Coconut cake with zesty lemon icing

Sep 27, 2020
This tasty lemon and coconut loaf is perfect for afternoon tea! Source: Getty,

If you’re on the hunt for a refreshing yet sweet afternoon tea treat that will satisfy your cravings without leaving you feeling sick then this mouthwatering loaf is the perfect option. Not only is it a super tasty option, but it’s also incredibly easy to whip up!

With just a handful of budget-friendly ingredients, you won’t be able to pass this one up when deciding what to bake this week. Serve it up with a hot cuppa in the afternoon and you’ll be in dessert heaven!


  • 25g butter, softened
  • 1 cup caster sugar
  • 1 large lemon, rind finely grated
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups self-raising flour, sifted
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup desiccated coconut
    Lemon sour cream icing
  • 1 1/2 cups icing sugar mixture
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 lemon, rind finely grated


  1. Preheat oven to 180C. Grease a 6cm deep, 9cm x 19cm (base) loaf pan. Line base and sides with baking paper, allowing a 2cm overhang at both long ends.
  2. Using an electric mixer, beat butter until light and fluffy. Add sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating until sugar is dissolved. Add lemon rind and half the egg. Beat well. Add remaining egg and beat until well combined.
  3. Using a large metal spoon, gently stir flour, milk and coconut into butter mixture (do not over-mix). Spoon mixture into prepared loaf pan. Smooth surface. Bake for 50 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Allow cake to cool for 10 minutes in pan. Lift onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  4. Make lemon icing: Sift icing sugar into a bowl. Add sour cream and lemon rind. Stir until well combined. Pour icing over cake. Allow to set. Serve.

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