Strawberry, Orange and Coconut Cake with Strawberry Cream Cheese Icing

, from Issue #69. November, 2016
Photography by Josh Griggs.
Strawberry, Orange and Coconut Cake with Strawberry Cream Cheese Icing

A gorgeous moist, tender cake filled with pieces of juicy fruit and topped with a finger-licking good icing – also made with fresh strawberries. We garnished our cake with extra fruit, toasted shredded coconut and a sprinkling of freeze-dried strawberries.


150 grams butter, at room temperature
1 cup caster sugar
3 large eggs, size 7
1 cup plain flour
1½ teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon ground cardamom
½ cup desiccated coconut
½ cup buttermilk or plain yoghurt
finely grated zest 1 orange
2 tablespoons orange juice
15 medium strawberries, hulled and quartered
100 grams cream cheese, at room temperature
100 grams butter, at room temperature  
2 cups icing sugar, sifted
3–4 strawberries, hulled and crushed with a fork


Grease a 22cm springform cake tin and line the base and sides with baking paper.

Preheat the oven to 150°C fan bake.

Cake: Beat the butter and sugar until light and pale. Whisk the eggs together and gradually beat in until very well combined. Mix the flour, baking powder, cardamom and the coconut together. Gently fold into the butter mixture along with the buttermilk, orange zest and juice and the strawberries.  

Pour into the tin and smooth the top. Bake for about 1 hour until golden and the cake is pulling away from the sides of the tin. A skewer inserted into the centre should come out clean.

Let the cake cool completely before removing from the tin.

Icing: Beat the cream cheese until smooth, then add the butter and beat again until light and fluffy. Beat in the icing sugar. Beat in half the strawberries, then add enough of the remaining pulp to make a thick but spreadable icing. You may not need to add all the strawberry pulp. 

Spread over the cake and decorate with any or all of our suggested toppings. 

Store any leftover cake in the refrigerator. Makes 1 cake

Cook’s note: If garnishing with fresh strawberries, add them just before serving otherwise the juices will melt the icing on the cake.