Coconut Cream Yum Yum

June 12, 2020
Love easy creamy coconut desserts? This no-bake Coconut Cream Yum Yum is for you!  With its two fluffy whipped layers sandwiching a layer of coconut cream filling topped with crunchy toasted coconut topping, there's a whole lot of coconut to love!  This coconut version of classic Southern Yum Yum is no-bake creamy deliciousness at its best.
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I don't know about you, but coconut is one of my all-time favorite flavors.  And I'll take my coconut in just about any form, from savory to sweet, baked to no-bake, and pretty much any way in between.

But the absolute best way to enjoy that tasty coconut, in my opinion, is in ultra-creamy, comfort food desserts.  Like homemade coconut ice cream, my favorite coconut cream pie, and this super tasty Coconut Cream Yum Yum.

If you're not familiar with "Yum Yum," it's a very popular Southern layered dessert.  It's typically layered with a shortbread-type or graham cracker crust, and a fruit or flavored filling sandwiched between two fluffy cream cheese/whipped cream layers.  Its creaminess makes it a totally satisfying, comfort food dessert, for sure.

Yum Yums range in all sorts of flavors ... from Cherry Yum Yum to Strawberry Yum Yum, ever-classic Blueberry Yum Yum, and even perfect-for-fall Pumpkin Yum Yum.  But I must say, this Coconut Cream version may just be one of our family's favorites.


This coconut version of classic Southern Yum Yum is no-bake creamy deliciousness at its best.


When I started working on this Coconut Cream Yum Yum recipe, our family had a lot of ideas for creating its characteristic Yum Yum layers. -- Deciding whether or not to go with coconut in the creamy layers themselves, making a homemade coconut custard filling, using easy-to-make instant coconut pudding, toasted coconut in the topping, finishing the dessert off with a drizzling of caramel, to name a few.

Keeping fabulous coconut flavor and ease of prep in the forefront, we decided yes to including coconut in the creamy layers themselves, and decided against the caramel drizzle.  For the coconut filling we opted to go with instant coconut cream pudding, and it fits the bill quite nicely.

Sure, we could have made homemade coconut pudding like in our coconut cream pie from scratch recipe, but we wanted to keep this no-bake coconut yum yum completely no-cook, as well.  And homemade coconut custard filling requires stove top cooking.

We topped the Yum Yum off with a little crunchy toasted coconut and pecan topping we borrowed from our frozen coconut caramel pie recipe, making for one decadently delicious coconut dessert, for sure.

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While there are indeed several steps to making this Coconut Cream Yum Yum recipe, each step in and of itself is pretty easy.

Start by preparing the toasted coconut-pecan topping.  That way, the topping has time to cool before sprinkling it on top of the finished dessert.

While there are several steps to making this Coconut Cream Yum Yum recipe, each step in and of itself is pretty easy.

To make the topping, melt a little butter in a small skillet over medium heat.  Add some coconut and pecans and cook these, stirring constantly, until the coconut is light golden brown.

Watch the coconut pretty closely, because it can look like not much is happening to it -- and then all of sudden, go to fully toasted pretty quickly.

Once toasted, set the coconut-pecan topping aside to cool while you prepare the rest of the Yum Yum.

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Then, make a basic graham cracker crumb crust and press it into the bottom of a 9x9-inch pan.


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Next up, make Yum Yum's characteristic creamy layer mixture -- which is a combination of sweetened cream cheese and freshly-whipped whipped cream.

For this coconut version, also stir in some sweetened flake coconut.
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Layer this up with a simple coconut cream instant pudding filling.

Then sprinkle the top evenly with the cooled toasted coconut/pecan topping.

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Cover and refrigerate for several hours or overnight before serving.

Yum Yum is one of those desserts that gets better and better as it sits and as the flavors and layers meld together.  I highly recommend refrigerating this dessert overnight before serving if at all possible.

As fabulous as it is after refrigerating overnight, we find its even better the day after that!

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When you're ready to enjoy its coconut cream deliciousness, serve up slices of this creamy coconut delight.  As you cut the slices keep in mind this Yum Yum dessert is thick, so you may want to cut the slices on the smaller side.  

You can always go back for more, right?

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So if you love easy creamy coconut desserts, give this no-bake Coconut Cream Yum Yum a try, for sure.  With its two fluffy whipped layers sandwiching a layer of coconut cream filling, all topped with toasted coconut-pecan topping, there's a whole lot of coconut to love!

It's no-bake creamy coconut deliciousness at its best.

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No-Bake Desserts
American
Yield: about 9 servings
Author: Tracey | The Kitchen is My Playground
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Coconut Cream Yum Yum

Coconut Cream Yum Yum

Love easy creamy coconut desserts? This no-bake Coconut Cream Yum Yum is for you!  With its two fluffy whipped layers sandwiching a layer of coconut cream filling topped with crunchy toasted coconut topping, there's a whole lot of coconut to love!
Prep time: 30 MCook time: 5 MTotal time: 35 M

Ingredients:

Crust:
Cream Cheese Mixture:
  • 1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 c. confectioners' sugar
  • 2 c. whipping cream
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract, divided
  • 3 T. granulated sugar
  • 1/4 c. sweetened flake coconut
Coconut Cream Filling:
Topping:
  • 2 T. unsalted butter
  • 1/4 c. sweetened flake coconut
  • 1/4 c. chopped pecans

Instructions:

Prepare the Topping:
  1. Melt butter in a small skillet over medium heat. 
  2. Add coconut and pecans. Cook, stirring constantly, until coconut is light golden brown. 
  3. Set aside to cool while you prepare the rest of the Yum Yum.
Prepare the Crust:
  1. In a bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs and melted butter. Blend with a fork until crumbs are moistened.
  2. Press crumb mixture into the bottom of a 9x9-inch pan that's been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.
Prepare the Cream Cheese Mixture:
  1. With an electric mixer, cream together softened cream cheese, 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract until smooth.
  2. In a separate bowl, whip the whipping cream, 3 tablespoons granulated sugar, and remaining 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract until stiff peaks form.
  3. By hand, mix together whipped cream and cream cheese mixture until well combined.
  4. Stir in coconut.
Prepare the Coconut Cream Filling:
  1. In a mixing bowl, combine coconut cream instant pudding powder and cold milk. Whisk until well combined and beginning to thicken.
Assemble the Yum Yum Layers:
  1. Spread a little less than half the cream cheese/whipped cream mixture evenly over the crust.
  2. Drop coconut cream pudding filling by large spoonfuls on top of the cream cheese layer. Gently spread filling evenly over the cream cheese layer.
  3. Top coconut cream layer with the remaining cream cheese/whipped cream mixture. Gently spread it evenly over the coconut cream, covering it completely.
  4. Sprinkle the top with the cooled toasted coconut/pecan topping.
  5. Cover and refrigerate for several hours or overnight before serving.
TRACEY'S NOTES:
  1. You can substitute an 8 ounce container of Cool Whip non-dairy whipped topping for the homemade whipped cream in the cream cheese mixture if you'd like.
  2. We like our Yum Yum and its layers thick! And that's just how this recipe turns out - nice, thick creamy layers. We recommend doubling the recipe for a 9x13" pan.
  3. Watch the coconut pretty closely when toasting the topping, because it can look like not much is happening to it -- and then all of sudden, go to fully toasted pretty quickly.
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3 comments

  1. Yum Yum is right! This looks amazing! Pinned

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  2. Something I love as much as chocolate...coconut! I love coconut everything. Featuring this when my party opens up tonight!

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