Coconut-Lime Berry Cake

Summer is the season of berries and I feel like I have fully embraced this berry season. Here is one summer berry dessert that I promise you will find yourself making again and again. A triple berry blend of raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries make this tender cake an irresistible summer treat. This moist Buttermilk Coconut-Lime Berry Cake is packed with shredded coconut, lime zest, lime juice and a shot of rum. The rum gives it a tropical kick, however, you can always substitute with lime juice or orange juice if you do not have it on hand. This cake is super easy to throw together so you can get back to enjoying your friends and family on these summer nights.

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Coconut-Lime Berry Cake

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  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for baking dish
  • 1 3/4 cups plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 cup packed sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 2 teaspoons finely grated lime zest, plus 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 3 cups mixed berries, such as raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries
  • 3 tablespoons amber rum


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour a 9-by-13-inch baking dish.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together 1 3/4 cups flour, baking powder, salt, and coconut; set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter and 1 cup sugar on high, scraping down bowl as needed, until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, and beat until combined. With mixer on low, add flour mixture in three additions, alternating with two additions buttermilk, and beat until combined. Stir in lime zest and juice. Spread batter into prepared dish. Smooth top with a small offset spatula.
  4. In a medium bowl, toss together 1 tablespoon flour, 1 tablespoon sugar, berries, and rum. Scatter berry mixture over batter. Bake until cake is golden at edges and a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, about 35 minutes. Let cake cool in pan on a wire rack 20 minutes before slicing. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Yields: 12 servings

Source: adapted from Two Peas & Their Pod, originally from Everyday Food, May 2011

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20 Responses to Coconut-Lime Berry Cake

  1. Anita Menon says:

    This recipe seems like a keeper. Bookmarked

  2. How is it you take these wonderful looking berries and somehow make them look even better. Amazing.

  3. jennknee says:

    Hello AMAZING summer cake!

  4. these looks delicious!

  5. Amy says:

    Oh man, this looks amazing! I love lime flavoring in desserts and the berries make it so perfect for summer! Can’t wait to try 🙂

  6. kitchengeisha says:

    I love this recipe! I’d like to modify it, though, to use peaches or plums instead of berries. Right now peaches and plums are much cheaper then fresh berries, and I could see peaches working really nicely – except with the coconut. Hmmm..

    Beautiful photos, as always!

  7. Made a not very good cherry cake today – should have waited for this recipe and adapted it!

  8. Liz @ Blog is the New Black says:

    This looks SO delicious! (I can never comment because I typically read your posts at work and I get blocked. 😦 )

  9. Coconut and lime are favorite flavors of mine. The addition of the berries here was genius and I am sure took this cake to a much more tasty level. Thanks for sharing this amazing recipe-yum!

  10. What a wonderful combination of coconut and lime and blueberries. This has made my to do list!

  11. i love berries in baked goods! esp. ones that pop out :). yummy summer baked delight! 😀

  12. I love all the berries in this cake! Seriously, it screams summer 🙂 Perfect addition to a cookout!

  13. Oh yum, I’m really liking all of the coconut recipes I’m seeing popping up here! Really nice 🙂

  14. Judy says:

    Those would go great with my coffee this morning, I’ll have one now, please 🙂

  15. Steve says:

    You can’t beat that! All 3 of my favorite berries together in a cake combined w/ a touch of rum…hmmm

  16. This looks AMAZING, im seriously going to give this one a go!! So much fruit jammed in there, im in a real berry-baking mood lately. This sounds utterly perfect 🙂

  17. iamahoneybee says:

    this looks so good. I love the berry combo.

  18. All of my favorite flavors in one cake…Awesome! Looking forward to trying this one.

  19. I just pinned this so I could make sure to remember it when I have some berries in the house. It looks amazing!

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