For 21 years, this delicious cake has been served nightly at Peninsula Grill and earned rave reviews from Chef Bobby Flay, Martha Stewart, Southern Living magazine, and more!
“Best Cake in America.”
“The richest filling, and the best ingredients…”
“One of the South’s Grand Desserts.”
“… skyscraper high… light as a cloud…”
“A little slice of heaven…”
“A notoriously good 12-layer coconut cake.”
“The famous coconut cake from the Peninsula Grill—oh, my gosh! Oh, my gosh! Delicious!”
“No meal in Charleston is complete without the Peninsula Grill’s Coconut Cake. It is just not to be missed.”
“The Ultimate Coconut Cake, with loads of buttery frosting and coconut, is so popular that it’s available through mail order.”
“If the city could give a key to a cake, they might bestow the honor upon the Ultimate Coconut Cake at the Peninsula Grill.”
“Striped with fluffy cream cheese icing and enveloped in freshly toasted coconut, this mile-high 12-layer cake ships across the country and serves 16 grateful guests.”
“Don’t miss the decadent coconut cake served at the hotel’s Peninsula Grill restaurant… so beloved that it’s shipped across the country.
“The Peninsula Grill is deservedly famous for its scrumptious coconut cake.”
“Do not forget to order the Ultimate Coconut Cake for dessert!”
The famous Ultimate Coconut Cake is certainly Peninsula Grill’s most popular menu item, dessert or otherwise, and it is certainly worth the hype (and worth ordering). The 12-layer Ultimate Coconut Cake is so well loved that it carries its own trademark, and is even available for online ordering.”
“If you’re in the South — let’s say Charleston — and you’re in need of a decadent coconut cake, you probably won’t find anything better than what comes out of the Peninsula Grill. If you don’t live in the area and want to order one, not to worry because the restaurant ships nationally on a daily basis.”
On February 14, 1997, history was made in the heart of Charleston, S.C., the fabled Southern city renowned for its beauty, culture, and cuisine.
That evening in the heart of the Historic District, hidden amidst a lush garden illuminated by flickering lanterns, a restaurant called Peninsula Grill opened its doors for the second-ever night of service.
The pop of Champagne bottles sounded throughout the night, and a symphony of other merry sounds filled the velvet-wrapped dining room as the sold-out crowd of local “who’s who” congratulated the restaurant’s opening team, which included several vanguards of Charleston’s acclaimed current culinary scene.
Shortly after 9 p.m., a towering cake emerged from the pastry kitchen. Conversations paused mid-sentence, and a ripple of curiosity swept through the dining room as guests turned toward the special dessert to see what would happen next.
With perfectly choreographed precision, the Peninsula Grill servers paraded in the dining room carrying beautifully plated slices of cake standing 12-layers tall and enveloped in golden-toasted coconut. The evening’s sweet finale earned an enthusiastic ovation, and the rest is, as they say, history.
The Ultimate Coconut Cake was a certified instant sensation. It has appeared on Peninsula Grill’s menu ever since its 1997 Valentine’s Day debut, and guests of the restaurant continue to order it nightly. The cake’s popularity led to a booming mail-order business with whole cakes delivered nationwide year-round. Every year by mid-November, the volume of mail order cakes is enough to fill a large FedEx truck each week through the end of the year.