Halloween Treat {Best Lemon Coconut Pound Cake + Favorite Haunted House Pan}

The kids were so excited when I unpacked our Haunted House Bundt Pan that I made this cake to kick off the festivities the very next day!  I have a few of these Nordic Ware pans and they always turn out wonderfully.

I’ve shared this recipe a few times, but it is literally my favorite cake recipe of all time.  I am not a big coconut fan, outside of a pina colava cockatil, and I adore this.

Coconut Pound Cake
Adapted from Williams-Sonoma

For the cake:

  • 3 cups all purpose flour LESS 6 T. flour (to account for using all purpose rather than cake flour)
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 16 Tbs. (2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 6 oz. cream cheese
  • 2 1/2 cups sugar
  • 5 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp. lemon extract
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3 Tbs. pure unsweetened coconut milk
  • 3/4 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 tsp. finely grated lemon zest

For the glaze:

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup fresh mint leaves

Have all the ingredients at room temperature. Position a rack in the lower third of an oven and preheat to 325ºF. Grease and flour a cathedral cake pan or 10-cup Bundt® pan.

To make the cake, in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the flat beater, beat the butter and cream cheese on medium speed until creamy and smooth, 30 to 45 seconds. Add the sugar and continue beating, stopping the mixer occasionally to scrape down the sides of the bowl, until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the lemon and vanilla extracts. Reduce the speed to low, add half the flour and salt, then the coconut milk, then the remaining flour and salt. Beat each addition until just incorporated, stopping the mixer occasionally to scrape down the sides of the bowl. Using a rubber spatula, stir in the coconut and lemon zest.

Spoon the batter into the prepared pan and spread evenly. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean, about 1 1/4 hours. Transfer to a wire rack and cool the cake upright in the pan for 10 minutes. Set the rack over a sheet of waxed paper and invert the cake onto the rack.

To make the glaze, in a small saucepan over low heat, combine the water, lemon juice and sugar just until the sugar dissolves. Add the mint and simmer for 3 minutes. Strain the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve and discard the mint. Brush the warm cake with the glaze. Let the cake cool completely before serving.

A few tips…

  • I always use Baker’s Joy with Flour when baking.  I coat pans like this REALLY well, turning it to all angles to be sure I’ve covered all the nooks and crannies.
  • I use the entire amount of this recipe in this pan.
  • After filling the pan with batter, tap it on the counter a few times.
  • Bake it in the oven on a cookie sheet covered with foil.  I little always runs down the center on mine, but otherwise fills the pan perfectly.
  • DO NOT throw away the cake pieces that bake on to the foil.  They are the best and Honey and I always fight over them.  haha.

There is nothing like this cake served with a glass of ice cold milk.

I will continue sharing our room by room (anyone else remember that show?!) tour here on the blog over the coming days.  Stay tuned!


I hope y’all are looking forward to a great weekend.  We are taking Whit out for sushi tonight, have GT homecoming tomorrow, are playing our monthly spades game with besties tomorrow night and then kick off Whit’s baseball tourney Sunday.  Whew!

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2 thoughts on “Halloween Treat {Best Lemon Coconut Pound Cake + Favorite Haunted House Pan}

  1. I DO remember Room by Room – Matt and Sherry!

    This cake is delicious, I know, but there is one way to make it better – pan toast it in melted butter with a cup of coffee (or milk). Totally takes it over the top! xo

    1. I loved that show. It was the first of its kind!

      That sounds amazing. I have made pound cake french toast as well. Soooooo good!!! xo

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