Coconut Cake

I’d like to think of myself as a domestic goddess but that title is already taken and rightly so! Nigella Lawson’s book How to be a Domestic Goddess is one of my favourite baking bibles and my go-to book for sweet treats.

The other day I was looking for a quick cake recipe when I happened upon her recipe for Coconut Cake. This is a little gem of a recipe as you simply throw all ingredients in the food processor and blitz. The result is a beautifully moist and perfect coconut cake. I have adapted the recipe slightly to suit my own taste but you can find the original recipe in her book How to be a Domestic Goddess.

200g butter

30ml natural yoghurt

¾ cup sugar

½ tsp vanilla paste

4 large eggs

1 1/3 cup SR flour

2 tbsp cornflour

½ tsp baking powder

¼ cup shredded coconut soaked in ½ cup + 2 tbsp boiling water


1 ½ cups icing sugar

40g butter, softened

¼ tsp vanilla paste

coconut rum or milk to moisten to a spreadable consistency

extra shredded coconut to sprinkle on top

Preheat the oven to 180C and line the bottom of a round cake tin with baking paper. Grease and flour the sides to prevent the cake from sticking. Put all the ingredients for the cake in a food processor and blitz until you have a soft batter. Pour the batter into the prepared tin and bake for approximately 25 mins. Check the cake using a skewer and if it comes out clean your cake is cooked.

While the cake is baking make the icing by mixing all the ingredients together and spread on the cake once it has cooled. Then sprinkle with the extra coconut.



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