This easy one bowl surprise cake is a moist & delicious spice cake with a crunchy toasted coconut topping. You'll never guess the surprise ingredient.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 9 servings
Author Linda Warren


Toasted Coconut Topping

  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 4 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 cups flaked coconut


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves (optional)
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 can condensed tomato soup
  • 2 eggs


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Melted butter and pour into bottom of an 8x8-inch baking dish. Sprinkle with brown sugar then top with coconut.
  3. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients except eggs. Beat with mixer for 2 minutes.
  4. Add eggs to batter and continue beating for another 2 minutes.
  5. Pour over top of coconut topping.
  6. Bake in oven for 45 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  7. Let stand on wire rack for 5 minutes then invert onto serving plate. Leave baking dish in place for a few minutes.
  8. Lift off baking dish and allow to cool (or eat it warm if you can't wait!). Sprinkle with confectioner's sugar prior to serving.