Coconut and Lime Loaf Cake

Coconut & Lime Loaf Cake

I’ve made this Coconut and Lime Loaf Cake countless times and my friends, colleagues and family know it well and they get excited every time I bake it, as they always enjoy it. Mix lime with coconut creates a tropical feel, so this Coconut and Lime Loaf Cake is perfect for summer time. It’s also a great way to start baking with lime, especially if you’ve never had lime in a cake before. Loaf cakes are very easy to make and usually require little decoration, this cake is all about the zingy citrus flavour so a sprinkling of coconut on top of this golden Coconut and Lime Loaf Cake is all you need to do. It uses a ‘low and slow’ bake method, which means it takes a long time on a low temperature, so be patient and you’ll get great results!

How to make Coconut and Lime Loaf Cake…

To make the sponge I mixed together the butter and caster sugar, then mixed in the zest of the limes.

I added the eggs and milk and whisked in, then added the dessicated coconut and the self raising flour and folded in.

I poured the mixture into a loaf tin and baked for an hour. While it was baking I made a drizzle by mixing together caster sugar and lime juice.

As soon as the cake was done I used a thin skewer to poke holes all over it then I poured the syrup onto the hot cake bit by bit, then I sprinkled the top of the cake with some dessicated coconut and left it to cool in the tin.

Coconut & Lime Loaf Cake

Tips for making the Coconut & Lime Loaf Cake:

  • You need a 2lb loaf tin to make this recipe (you can test the size by seeing how much water the tin can hold, 2lb will hold about 2 litre of water). If you have a 1lb loaf tin, simply halve the ingredient amounts.
  • This cake would also be really yummy using lemon or orange!
  • If you like, you could decorate with a simple icing instead. Mix the lime juice with some icing sugar and drizzle all over the cake.
  • Wrapped well, this cake freezes great for up to 3 months.

Coconut & Lime Loaf Cake

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Coconut & Lime Loaf Cake

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Coconut & Lime Loaf Cake

Coconut & Lime Loaf Cake

Coconut & Lime Loaf

Delicious loaf cake with lime drizzle and dessicated coconut
5 from 5 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: British
Keyword: Cake
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings: 10
Author: thebakingexplorer


  • 200 g Butter or baking spread
  • 200 g Caster sugar
  • 2 Limes
  • 4 Eggs large
  • 2 tbsp Milk
  • 50 g Dessicated coconut Plus 1-2 tsp for sprinkling on top
  • 200 g Self raising flour
  • 4 tbsp Caster sugar For the drizzle


  • Pre heat the oven to 150C Fan/170C/350F/Gas Mark 4 and grease and line a 2lb loaf tin
  • Mix together the butter, caster sugar and the zest of the limes, using an electric mixer or a spoon, until light and fluffy
  • Add the eggs and milk and whisk in until smooth, using an electric mixer or hand whisk
  • Gently whisk in the dessicated coconut and the self raising flour, using a hand whisk
  • Pour the mixture into the loaf tin and bake for an hour, or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean
  • While the cake is baking, mix together the juice of the limes with the 4 tbsp caster sugar, the sugar will dissolve into the juice while the cake is baking
  • When the cake is done, poke holes all over it with a thin skewer and pour the drizzle over it, a little at a time until it is all soaked into the cake, using a pastry brush helps with this
  • Sprinkle the top of the cake with some dessicated coconut, then leave the cake to cool completely
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in a cool place and eat within 3 days. You can also freeze this cake if wrapped well for up to 3 months
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Recipe adapted from Be-ro

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Coconut & Lime Loaf Cake

23 comments / Add your comment below

  1. Looks fab Kat. Could eat a slice right now!! Was hoping I'd be up north to contribute to your event (best of luck btw) but the sister will be in touch to see if she can donate some of her amazing cookies x

    1. Thank you! Me too, can't wait to make this again! I just heard from her tonight on Facebook, very excited to try the peanut butter cookies she is making! I think they will go down very well.

  2. Great flavour combination…it's like a lime drizzle cake with coconut…I can only imagine that tastes amazing! If you could just send me a virtual slice I'd be quite happy to tuck in 🙂

  3. Love this flavour combo – I made something similar a few years ago and this has reminded me I need to make it again! Lovely and zingy and a great summery cake!

  4. 5 stars
    This cake recipe was amazing and it went down a storm with my family. Im sure it wont be the last time this tasty cake will make an appearance in my kitchen

  5. 5 stars
    Scrumptious. Yummy. Best. Thank you Kat. One is never too old to learn. I will definitely be checking out your other recipes. 😊

  6. Hi Kat, this recipe looks great! I wanted to bake it for my grandma who doesn’t eat eggs. What can I use in place of the eggs please? Thanks so much.

    1. Hi Harpit, the best thing to use would be milk with vinegar and baking powder to create the rise, unfortunately I’ve never made this cake without eggs so I can’t give you exact amounts. If you can find an eggless cake recipe, you could add lime and coconut to it. I have had lots of request for egg free cakes so I am working on some recipes to share soon!

  7. 5 stars
    Turned out perfect and my oven can be dodgy. I’m now going to try some of your other recipes.

  8. 5 stars
    I’m a 45 year old bloke. Who’s never baked in my life.
    I follow the recipe with my 9 year old daughter. And this cake turned out very tasty. We were very happy with our cake.
    We are hoping to bake again today. But swapping the lime for orange. And adding coco power, to make chocolate orange loaf cake.

  9. 5 stars
    This cake is amazing!!!!! Was looking for something a little different to take to my friends babyshower, and this was it! The flavours are perfect, not too overpowering and the sponge is so moist! This has gone in my recipe folder 😊

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