This coconut and cherry cake is an old fashioned classic. A sweet, tender coconut loaf cake studded with retro glace cherries! It’s the perfect easy cake to make for any occasion.
I’ve been making this cake since I was a teenager. I can’t believe I’m only getting around to sharing the recipe with you now, but there you are. It often takes me years to get my act together, but I always get there eventually.
There’s something so beautifully simple about this cherry studded coconut loaf cake. It’s incredibly easy to make and comes together very quickly – prep time is no longer than 10 minutes.
It’s the perfect cake to make when you fancy doing a little baking, you don’t have lots of time but you need something delicious to enjoy with an afternoon cuppa.
This coconut and raspberry jam loaf cake is one of my most popular recipes.
The texture of this coconut cake is very similar, so if you’ve made the raspberry jam loaf cake, then it’s very likely you’ll also like this one.
If you’re into glace cherries obviously! I love them and would eat them straight from the tub when I was little. My Gran would hide them from me otherwise she would find an empty tub when she went to make her cherry scones!
As much as I love fancy bakes and cakes, simple old fashioned baking is actually my favourite. I love retro baking – give me a slice of pineapple upside down cake, coffee and walnut cake, a jam filled swiss roll or even a good old rock bun any day of the week!
why i love this recipe
- It’s a perfect store cupboard bake – if you tend to bake quite often, chances are you’ll probably have all the ingredients to make this cake in your cupboard.
- It’s such an easy recipe – very little can go wrong, even if you think you can’t bake! Just for the record, I believe absolutely ANYONE can bake!
- I’m in love with the texture of the cake – it’s very soft and fluffy.
more loaf cakes to try
If you love this recipe, you might also want to check out my recipes for golden syrup cake, Lemon Drizzle Cake, sticky gingerbread loaf, malt loaf and easy banana bread.
tips and tricks for making this recipe
- This recipe uses the “rub in” method – making for a light, crumbly textured cake. Be sure to keep a light hand when rubbing the butter into the flour and really rub the butter in until you have a mixture that looks just like fine breadcrumbs.
- When making any cake with glace cherries, I always rinse the sticky syrup off the cherries, pat them dry with a piece of paper towel and cut them in half. This usually prevents the cherries from sinking to the bottom of the cake. Sometimes I even quarter the cherries, but I’ve never found it necessary for this recipe.
- Be careful not to over bake the cake or it could turn out quite dry – it always bakes perfectly in 45 minutes in my oven, but obviously baking time can differ depending on your oven.
More classic bakes to try
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coconut and cherry cake
This old fashioned cherry and coconut cake is very easy to make and is perfect with a cup of tea to cheer up a grey, dull afternoon!
- 150g self raising flour
- 1/4 teaspoon fine salt
- 100g caster sugar
- 75g soft butter or baking margarine
- 1 large egg, at room temperature
- 5 tablespoons milk
- 175g glace cherries, rinsed, patted dry with a paper towel and halved
- 50g desiccated coconut
- 1 tablespoon demerara sugar
- Preheat the oven to 180C/160fan/350F/Gas mark 4. Grease and line a 450g (1lb) loaf tin.
- Sift the flour and salt into a large mixing bowl. Stir in the caster sugar and rub in the butter until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.
- Beat the egg and milk together in a small jug or bowl. Toss the cherries with the coconut. Add both to the dry ingredients and fold in gently until the batter is smooth. It will be a fairly thick batter.
- Spoon into the prepared loaf tin, smooth out the top with the back of a spoon (so the cake rises evenly) and sprinkle with the demerara sugar. Bake for 45-50 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the middle of the cake emerges clean. Leave to cool in the tin for about 10 minutes before turning out to cool completely on a wire rack.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 257Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 44mgSodium: 382mgCarbohydrates: 35gFiber: 2gSugar: 19gProtein: 3g
Calories and nutritional information are provided by a third party application and should be viewed as indicative figures only.
Fabulous! Thanks Nickki for posting this delicious family cake. I’ve made it twice now. Love that you can make it by hand i.e. Don’t need to get the mixer out. I swapped caster super for coconut sugar. It gave the cake a dark, rich almost caramel flavour and look. My cherries didn’t sink. We love this cake 😊
I’m so pleased you like it! Thank you for letting me know 😊
This came out very nicely,, lovely flavour and texture!! I don’t feel that mine rose properly however, but the cherries did not sink!! I was delighted to find this technique and will be using it in the future! Thank you my family loved this cake 🙂
I’m so glad you liked it 😊
Hi, Can this be frozen? 💜
Yes, for up to 3 months 🙂
I made two of these cakes the other week Beautiful cake and I must say it’s the BEST coconut and cherry cake I have made . Very moist , was hard to stop eating just one slice …..ready to make another two tomorrow .Thank you for sharing this recipe .
Hi Lorraine, I’m so glad you enjoyed the cake. Thank you for letting me know 😊
Hi Nickki, I made this cake this afternoon and I LOVE IT. It even got the seal of approval from my non-cake-liking partner! I’ve bookmarked this page & will definitely be making us again sooner rather than later… am now going to be browsing through all your other recipes, so thank you ☺️
Hi Mel, I’m so pleased you enjoyed the cake! Thank you for letting me know 🙂
Out of this world Nickki.
I made it last weekend and found that the problem was that it didn’t last very long so am having to make another one right now!
Nice and moist and flavoursome.
Today I have added lemon zest just for fun, which is what cooking is all about.
I’m very happy to hear this Malcolm, glad you like the recipe 😊