. What a sweet tribute to your Dad! The cupcakes look scrumptious - love the heart cutouts!

  19. What a beautiful tribute to your dad! Thanks for sharing the recipe and the pictures of your dad.

  20. OMG! What a lovely recipe & great tribute to your dad!

    Happy V-day to u, Claudia!

  21. You can bet your daddy is smiling down on you and this beautiful cake! Love the pictures,
    Happy Valentines Day!

  22. This is very sweet to dedicate this to your dad. And from this cake, it seems that he great taste. (And I loved seeing the pictures!!!)

  23. What a nice post. Im glad you thought of your father to make this cake again. It's such a thoughtful and sweet thing.

  24. What a great post, Claudia! I'm sure your dad must be very proud of you. Btw, your dad looks so gorgeous in the last photo! :o) Thank you very much for sharing such wonderful memories with us.
    Blessings, Kristy

  25. So cute! it is a nice story... Happy Valentine day!

  26. Your cake looks moist and delicious. I mom is a big fan of coconut and I'm sure she'll love these.


  27. What a lovely tribute to your Dad. Always continue the tradition and thanks for sharing. Joan


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