Coconut cake

Coconut cake

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(8 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 1 hr, 10 mins Plus cooling

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Serves 10
A tasty party dessert with a juicy raspberry lime drizzle

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal731
  • fat37g
  • saturates25g
  • carbs96g
  • sugars67g
  • fibre4g
  • protein11g
  • salt0.35g


  • 200g block creamed coconut, chopped
  • 3 tbsp rapeseed or groundnut oil
  • 200g tub full-fat soft cheese
  • 600g sugar



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  • 5 large eggs



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  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 375g plain flour
  • 175g desiccated coconut
  • icing sugar, raspberry lime drizzle (see below), coconut curls and lime zest (both optional) to serve



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  1. In a small pan, heat the creamed coconut gently until it melts. Mix in oil, then pour into a large bowl. Leave to cool.

  2. Heat oven to 160C/140C fan/gas 3. Line a deep 20 x 30cm baking tin with baking parchment. Add cheese and sugar to the cooled cream, then beat until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each, then the vanilla extract and a pinch of salt. The mix will become mousse-like. Fold in flour, then coconut.

  3. Scrape into the tin. Bake for 1 hr-1 hr 5 mins until golden brown and a skewer stuck in the centre comes out clean. Turn out and cool on a rack. Serve, dusted with icing sugar and cut in wedges. Pour on the drizzle, add coconut curls and zest, if using.

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14th May, 2016
It took me an hour to prepare! Maybe I didn't let the coconut creamed coconut mixture cool quite enough but there was no way it was going to become "light and fluffy" so I transferred some of it - there was too much to handle in one go - to the food processor and beat it for a few minutes. It still didn't become light and fluffy so I beat in the eggs. Then I transferred some of that mixture to a bowl and beat in the remaining mixture, etc
23rd Aug, 2013
Very bad for you but all great recipes are (!). Absolutely adored it. Easy to make, came out wonderfully moist and couldn't stop eating it. Very well received by everyone at work as well.
6th Sep, 2010
I halved the ingredients and put the mix in a square tin. It's not very cake-like at all... more of a coconut brownie. However, it tasted very good!
6th Sep, 2010
I halved the ingredients and put the mix in a square tin. It's not very cake-like at all... more of a coconut brownie. However, it tasted very good!
17th Sep, 2009
Any suggestions for a good coconut cake??? Will avoid this recipe.
19th Jul, 2009
I think this cake looks like a pizza!!!! will not be trying this one after all the negative comments !!
13th Jul, 2009
This recipe did not work at all well - much too sweet and heavy as a brick! Self raising flour instead of plain? An expensive waste of ingredients
30th May, 2009
i too was disappointed with this cake. The flavour was good but it was dry and i cooked it exactly as the recipe. It is very large and serves more than 10 portions. In the picture it looks as though it has been cooked in a round tin but the recipe states a rectangular tin which doesn't make for a dinner party pudding, rather more a traybake.
26th May, 2009
I followed this recipe EXACTLY, and it was like a BRICK! SO solid and not very sweet, considering the 600g of sugar in it! Wasn't sure it was supposed to be plain flour... Wouldnt recommend it at all.
20th May, 2009
Sounds fantastic but the fat and calorie count are scary.


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