Tuesdays with Dorie: Coconut-Lime Tea Cake

March 30, 2010

Coconut and lime with a touch of dark rum…what a lovely dessert to make on an early spring day! Fellow Tuesdays with Dorie baker Carmen of Carmen Cooks selected this tasty recipe for the group to bake this week.

Thank you to my husband for the nice photo! I asked him for some styling advice and he ended up taking the photo. I reminded him that I just wanted advice and he said “my advice is that you let me take the photo.”

What I did:

  • I cut the recipe in half and baked it in a muffin pan.
  • There were some options with this recipe. I went for the lime version, which adds lime juice and lime zest. Do you remember the Coconut Butter Thins, which TWD made around this time last year? Coconut and lime was such a good combo in those cookies, so I decided to add the lime to these cakes.
  • I substituted half the butter with plain yogurt, which I added after adding the eggs. I did it partially because some people thought the cake was dry and I thought the yogurt might add some moisture, and partially because I didn’t want to slice 1 tablespoon of butter off of a new stick!
  • I added the optional dark rum and used sweetened, untoasted coconut in the batter.
  • They looked a little plain, so I made a glaze of powdered sugar, milk, and a touch of rum. I drizzled that on top and sprinkled them with some toasted coconut.

How it went: This was an easy recipe to put together. I filled the muffin cups about 3/4 full, but the cake didn’t rise much. I could have filled them just about to the top. I baked these 20-25 minutes, but I always lose track of the exact amount of time. They didn’t get very golden, but a toothpick came out clean and I could tell they were browned on the sides.

Tip of the day: I didn’t have whole milk, but I did have 1% and heavy cream in the refrigerator, so I looked here to see how much cream to add to the milk to equal whole milk. Handy! Oh, did someone say refrigerator? Did someone say a new refrigerator?

I’ve only had it a few days, but it’s awesome!

How it tasted: These were good! I didn’t try one plain, but I think the glaze and toasted coconut made them look pretty and added some nice flavor. My husband liked the rum flavor and said that he doesn’t like coconut but he liked these. I pointed out that he always says he doesn’t like coconut, yet I’ve made many coconut things and he’s liked them all. He declared that my baking overcomes his prejudices. I brought some of them to work and they were a major hit. Perhaps a bit of rum is a good thing at work on a Monday morning?

Would I make this again?: Maybe. I say maybe just because it’s so hard to get back to a recipe with so many new ones to try. These worked well as minis and would be nice for a lunch or shower (and, apparently, a breakfast item at work!).

Do you want the recipe? Look on page 194 of Baking: From My Home to Yours, or check Carmen Cooks; she’ll have the recipe posted today.


  1. Your tea cake looks so good! Coconut and lime sound like the perfect pair!

    I heart that refrigerator. It’s purdy.:)

  2. Nice new fridge!! And your coconut minis are very nice-looking too:)

  3. Your muffins look divine, but unless they have some magic up their sleeves that awesome fridge has them beat by a mile. Congrats on the appliance!

  4. I made 1/4 batch and used a muffin tin, too. The glaze adds a lot. Very nice photo!

  5. Wonderful looking mini cakes. The coconut lime combo sounds delicious. The fridge is gorgeous. Lucky.

  6. These look very pretty! Funny story about your husband and coconut. Now that’s love. πŸ™‚

  7. Too cute, I love a little bite of wonderful. Nice fridge!

  8. Gorgeous fridge!

    Cool husband–I think…(although I’d probably rather take my own pics)

    Also, thanks for the link about converting milk. I have just been guessing.

    And the muffins look wonderful. But I couldn’t agree more about making this recipe again.

  9. I’ve got fridge envy! Beautiful Jill – I hope you enjoy it! Love the muffin treatment. I’m sure the lime was the perfect complement to them -they look fabulous!

  10. Cupcakes are great but a new refrigerator is the best! It’s gorgeous. Congrats!

  11. Great new fridge Jill! Coconut and lime is a smashing combo. LOL at hubby’s “advice”.

  12. First of all…I’m so coveting your new fridge! Best of luck! I hear you about all of the recipes still waiting to be tried out there. There are so many good ones yet to be discovered! Your little cakes look great, and the glaze sounds yummy.

  13. Beautiful little cakes. Your husband did a nice job. I’ll be making this cake next week, so I was glad to see your “review.” Also, I love your new fridge…it looks a lot like ours, only we didn’t spring for the water in the door.

  14. Haha – I think I may be the same way as your hubs about coconut – I never think I like it, except I always do. Your mini cakes look great. I agree that these seem perfect for a shower or luncheon. Beautiful cakes!

  15. Your husband took an excellent photo! The cakelets look yummy with the glaze, I felt like mine could have used a little something extra. Congrats on your beautiful new refrigerator, how exciting!

  16. Hey, great minds with the minis, glaze and saying these would be great for a shindig! πŸ˜‰
    Yours look great!

  17. Your coconut tea cupcakes look marvelous! They look like tea cakes for a high tea – perfect! =) Nice photo from your husband too!
    Your refrigerator looks fantastic! I’d take a picture of mine too if mine looked anything like yours! =)

  18. how adorable! That IS a great photo.

  19. Pretty new fridge – love it! I went the mini route this week too, though I used mini bundt pans. Great job garnishing your cupcakes – I did think my cakes were a little boring plain but I was too lazy to do much about it πŸ™‚

  20. Nice fridge! πŸ™‚

    Your little cupcakes look yummy with the dusting of coconut. Tell the hubby “nice picture”. πŸ™‚

  21. I love that you made cup cakes. They look delicious!

  22. Your cupcakes look gorgeous! And that fridge is gorgeous too – new fridges are soo exciting (we got one last year and I’m still in love with it). Thanks for baking with me this week!

  23. Wow, I’m so jealous of your new fridge! It’s so pretty! Your little muffins look fantastic. Great job to your hubby on the photo!

  24. I love those. You are lucky to have your own food stylist on hand!

  25. How cute and pretty with the glaze! Nice fridge too. πŸ™‚

  26. laughing at your husband’s advice. cute. love the new fridge. and i like that you did them in muffin/cupcake tins! πŸ™‚ i’m planning to do mine on sunday for Easter πŸ™‚

  27. Your little mini cakes look wonderful and your fridge is gorgeous!!

  28. Your cakes are gorgeous!! I will have to try them in cupcake tins next time!

  29. Nice fridge! (Oh, and the cupcakes look great too!)

  30. Oh, your cupcakes look just lovely! I made the mocha bundt this week because I was out of coconut milk. I love reading the posts for this cake because I’m getting some wonderful ideas.

  31. My husband takes all the photos for me. It’s a good division of labor. Your cakes look great becasue you did a perfect baking job and your husband did a great photography job. Nothing like teamwork!

  32. The cupcakes look adorable. And that refrigerator – amazing!

  33. Your husband is funny–and takes a good picture! You guys make a good team. And cheers for a new refrigerator!

  34. Love the idea of these as muffins with a glaze on them, especially that glaze! They look wonderful. Will try. Hubs takes a great photo. OMW is that refrigerator fancy schmancy! I bet you do love that!

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