Coconut Cake
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Coconut Cake

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Serves 8

Delicious moist coconut cake, perfect as a tea time treat!

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  • 225g/6 oz self-raising flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 115g/4 oz butter, cut into small pieces, plus extra for greasing
  • 115g/4 oz demerara sugar
  • 100g/3½ oz grated coconut, plus extra for sprinkling
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 4 tbsp milk


    1. Preheat the oven to 160C/325F/Gas Mark 3. Grease a 900-g/2-lb loaf tin and line with baking paper.
    2. Sift the flour and salt into a mixing bowl and rub in the butter with your fingertips until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.
    3. Stir in the sugar, coconut, eggs and milk and mix to a soft dropping consistency.
    4. Spoon the mixture into the prepared tin and smooth the surface with a palette knife. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes.
    5. Remove the cake from the oven and sprinkle with the extra coconut. Return the cake to the oven and bake for an additional 30 minutes, until well risen and golden and a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.
    6. Leave the cake to cool slightly in the tin, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

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Comments (30)

Princessbola's picture

I love coconut and looking to prepare this recipe,can I use normal granulated sugar and still achieve the same result?

lotte123's picture

Delicious cake! Have never made a cake with the rubbing in method and was impressed by how quick and easy it was, and how good the results were. I used caster sugar as had no demerara with no problems. Also ran out of time after first 20mins or so cooking before children's swimming lesson so sprinkled coconut on and turned oven down to about 130 and came back an hour later to a great tea time treat. Would definitely make again. Thank you x

brunamachado's picture

Very easy to prepare and tastes so good!! :)

gemma_york's picture

Easy to follow great results!

Npt48's picture

My mom used to make this but I had forgotten recipe. Tastes just like hers. Tip: Try it buttered (not spread, the real stuff).

Joanywoany's picture

Just made this coconut cake hope it tastes as good as it looks - consistency was a bit thick and it took 1 and a half hours to bake but still very moist when taking it out of the tin.

anne-rachael's picture

Absolutely lovely! Gorgeous on its own but I added 100g dark choc chips and it was heaven. Mind you, you have to like coconut and chocolate together, but that's not so hard! five stars!

Homegrownveg's picture

Not used this method before so was a bit unsure but it turned out really well and was lovely and moist.

Sue69's picture

Beautiful moist cake. Changed recipe slightly by adding quite a lot more milk and a tsp of baking powder. Used the creaming method rather than the rubbing in method and added the extra milk to form a victoria sponge kind of consistency. Made 18 cup cakes and topped with plain icing & toasted coconut.

jowhittjo's picture

easy to make

lynndy22's picture

Please check the imperial to metric conversion on this recipe, as 225g is equal to 8oz, not 6oz. I had to use an extra egg and more milk to get it to soft dropping consistency. I hope its as nice as the one my nan used to make!

lynndy22's picture

Please check the imperial to metric conversion on this recipe, as 225g is equal to 8oz, not 6oz. I had to use an extra egg and more milk to get it to soft dropping consistency. I hope its as nice as the one my nan used to make!

linda09's picture

I have done this recipe for the last two weeks the first week as the big cake and today as little individual cakes They're Delicious some of the best I've ever made thank you for the recipe

lynnewoodland's picture

Added extra milk to obtain right consistency but still came out quite dry. Good with custard though!

sparkle300's picture

Hi I double up this recipe to make 2 cake not sure how it will turn, as it looked a bit dry, I added more milk but did't won to spoil it. Oh well we will have to wait and see how it turns out. happy cooking everyone x

sparkle300's picture

I've just double the amount to make 2 cake, I hope it will be ok. As it looked a lot like pastry quite dry. tried to add more milk but was worried it would spoil it. Oh well that's life.

rosella_74's picture

Delicious its the perfect cake for me because I love coconut! Its not too sweet its just right..thanks for the recipe

jnmartin's picture

Very easy to make. I put glacé icing on the top with desiccated coconut sprinkled over.

biffa1954's picture

A great cake, made it with my four year old grand daughter Lilly-Mae.

Note to be eaten with a nice cup of Tea NOT custard!

loz1980's picture

Very easy to make and tastes great.


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