Coconut Cake from Scratch

Last week it happened to me I wanted to make dessert for lunch at my boyfriend’s parents’ but I didn’t have any ingredients. Unfortunately, it was Sunday – shops closed in Slovenia. So I made this simple coconut cake from scratch. I believe you have all those ingredients – hope so. Otherwise, don’t be like me and plan in advance 😊


Ingredients (for baking tray of 26 cm)

Coconut sponge

2 eggs

90 g sugar

100 g flour

6 g baking powder

1 teaspoon vanilla extract or vanilla sugar

0,5 dl oil

Juice of half the lemon

40 g coconut shavings


Juice of half of the lemon + 1 dl milk to wet the sponge cake



0,5 l milk

2 packs of vanilla pudding powder

3 tablespoons sugar

115 g butter

2 tablespoons coconut shavings


Coconut shavings for decoration


Boil the milk with sugar. Add vanilla pudding powder and cook until it boils again. Let cool.

Whip the eggs with sugar. Slowly add flour with baking powder and coconut shavings. Stir and add vanilla extract, oil, and lemon juice. Stir again, pour the mixture in baking tray and bake for 15 minutes on 180 degrees Celsius. 

Baked coconut sponge

Wet the sponge cake with mixture of lemon juice and milk. 

Prepare the frosting. Whip the butter and add cold vanilla pudding you prepared before, and coconut shavings. Mix thoroughly. Spread the mixture on sponge cake or frost the cake as seen on photo.

Cake with frosting

Enjoy your lovely dessert from scratch!