Coconut Christmas Cake

Seeing as I’ve enjoyed all of my Christmases in the Southern Hemisphere, I’ve never had the pleasure of experiencing a White Christmas. It’s interesting — and difficult — to  find a balance between the two types of festive seasons. While northerners are wearing ugly sweaters and drinking hot cocoa by the fireplace, us southerners are showing off our Christmas guts at the beach.

Leading up to Christmas, I really wanted to create something that’s relevant to both halves of the world. So what could be more perfect than a Coconut Christmas Cake? It’s perfect for northerners because it looks like a Winter Wonderland. Yet the tropical taste of coconut is perfect for the southerner’s warmer weather!


Coconut Cake
  • 125g butter
  • 1/3 cup coconut rum
  • 1 cup caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup (40g) desiccated coconut
  • 1 1/2 cups self-raising flour
  • 250g light sour cream
Coconut Icing
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 10 tablespoons canned coconut cream
  • 4 cups icing sugar
  • White chocolate cooking buttons
  • Green and blue food colouring
  • Silver cachous
  • Desiccated coconut


  1. Preheat oven to 180°C (160°C fan-forced). Grease a cake pan and line base with baking paper.
  2. Beat butter, rum, caster sugar and eggs in an electric mixer until light and fluffy.
  3. Transfer mixture into a large bowl. Along with the coconut and sour cream, sift the self-raising flour and stir until smooth.
  4. Pour mixture into the pan and bake for about 50 minutes. Stand cake in pan for 10 minutes before turning onto wire rack, top-side up, to cool down.
  5. In a separate bowl, combine butter, coconut cream and 2 cups of icing sugar. Beat in an electric mixer until combined and creamy. Add the remaining icing sugar 1 cup at a time.
  6. Spread icing over cake.
  7. Melt white chocolate cooking melts for 1 minute and stir. Continue heating in 30 second intervals, stirring as needed. Meanwhile line a baking tray with baking paper.
  8. Add green and blue dye to melted chocolate and stir until you reach the desired colour. Keep in mind, the more food colouring you add, the quicker it sets.
  9. Arrange skewers on baking tray and drizzle melted chocolate across to form a Christmas tree. Sprinkle silver cachous while chocolate is still melted.
  10. Place baking tray in fridge until the chocolate has set.
  11. To serve, insert chocolate Christmas trees and sprinkle with coconut.

Keep in mind, I doubled this recipe to form the two layers. Initially I was ambitious and was aiming for three until I realised Kyal and I would have to eat it all in a matter of days. While the final product was an accidental collaboration of drip icing meets naked icing, I’m really happy with the final result. Besides, how it tastes is way more important than how it looks (and PSA — it tastes incredible!)

Do you have a favourite Christmas dessert you’re planning to create (and enjoy!) in the next few weeks? Let me know in the comments!




  1. December 12, 2017 / 10:00 pm

    I love how you kept in mind both parts of the world when you put this lovely recipe together! Good job!

    I like to bake cookies lately and the classic gingerbread ones are always a hit with my boyfriend.
    Happy holidays!
    Tadeja xx

  2. December 13, 2017 / 6:45 am

    Oh my wow, this looks and sounds delicious! I actually spotted this over at Instagram today & without reading the caption I’m happy that you shared the recipe over at your blog 🙂 going to save it for later!

  3. December 13, 2017 / 3:50 pm

    Now that is the first time I have ever seen the trees like that before. They look so tasty and this is a nice cake. I have to step up my baking! I can start here!

  4. December 13, 2017 / 4:34 pm

    I looove coconut and can’t wait to make this cake!! Damn looks so so delicious – I want to eat it right now. 🙂 I have so many cakes on my mind for Christamas and New Year, can’t even decide which one I will make. 🙂

  5. December 13, 2017 / 4:57 pm

    Love coconuts…..this looks creative and fun to make…Thank you for sharing

  6. December 13, 2017 / 6:47 pm

    It doesn’t only looks delicious, it’s simply amazing and such a beauty! Coconut is not my thing though, but I love white chocolate instead!

  7. December 13, 2017 / 9:08 pm

    OMG it’s beautiful and I LOVE “everything coconut”! Thank you for that recipe, Justine!

  8. December 14, 2017 / 3:11 am

    Oh my days that looks super cute! I didn’t use to be a fan of coconut but I’ve warmed up to it lately – so this’ll be a treat.
    Katja xxx

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