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Coconut Cake

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4 Reviews

Total Time
1h 55m
Prep Time
Bake Time
1h 30m
Serves 8
Serves 8

About the bake

This deliciously moist coconut cake is perfect for afternoon tea or a coffee morning with friends.

12 ingredients6 steps


    1. Step 1

      Soak the coconut in the milk for at least two hours. Preheat the oven to 170°C (fan 150°C, gas mark 3) then grease and line a 20cm round tin.

    2. Step 2

      Cream together the margarine and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time. Add the flour, salt and coconut milk mixture and gently mix until all has combined.

    3. Step 3

      Spoon the mixture into the prepared tin. Bake for 1 1/2 hours or until the cake is firm to the touch and a skewer comes out clean.

    4. Step 4

      Whilst the cake cools make the buttercream. Place the egg white and sugar in a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water. Stir the mix until the egg white reach 60°c.

    5. Step 5

      Transfer the egg whites and sugar into a stand mixer bowl and beat together until they increase in volume. This typically take 5-10 minutes. Whilst you continue to beat these, add small chunks of the butter and the vanilla extract until they are all incorporated in the bowl. Don't worry if it begins to look curdled it will reform into smooth buttercream.

    6. Step 6

      Spread the buttercream on top of your cake and top with flaked almonds or alternatively dessicated coconut.


    • For the cake

      • 50gDessicated coconut 
      • 150mlMilk 
      • 110gMargarine 
      • 110gSilver Spoon White caster sugar 
      • 2Egg(s) (free range) 
      • 250gAllinson's Self Raising Flour 
      • 1pinchSalt 
    • For the Swiss Meringue Buttercream

      • 6Egg white(s) (free range) 
      • 400gSilver Spoon Caster Sugar 
      • 675gUnsalted butter (softened) 
      • 1 tspNielsen-Massey Vanilla Extract 
    • For the Decoration

      • A handfulAlmonds (flaked) 

    4 Baker Ratings

    I made this cake twice yesterday. Both times it turned out tasteless. Shame as all the bread recipes are Excellent.

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    My coconut cake turned out perfectly. I didn't have enough caster sugar so I used a mixture of caster sugar and billingtons muscovado (the lighter one) and this was a delicious addition.

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