Pina colada cake

The theme for the premiere of the new season of The Great British Bake Off was cake.  I wanted to try something new and a little bit tropical so looked up basic coconut cake recipes.  After Paul Hollywood posted a recipe for pina colada cake, I was inspired to add pinapple to the mix and Malibu (coconut rum) into the icing.  It could have been made with loads more booze – added to the mix itself or drizzled onto the baked cake whilst still warm, but at least this recipe would be safe for drivers (even if you were tempted to eat the whole thing).

Ingredients for cake:

  • 4oz unsalted butter (at room temp)
  • 4oz golden caster sugar
  • 2 lrg free-range eggs
  • 6oz self-raising flour
  • 2 oz desiccated coconut
  • 4tbs pinapple juice
  • 2oz crushed pinapple

Ingredients for icing:

  • 25ml Malibu (coconut rum)
  • icing sugar
  • 1 tbs desiccated coconut


  1. Pre-heat oven to 160 degrees (140 fan)
  2. Mix coconut and pineapple juice/ crushed pineapple.8dbd820f-3a48-4a12-99e5-c58f52182db2
  3. Cream butter and sugar together
  4. Mix in beaten eggs, coconut and pineapple
  5. Fold in sifted flour
  6. Pour into lined 2lb loaf tin
  7. Bake for around 60 mins (untill a skewer comes out clean, but it is not too brown)
  8. Leave to cool in tin before turning out and leaving to cool completely

259ec6e1-6142-4a5c-ba89-2c6ebbe89621To make icing:

  1. Add icing sugar to Malibu and mix very well (the more sugar, the thicker the icing)
  2. Drizzle the icing over the cake and sprinkle with coconut for added tropical crunch

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