I hope you enjoy the deliciousness of this Meyer Lemon Coconut Cake as my friend The Dusty Baker shares her recipe with us.
My blog – The Dusty Baker – is home to gluten-free and allergy-friendly recipes, made with mess, love and a bit of silliness. I’ve been gluten and mostly dairy-free for about 20 years, and am so thankful and energized by the dynamic world of food and the open-mindedness of eaters out there.
I wanted to focus on one incredible ingredient: this features Meyer lemons, which are perfectly in season somewhere on the earth (certainly I’ve added some coconut milk to the frosting to make it even more dynamic and decorated the finished cake with large chunks of dried coconut, which give it a delightful crunch.
The result is a cake that’s dense and bright, buttery and rich and ridiculously yummy. The Meyer lemons give it an incredible zing that balances out the butter and sugar so well. After a bite, my roommate started “mmmmmm-ing” with her eyebrows cocked and asked which bakery I had bought it at. Score.
Now, here are my “notes”:
This is a great recipe for someone in the early stages of baking gluten-free. I used my favorite three flours in my general proportions for this cake – brown rice as a healthful base, tapioca for texture and binding and millet for sweetness – which I find to be both impossible to detect in regards to the cake tasting gluten-free. If you’re thinking of baking gluten-free more often, these are the three big guns I recommend having on hand. Xanthan gum is an expensive initial purchase, but it lasts forever. You won’t be able to tell that there’s no gluten in this recipe, cross my heart. It’s spot-on in taste and texture. You can try the equivalent measurements with regular all-purpose wheat flour or an all-purpose gluten-free mix and the recipe should hold strong.
Basic cake-making rules: warm ingredients, incorporate air into the eggs before adding flour, pour and put straight into a hot oven. Grease lightly so there’s little holding the cake back from rising fully.
Confession: I’m not a huge frosting fan, in general, preferring naked cakes with fruits and nuts so that I can eat more cake without guilt!!! So if you’re on my team I recommend brushing the cake with either more lemon juice, some melted jam or some Limoncello liqueur and sprinkling with ground nuts. My roommate, however, loved the frosting, so go to if that’s your preference. It chills well and will harden a bit to give the cake an almost fondant look.
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