Coconut Lime Ricotta Cake is so easy and fast to make in a simple loaf pan! This super moist cake is bursting with flavor and is topped with a sweet glaze and toasted coconut!
Coconut Lime Ricotta Cake:
This cake is for the coconut lovers! We can not get enough of this coconut cake. It's really super moist from the ricotta cheese and melts in your mouth. As you can imagine, there is a ton of tangy lime and mellow coconut going on in here! Then, we top it off with a simple glaze and toasted coconut! If you don't have ricotta but really want to make this, there are subs, you can see my recipe notes below! It also could not be easier to make and came about because I happened to have coconut extract, but, I also had an abundance of limes I need to use! I know we are all baking a lot more right now, and this Coconut Lime Ricotta Cake cannot be missed! Plus I think this is a great "spring" comfort food! Coconut lime flavors definitely get us in the mood for that spring/summer feeling! If you want more baking be sure to try our Banana Bread and our easy Beer Bread too!
Coconut Lime Ricotta Cake Recipe Notes:
- Ricotta cheese is the best in this cake, but it's also nice when we can use what we have on hand! So, if you don't have the cheese, you can just use 1 Cup of plain Greek yogurt instead.
- Coconut extract should easily be available at any grocery store, but if you can't locate it, you can find it and order online.
- If you can't get ahold of coconut extract at all, you can just sub in vanilla or even banana extract! Both would be really tasty here.
- Toasting the flaked coconut (sweet or unsweet is fine) only takes 10 minutes and you can pop it in the oven right after your bread comes out. If you like coconut flavor but not texture, simply leave the toasted coconut topping off.
- The amount of juice you can get out of one lime really depends on it's size, so I recommend having 3 limes on hand since you'll need juice for the glaze and the cake itself.
Coconut Lime Ricotta Cake
FOR THE CAKE:
- 1 Stick Butter
- 1 Cup Ricotta Cheese
- 3 Large Eggs at room temperature
- 1 Cup Granulated Sugar
- 2 Tablespoons Lime Juice
- 2 teaspoons Coconut Extract
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 1 ½ Cups All Purpose Flour
- 2 teaspoons Baking Powder
- ¼ teaspoon Salt
FOR THE TOPPING:
- 1 Cup Powdered Sugar
- 2-3 Tablespoons Lime Juice
- ½ teaspoon Coconut Extract
- ½ Cup Coconut Flakes toasted
FOR THE CAKE:
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9x5 inch loaf pan generously, and set aside.
- Cut the butter into cubes and place in a medium bowl. Microwave for 30-45 seconds, just until melted then set aside to cool slightly.
- In a large bowl if using hand mixer or in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add the ricotta cheese, eggs, and sugar. Mix for 2-3 minutes until pale yellow and smooth.
- Add in the melted butter, lime juice, coconut extract, and vanilla extract and mix on low speed just until combined, about 1 minute.
- In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt for 30 seconds. Pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and use a spatula to mix just until combined.
- Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake in the preheated oven for 40-50 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Allow the cake to cool in the pan for 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely. Once cooled drizzle the glaze over the cake and top with the toasted coconut as desired.
FOR THE TOPPING:
- In a large bowl use hand or stand mixer to blend together the powdered sugar and lime juice until smooth, about 2-3 minutes.
- For the coconut, pour the coconut flakes out onto a non-stick baking sheet. Bake in the preheated oven for 7-10 minutes until toasted.
I baked this today . Just decadent!!
I used self raising flour instead of the plain flour and BP.
Thank you for sharing this
This was gone in less than a day at my house. Everyone loved it and it was perfect for something different from banana bread.
Sounds delicious! Does this loaf freeze well?
Yes! You can freeze it for up to 3 months 🙂
jamie hall says
Hi there, I'm curious to know if you ever made this recipe into cupcakes instead? If so, do you have an estimated baking time, since I'm assuming it may vary? Thanks for your help.
Hello, can I put coconut flakes directly on the batter about 10-15 min towards the end of baking? Why is the purpose of glazing them separately?
Hi! You could definitely try it out. I haven't done it myself so I can't say for sure how it would work out. I toasted the flakes separately to make sure they actually get nice and toasty. Hope that helps! 🙂
Erica Larios says
Could this be made as cupcakes? If so do you know what adjustments I should make? Thank you!!
Hi! I haven't tried it myself, but I definitely think it would work. I'd just start with maybe a 20 minute cook time and make sure to check them every 5-10 minutes after that as they wouldn't need to cook as long as the loaf cake 🙂
Love baking with ricotta! I think it adds additional creaminess and richness to the cakes. Also, love this flavor combination, perfect for the Spring and Summer!
What a delicious cake. It looks so moist, and includes some of my favorite flavors. I can't wait to try this.
Gosh I can only imagine how delicious this must be! I'd love this in the morning with tea...so comforting to have something a little sweet in the AM. I love coconut <3
Mama Maggie's Kitchen says
This Coconut Lime Ricotta Cake looks is making me drool right now! I love that it's easy to make. I might do this with my son. That sweet glaze and toasted coconut are perfect combination!
Pam Greer says
This is so moist and delicious! We don't even make banana bread any more after trying this!
YUM! I love the flavor combo of coconut and lime. It works perfectly in this recipe!
Where do you add the sugar?
Step 3, it goes in with the butter, eggs, and sugar 🙂
Kelly Anthony says
I love toasted coconut especially when it is on top of a super moist cake like this.
Ok I’m using vanilla extract so do I need to do 1 teaspoon plus another 2 teaspoons in place of the coconut extract?
I am also finding myself in that situation where I have more limes than I normally do, mostly because they were super cheap and I just bought them all thinking "Yay! Guacamole! Yay! Mojito!". Obviously, I've made neither. The limes are all still there. I guess I had to come across your recipe while finding myself in the lucky situation of having loads of limes begging to be used. Can't wait to try this!
Tami Price says
I love all things bread! I was so excited to try this recipe and I was not disappointed! Loved how moist the bread is and the glaze on top.. perfection! Thanks so much for sharing!