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Raspberry, almond and coconut cake

Raspberry,almond and coconut cake by Belinda Jeffery, Raspberry, almond and coconut cake

Raspberry, almond and coconut cake by Belinda Jeffery


Raspberry,almond and coconut cake by Belinda Jeffery, Raspberry, almond and coconut cake
Photo by Nellie Kerrison / Relish Mama

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This cake is so delightful.

Raspberry, almond and coconut cake, thanks to the wonderful Belinda Jeffery. The recipe is from her cookbook ‘A Year of Sundays’.

Many of you will know of Belinda Jeffery. She has a cult-like following also on Instagram @belindajefferyfood

Her writing and recipes are so dependable and so, so beautiful. It feels like you have her, as a friend, beside you in the kitchen. She has a warm and kind heart & such generosity about her. 

In our RM Cooking Club, we have introduced a new addition, which is a cookbook club inside the book club (confusing but awesome). For the first month of our cookbook club, we are cooking from Belinda’s book ‘A Year of Sundays. First out of the oven was this Raspberry, almond and coconut cake.

I am beyond excited too that Belinda will be joining us for a live Q & A at the end of the month, where we will discuss this particular cookbook as well as her new one released next month (‘In Belinda’s Kitchen- Essential Recipes’)!!! There is so much to chat about. 




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Raspberry, almond and coconut cake by Belinda Jeffery


Raspberry,almond and coconut cake by Belinda Jeffery, Raspberry, almond and coconut cake

Belinda Jeffery's Raspberry, almond and coconut cake

A recipe from A Year of Sundays by Belinda Jeffery A note from Belinda" “This is from the secret cache of recipes I turn to when I have to whip up something special at very short notice – and it’s just fabulous. Although it’s an unassuming slim little cake and somewhat wet inside, don’t let looks fool you; it has the best flavour, and there’s a lovely contrast between the slightly chewy crust and buttery crumb. What’s also appealing is that it only takes about 15 minutes to make and is wonderfully versatile – perfect for afternoon tea, but serve it with poached plums, quince or tamarillos and a dollop of rich cream and it’s like waving a magic wand that transforms it into a very elegant dessert.”
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Course: Dessert, sweets, Cake
Cuisine: French, Australian fusion
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 396kcal
Author: Nellie Kerrison | Relish Mama
Cost: 20


  • 1 Oven
  • 1 Saucepan
  • 1 Fine mesh sieve
  • 1 Electric mixer
  • 1 Heatproof bowl
  • 1 23 or 24 cm cake tin


Raspberry puree

  • 150 g fresh or frozen raspberries
  • 60 g caster sugar
  • 12 g cornflour
  • 200 g unsalted butter melted and cooled
  • 100 g almond meal
  • 50 g desiccated coconut
  • 70 g plain flour
  • ½ teaspoon of baking powder
  • 7 large egg whites from 70g eggs
  • 250 g icing sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons flaked almonds toasted
  • icing sugar (optional), for dusting


For the raspberry puree

  • Put the raspberries and sugar into a small saucepan and gently mix them together. Leave them to sit for 15 minutes
  • Sprinkle the cornflour over the berries and place the pan over medium heat. Bring the mixture to the boil. Stir regularly. Adjust heat to ensure it bubbles gently for one minute. Keep scraping the base of the pan with a spoon and allow the mix to become thick and dark. Remove from the heat. Pour the berries into a heatproof bowl and allow to cook & thicken (do not stir).
  • Preheat your oven to 180C. Butter a 23 or 24cm shallow spring form cake tin and line the base and sides with buttered baking paper.
  • Melt and then cool the butter.
  • Put the almond meal, desiccated coconut, flour and baking powder into a medium-sized bowl and whisk them briskly together with a balloon whisk for 1 minute or until thoroughly combined.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs in a clean dry mixing bowl and sift in the icing sugar and salt. Use an electric beater on a medium speed to combine the mixture until it is just smooth but not foamy or fluffy.
  • Add the almond mixture to the eggwhites and beat briefly again until just combined. Then, with the beaters going, add in the melted butter and vanilla and mix until combined.
  • Scrape the batter into the prepared tin and the dollop the raspberry puree evenly over the top. spread it out evenly, then scatter the flaked almonds over the top.
  • Put the tin in the oven and bake the cake for about 40-45 minutes, or until the top of the cake springs back slowly when you press it gently. Cool the cake in the tin on a wire rack.
  • Serve with toasted almonds and dust with icing sugar.


A note from Belinda - It’s handy to know that this freezes very well.
I usually slice it before I freeze it and defrost (or microwave) it as I need it (frequently in my case!). It also keeps well in the fridge for a week or so. Warm it gently or bring it to room temperature before eating it – although it has a rather fabulous ‘chewy’ almost candy-like texture when it’s cold too.


Calories: 396kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 43mg | Sodium: 142mg | Potassium: 55mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 31g | Vitamin A: 500IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 1mg



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