Impossible Coconut Pie


We’ve done it again. We are making the impossible possible! Our impossible coconut pie recipe is anything but, in fact, it is super easy. A three-layered coconut sponge topped with golden toasted coconut? Amazing. In this recipe, we’ll tell you everything that you’ll need to know to make it and have a run through some handy hints to give you a perfect result.

Impossible Coconut Pie recipe

How to Make Impossible Coconut Pie

Right, let’s talk about the name as you are bound to be wondering. It’s called ‘impossible’ coconut pie because you put the mixture in to bake in one lump and it comes out neatly separated into different layers. Impressive eh?

The bottom layer forms a soft and floury crust. The center of the pie is all soft and light. The top of the pie toasts in the oven until it is a deep golden brown. Does that sound delicious? Yeah, we thought so too!

There are various ways to mix up the ‘batter’ Some people use a blender or mixer. We hate washing up, so we use a large bowl and a whisk. The extra effort is well worth it.

When it comes to the technique, we aren’t going to go into too many details. It should really be called ‘easy coconut pie’. It literally is a case of mixing all of your ingredients together, pouring it into a pie dish, and baking for the required time. Sounds simple right? Well, it’s certainly not impossible.

Ok, so let’s roll up our sleeves and get down to business.

Impossible Coconut Pie

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Recipe by Laura Ritterman Course: DessertCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy


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Desserts with coconut are some of my favorites and that makes this Impossible Coconut Pie high up on my dessert list. Make this at home yourself.


  • 4 eggs

  • 1 cup 1 sugar

  • ½ cup of white flour

  • 1 large pinch of salt

  • 1 large pinch of baking powder

  • ½ cup softened butter

  • 2 cups 2 milk

  • 1 tablespoon 1 vanilla extract

  • 1 ½ cups dried sweetened coconut flakes


  • First, turn your oven on and set it to 340°F.
  • While the oven is heating, it is time to mix your batter. Take a large bowl, add the eggs and sugar, beat until combined and slightly lighter in color. Add the flour, salt, and baking powder and continue to mix until smooth.
  • Add the butter and milk gradually while mixing continuously. Once you have a smooth batter add the vanilla extract and coconut flakes. Mix well.
  • Take a 10-inch pie dish and rub with oil, butter or spray with baking spray until well coated. Tip your batter into the pie dish.
  • Ensure the oven is up to temperature and place your pie dish in the oven. Back for 50-60 minutes until the top is toasted and brown. When you remove the pie, it should be set with no wobble. Try the skewer test to see if it is baked through.
  • Allow the pie dish to cool for 10 minutes, then turn the pie out onto a wire rack to cool. We like to serve ours slightly warm, but it can be allowed to cool completely.
  • Cut into wedges and enjoy!

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Tips and Tricks

We like to make out impossible coconut pie with a bowl and whisk. Yep, it’s easier that way. If you are looking to use a blender, you have to do an extra step. Part of the texture of our homemade coconut pie comes from dried coconut. If you blend this, you’ll end up with coconut power, so you have to add and mix this at the end.

We use white sugar to sweeten our recipe, but don’t worry if you are out of white sugar. You can use honey or brown sugar in the place of sugar. Honey and coconut pie? Sounds pretty good to us!

As with all good cakes, there is a fair bit of butter in this coconut pie recipe. The key to a light and fluffy cake is to use softened butter. So plan ahead. Just leave your stick of butter out for an hour before making. Ideally, you want it to be around room temperature, plus it makes the mixing so much easier.

For the impossible pie to work, the ingredients all need to be at a uniform temperature. This includes the milk, so be sure to leave the milk out too when it comes time to warm the butter. The same is true of the eggs.

If you are trying to cut down on lactose, you can make this recipe using various kinds of milk. It will work and taste just the same. We occasionally make this with unsweetened coconut milk because you know… coconuts.

We use sweetened dried coconut flakes for the bulk of this recipe. However, it can sometimes be hard to find. If you can’t get your hands on any, regular dried coconut flakes are just as good. Just add an extra spoonful of sugar to the recipe to make up for the lack of sweetness.

It can be hard to know when your pie is ready. Bake for the allotted time, and then insert a toothpick into the center of the pie. The toothpick should come out clean. If it doesn’t, bake your pie for a further 10 minutes and repeat the process until your cocktail stick or skewer comes out clean.


Well, considering that it’s called ‘impossible coconut pie’, we didn’t think that was too difficult. How did you find it? We especially love serving this with a large dollop of custard and have even been known to have the odd slice for breakfast. Get the oven up to temperature, and the rest is easy. We hope you enjoyed our recipe.

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