Coconut adds a tropical flavor to your favorite cake. Your guests will love this easy-to-make coconut crumble cake dessert. Get the recipe here.
Sweet and chewy coconut crumble cake is a winner when served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Who knew that the combination of flour, butter, and sugar could create such a wonderful texture over desserts?
This is my kids’ favorite treat – crumble. Add it over any dessert from cakes to cheesecakes and apple pies. So delish!!
Ingredients and substitutes
- Butter – I use unsalted butter as it’s the best for baking. If you use salted butter omit salt in the recipe.
- Sugar – use fine-grain sugar that will dissolve into the butter during the creaming process. If you only get coarse sugar pulse it in the food processor a few times to make it finer.
- Eggs – we use weight measurement for the eggs because all eggs are different in size and weight. Ideally, each large egg should be about 60 grams with a shell and about 50 grams without a shell.
- All-purpose flour – You need plain flour or maida for this cake. It works better than cake flour because it adds stability to the fresh coconut.
- Coconut – For this cake, we use fresh coconut. My mom always grated only the white part of the coconut and then ground it in the blender with just a little bit of coconut water. Instead of milk, I used coconut milk to enhance the flavor of coconut.
Tips for Success
- Make sure the ingredients are all at room temperature, especially the butter and eggs.
- Combine the leavening in the flour well. I prefer to sift it once and then sift it into the batter again. This way I can ensure it is well incorporated.
- Bake as soon as you add the leavening into the batter to get a maximum rise.
- I used two 6-inch loaf pans because I gave them away as gifts.
- Do not overbake this cake. Overbaking can make the cake dry.
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- 275 grams (2 ⅕ cups) All-purpose flour
- 2 tsp Baking powder
- ½ tsp Baking soda
- ½ tsp Salt
- 226 grams (1 cups) Butter unsalted, room temperature
- 250 grams (1 ¼ cups) Sugar fine-grain white
- 100 grams (1 cups) Grated Coconut ground until smooth
- 120 ml (½ cups) Coconut Milk or sour cream
- 200 grams (4 large ) Eggs
- 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
- ¼ tsp Coconut Extract (or a few drops of essence)
- ¼ tsp Almond Extract (or a few drops of essence)
- 125 g All-purpose flour
- 113 g Unsalted Butter chilled, cubed
- ½ tsp Salt
- 1 tsp Vanilla extract
- In a medium bowl combine the flour with salt and vanilla extract. Add the cold butter cubes and cut the butter into the flour with a pastry blender or fork until you have a mixture that resembles large and small breadcrumbs. Keep in the fridge until the batter is readyPro tip – the crumble must be cold otherwise it will melt into the cake instead of like a crumble.
- Oven – Preheat the oven at 325°F/165°C/Gas Mark 3
- Pan – Grease and line with parchment paper an 8 x 8-inch square cake pan or 2 x 8-inch round cake pans. You can also use a 9 x 4-inch loaf pan.
- Dry ingredients – In a small bowl combine together the flour with baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
- Cream – In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment on medium speed cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time until you have a smooth mixture. Pro tip – make sure the eggs are at room temperature so they won't curdle the batter.
- Dry to wet – Add the flour mixture and coconut milk to the cake batter in three additions. Combine well but do not overmix. Pro tip – overmixing will make the cake dense so avoid overmixing.
- Flavoring – Add the vanilla extract, coconut extract, and almond extract. Combine well but do not overmix. Pro tip – you can also use rose and orange extract instead of almond.
- Pan– Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan and evenly distribute the crumble on top.
- Bake – Transfer to the oven on the middle rack in the oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Cool – when baked cool it in the pan for 10 minutes then invert onto a wire rack to cool completely.
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