Put the Lime in the Coconut Cake

Total Time
Prep 2 hrs 30 mins
Cook 30 mins

This recipe by Doreen Howarth won the birthday cake category in the Ultimate Recipe Showdown cake episode.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and grease and flour 2 (9-inch) cake pans.
  2. In an electric mixer or using a hand beater, cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add coconut oil and eggs 1 at a time.
  3. In a mixing bowl or on a sheet of parchment paper, combine flour, salt, baking soda and powder. To mixer add coconut milk and flour to creamed mixture alternately, beginning and ending with flour.
  4. Pour batter into prepared pans and bake for 25 to 28 minutes. Allow to cool 10 minutes then unmold onto rack(s) over a sheet pan and allow to cool completely.
  5. For Glaze: In a medium bowl combine sour cream or yogurt, sugar, lime zest and juice, coconut milk, shredded coconut.
  6. With a bamboo skewer, poke holes in cake and spread glaze on both sides of both cakes. Cover with plastic wrap, chill until ready to frost cake.
  7. In an electric mixer or using a hand mixer beat together the butter, shortening, and cream cheese until well blended and fluffy. Add the powdered sugar gradually at low speed. Beat in coconut milk and vanilla. Frost cake. Coat top and sides with shredded coconut.


Most Helpful

I have made this cake several times and it's AWESOME! I'm going to try to make cupcakes for a bake sale and see how it turns out

Dana H. July 09, 2014

I used to go to the Milam Diner in downtown San Antonio where Doreen works just to get this cake. I couldn't get enough of it!! It is wonderful.

JeannieDee August 22, 2009

I made this cake for friends and for a a bake sale. Everyone has wanted the recipe. It is fantastic. It is a bit of work but it is totally worth it. A great celebration cake or just because you love coconut and lime like me!

easmart March 26, 2009

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