Gluten-free coconut cake

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    I made this lovely, moist coconut cake for my mum's 65th birthday and topped it with a simple vanilla buttercream and grated coconut. No one can tell it's gluten-free!

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    Serves: 16 

    • 270g gluten free flour
    • 300g caster sugar
    • 75g coconut flakes
    • 60g chopped walnuts
    • 1 tablespoon gluten free baking powder
    • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
    • 1 teaspoon xanthan gum
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 235ml coconut milk
    • 235ml vegetable oil
    • 4 eggs
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:45min  ›  Ready in:1hr 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Lightly grease and flour a rectangular cake tin.
    2. Whisk flour, sugar, coconut, walnuts, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, xanthan gum and salt together in a bowl. Add coconut milk, vegetable oil, eggs and vanilla extract; mix until cake mixture is smooth. Spread cake batter into the prepared tin.
    3. Bake in the preheated oven until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean, about 45 minutes.

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    Yummy, moist, easy peasy. I used Bobs Red Mill baking mix for the flour, coconut oil, and extra thick coconut milk. Cut out half a cup of sugar. Added 2 tbsp of lemon juice at the end because it seemed to be too sweet. Baked in a torte pan so it took an extra 10 minutes or so. Popped it out and Shook some powdered sugar on top. It was a hit. Have made it twice now.  -  18 Jun 2014  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Everyone who had this at Thanksgiving loved this. I made no changes but was shocked at the cost of xanthan gum. Whole Foods actually gave me a sample when the guy helping me saw I only needed a tsp and the bag was $14.00. I love that store, they are very helpful and will seek their advise again when making something to take to friends who are gluten free.  -  27 Nov 2015  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Followed the recipe without nuts and made it with King Arthur GF Flour. I used two 9" rounds and it baked in 20 min. (as the recipe stated) I give it 5 stars for texture and the cake baked perfectly (a challenge for those of us who need to bake GF). Unfortunately, it lacked flavor and was really bland. Maybe it really needs frosting which I didn't have on hand. I will definately try again (maybe adding more coconut and/or sugar and/or frosting). Thank you for posting GF recipes!  -  16 Jan 2016  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)