• Ingredients: 24
  • Serves: 8
  • Prep: 20 min
  • Bake: 2 hr

Key lime coconut cake with sweetened flaked coconut, stick unsalted butter, softened, granulated sugar, grated key lime zest, large eggs, self-rising flour, whole milk, fresh key lime juice, divided, confectioners sugar, rum. To make this key lime coconut cake for 8 persons you will need 20 min for preaparation and 2 hr for baking.



  • Equipment: a 1 1/2-quart soufflé dish; kitchen string; a candy thermometer
  • Garnish: unsweetened cocoa powder and confectioners sugar for dusting

For filling

  • 2 firm-ripe Anjou or Bartlett pears
  • 2 1/2 tbsps. poire William or Cognac, divided
  • 2 large eggs plus 1 large yolk
  • 3 tbsps. sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup crème fraîche or heavy cream

For topping


  • Equipment: A 9- to 9 1/2-inch fluted round tart pan with removable bottom; pie weights or raw rice

For filling:

  • Equipment: 3 4-sided sheet pans


  • Special equipment: A 9-inch springform pan; a small offset metal spatula


  1. Step 1 Preheat oven to 350°F with rack in middle. Generously butter a 9- by 2-inch round cake pan and line bottom with a round of parchment paper.

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  2. Step 2 Toast coconut in a small baking pan in oven, stirring once or twice, until golden, 8 to 12 minutes.

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  3. Step 3 Beat together butter, granulated sugar, and zest with an electric mixer until fluffy. Beat in eggs 1 at a time.

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  4. Step 4 Stir together flour and 1/2 cup coconut (reserve remainder for topping). Stir together milk and 2 tablespoons lime juice.

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  5. Step 5 At low speed, mix flour and milk mixtures into egg mixture alternately in batches, beginning and ending with flour.

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  6. Step 6 Spoon batter into pan and smooth top. Bake until golden and a wooden pick inserted into center comes out clean, 40 to 45 minutes.
  7. Step 7 Whisk together confectioners sugar, remaining 2 tablespoons lime juice, and rum (if using) and pour over cake.

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Nutrition information

Calories 459 Carbohydrates 74 g (25%)
Fat 17 g (26%) Protein 5 g (11%)
Saturated Fat 11 g (55%) Sodium 407 mg (17%)
Polyunsaturated Fat 1 g Fiber 2 g (8%)
Monounsaturated Fat 4 g Cholesterol 79 mg (26%)