Wednesday, 25 April 2012

coconut surprise...

It's my fiance's birthday this Friday, so I really want to bake a nice dessert for a treat. 

He absolutely adores coconut, so I've been looking for the perfect recipe that will involve a lot of coconut to satisfy his cravings!

I've narrowed my search down to one gem of a recipe that I stumbled upon....I think he's going to love it

It is this mouthwatering banana pecan coconut cake (he also loves pecans....bonus!)

(this serves 24 apparently, so bear that in mind when thinking about the amount of ingredients your need and how many people are going to eat it!)
  • 300g caster sugar
  • 125g butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 250g plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 4 tablespoons buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 125g chopped pecans
  • 75g desiccated coconut
  • Banana Nut Icing:
  • 125g butter, softened
  • 500g icing sugar
  • 1 ripe banana, mashed
  • 125g chopped pecans
  • 75g desiccated coconut
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preparation method
Prep: 25 mins | Cook: 50 mins

Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas mark 4. Grease and flour two 23cm (9 in) round cake tins or one 23x33cm (9x13 in) tin.

In a medium bowl, cream together caster sugar and 125g butter. Mix in eggs and 3 mashed bananas.

Sift together flour and bicarbonate of soda in a separate bowl. Add to the creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk, mixing well after each addition. Blend in 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Fold in 125g of pecans and 75g coconut. Pour batter into prepared tins.

Bake 45 to 50 minutes in the preheated oven. Cool completely before icing with Banana Nut Icing.

To make the icing: Cream together 125g butter and icing sugar until light and fluffy. Mix in 1 medium mashed banana, 125g pecans, 75g coconut and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Use to ice the cooled cake.

 I can't wait to surprise him with this....wish me luck!



  1. OMG this looks sooo yummy...I love Pecan, Banana and Coconut so to have them all in one cake is a dream...going to have to try this very soon :)

  2. This looks delicious. My husband also loves a coconut cake...can't wait to try!! Happily following your blog ~

  3. ooo he's going to love it. it looks beyond delish. fabulous post, love. if you get a sec, I'd love to hear your thoughts on my latest. xo

  4. He will love it!!!! It looks so yummy:) Following you on GFC:)

    Kisses, Lucy!

  5. Thanks girlies! I'll be making this tomorrow afternoon, fingers crossed!

  6. I bet he'll love it!! I would, can you save me a slice?! ; )

  7. he did love it! success!!!