Coconut Lime Chiffon Cake
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This light and fluffy coconut lime chiffon cake is topped with sweet coconut lime glaze. It's the perfect tropical treat for spring or summer!
Yield: 12-16 servings
  • 1¾ c. all-purpose flour
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • ⅓ c. unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 tbsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. kosher sea salt
  • 7 eggs, separated
  • ½ c. lime juice
  • ½ cup coconut oil, melted and slightly cooled*
  • ¼ c. water
  • 3 tbsp. lime zest
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp cream of tartar
  • For the glaze:
  • ⅔ c. powdered sugar, sifted
  • 2 Tbsp full-fat or light coconut milk**
  • 2 tsp. lime juice
  • ½ tsp. lime zest
  • Pinch of kosher sea salt
  • Optional Garnishes:
  • Unsweetened coconut flakes
  • Lime zest
  • Fresh berries
  • Fresh herbs (mint or basil)
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line the bottom of a 10-inch tube pan with parchment paper (do not grease the sides); set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, coconut, baking powder, and salt.
  3. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the egg yolks, lime juice, coconut oil, water, lime zest, and vanilla extract. Make a small well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour the wet ingredients in. Mix just until combined, taking care not to over-mix.
  4. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment (or with a hand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment), combine egg whites and cream of tartar. Beat on medium for 1 minute, then gradually increase the mixing speed to medium-high and beat for 3 to 4 minutes or until stiff peaks form. Use a large rubber spatula to gently fold the egg whites into batter.
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared pan, then gently tap the pan on the counter 3 times to remove air bubbles. Place in the oven and bake for 45 to 55 minutes, or until top is golden and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  6. Invert pan and let cake cool for about 90 minutes. Once the cake has cooled, run a thin knife around the edge to loosen and invert onto a serving platter (I have a thin wire cake tester that I use for this).
  7. To make the glaze, whisk all of the ingredients together in a small mixing bowl. Poke the top of the cake several times with a toothpick or cake tester, then drizzle the glaze over cooled cake. Allow the glaze to set, about 10-15 minutes. Garnish before serving, if desired.
*Vegetable or canola oil can be used in place of coconut oil.
**Regular milk can be subbed for the coconut milk.

Recipe source: adapted from Taste of Home
Recipe by Life Made Simple at