Mama's Orange (Or Lime) & Coconut Cake

READY IN: 55mins
Recipe by Um Safia

Here is the recipe for our orange (or lime) & coconut sponge cake. It is a moist, light, orange / lime flavoured sponge with just a hint of coconut. It keeps well in an airtight container for a week & can be frozen before icing (it freezes very well). This recipe is simple to make & not time consuming at all.

Top Review by Bondnz

I can't believe no-one has tried this recipe so far! It's delicious!!! I made it for my mum's 50th & everyone (even my pro-baker grandmother!) raved, raved, raved!!! I doubled the recipe for two layers & used Karen=^..^='s Orange Buttercream Frosting (rec#42665) to fill & ice. It was so moist & tasted devine! I loved the subtle coconut kick! I only had half the oranges to use so added in a dash each of lemon & lime juice to compensate for some of the missing rind & had to sub some oil for a bit of the butter but it didn't seem to impair it in any way. The cake was quite dense though - more like a fruit cake than a sponge but it was still so soft & moist & soo sooo tasty!! Really simple recipe to follow - & well worth the effort!! It was exactly what I was looking for - Thank you!!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cream the margarine and the sugar until light and fluffy. Whisk the eggs into the sugar/margarine mixture.
  2. Slowly add the flour (sieved), baking powder, orange zest and coconut. Stir in a figure of 8 fashion.
  3. Gradually add enough water to loosen the cake mix up a bit. It should be the consistency of a slightly thin custard.
  4. Pour into a non stick cake tin, preferably with loose bottom. I use an 8'' round tin for this cake.
  5. Bake on a middle/top shelf in the oven at 180 c for around 45 mins or until a skewer comes out clean.
  6. Remove from tin and cool on wire rack. Once cooled, top with the icing or dust with icing sugar.
  7. To make the icing, beat the margarine with the sugar & enough of the juice to form a spreadable icing. Cover the top of the cake & decorate with the jelly slices & dragees / silver balls.

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