Coconut Cake
20th October 2012

Coconut Cake

By Lauren Photography by Adam

I am a keen baker – I love to spend a Saturday afternoon in the kitchen, up to my elbows in recipes books and cake tins.  Often I am inspired by a recipe someone from the office has shared, or a new cookbook purchase; this cake was inspired by a bag of gorgeous coconut chips that made it into my trolley on my last trip to the supermarket.  The end result of an afternoon’s work was a moist, fluffy and rather beautiful coconut cake, drenched in syrup and slathered with cream cheese icing.  There was nothing but a few lonely crumbs left by Sunday night – this is one moreish cake!


  • Cake
  • 150g butter, softened
  • 1 ¼ cups brown sugar (firmly packed)
  • Finley grated zest of 1 orange
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups coconut thread
  • 1 cup milk
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • Syrup
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • ½ cup water
  • Cream Cheese Icing
  • 50g butter, softened
  • 300g icing sugar
  • 125g cream cheese
  • Zest and juice 1 lemon
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  • 50g coconut chips, to decorate


  • Cake
  • 1. Preheat oven to 160ºC on Bake, grease and line a 20cm springform tin.
  • 2. In a stand mixer cream butter, brown sugar, orange zest and vanilla until very pale and fluffy.
  • 3. Meanwhile soak the coconut thread in the milk.
  • 4. Add the eggs one at a time to the creamed butter and sugar, beating well after each addition.
  • 5. Fold through the soaked coconut thread and milk.
  • 6. Sift flour and baking powder together and fold through batter.
  • 7. Pour into tin and bake for 50-60 minutes, until a skewer comes out clean.
  • 8. Pour hot syrup over hot cake while still in tin. Set aside to cool before removing from tin.
  • 9. Ice with cream cheese icing and top with coconut chips.
  • Syrup
  • Put all ingredients into a small saucepan and boil for 5-10 minutes until syrupy.
  • Cream cheese icing
  • In a stand mixer, combine butter and icing sugar until the texture resembles course sand. Add cream cheese, lemon juice and zest. Beat until thick and creamy


  1. NATALiJA (:

    omg, so delicious ♥♥♥♥♥

  2. Adelle

    Hi, Looks like a cake my mom used to make.

    What is coconut thread? Is it sweetened grated coconut?



  3. Lauren

    Hi Adelle,
    Coconut thread is shredded, dried coconut flesh. It is not sweetened. If you are unable to find any at your local supermarket, you could use desiccated coconut which is very similar, but has a finer texture,
    Happy Baking!

  4. Lauren

    Thanks Natalija, it tastes as good as it looks :)

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