BLUEBERRY & COCONUT CAKE with Blueberry Glaze

22nd January, 2018

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BLUEBERRY & COCONUT CAKE with Magical Blueberry Glaze

It is the blueberry glaze that really makes this cake something special. Blueberries magically set like jelly once blended and cooled. Try it, simply blend a punnet of blueberries and pour into a bowl. Chill for one hour and voila, blueberry jelly. With this in mind, I set to making a cake glaze made from mostly blueberries, sweetened with a touch of honey, a squeeze of lemon to activate the pectin (natures natural thickener), and a dab of butter to give a nice sheen. Truly magical – you can thank me later.
Servings 10 slices
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 100 g room temperature butter
  • 4 tablespoons mild honey such as clover or 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 room temperature eggs
  • 2/3 cup (160ml) coconut milk
  • ½ cup (50g) desiccated coconut
  • 1 cup (150g) white flour (gluten-free: use ¾ cup rice flour and ¼ cup tapioca flour)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ cup fresh or frozen blueberries

Blueberry Glaze

  • ¾ cup fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 2 teaspoons mild honey
  • Squeeze of lemon juice, about 1 teaspoon
  • 1 ½ tablespoons butter or coconut oil

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 170°C. Grease a 22cm round cake tin (I used a 22cm silicon Bundt mould)
  • In a stand-mixer combine the butter and honey (or sugar) until fluffy. Add the vanilla extract and lemon zest, then eggs one at a time, followed by the coconut milk mixing until incorporated.
  • Combine the desiccated coconut, flour, baking powder and baking soda in a bowl. Add to the mixer and gently mix until just combined. Remove the mixing bowl from the machine and fold through the blueberries.
  • Pour into the prepared tin and bake for 35-40 minutes until an inserted skewer comes out clean. Leave to steam in the tin for five minutes (for a super moist cake crumb), then carefully flip out on to a cooling rack.
  • Once the cake is completely cool make the Blueberry Glaze. In a small saucepan combine the blueberries, honey, lemon juice and butter. Simmer for one minute until the blueberries are softened.
  • Pour into a blender, or use an immersion blender, and blitz until smooth. Cool a little to thicken then slowly pour over the cake. If the glaze is too runny then leave to cool a little longer.
  • This cake is best consumed the day it is baked, after which the glaze will lose its vibrant colour.

*Listen to this recipe on Radio New Zealand HERE.


Blueberries are my husband’s favourite fruit. But try as I might to grow them bountifully, so far my attempts have been futile. I did my research and planted four bushes that would, all going well, produce 2kg of berries each, per season. Four years down the track and I barely harvest more than a small bowl from the two trees still standing.

Admittedly it was a space dilemma that led me to plant them in a less than ideal position without sufficient sun. With more than 30 fruiting plants on our 800-square metre patch, it is getting somewhat crowded. This summer I am taking a new approach after seeing several large blueberry-laden bushes growing in pots on a friend’s sunny veranda. I am doing the same, on a trial basis with one pot. Let’s see if I can regain my berry growing confidence.

Luckily, some clever local growers do know how to produce bucket loads of blueberries each season. Large bags of seconds are sorted to satisfy those who like to eat them by the handful, with enough left over to experiment within the kitchen. This particular cake has been on repeat for several weeks, in fact, it has been dubbed my best cake ever – by said blueberry-loving husband who may be biased.

Join the Conversation

  1. Margaret Nicholls says:

    Love what you do. Cooked for a weekend with friends and children totally from your new book! Wonderful!

    1. Thank-you Margaret, that is so wonderful to hear and the best feedback an author can receive.
      Happy cooking!
      Nicola

  2. I made this last week and after having a slice immediately regretted taking it to work!! In fact I might make another one tonight since I have half a can of coconut cream leftover……

    1. Hi Sophie, that is wonderful to hear. It is such an easy and delicious cake recipe. I have made it so many times now, last week with blackberries from the garden in the cake instead of blueberries 🙂

  3. Yum, sounds delicious – will certainly be giving it a try! I’m keen to try my hand at growing blueberries too…is there a particular variety you favour for growing in a home garden? Many thanks.

    1. Hi Alison, I hope you enjoy the cake 🙂 This will depend on your gardens climate, I am still working out works in my garden which has lower sun hours. Check the labels, or if you have a local nursery they will be able to point you in the right direction. The main thing – which I have learned the hard way – is that they love sun, so a sunny spot is essential. And if you have room for several bushes then choose both early and later season varieties so you get a nice long harvest.

  4. Hi Nicola!
    In the recipe ingredients it mentions coconut milk, but within the text it says coconut cream. Which one is it please? Thanks!

    1. Either will work. I have made it with both. Coconut cream is very rich so I do prefer the coconut milk so will update the recipe with this. Can also use almond or oat milk. Enjoy 🙂

  5. Cheree Ridder says:

    This looks amazing! making it tomorrow for my daughters birthday. Wondered if you have tried it with coconut oil in place of the butter in the cake?
    Thanks
    Cheree

    1. Hi Cheree, I haven’t tried coconut oil with this specific recipe but I generally find it can replace butter in recipes as long as the flavour is appropriate. I also often use olive oil in place of butter and works well too.
      Happy baking 🙂
      Nicola

      1. Cheree Ridder says:

        Thanks Nicola. Sounds appropriate here with the coconut flavours 🙂 Do I use it in a solid or liquid form if I replace butter with it?

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