Coconut-Lime Berry Cake

Buttermilk helps make this cake tender and moist while rum gives it a lighthearted tropical kick. If you'd rather let the whole family enjoy this dessert, however, you can use orange juice for a kid-friendly version.

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  • Servings: 12

Photography: Con Poulos

Source: Everyday Food, May 2011


  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for baking dish
  • 1 3/4 cups plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled), plus more for baking dish
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 cup packed sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 2 teaspoons finely grated lime zest, plus 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 3 cups mixed berries, such as raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries (about 1 pound)
  • 3 tablespoons amber rum or orange juice


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. In a large bowl, whisk together 1 3/4 cups flour, baking powder, salt, and coconut. In another large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat butter and 1 cup sugar on high, scraping down bowl as needed, until light and fluffy, 4 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, and beat until combined. With mixer on low, add flour mixture in 3 additions, alternating with 2 additions buttermilk, and beat until combined. Stir in lime zest and juice. Pour batter into dish. Smooth top with a small offset or rubber spatula.

  2. In a medium bowl, toss together 1 tablespoon flour, 1 tablespoon sugar, berries, and rum. Scatter berry mixture over batter. Bake until cake is golden at edges and a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, about 35 minutes. Let cake cool in pan on a wire rack 20 minutes before slicing. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Cook's Notes

Refrigerate cooled cake, wrapped tightly in plastic, up to 5 days.


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