Cake on board with slice cut

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 50 mins


Serves 6

This easy coconut cake will give you a taste of the tropical. Bake with a handful of storecupboard ingredients and enjoy with a cuppa

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving (6)

  • kcal498
  • fat29g
  • saturates20g
  • carbs49g
  • sugars21g
  • fibre4g
  • protein8g
  • salt0.8g
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  • 115g butter, cut into small pieces, plus extra for greasing



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 225g self-raising flour
  • 115g demerara sugar
  • 100g desiccated coconut, plus extra for sprinkling
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 4 tbsp milk



    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a 'complete' food…


  1. Heat oven to 160C/140C fan/gas 3. Grease a 900g loaf tin and line with baking paper.

  2. Sift the flour and a pinch of salt into a mixing bowl and rub in the butter with your fingertips until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Stir in the sugar, coconut, eggs and milk and mix to a soft dropping consistency.

  3. Spoon the mixture into the prepared tin and smooth the surface with a palette knife. Bake for 30 mins.

  4. Remove the cake from the oven and sprinkle with the extra coconut. Return the cake to the oven and bake for an additional 20-25 mins, until well risen and golden and a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Leave the cake to cool slightly in the tin, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

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Linda Leitchman
13th Feb, 2020
This recipe is very wrong. I followed it exactly, the cake took much longer to cook, wasn’t very sweet and was VERY dry. Would not use this recipe again as it was a total waste of ingredients.
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blop blap
6th Sep, 2019
Lovely cake. I added a little spread of raspberry jam in the middle of mixture before baking to give it a little more oomph.
8th Jun, 2017
I started to follow ounces for this recipe and found an error. Flour should be 8 ozs and not six. Having corrected this error the cake was just perfect.
29th May, 2017
I made these as 16 cupcakes - I baked them for 25-30 minutes in total and put the coconut on after 10 minutes. They were delicious and so easy and quick.
23rd Jan, 2016
I love coconut and looking to prepare this recipe,can I use normal granulated sugar and still achieve the same result?
20th Oct, 2015
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
9th May, 2015
Very easy to prepare and tastes so good!! :)
6th Mar, 2015
Easy to follow great results!
1st Nov, 2014
My mom used to make this but I had forgotten recipe. Tastes just like hers. Tip: Try it buttered (not spread, the real stuff).
27th Apr, 2014
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.


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