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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6th Oct, 2012
Delicious its the perfect cake for me because I love coconut! Its not too sweet its just right..thanks for the recipe
16th Jun, 2012
Very easy to make. I put glacé icing on the top with desiccated coconut sprinkled over.
18th Dec, 2011
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!
6th Nov, 2011
Very easy to make and tastes great.
3rd Nov, 2011
really easy......its in the oven and smells lovely. Just hope it tastes as good as it smells! : )
7th Oct, 2011
My father said he used to love coconut cake as a child, this cake was gone in a day, he loved it as did we. Nice and light and crispy on the outside.
27th Jul, 2011
Made this for my mum & she loved it - lovely bit of cake.
29th May, 2011
Delicious cake. Don't know how long it keeps, just know it only lasts a day with my gang. Yummy!!
15th May, 2011
Fantastic very moreish, great with a nice cup of tea
6th Apr, 2011
just like me nans :)


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