Cherry and coconut loaf recipe

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Cherry and coconut loaf is an easy-to-make cake that blends the sweet taste of cherries with the exotic flavour of coconut. Put your feet up and enjoy.

Cherry and coconut loaf
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  • healthy
Total Time1 hours Plus cooling time
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories390 Kcal20%
Sugar27.7 g31%
Fat19.9 g28%
Saturated Fat12.8 g64%
Salt0.39 gRow 4 - Cell 2
Protein5 g10%
Carbohydrates47.8 g18%
Salt0.39 gRow 7 - Cell 2

Our cherry and coconut loaf is lovely sliced up and served with a cup of tea.

You’ll love this cherry and coconut cake with it’s moist texture and fruity flavour. Easy to make, this recipe expertly blends sweet glacé cherries with the nuttiness of desiccated coconut, resulting in a light, soft and crumbly sponge. Prepped in just 15 minutes, this cake will be baked in around 45 minutes. Allow to cool slightly after taking it out of the oven, and serve warm with a scoop of soft, no churn vanilla ice cream - or, just a simple cup of tea.


  • 250g (8oz) plain flour
  • 175g (6oz) butter, softened
  • 175g (6oz) caster sugar
  • 3 medium eggs, beaten
  • 2tbsp milk
  • 150g (5oz) glacé cherries
  • 60g (2oz) desiccated coconut
  • 1kg (2lb) loaf tin, buttered and lined with a strip of baking parchment




  1. Set the oven to moderate, 180°C (350°F, gas mark 4). Sift the flour into a bowl. Add the butter, sugar, eggs and milk, and beat until smooth.
  2. Cut cherries in half and fold into the mixture along with the desiccated coconut. Spoon into the loaf tin and level the surface.
  3. Bake the loaf in the centre of the oven for 45 mins to 1 hr, or until the cake has risen and feels firm to the touch, and a skewer comes out clean after being inserted into the centre.
  4. Remove the cake from the oven and leave to cool in the tin for 10-15 mins, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

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Jessica Dady
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Jessica Dady is Food Editor at GoodtoKnow and has over 11 years of experience as a digital editor, specialising in all things food, recipes, and SEO. From the must-buy seasonal food hampers and advent calendars for Christmas to the family-friendly air fryers that’ll make dinner time a breeze, Jessica loves trying and testing various food products to find the best of the best for the busy parents among us. Over the years of working with GoodtoKnow, Jessica has had the privilege of working alongside Future’s Test Kitchen to create exclusive videos - as well as writing, testing, and shooting her own recipes. When she’s not embracing the great outdoors with her family at the weekends, Jessica enjoys baking up a storm in the kitchen with her favourite bakes being chocolate chip cookies, cupcakes, and a tray of gooey chocolate brownies