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Coconut-Lime Berry Cake

Buttermilk and lots of coconut make this cake tender, moist, and scrumptious. Rum gives it a lighthearted tropical kick, but if you like, use orange juice instead for a kid-friendly version.

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  • Servings: 12
Coconut-Lime Berry Cake

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 three additions, alternating with two 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 Note

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

Reviews (1)

  • Valerie Avella 26 Jul, 2013

    This cake is disappointing. Frankly, it tastes more like a blueberry muffin than a cake. I did only use blueberries for the berry portion, but the coconut and lime are nearly unrecognizable in this dish. I did top it with a berry coconut buttercream frosting, which made it taste better, but overall...I'd skip this one.

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