Vanilla and Coconut Cake for Tea Time Treats

Uncategorized | June 3, 2013 | By

It was my mother-in-law’s birthday on Sunday.  I know that she loves coconut, so I made this Vanilla and Coconut Cake, a recipe by Lynn Hill,  from the Clandestine Cake Club Cookbook.  I reviewed The Clandestine Cake Club Cookbook in February and didn’t even mention this cake!  However, a quick search through the index for coconut and I came upon this simple but effective cake.  I can’t print the recipe as it is copyright, but it’s a butter sponge with added desiccated coconut and vanilla extract.  Filled with a layer of jam and vanilla buttercream, with some more buttercream on the top and finally sprinkled with toasted coconut.  It was totally delicious and went down well with the oldest: mother-in-law to youngest: our 2 year old grandson.

Over at Tea Time Treats, the blog event run by Karen at Lavender and Lovage and Kate at What Kate Baked, Kate is hosting this month and has picked ‘Layer Cakes’ as the theme.  I know I should probably try harder and go for multi-layers but two layers is allowed and as I am desperate to share this cake with you, this seems like the perfect opportunity!

I can thoroughly recommend The Clandestine Cake Club Cookbook, it’s a positive cornucopia of proper cakes.  Now it’s my sister-in-law’s birthday this weekend…

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Stuart Vettese

What a great combo – coconut and vanilla! Looks delish Janice, must pick up a copy of the book

This is like an amazingly amped up version of Victoria Sponge… yum! I love coconut with vanilla so I'll definitely give this a try. Thanks for sharing the recipe Janice. What a beautiful tea time treat! šŸ™‚

belleau kitchen

Love this cake. I've had my eye on it for a while. Must give it a go. Beautiful job! Xx

Karen S Booth

What a FABULOUS looking cake Janice and perfect for a birthday cake as well as Tea Time Treats too! I am a HUGE lover of coconut cake and this one has been bookmarked for some time from the CCC book! Karen

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Galina Varese

I love coconut in baked goodies, your cake looks fab! I'd be happy to eat a slice or two. šŸ™‚


Looks to be a gorgeous cake Janice.x


I've no doubt it was a huge hit at the birthday and I'm sure you'll be baking this beauty over and over again- thank you for entering it into TTT!