Coconut Lemon Cake

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My friend Cathy at Noble Pig is a great baker and her boys requested this cake.
Well, my husband requested a coconut cake, so this fit the bill. Don't all boys love coconut?

This was a very moist, dense and sweet cake. Good enough for a birthday!

Thanks Cathy, for posting another great recipe.

Coconut-Lemon Loaf
Adapted from Family Fun

1 cup granulated sugar
3 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
3 Tablespoons canola or vegetable oil
1-1/2 Tablespoons finely grated lemon zest
1 teaspoon lemon extract (I used lemon juice instead of extract)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup milk
2 large eggs
3/4 cup buttermilk
2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (2 ounces) sweetened flaked coconut

Coconut-Lemon Glaze

1/2 cup confectioner's sugar
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon melted butter
1/4 teaspoon lemon extract
1/4 cup sweetened flaked coconut

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together granulated sugar, butter, oil, lemon zest, lemon extract, vanilla extract and milk.

In a small bowl, whisk eggs and buttermilk until evenly blended.

With a wooden spoon, stir about a third of the flour mixture into the sugar mixture, then alternately add half of the egg mixture and half of the flour mixture, stirring after each addition just enough to blend. Stir in coconut.

Pour batter into a 9 x 5 loaf pan lined with parchment paper (or greased and floured). Place in a 350 degree oven on the center rack for about 45 to 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

When it comes out of the oven place pan on a cooling rack for about 15 minutes before removing the loaf from the pan.

While it's cooling, make the glaze.

For the glaze, combine confectioner's sugar, lemon juice, butter and lemon extract. Whisk to blend. The glaze should have the consistency of heavy cream. If needed, add more sugar to thicken it or more lemon juice to thin it.

When the bread has cooled, spoon the glaze evenly over the bread and immediately sprinkle the coconut over the top.


Vidya said…
Mmmm looks good...a Slovenian friend of the family's once gave us her recipe for coconut cake and it's been an essential part of our family repetoire ever since. It has oil and yoghurt which makes it so moist. And a whole cup of finely grated coconut instead of flour. I've yet to meet a coconut cake that matches up to it, but maybe this one will!
I need a slice of this with my morning coffe right now! Your glaze looks yummy with all those drips coming down.
I'm making sweet breakfast treats for the teachers at my son's school this week and I'll be adding this to my list. I think I'll try it tomorrow. Thanks for the recipe!
The JR said…
Girl, you gonna make me so fat I'll have to trade my quarter horse for a belgiam!

Looks fantastic.

Looks delicious - I like making this in a loaf pan with a glaze. So many of my coconut cakes are for round cakes, and sometimes I just want a small slice ... or two.
Anonymous said…
Linda said…
OH MY! Your bro-in-law is a serious coconutaholic!! If I were a good wife Id whip this right up!!! Looks yummy
kat said…
It sounds like it would have a really good refreshing taste
Ciao Chow Linda said…
What a delicious looking cake. Can you send some my way? It's my birthday!
eldivenlerim said…
Mmmmm, looks so delicious.....
StaceyEsq said…
I'm with Proud Italian Cook - I want a slice of that RIGHT NOW.
lisa is cooking said…
I love cakes in a loaf pan, and the coconut lemon glaze looks amazing!
Bob said…
I don't know about any other boys, but I love coconut. Looks great!
Maria said…
I have buttermilk to use up. This cake will be perfect for the job!
Jen_from_NJ said…
Looks so very good - the dripping glaze - Yum!
Dana said…
Great job Stacey! Boys do love coconut. It's my dad's absolute favorite. I'll definitely make this for him soon.
Foodiewife said…
Good lord! Pound cake, lemon and still my heart!
FYI- I adore coconut. Love it, love it! This would be quick and easy and I like that.
LaDue & Crew said…
Good God woman, what are you trying to do me me?!! I need this. Now!
Kathy Walker said…
Oh my, I just found your blog and I am certain I will be in the kitchen all week end! This looks to die for...coconut and lemon in a pound cake...yum!
bren said…
sinfully delicious! coconut makes me very happy. everything about it! nice to meet you via zenchef. :)
Lira Kellerman said…
I reposted this on my own blog, with credit and links back to here. WHY HAVE I ONLY JUST FOUND YOU!?
Awesome site!!!!
I'm finally getting over here to see, I've had a crazy two weeks! Turned out great and easy to make hey! Nice!