Coconut Tea Cake

A light and lovely coconut tea cake is a most welcome sight, especially when topped with coconut glaze and sweet spring berries!

Coconut Tea Cake

Perfumed with a triple dose of coconut (flaked coconut, coconut oil, and coconut milk), a splash of dark rum boosts the delicate coconut flavor of this golden and finely crumbed cake.

Coconut Tea Cake

Whether you serve this cake for Easter brunch or enjoy mid-afternoon over tea with friends, this is the kind of loaf you trim away at, the thinnest sliver at a time, until you find yourself facing the final crumbs. Happily, this cake is all too easy to bake again and again.

Coconut Tea Cake
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Coconut Tea Cake

Coconut Tea Cake

  • Author: Laura Kasavan
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 54 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 19 minutes
  • Yield: Yield: 1 loaf, 12 slices
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American
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A light and lovely coconut tea cake topped with coconut glaze and sweet berries is the perfect dessert for Easter and spring occasions!



  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup sweetened flaked coconut
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil, melted and slightly cooled
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 Tbsp dark rum (optional)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp coconut extract
  • 2/3 cup full fat coconut milk


  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp coconut extract
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp full fat coconut milk


  • 2 Tbsp toasted coconut chips
  • mixed berries


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and line a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan with parchment paper, leaving a 2-inch overhang around the edges.
  2. Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. Place sugar and flaked coconut in a food processor and pulse for 1 minute. Beat coconut oil and coconut-sugar in a large mixer bowl at medium speed until combined. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition; beat in rum (if using), vanilla, and coconut extract. Reduce speed to low and add half of flour mixture, beating just to combine. Add coconut milk, then finish with remaining flour mixture.
  3. Pour batter into prepared pan; smooth top with an offset spatula and tap sharply to reduce air bubbles.
  4. Bake for 53 to 54 minutes, until cake springs back to the touch and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean or with moist crumbs attached. Cool in pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes before using the parchment overhang to lift cake from pan; cool completely on wire rack.
  5. For the glaze, whisk together powdered sugar, salt, vanilla, coconut extract, and coconut milk in a small bowl. Set rack with cake over a piece of wax paper and drizzle with glaze. Let glaze set for 20 minutes before topping with toasted coconut chips and berries.
  6. If not serving cake right away, wait to add topping until ready to serve. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Keywords: Coconut, Coconut Milk, Tea Cake

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  1. What a pretty tea cake, Laura. I LOVE the triple coconut. And this is the perfect cake for upcoming berry season! 🙂

  2. Mmm, need this cake in my life! Coconut and berries are such a delicious combo too! Pinning for future baking!

  3. Fresh berries are the perfect garnish for this coconut cake! I love this flavor combination, perfect for the warmer months!

    1. Hi Peggy, I use the full fat coconut milk from the can (such as Thai Kitchen brand). Hope that helps! 🙂

  4. I’m ready to fix a cup of tea, just wish I had a slice of this beautiful cake! It’s so perfect for celebrating spring!

  5. You got me at coconut! Your tea cake looks and sounds perfect and a great treat for Easter. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Beautiful coconut cake and you used 3 layers of coconut flavor! That is pretty cool! It looks perfect for Easter and so colorful too with the pretty flowers! 🙂

  7. The first berries of spring are always so amazing! Especially with a slice of the fabulous Coconut Tea Cake! Happy Easter Laura!

  8. Hi Laura! I just bought liquid coconut oil today at a specialty food store. Could I use that in place of melting the solid coconut oil in this recipe? I’ve never baked with it before and want to try it. I wonder if it’s an “even exchange”? Thanks!

  9. I’d be there too, Laura, staring down that last slice, contemplating if I’ll get to it before my hubs 😀 . This is sooooo pretty, light and delicious! I’m giving a nod to that dark rum 😉 Beautiful work my dear!

  10. Mmmmm…..coconut! Perfect for the holiday weekend! Without the icing, slices would make a lovely breakfast!! I’d start AND end my day with this winner!

  11. Laura! This is just so pretty and you know I LOVE the coconut flavors happening. Perfect for Easter and spring in general! 🙂

  12. Coconut desserts are always in order around here for Easter Laura! This looks delicious. Love the fresh berries on top!