Orange Coconut Butter Cake

My sons love cake that has got liquor in it, they also love chocolate, and anything that has got coconut in it is yummy too. So the combination of liquor, chocolate, coconut and the sweetness of an orange made this cake a hit for the boys! You can always replace the liquor with orange juice to make this a child friendly cake.


2 large eggs

200g salted butter, softened at room temperature

80g caster sugar

250g self raising flour, sifted.

80g orange juice

100g orange liqueur (I use Cointreau)

50g caster sugar (for egg white)

70g desiccated coconut

Zest of 1 Orange

80g chocolate chip


1. Preheat oven at 170Β°C

2. Line the base of a 8 inch pan and grease the sides 

3. Separate the eggs white and egg yolk, put the egg white into a mixer bowl and the egg yolk into a small bowl

4. Combine the orange juice, liqueur and orange zest in a bowl

5. Use a K-beater, speed 6, cream butter and 80g sugar until pale and fluffy.  

6. Put in egg yolks one by one and beat well after each addition.

7. Put in half the flour and mix on speed 0-2 until incorporated. Put in orange juice mixture in 2 additions (speed 0-3) and mix until well incorporated. Mix in balance of flour. 

8. Add in the chocolate chip and coconut and mix well.

9. Use a ballon attachment, beat egg whites in speed 6 until soft peaks, gradually add 50gm sugar and beat until stiff. 

10. Use a spatulas and add 1/3 of the egg whites into the egg batter and mix till very well. (It will be very thick)

11. Fold in gently with the remaining egg whites
12. Pour batter into pan and level.

11. Bake for 30 minutes then reduce to 150Β°C for another 15 mins or until skewer comes out clean. 


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