Sweet Potato and Coconut Cake

Cake | May 6, 2015 | By


Sweet Potato and coconut Cake…sweet, moist and light with a honey icing and sprinkling of desiccated coconut.

Sweet Potato and Coconut Cake

I’ve been looking forward to posting this Sweet Potato and Coconut Cake recipe, as this is the first time I’ve baked with sweet potato and it tastes scrumptious! If you read my post When it all goes wrong from Monday then you’ll know that I made a cake that went disastrously wrong, and one that luckily went smoothly. This, of course, is that fortunate cake. I implore you not to judge me on my icing skills! The rustic look is in fashion…right?!

I’ll state right now for the record, that I’m a big fan of carrot cake and this is really similar; sweet, moist and light. Just perfect to have with your afternoon tea or, as it’s coming into picnic season, why not bake this to go in your hamper?

Sweet Potato and Coconut Cake
Sweet, moist and light with a honey icing and sprinkling of desiccated coconut.
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  1. 175ml coconut oil
  2. 3 eggs
  3. 100g demerara sugar
  4. 75g honey
  5. 280g self-raising flour
  6. 1/2 tsp baking powder
  7. 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  8. 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  9. 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  10. 200g raw sweet potato, peeled and grated
  11. 75g desiccated coconut (plus more for sprinkling on top)
For the icing
  1. 250g icing sugar
  2. 125g unsalted butter
  3. 1 1/2 tbs honey
  4. 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  5. a splash of milk
  1. Preheat oven 180c.
  2. Grease a 23cm cake tin and line with baking parchment paper.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, sieve the flour, baking powder,Β bicarbonate of soda, cinnamon and nutmeg and give it a good mix. Then make a well in the centre.
  4. In another bowl, add the eggs, coconut oil, sugar and honey. Whisk together until combined.
  5. Pour the wet ingredients into the centre of the well and fold in carefully, along with the grated sweet potato and desiccated coconut.
  6. Spoon the mixture into the cake tin and bake for 30-35 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.
  7. Transfer to a wire rack and let the cake cool completely.
  8. For the icing, cream together the butter and icing sugar until smooth then add in the honey and vanilla extract. Mix until combined. Use a splash of milk if the icing is too thick. Top with a sprinkling of desiccated coconut.
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 Sweet Potato and Coconut Cake


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    Jen @ Jen's Food
    June 1, 2015

    A delicious sounding cake, I’ve baked scones with sweet potato (inspired by Harry Eastwood) but not a cake yet, must give this a go πŸ™‚

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    May 22, 2015

    This sounds so delicious. I never would have considered baking a cake with a sweet potato, but then the same could be said for carrot cake and we all know how incredible that is! I’ve always wanted to try baking courgette cake as well, I just love how deliciously moist veggies make cakes, as strange as that sounds! This cake sounds amazing though, definitely adding it to my ‘to bake’ list πŸ™‚
    Nicole xx

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    Anna busby
    May 7, 2015

    This sounds amazing I love carrot cake so would love this I reckon !X x

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    Lucy - BakingQueen74
    May 6, 2015

    What a lovely cake, love the use of grated sweet potato. I will have to try this out. The rustic look is one of my favourites too πŸ˜‰

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    May 6, 2015

    Mmmm this does sound rather lovely! Baking doesn’t always go according to plan, but it’s so fantastic when it does! Great recipe idea here!

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      May 7, 2015

      Indeed I know that only too well! Thankfully, this redeemed the situation somewhat. πŸ™‚

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    Emma (SitS)
    May 6, 2015

    What a fun way of adding vegetables to a sweet recipe πŸ˜€ I love cake an sweet potato so this is a match made in heaven for me!

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      May 7, 2015

      Yes, it makes a nice alternative to carrot cake. πŸ˜€

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    Hannah Webster
    May 6, 2015

    This sounds amazing! I’d only seen sweet potato used in recipes cooked like brownies, I hadn’t even thought you could use it like you would in a carrot cake, how genius! I definitely need to try this. I think the icing looks great too, but I’m a big fan of the rustic look myself (oh its lumpy and lopsided? yeah its an aesthetic thing, its trenddyyy…) x

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      May 7, 2015

      Thank you. Yes I totally agree. I think there is something appealing about a homemade cake looking homemade.

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