Lime and Coconut Cake

I have wanted to make a lime and coconut cake for quite a while now. I’ve never tried one before and it sounds delicious and quite summery albeit we haven’t quite got there with the weather yet. This cake turned out to be moreishly moist, light, sticky and sweet and I was helplessly tempted into eating a second piece. I would recommend (in the interests of good health) sticking to Mary Berry’s advice of only eating one small piece. However, this cake is not one to resist so perhaps only baking it when you have guests to share afternoon tea with would be easier and you will definitely get lots of complements too!


Recipe for Lime and Coconut Cake


175g melted butter

175g caster sugar

3 large eggs, beaten

175g self raising flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

4 teaspoons creamed coconut

75g dessicated coconut

zest and juice of 1 lime

1 tablespoon granulated sugar

For lime curd filling

zest and juice of 1 lime

50g butter

110g granulated sugar

3 large eggs


Preheat the oven to 180c

Prepare a deep 8″ cake tin

Beat the melted butter and sugar together and then beat in the eggs (the warmth of the butter will stop them from curdling). Beat in the creamed and dessicated coconut and the lime zest. Fold in the flour and baking powder.

Pour into the tin and bake for about 50 minutes (test with a skewer to judge if cooked).

Meanwhile, make a syrup by heating the lime juice and granulated sugar in a pan. Bring to the boil and allow to reduce a little until syrupy. Brush this onto the hot cake immediately it comes out of the oven.

I cut the cake in half when cooled and filled the centre with lime curd. This was made by heating the sugar, butter, lime juice and zest in a bowl over a pan of boiling water or in a double pan until everything is melted well together. Then add the eggs, beating well until the mixture thickens. Allow to cool fully before using.

Optional: I used a little creamed coconut mixed with some icing sugar made to a pouring consistency to drizzle over the top of the cake to finish it.



2 thoughts on “Lime and Coconut Cake

  1. Well, that’s summer in cake form sorted. Lovely stuff. The only problem now is that I can’t get that song out of my head – you put the lime in the coconut and drink them both together etc etc.


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