How to Put Coconut on the Side of a Cake

Sweet, slightly crunchy in texture and big on tropical flavour, shredded coconut makes a nice addition to a decorated cake. However, merely sprinkling a few shreds of coconut on the surface of the cake will not provide the decor or flavour a cake needs to have that tropic flavour. By pressing the coconut shreds on the surface and sides of an iced cake, your cake will look and taste better. Use the same technique to decorate cupcakes and other confections with shredded coconut.

Scoop a 1/2 cup white buttercream icing on the centre of a cake.

Spread the icing around with an icing knife. Do not touch the icing knife to the surface for the cake. Push the icing out toward the edge of the cake.

Scoop additional spoonfuls of icing and place them on the edge of the cake's surface. Use the icing knife to spread the frosting around the sides of the cake.

Pour several cups of shredded coconut into a bowl. With clean hands, sprinkle the coconut shreds over the surface of the cake in an even layer.

Place small handfuls along the sides of the cake. Lightly press the coconut into the frosting using the icing knife.

Continue adding more coconut shreds to the top and sides of the cake until the icing is completely covered in the coconut. Pat the surface of the cake with an icing knife to adhere the shreds to the icing.

Place the cake in the refrigerator for 15 minutes to develop a crust around the icing.


Wear food-safe plastic gloves to avoid getting icing on your hands.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring spoons
  • White buttercream icing
  • Icing knife
  • Bowl
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Alyssa Ideboen has been writing professionally since 2005. She has contributed to several print and online publications, including "Lexington Woman" and "Global Business" magazines. Ideboen holds a Bachelor of Arts in business management and communication from Judson University.