Mango & Coconut Cake

Mango Coconut Cake |

My fiance and I watched Top Chef Masters the other night. It was the episode where the chefs cook a special meal for returned military personnel and the partners of those personnel tell the chefs what their partners favourite foods are.  It got my fiance and I talking about what we would tell a chef to cook for each other in the same situation.

It was easy for me to choose what my fiance would want – sausages, chicken schnitzel, lettuce salad, potato chips with garlic aioli, orange self saucing pudding and apple pie with lashings of cream.  When it came to my fiance choosing what I would like the only thing he could identify, other than my dream dessert of anything chocolate with salted caramel sauce, was ingredients I like.  The list included oven roasted tomatoes, basil, garlic, caramelised onions, roasted pumpkin, parsnip, raspberries, lemons, baby spinach and mushrooms.  Strangely enough, despite my love of food, I don’t actually have a favourite “dish”.

Maybe I’m greedy, or maybe I’m just indecisive, but I couldn’t pick one dish that stands out as a favourite for me.  Or maybe I haven’t discovered “the” dish yet.

One of the good things about food blogging is the great variety of foods you get to eat.  Always in search of new recipes and foods, I am always trying new things.  Some turn out fantastically and get added to our regular repertoire and others are disappointing.  But through it all you always learn something.  You learn new techniques and new flavour combinations you would have never tried before.

Mango and coconut is a wonderful flavour combination, a taste of tropical paradise.  So it was with this combination in mind I made this Mango Coconut Cake with Lime Icing.

Mangoes are so lovely at the moment that I couldn’t help but want to use them in a recipe.  I also wanted to see if I could get my mango hating fiance to enjoy mango.  And guess what? It worked!  This Mango Coconut Cake is a lovely light crumbly and moist cake which combines mango pieces, shredded coconut and coconut milk.  A slice of tropical paradise.

So tell me, if you had to design the perfect meal for a chef to cook for you, what would it be?

Mango Coconut Cake |


Mango Coconut Cake

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Mango Coconut Cake
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  • 110g of butter, softened
  • 220g of caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 185g of plain (all purpose) flour, sifted
  • 1¼ teaspoons of baking powder, sifted
  • 165ml of coconut milk
  • 2 mangos, diced
  • ½ cop of shredded coconut
  • 1 cup of icing sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of melted butter
  • juice and zest of 1 lime
  1. Preheat oven to 160 celsius (325 Fahrenheit) and grease a 20 cm (8 inch) spring form tin.
  2. Place the butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment and beat until light and creamy.
  3. Gradually add the eggs and beat well between each addition.
  4. Fold through the flour, coconut, baking powder, vanilla extract and coconut milk until combined.
  5. Scatter the mango through the cake mixture and fold through. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking tin and bake for 55 to 60 minutes or until cooked when tested with a skewer. Let the cake rest in the tin for 10 minutes before placing on a wire rack to cool.
  6. When the cake is cool make the icing. Combine the icing sugar, melted butter and juice and zest of the lime until combined and you have a spreadable mixture, without being too runny. Spread over the top of the cake and top with slivers of mango and toasted coconut.

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36 Comments on "Mango & Coconut Cake"

November 22, 2011

That cake looks so good! I love coconut and mango, so will try it one of these days for sure.
Like you, I don’t really have a favorite dish, just lots of favorite ingredients.

November 21, 2011

What a great tropical cake! Looks delicious!

November 20, 2011

yummy — love the tropical flavors :)

November 18, 2011

I’m absolutely with you, I don’t think I could ever choose a favourite dish…there are far too many which suit such different occasions! (I couldn’t choose a favourite film, colour, TV programme either). Also like you, I love salted caramel and chocolate, but it’s nice to think outside your normal favourite zones sometimes, and mango and coconut sounds like a pretty good place to start! Gorgeous recipe.

November 18, 2011

ummm… delicious!! I have two mangoes that need to be used up if we don’t eat them tonight… and I now know what to do with them!!

November 18, 2011

Mangoes really are gorgeous atm, made myself a mango lassi this morning. And I ADORE mango and coconut together, yum.

I also don’t have a favourite dish – it all depends on my mood!

November 17, 2011

love this slice of tropical paradise !

November 17, 2011

Oh I love it! A perfect cake for Spring/Summer 😀

November 17, 2011

Jennifer, I bet that cake is so moist and yummy! Just thinking about coconut and mango, I feel transported to tropical happiness:)

November 16, 2011

Mango and Coconut sounds great together! Beautiful cake!

mhm yumm mango coconut cake, comforting combination of flavoures. I appreciate that I stumbled over your recipe.

November 16, 2011

Hey so glad to see you tried cooking with mango! Beautiful eh?

What a beautiful cake! Perfect for this time of the year. I am munching on a mango right now!

November 16, 2011

I dont have a lot of favourite dishes either. Rather, I have a lot of fav ingredients!

This cake is so perfect! Love it.

November 16, 2011

Mango, yum, love it! Like you, I have too many dishes and ingredients that I love… everything from fruit and vegetables to seafood, meat, poultry, and sweet things. Nothing that I could say is my all time favourite.

November 16, 2011

Like you, I have no one favourite dish, or even one favourite cuisine – it all depends upon my mood, really. Of course, I can always eat cake at any time of the day or night.

November 16, 2011

A wonderful cake! Those flavors are so heavenly.



November 16, 2011

I love love love mango I know its mango season is Aus but not here :-( Bookmarked this for the next season :-)

November 16, 2011

I can imagine myself in a tropical beach resort eating this moist cake. I have been wanting to try this flavor combination for the longest time. You’ve given me the push I needed!