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Coconut and Lime Cake – A Loaf with Zest and Zing

Lime Drizzle Coconut Loaf Cake

Loaf Cakes | 20th February 2013 | By

If you like a zingy and zesty drizzle cake, this coconut and lime loaf cake is for you. It’s easy to make and the tropical flavours of lime and coconut pair really well. You can even add some white chocolate chips if you like.

A while back I received a lovely basket of Brazilian limes. I’ve used them in all sorts of recipes, but they’re now beginning to look past their best and I need to use them up. This isn’t really an issue as I do have a particular penchant for limes. This coconut and lime cake, however, is a good way to lose a few.

Basket of Brazilian Limes.

Lime Recipes

These are some of the recipes I made with the limes.

Lime and Coconut Loaf Cake

Coconut and lime are a natural pairing and I think the flavours work to remind us over here in dear old Blighty that there is a tropical paradise somewhere. I based my cake on the recipe for Lime and Coconut Cake from one of my favourite baking books, Cakes by Pam Corbin.

I reckon that a touch of cardamom adds to the tropical flavours without being obviously spicy. It seemed like a good idea at the time anyway. And it worked. I used my homemade cardamom sugar, but you could add the ground seeds of just one or two cardamom pods if you like the idea. Initially I considered using ginger instead. But much as I love ginger, I thought it might take over.

Of course I had to get a little white chocolate in and I did. Pam’s recipe is a gluten free one, but as I didn’t need to do that, I went for low gluten rather than no gluten. So I used mostly wholemeal spelt flour with a little coconut flour and some plain flour.

When it comes to baking loaf cakes, I use a silicone mould rather than a tin one. This makes it incredibly easy to remove once baked. But silicone loaf moulds do have a tendency to bow out and get misshapen. So to prevent this, I put mine inside a loaf tin. If you use a tin, you’ll need to line it first.

Lime Drizzle Coconut Loaf Cake

What Does Coconut and Lime Drizzle Cake Taste Like?

This coconut and lime drizzle loaf cake is utterly scrumptious, zesty and moist and has a lovely chewy texture from the coconut. The white chocolate is optional, but it produces little bites of caramel which are rather scrumptious. Either way, it’s definitely a notch up from a standard lemon drizzle.

Because it’s so moist, it tastes just as good several days down the line as it does when it’s freshly baked. Just store in an air tight container at room temperature.

Other Drizzle Cakes You Might Like

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Coconut and Lime Cake – The Recipe

Lime Drizzle Coconut Loaf Cake
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Coconut and Lime Loaf Cake

A zingy, zesty lime drizzle cake with dessicated coconut and optional white chocolate chips. It's easy to make and the tropical flavours of lime and coconut pair really well.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Afternoon Tea, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: British
Keyword: cake, coconut, drizzle cake, lime, loaf cake, white chocolate
Servings: 10 slices
Calories: 352kcal


  • 175 g unsalted butter - softened
  • 175 g golden caster sugar + 60g for the drizzle (I used cardamom sugar)
  • 3 limes - well scrubbed
  • 3 large eggs (I used duck eggs)
  • 125 g flour (I used 75g wholemeal spelt, 25g coconut flour, 25g plain)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 50 g desiccated coconut
  • 50 g white chocolate - chopped (optional)


  • In a large bowl, cream the butter with the sugar until pale and airy.
  • Grate in the lime zest and cream some more.
  • Beat in the eggs, one by one.
  • Sift in the flour and baking powder.
  • Stir as gently as possible until everything is just combined.
  • Add the desiccated coconut and chocolate, if using. Mix in gently.
  • Spoon into a 2 lb lined loaf tin and bake at 180℃ (350℉, Gas 4) for 45 minutes.
  • Whilst the cake is baking, juice the limes and add the 60g of sugar. Leave to dissolve, stirring occasionally.
  • As soon as the cake is out of the oven, poke some holes in the cake with a skewer. Then immediately spoon the lime juice over the cake. Leave in the tin to cool.


Please note: calories and other nutritional information are per serving. They're approximate and will depend on exact ingredients used.


Calories: 352kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 88mg | Sodium: 29mg | Potassium: 135mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 519IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 51mg | Iron: 1mg


I’m sending this lime and coconut loaf cake over to Javelin Warrior’s Cookin w/ Luv for his Made with Love Mondays, a weekly challenge where anything can be made, but it needs to be made from scratch. 

As limes are in season, I’m also submitting this delicious drizzle cake to Simple and in Season, a monthly challenge founded by Ren of Fabulicious Foods. This month is being hosted by C of Cake, Crumbs and Cooking.


  1. Hannah

    20th February 2013 at 7:58 am

    How beautiful are those limes?! Your loaf sounds so delicious, and love the glorious golden colour of it. I’ll be day-dreaming about this at elevensies!

    • Choclette

      21st February 2013 at 7:22 am

      Thanks Hannah. I was so pleased with the colour, just what is needed to cheer us all up at this time of year. Hope your elevensies weren’t too disappointing.

  2. Vivian Pang

    20th February 2013 at 8:55 am

    Looks so delicious and well done!

  3. Foodycat

    20th February 2013 at 8:57 am

    No chocolate? What the heck?! It looks delicious though 😉

    • Choclette

      21st February 2013 at 7:30 am

      Haha, what an idiot I am! Of course there was chocolate there, how could I forget? Thanks for pointing it out 🙂

  4. belleau kitchen

    20th February 2013 at 10:08 am

    oh my word, what an incredible sounding cake and you’re so right… coconut and limes, what a perfect pairing… I know what i’m baking this weekend x

    • Choclette

      21st February 2013 at 7:32 am

      You know just how to make a girl feel good Dom. Hope you do try it, it’s a real winner.

  5. hungryhinny

    20th February 2013 at 10:36 am

    Where’s the chocolate?!

    • Choclette

      21st February 2013 at 7:35 am

      Sometimes, quite often in fact, I think I need a brain transplant. There was of course white chocolate in the cake and I’ve amended the post to reflect that now.

  6. Jayne

    20th February 2013 at 1:17 pm

    This cake sounds wonderful and that basket of limes is just gorgeous, what a fabulous way to use some of them!

    • Choclette

      21st February 2013 at 7:37 am

      Thanks Jayne. A basket of limes goes a long way, I’ve used quite a few now and there are still loads left.

  7. Susan Lindquist

    20th February 2013 at 4:22 pm

    Looks fab, but all I can think of now is that ‘put the lime in the coconut and drink ’em both down’ song … ah, the connections the brain makes, huh?!

    • Foodycat

      20th February 2013 at 8:35 pm

      Hilarious! I didn’t think of that and now I can’t get it out of my head.

    • Choclette

      21st February 2013 at 7:42 am

      I hadn’t heard this song before or even Harry Nilsson, but I did have a very sheltered upbringing 😉 That has all changed now, I’ve been enlightened. Hopefully, my cake won’t give anyone bellyache.

  8. cupcake girl

    20th February 2013 at 7:49 pm

    I’ve never put lime in cake before, bet that was nice and tangy! It look lovely and moist.
    My Cupcake Habit.

    • Choclette

      21st February 2013 at 7:48 am

      Thank you. Limes are so worth trying out in cake, give it a go.

  9. laura@howtocookgoodfood

    20th February 2013 at 8:36 pm

    What a winner of a recipe. I have not even heard of coconut flour before. Where will I find this? So interesting yet again, I learn something new. I have made a coconut loaf before but this is definitely a flavour combination I will be trying out :))

    • Choclette

      21st February 2013 at 7:52 am

      Laura, I bought mine in Greenlife in Totnes, but any good health food shop should stock it. They have a wonderful array of flours as well as lots of other interesting ingredients.

  10. Mich Piece of Cake

    21st February 2013 at 4:20 am

    What a beautiful loaf, love how golden it looks and I would enjoy the coconut and lime combination.

    • Choclette

      21st February 2013 at 7:53 am

      Thank you Mich, it tasted wonderful, but the colour made it particularly appealing – need all the sunshine we can get at the moment.

  11. Angela Darroch

    21st February 2013 at 6:23 am

    Makes me think that summer is coming. Looking forward to lots more lime recipes if that gorgeous basket is anything to go by.

    • Choclette

      21st February 2013 at 7:56 am

      Thanks Angela. Today, it seems as if spring has retreated, so it might just have to be sunshine in a cake. I’ve used loads of limes, but there still seems to be an awful lot left. I will be posting another couple quite soon.

  12. The KitchenMaid

    21st February 2013 at 6:27 am

    Ooh, that does look lovely. Cardamom is such a fantastic thing in cakes, people can never quite identify it so they need to have a second slice to figure it out (very gratifying for all concerned!)

    • Choclette

      21st February 2013 at 8:00 am

      Haha, yes a second slice is just what you want people to have. It’s even more subtle when used in sugar format, but it really does add a certain je ne sais quoi.

  13. Katie

    21st February 2013 at 6:44 am

    Oh that looks lovely and delicious flavours. What flour or ground nuts etc did Pam use to make it GF?

    • Choclette

      21st February 2013 at 7:18 am

      Hi Katie, it is a lovely zesty cake. Pam used 125g rice flour, with2 tsp baking powder (GF free of course) and 1 tsp xanthan gum (optional)

  14. Javelin Warrior

    21st February 2013 at 1:13 pm

    So moist! The texture looks amazing, Choclette, and I love the combination of lime and coconut in the cake. I’m trying to imagine how cardamom would taste with these two as I’ve never had the combination, but I’m a fan of cardamom so I’m imagining it would taste delicious… Thanks so much for sharing!

    • Choclette

      21st February 2013 at 8:35 pm

      Thanks JW. As the cardamom has only infused the sugar, it’s quite a subtle taste, but I think it works well.

  15. thelittleloaf

    21st February 2013 at 1:28 pm

    What a beautiful looking loaf (or cake)! I love the idea of coconut, lime and white chocolate combined.

    • Choclette

      21st February 2013 at 8:37 pm

      Thank you. It tastes lovely and those three flavours make for a really good texture contrast as well as flavour combination. But mostly, at the moment, it reminds me of sunshine and warmth and is this very welcome.

  16. Galina Varese

    21st February 2013 at 6:45 pm

    Fab looking loaf, so moist and crumbly. Love the combination of flavours.

    • Choclette

      21st February 2013 at 8:38 pm

      Thanks Galina, it was a good one and I will be making it again.

  17. Eva Vida

    21st February 2013 at 7:37 pm

    I love coconut in everything

    • Choclette

      21st February 2013 at 8:39 pm

      Coconut is one of the wonders of the world.

  18. Hazel - Chicken in a Cherry Sauce

    21st February 2013 at 9:55 pm

    This sounds gorgeous! Coconut and lime really are an amazing pairing. Ginger would be my first thought. I’d never think of cardamom but it sounds wonderful!

    • Choclette

      28th February 2013 at 9:24 pm

      Thanks Hazel. Ginger would have been good as well, In fact after this one, I made a ginger and lime curd cake and it was a great combination.

  19. Nutritious Deliciousness

    22nd February 2013 at 2:10 pm

    I adore coconut in breads and cakes, this looks divine, will have to give it a go!

  20. Alida

    22nd February 2013 at 5:09 pm

    Coconut and lime: I could not think of a better combination. You have made a delicious cake Choclette!

  21. Caroline

    24th February 2013 at 11:45 am

    All this talk of limes is really making me crave them! This looks like a delicious cake Choclette – beautifully moist and I can just imagine how fragrant and delicious it must taste!

  22. Katharine

    24th February 2013 at 6:34 pm

    Amazing flavours and a wonderful looking cake. I love these kind of deceptive loaf cakes, they look so simple but pack an incredible punch – fragrant, moist and original!

  23. Janine

    27th February 2013 at 3:27 pm

    This cake looks delicious! I’ve never tried coconut flour before, but might give it a go since I expect it has a more pleasing texture than dessicated coconut.

  24. Elaine Livingstone

    5th March 2013 at 8:21 pm

    this sounds like my sort of recipe, and would adapt easy for us. why duck eggs?

  25. prwilson

    19th February 2014 at 1:12 am

    More baked goods should have cardamom in them, much underused in my opinion.

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