Oranges are beautiful in Sydney at the moment, and I wanted to use them in a cake. I was lucky enough have some help with my baking today from my three year old niece – her favourite part was taste testing as we worked our way through the various steps. My favourite part was spending time with my niece, and playing with my sister-in-law’s purple KitchenAid mixer. I paired the citrus flavour from the orange with coconut. Instead of icing, I created a syrup to soak into the cake.

What I was cooking this time last year: Winter Punch

Coconut and Orange Cake



  • 125g softened butter
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup self-raising flour
  • 1 cup desiccated coconut
  • zest from 3 oranges


  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • juice from 3 oranges


  • Turn the oven on to 180°C.
  • Beat the butter and vanilla together until pale and white.
  • Add the sugar to the butter and beat until light and creamy.

Cake batter

  • Add the eggs, one at a time beating well after each addition.
  • Add the orange zest and mix until combined.
  • Mix in the coconut until combined (stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed).
  • Mix in the flour until combined (stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed).

KtichenAid mixer

  • Transfer the cake batter into a cake tin.

Cake batter

  • Cook the cake for approximately 25 minutes or until it springs back when touched in the center.
  • While the cake is cooking, juice the oranges, and add the juice to a small saucepan.
  • Add the sugar for the syrup to the saucepan and cook over a medium heat for 10 minutes until it reduces and thickens a little.

Orange syrup

  • Remove the cooked cake from the oven, remove from it’s tin and place on a plate with high / curved edges.
  • Pour over the syrup and allow to soak into the cake.

Orange and coconut cake

  • Serve warm or allow your cake to cool. Enjoy.

What is your favourite flavour combination? Has this post inspired any new ideas?


1 Comment

Filed under Baking, Cake, Coconut, Orange, Recipes, Sweet, Vegetarian

One response to “Citrus

  1. Abbi

    That looks divine.

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