Impossible coconut pie or magic cake, whatever you wish to call it, it’s one simple batter that turns into 3 delicious layers when baked.

Let’s talk impossible pies and magic cakes. So many of you have commented or have written to me on magic cake, so I thank you for that. Some of you have said that this magic cake is similar to an old recipe called impossible pie. So you guys intrigued me and I simply had to look into it.

I love my pies and cakes so really this was no chore, I’m always up for making more cakes or pies. I would never turn down such an opportunity. So being the analyst that I am, I put my thinking cap on and started doing some research. Well it didn’t take long my dearies to discover that really this impossible pie is one and the same as the magic cake. The ingredients are the same the only difference is how you make it. For this impossible pie you simply put all the ingredients together in a blender, blend away, pour the batter in a baking dish and voila. You have magic cake or impossible pie. Which is quite interesting, all along I thought that the magic was in the stiff egg whites, but apparently it doesn’t really matter.

As you can see even using this simple technique results in a 3 layer cake or pie. The only difference I noticed is that the custard layer is not as pronounced as in the magic cake, yet it’s still there. So needless to say I am extremely happy to tell you all that you don’t have to worry about following the steps for making magic cake to end up with 3 layers. Really what does this mean? It means you can’t screw up with this pie. As long as you use the ingredients mentioned, blend it all and bake it until done, you will end up with an impossible pie or magic cake, I’ll leave it up to you to decide what you want to call it.

This time I wanted a coconut flavored cake/pie so there is a cup of flaked unsweetened coconut in this pie and a pinch of nutmeg. And because I love chocolate, I just had to sprinkle some grated chocolate over the top, chocolate and coconut just go so well together, and that’s just how I roll.
Now I know you’re just waiting for this joke so here it is.
Q: Why did the pie go to the dentist?
A: Because it needed a filling.

  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 8 tbsp butter unsalted, melted (1 stick)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • pinch of ground nutmeg
  • pinch of salt

  1. Place all the ingredients in a blender. Blend well.
  2. Pour into a greased pie plate.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 to 60 minutes.

If baking at altitudes of 5000 feet or higher, keep this in mind:
  1. Reduce sugar: for each cup, decrease 0 to 2 tablespoons.
  2. Increase liquid: for each cup, add 2 to 4 tablespoons.
  3. Increase oven temperature by 25 degrees F.

Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on products used.

Prep Time: 5 minutes        Cook Time: 1 hour       Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  Servings: 8