Bake With Me: Lime & Coconut Cake.

One thing I love to do when the weather is nice is sit outside with a good book and munch on a slice of cake. It's probably not the healthiest of habits but to be honest I think we should all be allowed to treat ourselves when the time is right. So for today's post I wanted to share one of my favourite alternative cakes for when you're a bit bored of the good ol' Victoria Sponge. It's a fairly easy recipe so as long as you've got basic cake-making skills then this should be no problem!

You Will Need:

For The Cake Mix:

175g margarine or softened butter
175g caster sugar
3 medium eggs
175g self raising flour
1 tbsp baking powder 
30g desiccated coconut 
2 limes 

For The Icing:

250g icing sugar
3 limes 

The Method:

Step 1:

To begin with; start by zesting the two limes. This will add wonderful flavour and texture to the cake mix once it's baked. Personally I use a cheese grater (the smaller holes that are meant for parmesan are the best!) however you can use a special zester if you've got one. Once you've removed all of the rind, set aside on a plate to use later. 

Step 2: 

Like with any cake mix I find the easiest way to ensure a light, airy mix is to follow the standard sugar, butter, eggs, flour method. I always start by creaming my butter and sugar together in a large mixing bowl using an electric whisk (I've got a KitchenAid which is definitely worth the investment!) until pale yellow in colour and smooth in texture. This usually takes about three minutes or so. At this point it's always worth popping the oven on to preheat to 170 degrees C. 

Step 3:

Add the eggs, one at a time, beating thoroughly to ensure the mixture doesn't curdle. The mix will usually be fairly runny at this point, which is okay, as we haven't added any flour yet!

Step 4:

Now it's time to add the flour and the baking powder. Sift both of these over the mixture to ensure that any lumps are eliminated and then begin to whisk. I'd advice going fairly slowly at first otherwise you could end up with more flour on you kitchen work surfaces than in the cake!

Step 5:

We're almost there! Once the cake has been thoroughly mixed and a resembles a smooth, pale brown texture you can add the final ingredients: namely the juice of one of the limes, the coconut and the lime rind. Whisk again, though only for about thirty seconds or so until all of the ingredients are evenly distributed. 

Step 6:

Grease and line the bottoms of two circular baking tins and evenly spread the mixture between the two. Now place it in the oven for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. 

Step 7:

Once the cake has baked, remove it from the oven and place on a wire cooling rack. Before taking it out of the tins, prod the surface of the cake using a fork or a cocktail stick to make small, even holes. You can then squeeze the remainder of the lime juice from the second lime over the top. As the cakes cool it will soak in and give the sponge a delectably moist texture. 

For The Icing:

Step 1:

The icing is actually super simple yet honestly delicious. If you've got any kind of sweet tooth then I guarantee you'll adore this! Once again start by zesting the two limes and placing it aside. You can then squeeze both limes into a large mixing bowl.

Step 2:

Slowly sift the icing sugar over the lime juice and begin to mix. Depending on how juicy your limes are you may need to add more icing sugar to ensure the correct texture. Once completed your icing should be like a thick paste. And that's it!! That's seriously all there is to it, and it tastes so incredibly good I can't even! 

To Assemble:

Step 3

Place on of your cakes on a plate ensuring that the flat 'underside' is facing upwards. You can now spread approximately half of the icing over the top. Next, put the other half of the cake on top and repeat the icing stage. To finish sprinkle the lime zest over the top! 

Do let me know what you think of this recipe, and of course if you try it out please tweet me a pic and I'll have a cheeky gander! <3



  1. YUM, although I'm not a fan of coconut I really love lime! - your cakes always make my mouth water! xxx


    1. Haha aw thanks <3 Tbh I'm not the biggest coconut lover so thankfully it's really subtle in this xxx

  2. That looks absolutely delicious! Omg, I want it right now haha! Tomorrow would consist of trying this amazing recipe!


    1. Oh my gosh if you try it, you have to let me know how you get on! And thank you, it was!! xx

  3. This sounds delicious, I never would have thought of making a lime and coconut cake but this sounds great, I'm defiantly going to have to give it a try!


    1. It was amazing!! I'd definitely recommend it! If you do give it a go, let me know if you like it or not! xx


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