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. Mixing 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!
For the full recipe with measurements, head to the recipe card at the end of this post.
How to make Coconut and Lime Loaf Cake
To make the sponge mix together butter and caster sugar, then mix in the zest of the limes.
Add the eggs and milk and whisk in, then add the dessicated coconut and the self raising flour and fold in.
Pour the mixture into a loaf tin and bake for an hour. While it is baking, make a drizzle by mixing together caster sugar and lime juice.
As soon as the cake is done, use a thin skewer to poke holes all over it then brush the drizzle onto the hot cake, then sprinkle the top of the cake with some dessicated coconut and leave it to cool in the tin.
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 pints/1100ml 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.
Recommended equipment & ingredients*
- Loaf cake tin
- Mixing bowls
- Kitchen scales
- Cooling rack
- Loaf cake tin liners
- Loaf cake storage box
- Citrus juicer
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Coconut & Lime Loaf
- 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
If you like this, check out more of my Loaf cake recipes!
Recipe adapted from Be-ro
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
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.
Coconut and lime - a flavour combo you can't beat. Looks delicious Kat 🙂
Thank you Stuart! 🙂
Mmm looks great Kat, not long now to the big event, with cakes like this I think you're going to earn an awful lot on money for your charities!
Thank you Victoria! I hope so!
I love these flavours and this type of cake - yours looks deliciously moist, I could just eat a few slices now...
Thank you Katharine, I can't wait to make this again so I can have some more too 🙂
Laura Loves Cakes
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 🙂
Haha I would love to! If only virtual cake tasted just as good hehe 🙂
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!
Thanks Kim! Hope you enjoy making this!
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
Thanks so much Luke!!
Hi! Can this recipe be used for an 8inch pan rather than a loaf tin? X
Hi Laura, I've never tried it, it may be a bit too much batter for an 8" tin. If you try it, make sure to use a deep 8" pan with tall sides just in case. Please do let me know how it goes!
I tried this today, it worked really well however I think the coconut seemed to overpower the lime! The size of the sponges and thickness were perfect though x
Scrumptious. Yummy. Best. Thank you Kat. One is never too old to learn. I will definitely be checking out your other recipes. 😊
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.
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!
Turned out perfect and my oven can be dodgy. I’m now going to try some of your other recipes.
Thank you Barbara, I'm so pleased to hear that!
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.
Hi Rory, I'm so glad you and your daughter enjoyed the cake! Thank you so much for your lovely feedback. I have a chocolate orange loaf cake recipe already on my website if you'd like to try it next: https://thebakingexplorer.com/chocolate-orange-loaf-cake/ 🙂
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 😊
Could I double the recipe and make a cake? Would it be study enough?
Hi Char, what size of cake are you hoping to make and with how many layers?
Made your lime and coconut loaf reciepe was lovely. I made it gluten free just used gluten free flour.
Hi Geoffrey, I'm so pleased you liked it! Great to know it worked well with gluten free flour too 🙂
Hi, I’ve just made this cake, it’s cooling in the kitchen just now. Can’t wait to taste it, it smells yummy.
My daughter’s favourite, I have made it 5 or 6 times now and it’s loved by all the family, thank you Kat for such a great recipe
Thank you for such lovely feedback!
The cake came out amazing but it has overflown during baking
I Baked two cakes today to the recipe one was a lime coconut and the 2nd was a orange coconut the orange one tasted must better I only used one large orange and didn't use all the juice I think if my limes were more juicer it would have tasted more lime I am yet to try the lemon version I was surprised as it was a runny ingredients but was well impressed how well it rose without baking powder love the cakes and neighbours enjoyed them
Hi Wen, I'm glad you enjoyed the cake! Yes self raising flour contains baking powder so you don't need to add any extra 🙂
A firm favourite! I have made this quite a few times and will be making one today as well.
I'm so happy to hear this! Thank you for the lovely feedback 🙂