Mango and coconut cake

by Sunita on July 15, 2010

The weather has cooled down considerably, thanks to the rains. The ground seems to be quenched of its thirst, it was becoming quite parched.

The kids have got just one more week of school before their summer holidays, and we are really looking forward to it. It’s been a long and busy term, with a few more activities still to go before next week. So, we are eagerly looking forward to a break in the routine.

The cooking, baking continues on the kitchen front. The gorgeous mangoes are going to be with us for a couple of weeks more. We basically ration our supply of mangoes, as it is not found in as much abundance as in India. Here, we are at the mercy of the local Asian grocery shops, and if we cannot make it on the due day, we miss our chance for the whole week. We are quite good at making the most of local ingredients, but mangoes are different. There are so many memories attached to them, that we can’t stop ourselves from making that trip to the Asian grocers and getting our hands on those precious boxes.

So different to the days back in Assam where they are found in plenty. Some people even have mango trees in their backyard. I remember the trips to my oldest aunt’s place and squinting up at the large mango tree in their backyard, laden with the fruits. My uncle would pluck them from the tree and we would sit around as my aunt readied them for us, cousins, to enjoy. What sweetness! I called them sometime back, and, across the thousands of miles that separated us, the talk came to mangoes and we fondly remembered those days. They still have the mango tree, and it still bears them loads of fruit, but, as my aunt said, ” iman bur aam, khaboloi manuhei nai” ( so many mangoes, and hardly anyone to eat them ). Her sons  have flown the nest in search of greener pastures and so has her dear nephews and neices. So, the birds have free reign to their mango tree now. Where, once they would be shooed away to save the mangoes, now, no one cares anymore.

Again, when I was in Kolkata, just before Rengoni was born, mangoes and yogurt are what saw me through those months of pregnancy. I remember those trips to the market, a bit self conscious as I was new to the place and didn’t know the local language very well at that time. I still remember that particular fruit seller, who, thankfully spoke in Hindi, which I understood, and from whose stall I would walk away happily with my bags full of luscious mangoes.

Usually, we have the mangoes as they are. But I couldn’t resist adding some to a mango and coconut cake. A thin and light coconut cake topped with lots of mango cream is a great summery delight. Fresh, sweet mangoes work best in this recipe.  I used honey mangoes which are very sweet, so no additional sugar is needed for the topping.

What’s needed-

3 eggs
1/2 C sugar
1/2 C whole wheat flour (atta)
5 tblsp of dessicated coconut+ 1 tblsp extra for sprinkling on the top
1/2 tsp baking powder
2 tblsp sunflower/vegetable oil

For the topping-

2and 1/2 c of mango puree ( preferably made from fresh mangoes)
3 tblsp soured cream/whipped cream

How to-

  1. Mix together the mango puree and soured cream and chill in the refrigerator.
  2. Pre heat the oven at 180 deg C and line an 8 inch baking pan with foil.
  3. Beat together the eggs and sugar till pale and fluffy ( at least 6-8 minutes, depending on your beaters). When the beaters are lifted, they should leave a  trail on the surface for at least 10 seconds.
  4. Mix together the flour, coconut and baking powder.
  5. Add the flour mixture to the egg mixture, in three batches and fold in very gently.
  6. Fold in the oil and tip the mixture into the prepared pan.
  7. Place the pan in the centre of the pre heated oven and bake for approximately 25 minutes or till the top is golden and the centre springs back when pressed gently.
  8. Peel away the foil and cool the cake completely on a rack.
  9. Place the cake on a serving plate and spread the mango cream over the top of the cooled cake, keeping it quite rough looking( doesn’t matter if you spread it smoothly, I just the like the look of it more when it’s not)
  10. Sprinkle the rest of the coconut on top and chill the cake for  few hours for the flavours to mature before cutting into wedges and serving.

This cake is good, very good. If you are a fan of mangoes just like us, then this cake is definitely for you. The smoothness of the mangoes and the bite from the coconut paired very well. In fact, I had a hard time keeping myself away from the fridge as I was writing this post. The mangoes  retain their sweet flavour too. You know what? I just might  have to make that trip to the fridge again; naughty me!

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{ 26 comments… read them below or add one }

1 arthi July 15, 2010 at 10:10 am

Gorgeous…love the thick mango icing on it sunita…I somehow love alphonso mangoes.. although its season is over and you find only honey mangoes in asian shops…


2 Sunita July 15, 2010 at 10:30 am

Thabks arthi; I thougth I loved alphonsos better too, but nowadays I’m all for the honey mangoes ;-)


3 Rosa July 15, 2010 at 11:15 am

That is a heavenly combination. That exotic tastin cake is beautiful!




4 shayma July 15, 2010 at 12:30 pm

really beautiful photos, S. love them. and the cake is obviously very delish. xxx shayma


5 Neeta Bali July 15, 2010 at 12:53 pm

That looks absolutely gorgeous and oh so tempting! Great pics Sunita and you are truly one of the most creative cooks I’ve ever come across!! :-)


6 Sharmilee July 15, 2010 at 12:59 pm

Wow now drooling over the pics….looks too gud. Very tempting clicks!
Btwn tried ur choco yogurt cookies and they turned out gud….they werent very crisp but a lil crunchy…still tasted super gud…..Its def a keeper!! :) Will post it soon in my blog


7 Emma Batchelor July 15, 2010 at 1:29 pm

This cake looks incredible Sunita! I wish I had a food processor as we are totally Mango addicted and Brazil, like India, has them in abundance! Do you think it’s possible to use a blender to mix the sugar and eggs and then whisk by hand to bring it to the right consistency?


8 Sunita July 15, 2010 at 4:11 pm

Give it a try Emma, no reason as to why that should not work out :-)


9 Lakshmi July 15, 2010 at 3:27 pm

The coconut cake with mango icing looks gorgeous! Pics are amazing as always


10 RV July 15, 2010 at 7:14 pm

It looks luscious with the Mango topping.. yumm.. I think everyone has their own story to share when it comes to Mangoes. I did share mine a while ago in my blog.. Aren’t they such a bonding fruit.. I love them.


11 Aruna July 15, 2010 at 7:52 pm

Sunitha, Thats a delicious Cake !!!! Can I use Quark instead of sour cream, will that work here ? Thx


12 Sunita July 15, 2010 at 9:10 pm

Aruna, you can, the recipe for the topping is very adaptable.


13 Melanie July 16, 2010 at 1:45 am

This cake looks delicious Sunita and your instructions are easy to follow. I must make this cake. I love tropical flavors and mango and coconut are two of my favorites. Thanks for thew recipe.


14 naina July 16, 2010 at 6:02 am

Hey Sunit, ur cake looks really yummy! i like the aesthetically taken shot…nostalgic memories of mangoes added th extra zing !! Thumbs Up 2 U :)


15 sanjeeta kk July 16, 2010 at 11:47 am

Lovely clicks Sunita! Like the yellow syrup, its like fire on the cake. Beautiful.


16 Gera @ Sweets Foods Blog July 16, 2010 at 5:14 pm

Anything with mango and coconut is a winner in my family :)

Absolutely delicious cake with gorgeous photos!!




17 sowmya July 17, 2010 at 2:24 am

looks absoltely delicious..


18 Margot July 17, 2010 at 7:29 pm

What a lovely flavours, delicious :)


19 praniskitchen July 17, 2010 at 7:41 pm

really delicious cake mango topping is really yummy


20 Shirley July 18, 2010 at 4:45 pm

This looks so good! I can only dream of having a mango tree.


21 Cakelaw July 18, 2010 at 10:11 pm

What a gorgeous, sunny cake!


22 Krishnaveni July 20, 2010 at 7:34 am

unusual topping looks so beautiful, loved it


23 Wizzythestick July 20, 2010 at 11:35 am

It’s mango season in the Caribbean right now and I cannot get enough. There is even a Mango Festival that I’m hoping to attend. This cake looks divine. Sadly I have been too lazy this year to do anything with mangoes other than eat them.


24 pigpigscorner July 21, 2010 at 8:09 pm

This is gorgeous…the mango topping looks amazing!


25 Shoba Shrinivasan July 22, 2010 at 5:08 am

Hi Sunita,

lovely clicks…lovelier and tastier looking cake…that too with such a yummy topping and as a bonus – no extra sugar!!! YUM..



26 Meeta July 22, 2010 at 6:33 am

this one has my name all over it! wow! i want a piece!


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