Banana Coconut Cake


The flavour combination of banana and coconut is a time-honoured classic, and this Banana and Coconut Cake does not disappoint! In fact, by roasting the coconut this recipe takes the winning banana/coconut duo to the next level. A generous topping of superfine sugar and coconut completes the cake by providing a sweet, nutty crunch after baking.

The only drawback of this Banana Coconut Cake recipe is that it is a little time consuming. It’s by no means lengthy, but it is more fiddly that the typical ‘chuck all the ingredients into a bowl and mix’ type recipes I usually go for.

This Banana Coconut cake is presented beautifully with sugar on top

There are extra techniques like the coconut roasting and beating well after adding multiple ingredients that cost you time. So, if you do have a little extra time up your sleeve that you would like to invest in revving up a classic–give this Banana and Coconut Cake recipe a try!

Banana Coconut Cake

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Serves: 8

  • 1 cup coconut
  • 3 oz. (85g) butter
  • ⅔ cup superfine (caster) sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • Few drops almond essence
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3 medium bananas
  • 2 tablespoons sugar, extra
  • ¼ cup coconut, extra
  1. Put coconut on a lined oven tray and bake in moderate oven 3 to 5 minutes, or until coconut is golden brown.
  2. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually add milk, almond essence and vanilla; beat well.
  3. Fold is sifted dry ingredients alternatively with peeled, mashed bananas; mix well. Stir in toasted coconut.
  4. Pour into greased 9in. (23cm) by 5in. (13cm) loaf tin. Combine extra coconut and sugar, sprinkle over cake. Bake in moderate oven (375F/180C) 45 to 50 minutes.


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