Coconut and Malibu Cake Recipe

Nigella Lawson Malibu coconut cake recipe blogger UK

Nigella Lawson Malibu coconut cake recipe blogger UK

Nigella Lawson’s Malibu Sponge Cake

There are many things I love in life, and cake and coconut are definitely two of them. When I came across this recipe in Nigella Lawson’s ‘How To Be a Domestic Goddess’ book I know I had to give it a try. The recipe below is fairly straight forward, with the main flavour and taste of the Malibu coming through from the icing, with coconut itself folded into the cake mix, so not to make it too soggy inside.

For the cake

225g unsalted butter, softened
225g caster sugar
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
4 eggs
200g self-raising flour
25g cornflour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
50g desiccated coconut, soaked in 150ml boiling water

For the coconut buttercream

25g dessicated coconut
75g soft unsalted butter
150g icing sugar, sieved
1 tablespoon Malibu

For the icing on top

2-4 tablespoons Malibu
125g instant royal icing (which may be labelled โ€˜royal icing sugarโ€™)

Nigella Lawson Malibu coconut cake recipe blogger UK

Nigella Lawson Malibu coconut cake recipe blogger UK

The Method

  • Preheat the oven to 180C / 160C fan and butter and line two 20cm sandwich tins. Put 50g of desiccated coconut into a small bowl or jug, and pour over 150ml of boiling water. Leave this to stand and let the coconut soak up the water.
  • Mix everything together (adding the coconut last) in a food processor, until nice and light and fluffy.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared tins, and cook for 20-25 minutes. Toast yourself some coconut in a dry frying pan whilst this is cooking then it will be ready and cooled for the butter cream filling later.
  • To make the buttercream, cream together the butter and icing sugar. When you have a smooth paste, beat in the Malibu and then the cold toasted coconut.
  • For the royal icing, I replaced the water you’d normally use to make icing, with Malibu. I really like Malibu okay. Then when you’re happy with the consistency, literally pour it on top of the cake to let it drip a little down the sides.
  • I went a little over the top with the calorie side of things, so figured why not decorate it with some white chocolate on top and raspberries too!
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  • this sounds heavenly! i am a huge coconut fan so this is perfect. i will definitely give it a go ๐Ÿ™‚ x

    Miho @ Wander to Wonder

  • This sounds so yummy Louise! xxx

  • God this needs to get in my belly right now!

  • whaat for real?! Fab job….it looks SCRUMPTIOUS!


  • This looks amazing!! Yum x

  • Oh lordy, I need me some of this! It looks so good! xo

  • NEED to make this!!! I love malibu and anything with coconut…looks delish! xx

  • I make this cake at the Deli I work at and it goes down a try every time ๐Ÿ™‚ such a lovely summer cake ๐Ÿ™‚

    Katie xx | Katies World

  • This sounds amazing! I could just eat a slice of this right now hehe ๐Ÿ˜€ Thanks for sharing! ๐Ÿ™‚ xo

    Beaumaquillagex | Beauty & LIfestyle Blog

  • looks amazing!

  • This looks so good! I am working with Malibu at the moment, I will email this link to them! They will love it! x

  • yes yes yes please… looks and sounds amazing x

  • in love with this post, and your whole entire blog in general.

    lots of love from the casper&pearl girls โ€“ a little Aussie fashion brand
    casper&pearl blog

  • Liesa

    Mmm! This looks delicious! Will have to make it myself once! xx