Coconut Orange Cake

The beauty of a simple cake sweet and infused with grated orange peels and coconut. This recipe is perfect for a sunny weekend afternoon which I spent making this with my teenage daughter.


This cake speaks to you with its simplicity and yet complex flavors. Use a organic whole fat coconut milk, really good grass fed butter and home dried orange peel and it will amplify the flavors. Butter can be softened at room temperature or a few seconds in the microwave. I much prefer the room temperature approach


I personally don’t have much of a sweet tooth ( and therefore less sugary recipes on my blog :() but making this for my family is always a labor of pure love.


You can frost this cake with whipped cream or coconut cream cheese frosting. I kept it simple and naked to its own glory. A dollop of fresh cream on the side will add the minimal right touch.



Coconut Orange Cake

  • Servings: many
  • Difficulty: moderate
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The beauty of a simple cake sweet and infused with grated orange peels and coconute


  • 2 cups organic cake flour ( Trader Joes)
  • 1 cup shredded coconut flakes ( unsweetened)
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  •  ½ teaspoons kosher salt1 cup
  • 1 cup/1 can whole coconut milk
  • 1 stick of organic grass fed butter ( softened)
  • 1 1/2 cups organic granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp orange extract
  • 3/4 tsp ground orange peel
  • 3 large eggs


  • In a large bowl, use an electric hand mixer to beat sugar and butter on medium-high speed until mixture is light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Scrape down sides and bottom of bowl. Add eggs, one at a time, beating each egg until well incorporated before adding the next one.
  • Add coconut milk, vanilla and orange extracts and beat for 2 more minutes.
  • The mixture should be pale and fluffy
  • Mix flour, baking powder, salt and coconut  in a bowl.
  • Add the dry ingredient in small increments to the wet ingredient and continue to blend with the mixer.
  • Using a 9 inch cake pan, grease with butter and dust with flour.
  • Pour the cake batter in the pan and bake at 350 for 45-50 mins until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Dust some fine sugar on the cake and serve with coconut flakes, whipped cream and berries or with orange slices.


This cake is at the  Fiesta Friday #166 table withAngie and co-hosted by Mollie and Ginger.

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30 Comments Add yours

  1. This looks divine Zeba. Love the crumb on this cake and its density. I am a white cake fan and love citrus in anything. Trade you a slice for a slice of my charlotte!

    Johanne Lamarche



    1. Ooooh that trade sounds so good right now:) wish we could do it. The cake was so crumbly and delicious but I would happily try a slice of your charlotte instead:)

      Liked by 1 person

  2. This sounds yummy I love the flavour combination!

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  3. This looks lovely. I don’t have much of a sweet tooth, either. So this looks like the perfect dessert. Can’t wait to give it a try!


    1. Thanks Christina…you won’t be disappointed 🙂


  4. Jhuls says:

    Now I know what my cup of tea is missing – cake like this! 😀 This sounds really good. I haven’t had orange cake for such a long time. Thanks for sharing, Zeba.


    1. Thanks Jhuls…yes it will be perfect with a good cup of tea:) The orange and coconut together gave it such a nice flavor.

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  5. Ginger says:

    What a beautiful cake – that’s how I imagine Summer to taste and to smell! hank you for sharing this post with us at Fiesta Friday!
    Ginger x


    1. Thank you so much Ginger for your comment and for co-hosting the party. This was a great way to welcome warm weather in my neck of the woods. It did smell sooo good 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  6. Hamdzinski says:

    I like it. I will try and let you know. Meanwhile, please feel free to visit our blog:)


    1. Thanks so much! Look forward to visiting your blog…hopefully today 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Hamdzinski says:

        Many thanks:) have a wonderful day!


  7. hijackedbytwins says:

    What a delicious flavour combination! Thank you for sharing with #CookBlogShare x


    1. Thanks so much….I enjoyed visiting your wonderful blog and sharing 🙂


  8. Sandhya says:

    Zeba, you are so lucky you don’t have a sweet tooth…I have such a hard time staying away from sweets and savory too 🙂
    I like the addition of coconut milk in this cake! It looks so fluffy and yummy!


    1. Thanks Sandhya….the coconut milk did add such a nice flavor to go with the orange. Sweet tooth or not, I could resist a slice ( or two!) 🙂 🙂

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  9. That looks beautiful! So fluffy too! Definitely going to have to tinker and find a Peachick safe version! Thanks for sharing x


    1. Thanks so much Midge. Let me know how it turns with an egg free version! You have a great blog there.


  10. That is one beautiful and carefully made cake!! Happy FF!!



    1. Thanks so much Mollie!


  11. This sounds wonderful, Zeba! I’m saving it for a special occasion! 😄

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    1. Thanks Angie! Hope you try it soon . Have a great weekend!


  12. Balvinder says:

    What a lovely simple cake with coconut and orange flavor!


    1. Thanks so much Balvinder!!


  13. chef mimi says:

    That is just gorgeous!


    1. Thank you so much Mimi. It was a family winner that gets repeated constantly!

      Liked by 1 person

  14. Lili says:

    Lovely cake Zeba! Looks and sounds delicious! 😍

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you so much Lili. It was very simple and delicious 😋

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