Raspberry & Coconut Cake

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This Raspberry & Coconut cake is like a Victoria sponge, with a twist. Pairing homemade raspberry jam filling with a whipped coconut cream frosting over a delicious coconut & vanilla cake. A delicious, simple celebration cake!

raspberry & coconut cake with homemade raspberry jam and whipped coconut cream. A delightful, simple celebration cake.  Decorated with edible flowers.

Raspberry & coconut is a classic pairing and one I absolutely love! Which is why this raspberry & coconut cake is an absolute favourite of mine to bake as a simple celebration cake. It’s perfect for afternoon tea, family gatherings and special occasions including a lovely Valentines or anniversary treat (because who doesn’t love a surprise cake?!). Plus the whipped coconut cream ‘frosting’ is a delicious twist on a classic frosting. 

raspberry & coconut cake with homemade raspberry jam and whipped coconut cream. A delightful, simple celebration cake.  Decorated with edible flowers.

Even better, I’ve made this cake using a heart tin. Now, that’s not mandatory but it’s certainly fun and a perfect way to show off this simple celebration cake. 

The base cake recipe for this is a simple and delicious coconut & vanilla cake that can be whipped up in about 45 minutes, then simply needs assembling and ‘prettifying’. To do that I’ve added some rainbow edible flowers for a lovely twist on classic cake decoration. 

raspberry & coconut cake with homemade raspberry jam and whipped coconut cream. A delightful, simple celebration cake.  Decorated with edible flowers.

Raspberry and coconut really is a match made in heaven. From smoothies to dessert bars, to ‘puddings’ and more. The sweet, slightly tangy taste of raspberries against creamy, tropical coconut is one I love to reach for time and time again. Plus I love how light and fluffy coconut cream ‘frosting’ is and use simple whipped coconut cream, rather than adding any confectionary sugar. For a slightly healthier frosting.

note* If you are a complete sweet tooth though then I’d suggest just adding a bit of a natural sweetener to the coconut cream mix. For example a dash of maple syrup. You could also add some homemade vanilla powder or vanilla extract

It’s also worth noting that this recipe actually includes a lot of homemade goodies too. For example, not only do I use homemade raspberry jam. The desiccated coconut used within this recipe is actually the leftover coconut pulp from my homemade coconut milk recipe. I also show how to make dried skinless desiccated coconut as part of my Coconut Shreds, Chips & Bowls post. In fact, I even have a homemade butter recipe coming to the blog soon!

raspberry & coconut cake with homemade raspberry jam and whipped coconut cream. A delightful, simple celebration cake.  Decorated with edible flowers.

For other cake inspiration then feel free to check out my recipes for this red velvet cake, Eton mess meringue cake with berries, or my  Pancake Cake with coconut cream. I also have some rather nifty floral cupcakes.

The Raspberry & Coconut cake recipe

Ingredients for cake

Cake sponges:

  • plain flour, brown/coconut sugar, butter, coconut milk, desiccated coconut (I used leftover coconut pulp from this coconut milk recipe)
  • Clarence Court Burford Brown eggs
  • Vanilla extract, baking powder, salt

Cake filling:

  • coconut cream
  • homemade raspberry jam

Cake decoration:

  • Coconut cream, shredded coconut
  • Edible flowers (optional)

To Make the Raspberry & Coconut celebration cake

Start by mixing the softened butter and the sugar and whisk with an electric mixer until the sugar is well incorporated.

Add the coconut milk, eggs and vanilla extract and whisk again.

Mixing eggs with butter and milk

In a separate bowl, mix the flour together with the baking powder and salt. Then fold the dry ingredients into the wet.

Add the desiccated coconut (I used leftover coconut pulp from this coconut milk recipe) and fold again.

Spread the mixture into greased tins and bake for ~35-40 minutes at 170º (Fan assisted). (You can either use a larger and smaller pan for a layered final cake. OR you could divide the mix between two 8inch/20cm same-size pans, so then you don’t have to slice it down the middle to add the filling). 

The cake sponge is ready when it becomes lightly golden. Let it rest for 5 minutes, then take it out of the tins to completely cool down.

If you didn’t use separate pans, carefully cut through the middle of the cakes to split the cake in half.

Heart shaped cake base

Whisk the coconut cream to make it light and fluffy.

To assemble the cake, spread the raspberry reserve onto one of the sponges, then cover it with some coconut cream and place the second sponge on top.

Heart shaped cake base ready to assemble with frosting and jam

Cake base with frosting and jam

Cover the whole cake with coconut cream. Sprinkle with shredded coconut. To make it extra pretty, arrange some edible flowers on top.

raspberry & coconut cake with whipped coconut cream frosting, and edible flowers to top

raspberry & coconut cake and edible flowers to top

The Final Result:

raspberry & coconut cake with whipped coconut cream frosting, homemade jam and edible flowers to top

raspberry & coconut cake with whipped coconut cream frosting, homemade jam and edible flowers to top

If you give this recipe a go, please let me know your thoughts in the comments below. Also, I love to see your creations, so feel free to tag me @AlphaFoodie

Raspberry & Coconut Cake

5 from 11 votes
By: Samira
This Raspberry & Coconut cake is like a Victoria sponge, with a twist. Pairing homemade raspberry jam filling with a delicious coconut cream frosting over a delicious coconut & vanilla cake. A delicious, simple celebration cake!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 16 servings

Ingredients 
 

Cake sponges:

  • 2 cups plain flour
  • ½ cup brown sugar or coconut sugar
  • 7 oz butter softened
  • ½ cup coconut milk
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup desiccated coconut I used leftover coconut pulp from this [coconut milk recipe]
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • Pinch salt

Cake filling:

  • 1.5 cups coconut cream
  • 1/2 cup raspberry jam

Cake decoration:

  • Coconut cream optional
  • Shredded coconut optioanl
  • Edible flowers optional

Instructions 

  • Mix the softened butter and the sugar and whisk with an electric mixer until the sugar is well incorporated.
  • Add the coconut milk, eggs and vanilla extract and whisk again.
  • In a seperate bowl, mix the flour together with the baking powder and salt.
  • Fold the dry ingredients into the wet then add the desiccated coconut and fold again.
  • Spread the mixture into greased tins and bake for 35-40 minutes at 170ºC (Fan assisted).*  The cake is ready when it becomes lightly golden. Let it rest for 5 minutes out of the oven, then take it out of the tins to cool down.
  • If you haven't used two seperate pans then carefully cut through the middle of your cake to split the cake into 2. 
  • Whisk the coconut cream to make it light and fluffy. **
  • To assemble the cake, spread the raspberry jam onto one of the sponges, then cover it with some coconut cream and layer with the second sponge on top.
  • Cover the whole cake with coconut cream. Sprinkle with shredded coconut. To make it extra pretty, arrange some edible flowers on top.

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Notes

* You can use two different sized pans like I did and create a layered cake or simply divide the batch between two 8inch/20cm pans (to avoid having to cut the cake down the centre yourself) to have a thicker, single sized cake (heart shape not mandatory). 
** I have left it completely unsweetened. However, feel free to add a tiny bit of maple syrup if you are a sweet tooth.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: European
Freezer friendly: No
Shelf life: 2 Days

Nutrition

Serving: 1small slice, Calories: 342kcal, Carbohydrates: 29g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 24g, Saturated Fat: 18g, Cholesterol: 68mg, Sodium: 193mg, Potassium: 170mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 12g, Vitamin A: 369IU, Vitamin C: 2mg, Calcium: 69mg, Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

 

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