Impossible Coconut Pie

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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.

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Impossible Coconut Pie
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Serves: 8
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup all purpose flour
  • 8 tbsp (1 stick or 125 g) butter
  • ¾ 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.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 134 g Calories: 300 Fat: 18.4 g Saturated fat: 11.7 g Carbohydrates: 29.5 g Sugar: 22.4 g Sodium: 163 mg Fiber: 1.1 g Protein: 6.0 g Cholesterol: 117 mg


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  1. Raffaela says

    Hi Jo!

    I made your impossible coconut pie. I did not get the layers, it was more like a custard but it tastes really good.
    I will definitely make it again, layers or not. 😉

  2. Mak says

    Jo, can I make it in a microwave? Do you think the result would be the same as my oven is out of order these days :(

    • says

      Oh dear, I’m not really sure, I’ve never made a pie in a microwave before. I think the pie itself would cook, but I don’t think it will brown, so it just won’t be the same. :(

  3. Lauren says

    Is in the oven now and the house smells fabulous! I’m going to try your idea of shaved chocolate on top vs. toasted coconut.

  4. Erone says

    Hello Jo!

    This looks delicious – thank you for posting this recipe!

    How do you know when it’s done? I haven’t baked a custard-type cake or pie before. Do you go by the light browning on the top? or if the sides slightly pull away from the pan?

    Thank you, Jo!

  5. Darryl L. says

    I use ORGANIC flour and have started to buy Coconut flour… Will try this today, as the recipe I have uses Bisquick and I now make my own mix for ‘bisquick”.. Thank you…! Oh… a Dairy is close, so I use “their” milk!

  6. Robyn says

    This is such a great and easy recipe. My mom has been making it since the 60s, now I continue in her absence. Wonderful to bring it to a new generation. Thank you!

  7. Donna Bauer says

    Made the multiple step magic cake, which was very good. Thank you for sharing. Family wants to try it again with coconut and I noticed all steps are gone??? Why would it not be just as simple with both recipes? ??

  8. Patricia Thompson says

    Hi Jo, I have just made the Impossible Coconut pie and waiting for it to cool. I made it with margarine (so hope it works) was wondering if butter had to be melted as it went like breadcrumbs. It looks delicious. Thanks for recipe and cant wait to make the magic cake….. Patricia from Australia…

    • says

      Hi Patricia from Australia :) The butter should just be softened a bit, doesn’t need to be melted. I think this recipe works fine with margarine too. Let me know how you liked it! :)

      • Patricia Thompson says

        Thanks Jo for your information about the pie. I used margarine and it worked out fine. We LOVED it, I can’t wait to make the Magic Cake. I have told all my family about it so they are going to try them as well….. Patricia

  9. Megan says

    can i use margarine instead of butter? I used the last of my butter this morning for muffins and feel that this pie cant wait for a grocery trip lol

      • Cooki Turner says

        You have contradicted yourself regarding the coconut. In the article with the step pictures you state unsweetened was used. Yet you were asked in Comments whether you used unsweetened or sweetened & you said sweetened. So which is it?

  10. Hajar says

    i’ve no idea why it did NOT work with i just made and i got thin layer of whatever
    i did exact measurements
    do you think my fail because i baked it in somewhat large pie plate??

    thank u so much!

    • says

      It’s quite possible. I’ve made this before in a bigger baking dish and the layers were not so visible anymore.

  11. Shirley says

    I don’t have a blender but really want to make this today. Can I just use the electric beater and beat it for a long time???

  12. Bernie says

    I am making this pie for my quilt group that is coming tomorrow, instead of the multi step Magic Cake I had “Pinned”. I wanted something easy, and this fits the bill. By the way, it is a very old recipe. I’ve been making Impossible Taco Pie since the 70’s! The Bisquick web site has a zillion variations!

    • Erika says

      I used Coconut Milk AND 1/4 Cup Coconut Flour…. AND.. made them in muffin tins. Bake time only 45 min and DONE (possibly even too long) The house smells fantastic and they are fresh out of the oven. Has it worked… dunno? But nothing a little dollop of REAL Whip Cream won’t hide…. and at worst, I’ll close my eyes and eat them anyways! :)

  13. Robyn says

    Is it best for the coconut pie to be served the same day? If saving it for the next day should it be refrigerated?

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