Lemon Coconut Layered Cake and a Winner!

Sunday 11 November 2012

I've always been a firm believer in making lemonade when I have lemons, and I have a rather lot of them in the larder right now.

A hangover from thinking that I had a cold coming on. When I think I am going to get a cold, I always drink lemon and ginger tea . . . homemade of course, and . . . 99% of the time it holds the cold at bay.

Anyways, it's not lemonade season . . . alas. So I didn't make lemonade . . . but I did make lemon curd, (My recipe for that is here) which is my second favourite thing to do with lemons . . .

And . . . when life hands you lemon curd . . . you do what any self respecting cook must do . . .

You make a lemon cake. But not just any lemon cake . . . oh no . . .

A lemon cake filled with a delicious coconut streusel, little pockets of lemon curd and more streusel on top. Not to mention a tasty lemon glaze . . .

And then you do something else . . .

You eat it. It was very . . . very . . . good.

*Lemon Coconut Layered Cake*
Makes one 9 inch cake
Printable Recipe

Deliciously moist cake filled with lemon curd and a coconut streusel, with more streusel on top. You can toast the coconut if you wish before using it in the streusel. This is a great brunch cake!


70g flour
2 1/2 ounces caster sugar (about 70g) (1/3 cup plus 1 tsp)
3 TBS butter
a large handful of sweetened flaked coconut
(Approx. 1/2 cup)
315g flour (approx 2 1/2 cups)
200g sugar (a scant cup)
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
6 ounces softened butter (170g) (3/4 cup)
6 ounces vanilla yoghurt (about 170g) (3/4 cup)
1 TBS lemon juice
2 tsp grated lemon zest
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
1/2 cup lemon curd (about 4 dessert spoons)
70g icing sugar (scant 2/3 cup)
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp water

Pre-heat the oven to 180*C/350*F. Grease and flour a 9 inch cake tin with a loose bottom. Set aside.

Make the streusel by combing the flour and sugar in a bowl. Rub in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in the coconut, toasted or not as you wish.

Combine all the cake ingredients in a large bowl. Beat well together until combined, adding as much milk as is needed to create a thick batter. Spread 2 cups of the batter into the prepared pan. Sprinkle with 2/3 of the streusel.

Dot the lemon curd by 1/2 tsp all over the top of the streusel, to within 1/2 inch of the edges of the pan. Spoon the remaining batter over top. Sprinkle with the remaining third of the streusel.

Bake for 50 to 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the centre of the cake comes out clean. Allow to cool in the pan for 15 minutes before removing sides. Combine the glaze ingredients until smooth and then drizzle it over the warm cake. Serve warm.


Happy Anniversary to me and the Toddster today, and Congratulations to  Cindy  
who wrote:

"collecting cookbooks....it's in the blood....must...have....lol xxoo"
9 November 2012 10:34

Yes, the Toddster pulled your name out of his tiny little hat!  YOU are a winner!  Send me your details and I will pop it into the post asap!   

Sorry that I couldn't give a cookbook to each of you.  That would be so cool!  I am sure there will be another giveaway in the offing soon though, so stay tuned and many thanks to each of you for your lovely comments!


  1. this looks so good!!! Yummy!!

    Congratulations to the lucky winner!!

  2. Now this looks the sort of cake I can make and share for afternoon tea, lovely way to use up lemon curd too ... which Hubby has run out of and asking *nagging* for me to make more of! A woman's work is never done ;0)

  3. Love the look of this cake Marie..Thank you thank you as always:)
    Bon Dimanche..and congrats to the winner!

  4. Congratulations, Cindy! The cake looks wonderful :)

  5. It looks sooo good! I am not cooking yet here in Texas. It will come soon, I hope. xo Jenny

  6. Happy Anniversary!!! I hope you have a fabulous day, full of snuggling :)

  7. Oh Marie, the real winner here is that gorgeous cake! I agree - I can't survive (very well!) without fresh lemons!
    Mary x

  8. oh congrats to lucky Cindy! This cake looks delicious!

  9. Coconut and citrus, two of my all time favourite flavours combined right there. Another one to print out! My baking this weekend was Pumpkin Spiced Scones with Spice Glaze. Being of English extraction but living in America, I'm still having fun with American flavours!



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