Coconut & lime cake

Coconut & lime cake

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Cooking time

Cook: 30 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Cuts into 10 slices

Get a taste of the tropical with this creamy coconut and lime sponge cake

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Cake base freezes well for 3 months
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
670
protein
7g
carbs
54g
fat
48g
saturates
34g
fibre
2g
sugar
36g
salt
0.9g
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Ingredients

For the cake

  • 200g caster sugar
  • 200g softened butter
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 200g self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 200g block of creamed coconut

For the frosting

  • zest and juice of 2 limes
  • 100g butter, softened
  • 140g icing sugar, sifted
  • tbsp Malibu (optional)
  • 100g toasted desiccated coconut

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Method

  1. Heat oven to 190C/fan 170C/gas 5. Butter two 20cm sandwich tins and line with non-stick baking paper. Grate the 200g block of creamed coconut and keep half of it aside. Then in a large bowl, beat all the cake ingredients (including half of the grated block of creamed coconut) together until you have a smooth, soft batter.
  2. Divide the mixture between the tins, smooth the surface with a spatula or the back of a spoon, then bake for about 20 mins until golden and the cake springs back when pressed. Turn onto a cooling rack and leave to cool completely.
  3. For the frosting, mix together the remaining creamed coconut, zest and juice of 2 limes. Microwave on High for 30 secs until the coconut melts.
  4. Make the buttercream by beating the butter until smooth and creamy and gradually beating in icing sugar . Then beat in the cooled coconut mix and 2-3 tbsp Malibu (optional) until it becomes marshmallowy.
  5. Fill the cooled sponges with a third of the frosting, cover the sides and top with the rest and coat the sides with the toasted desiccated coconut. Keep in an airtight container and eat within 2 days.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, May 2005

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anji444's picture
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I made this for my brother's birthday cake as he is a coconut (and Malibu) fan. I agree with the other comments - not enough frosting and it was difficult to sprinkle the sides with the dessicated coconut (I ended up flinging it at the sides!). I grated the creamed coconut in my food processor and it made a real mess but overall, a great tasting cake.

jennimh's picture
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Brilliant, my husband loved this cake. I used about 1/4 of icing to sandwhich together - just enough to hold the two layers together and this left loads for the outside of the cake. Its very difficult to put coconut on the side of the cake so I just put it on the top. Very easy recipe and wonderful result!

nanajan's picture
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YOU MUST MAKE THIS CAKE, A REAL TREAT FOR TEA TIME, YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED
I RATE THIS YUMMY CAKE 5

jimnkatie's picture
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A really popular cake.

I've made a few changes:
1) I bake it in one 23cm tin - takes about 40 mins to bake.
2) I don't add the lime juice to the topping - instead I heat it with 120g of sugar, make holes in the warm cake and our over the lime syrup.
3) I only use about 20g dessicated cocnut - and I toast it myself in a dry non-stick frying pan (shaking often and keeping a close eye as it turns very quickly).

gunner8's picture

BRILLIANT! I baked this for my Dad's 60th and everyone enjoyed it! The icing went on perfectly, however I didn't manage to get the coconut on the sides just sprinkled it on top. But very tasty! The creamed coconut was, I would agree, interesting to work with (quite slippery)! Will use the food processor next time rather than my grater! But was yummy and well worth it!

dkropotova's picture
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This is the best coconut cake I've ever tasted!!! The icing was just about enough, would make 1/3 more than in recipe. It's a bit fiddly to put on, but fun and worth the effort.

marychef's picture
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Everybody loved this but I found the icing difficult. I found it was enough but it kept slipping off the cake until I 'rested' it for a few minutes. I don't think I beat it enough. The creamed coconut was interesting to work with.

dominiqueej's picture
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the icing quantity wasn't really enough, it was hard to cover up the side without icing falling all over the place, but the sponge is delicious!

mjrixon's picture
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Great tasty receipe, not too overpowering with the lime. Far too much desciated coconut in the receipe that you can actually get to stick to the sides!

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