Is coconut milk the same as cream of coconut?

I am baking a coconut cake for Christmas, and in it’s reviews many people said they used "cream of coconut" instead of vegetable oil. I look all through the store, and found coconut extract, and cans of coconut milk. I haven’t opened the coconut milk yet, but when I shake it, it feels almost solid. You can’t hear any sloshing. Is this the cream of coconut that they are talking about? And does anyone know if that would work better than oil?

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    • Jeff H

      I found this on which describes the difference between the two. Sounds like you can’t just substitute one for the other – I’m not sure how this affects your recipe since I haven’t seen it but I hope this helps…

      Coconut milk is made by combining equal parts water and shredded fresh or desiccated coconut meat and simmering until foamy. The mixture is then strained through CHEESECLOTH, squeezing as much of the liquid as possible from the coconut meat. The coconut meat can be combined with water again for a second, diluted batch of coconut milk. Coconut cream is made in the same manner, but enriches the mix by using 1 part water to 4 parts coconut. Milk can be substituted for water for an even richer result. Discard the coconut meat after making these mixtures. Coconut milk and cream also come canned and may sometimes be found frozen in Asian markets and some supermarkets. Do not confuse sweetened "cream of coconut" — used mainly for desserts and mixed drinks — with unsweetened coconut milk or cream.

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