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Two Peas and Their Pod: Coconut Lime Cake Recipe

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Coconut Lime Cake Recipe

If you are a regular reader of our blog, you know we love all things lime. When I saw Pinch My Salt's Coconut Lime Cake, I immediately bookmarked the recipe. I knew I had to try it.

Joshua had a meeting the other day, so it was the perfect time for me to bake him a cake. I usually don't bake cakes because it is just the two of us, but I knew Josh would devour this one and I was right. He loved it!

The cake was moist with a tender crumb. The cake part was really good, but the glaze is what made it shine. The lime flavor was perfect, not too tart, just right. The dusting of coconut also made it a very pretty cake.

When Josh got home, we enjoyed a piece of cake for dessert. Pure bliss! I will be making this one again.

Coconut Lime Cake
(adapted from Pinch My Salt)

(Printable Recipe)

2 cups cake flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup sweetened, flaked coconut, divided
1 stick butter, softened
1 1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon grated lime zest
2 large eggs, at room temperature
3/4 cup buttermilk, at room temperature
5 tablespoons lime juice, divided
1 cup powdered sugar

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees with rack in the middle. Butter a 9-inch round cake pan, line bottom with a round of parchment paper then butter the parchment paper.

2. Into a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder and baking soda. Measure out 1/2 cup of shredded coconut and process in a mini food processor until very finely chopped (you can also finely chop it with a knife). Stir the chopped coconut into the flour mixture and set aside. Combine buttermilk and 2 tablespoons of lime juice; set aside.

3. Beat together butter, sugar, and lime zest with an electric mixer until very fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Turn mixer to low speed, add one third of the flour mixture, beat well, then beat in half of the buttermilk. Beat in another third of flour mixture, then second half of buttermilk. End with the last third of the flour mixture, beat until well combined, making sure to scrape down the bowl with a spatula.

4. Spoon batter into the buttered cake pan and smooth the top with a spatula. Bake in the center of a preheated 350 degree oven until golden and a wooden skewer inserted in the center comes out clean, 40-45 minutes. Cool to warm, then turn out of pan and discard parchment.

5. Whisk together powdered sugar and the remaining three tablespoons of lime juice. Poke top of cake all over with a fork then pour glaze over the cake. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup of coconut.

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Blogger Kristen616 said...

That looks delicious!!! I've been wanting to make something like this for a while now, definitely bookmarking the recipe!

5:06 AM  
Blogger LizNoVeggieGirl said...

I love the lime too - such a refreshing flavor!! And of course it's meant to go with coconut - classic pairing!!

5:07 AM  
Blogger Erica said...

Potential birthday cake for my Josh for next year! Looks great! Love the coconut.

5:09 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

That sounds delicious and so full of yummy flavor!

5:13 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I love coconut and lime together. I especially love coconut cakes!

5:14 AM  
Blogger kat said...

Looks heavenly

5:29 AM  
Blogger Barbara Bakes said...

What a great combination of flavors. I think I'll makes this for my birthday!

5:31 AM  
Blogger Jessica said...

YUM!! I've been on such a coconut/lime kick lately and I can't wait to try this! Thanks for sharing!

5:35 AM  
Blogger Donna-FFW said...

This looks fantastic Maria.. absolutely delicious!Lime coconut can not go worong!

5:36 AM  
Blogger Jeff said...

Can never go wrong with lime and coconut. Nicely done!

5:46 AM  
Blogger Katherine Roberts Aucoin said...

Now that sounds and looks so tropical!

5:55 AM  
Blogger Meghan said...

I'm am all about coconut lately - I think it's the combination of Spring and Easter! This cake looks wonderful!

5:56 AM  
Blogger Allie said...

Yummy it looks amazing! I'm making this for our next gathering for sure, I can't wait!

5:57 AM  
Blogger Risa said...

I rarely bake cakes for the same reason as you, but this looks like I may have to make an exception!

5:59 AM  
Blogger Sara said...

I love coconut cake, I bet the addition of lime is delicious and cuts some of the sweetness.

6:01 AM  
Blogger Balance, Joy and Delicias! said...

this cake is so fresh and yummy~~~ :D

6:08 AM  
Blogger Marthe said...

This sounds absolutely delicious and it looks gorgeous too!

6:17 AM  
Blogger Heather said...

that sounds delicious! i'm allergic to coconut, but i could easily go for just a lime cake. mmmm.

6:21 AM  
Blogger RecipeGirl said...

Yum- yet another winner :)

6:27 AM  
Blogger sugarlens said...

This is a fantastic looking cake. And once again, how are you guys not, like, 400 pounds? :)

6:28 AM  
Blogger vanillasugarblog said...

Oh how I love coconut! :::printing this one::::
Wonderful my friend!

6:33 AM  
Blogger Megan said...

Oh! this one is tempting! :)

6:43 AM  
Blogger Mary Bergfeld said...

The coconut and lime combination is very hard to resist. The cake looks heavenly.

7:16 AM  
Blogger Lori said...

Yum! This sounds great. I am such a big lime fan. Much more than lemon for some reason. This looks like a perfect springtime dessert.

7:24 AM  
Blogger Netts Nook said...

Love the combo of the lime and coconut can't wait to try looks great.

7:32 AM  
Blogger Esi said...

So yummy looking and a good combo. If you like cakes, but don't want to make a whole one, you should look into mini pans. They're awesome for small batches!

7:41 AM  
Blogger Maria said...

Thanks everyone! The lime and coconut combo is divine!

Barbara-You shouldn't make your own b-day cake! That is your day to get spoiled! Let me know if you want me to bake:)

Sugarlens-A lot of exercise, we eat healthy, and we share our treats!

Esi-Thanks for the tip. I will look for the mini pans!

7:43 AM  
Blogger Kelly said...

Yum!! That looks delish!

8:31 AM  
Blogger stephchows said...

Love the lime and coconut combo! Baking cakes when you only have 2 people in the house can be dangerous... still doesn't stop me though ;) hehe

8:37 AM  
Blogger grace said...

moist. so moist. and so much coconut. i do love this, maria--thanks for sharing!

8:40 AM  
Blogger Emily said...

Maria this looks awesome! It look like a rich cake but with the coconut and lime I bet it was delish!

8:49 AM  
Blogger Amy Beatty said...

That looks pretty dang tasty!!!

8:51 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

Yum!! This looks SO yummy!!

9:03 AM  
Blogger Cathy said...

This looks wonderful, and you know I'm always looking for new ways to use buttermilk! :-) And I am a believer in that coconut/lime combo after making Dorie's coconut butter thins. This cake looks fabulous!

9:14 AM  
Blogger Carla said...

Yummy cake! You can never go wrong with coconut and lime :)

9:21 AM  
Blogger Pam said...

It's absolutely beautiful! I love lime and coconut together. The glaze sounds awesome.

9:30 AM  
Blogger ♥Rosie♥ said...

Oh I love lime too and this coconut lime cake looks so refreshing just like spring we have here in the u.k. Beautiful combo of flavours Maria.

9:40 AM  
Blogger Kristen616 said...

Hey Maria! We were in Clearwater Beach, which is on the Gulf Coast...I think Palm Beach is on the Atlantic coast, so the other side of Florida. It will be beautiful there though I'm sure! When we went the weather was *perfect*! Enjoy your vaca.!

9:59 AM  
Blogger Gaby said...

this looks fabulous!! So beautiful and delicious! I need to try this asap

10:03 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Yum, I love coconut and this cake sounds so good! Yours looks so moist!

10:09 AM  
Blogger Maria said...

Cathy-I always think of you when I make a recipe with buttermilk:)

Kristen-Thanks for the info! Glad you had a fun trip. I can't wait to go to the beach!

10:12 AM  
Blogger Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

A wonderful combination! I love coconut and lime! So exotic!



11:04 AM  
Blogger pinkstripes said...

YUM. sounds delicious!

11:21 AM  
Blogger Flourchild said...

Your so sweet always baking something for Josh! He's gonna get chubby! I love the look of this cake and the recipe sounds wonderful. Thanks for sharing!

2:22 PM  
Blogger Bunny said...

This is a keeper, you can see how moist it is!!

2:55 PM  
Blogger How To Eat A Cupcake said...

Omg! It looks so soft! It's the perfect time of year for a coconut lime cake! :D

3:20 PM  
Blogger Sweet as Coco said...

This looks great...I've been craving lime and coconut cake/pie!! May have to try this soon!

3:30 PM  
Blogger Shannon - said...

wow that looks amazing-- such a great summer dessert, so refreshing!

4:46 PM  
Blogger Monica H said...

It looks so refreshing and tropical! yum!

4:53 PM  
Blogger Lori said...

I made a Florida Pie from Dorie Greenspans book Baking. It was wonderful so I can imagine the flavors in that cake. This is a keeper!

5:37 PM  
Blogger Reeni said...

That looks heavenly! You had me at moist and tender!

6:22 PM  
Blogger teresa said...

Beeeeee-utiful! I bet I could eat the whole thing too!

6:31 PM  
Blogger Lauren said...

oh my goodness, this looks amazing!!

7:21 PM  
Blogger Ingrid_3Bs said...

Mmmmm, this is the third blog I've seen this on and it looks even better the third time around!

7:26 PM  
Blogger Jacque said...

Mmm, coconut and lime are the perfect combination... and perfect for spring.

It looks delish!

8:36 PM  
Blogger Angie said...

OH...YUMMY! I will definitely be trying this one! It's so pretty too!

9:58 PM  
Blogger Natalie Que said...

I didn't see it on PMS, but I bookmarked it here! Totally making this, probably next week when I'm in town at my Mom's. It will be the perfect thing to make together! She reads your blog btw!

10:44 PM  
Blogger Elyse said...

Mmm, this cake does look totally divine. I love lime and coconut together. And that glaze sounds FABULOUS. Man, I wish I could've come home and gotten a piece of this cake, too. Lucky Joshua!

10:53 PM  
Blogger Pearl said...

oh that coconut cake looks sinful!

2:56 AM  
Blogger Pamela said...

This does look delicious. Beautiful cake, Maria!

5:43 AM  
Blogger Peter M said...

Ummm, like a fluffy cloud of coconut!

Nicole was one of the 1st blogs I started reading...good eats - great gal.

6:40 AM  
Blogger Maria♥ said...

Great combo of flavours!


9:07 AM  
Blogger Kerstin said...

It's beautiful - what a fantastic flavor combination!

10:47 AM  
Blogger Heidi Leon Monges said...

I've being looking for a good coconut cake since last week (fb and twitter included!!) I finally found it!!!!


6:24 AM  
Blogger Katrina said...

That looks so good and I love that it's not slathered in a thick, fattening frosting!

7:18 AM  
Blogger test it comm said...

I really like the sound of this coconut and lime cake!

1:50 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

now i'm craving coconut.... love the lime :)

5:52 AM  
Blogger lizzie said...

My daughter made this cake today,it is so good,between the three of us(husband included).We finished half of it.It is pretty awesome.It is definitely a keeper!!

2:20 PM  
Blogger Jaime said...

i love coconut and lime together!

6:50 PM  
Blogger David said...

Wow.. this is looking awesome. I will try to make it today, very very thanks for recipe.


3:20 AM  
Blogger Posti4 said...

I was looking for a way to use up the leftover buttermilk I have in the fridge. Thi looks like a winning way. Two questions I have Can I use a bundt pan? And how does room temp versus cold effect the recipe? Thanks for posting!

11:06 AM  
Blogger Posti4 said...

I was looking for a way to use up the leftover buttermilk I have in the fridge. This looks like a winning way. I do have two questions... Can I use a bundt pan? And how does room temp versus cold effect the recipe? Thanks for posting!

11:08 AM  

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