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Cream Cheese Swirled Coconut Tres Leches Cake

The base of the cake is very similar to that of a really good vanilla cake, but it's infused with some coconut flavor as well. What makes this cake special is the cream cheese and coconut swirl running through the center of the bundt cake, it's unexpected and delicious!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time55 mins
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bundt cake, coconut cake, cream cheese
Servings: 16 servings
Calories: 472kcal
Author: halfbakedharvest


Coconut Glaze

  • 1/2 cup canned full fat coconut milk, plus more if needed
  • 1 can (15 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 pinch cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon coconut rum (optional) (optional)


  • 1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 10 inch bundt pan.
    2. In a large bowl, beat together the butter, sugar, vanilla, eggs, and milk until fully incorporated. Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt and mix on low-speed until just combined, being sure the batter is completely mixed.
    3. Spoon half the batter into the prepared pan. Gently dollop the softened cream cheese over the batter and spread in an even layer. Sprinkle the shredded coconut over top the cream cheese. Spoon the remaining batter over the cream cheese, carefully spreading in an even layer. Transfer to the oven and bake for 50-55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool 15  minutes. 
    4. Meanwhile, make the glaze. In a medium bowl, whisk together the coconut milk, sweetened condensed milk, cinnamon, and coconut rum, if using. If the glaze seems thick, add coconut milk to thin.
    5. Pierce holes in the top of the cake with a skewer, inserting about halfway through the cake. Slowly drizzle 1/4 of the glaze evenly over cake. Let stand 15 minutes. Invert onto a cake plate with edges and poke holes around the top of the cake. Drizzle with the remaining glaze. Cover and place in the fridge for a couple of hours or up to overnight. Before serving, drizzle any glaze sitting on the plate over the cake. Slice and serve. 


Calories: 472kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Cholesterol: 95mg | Sodium: 229mg | Potassium: 262mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 31g | Vitamin A: 675IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 118mg | Iron: 2.3mg