Cherry Ripe Coconut Fudge Cake

September 23, 2012

This cake has been a bit of an obsession of mine. A fun little fudgy project that has consumed my kitchen (and belly) for the last few weeks.

You see, I had a yearning to make a cake featuring a favourite ingredient of mine – gloriously intoxicating, fragrant coconut flour. Have you ever used coconut flour? It’s heavenly. You can find it at health food shops and although it’s not super cheap, I find it to be a delicious treat.

With coconut flour on my belly brain I dreamt up a love story between coconut and cocoa. I pictured a dark, dense cake. Rich, luxurious, coconut-cocoa-goodness. I would use melted chocolate and coconut oil. Dreamy.

And so began my adventures in coconut chocolate cake baking.

First I used coconut palm sugar as my sweetener, which was just completely divine. I then tried brown sugar, as it’s a more common ingredient, easier to have on hand. This too yielded a lovely cake, although the flavour felt somewhat muted. And so I turned to honey, adjusted the proportions a little and found the perfect balance. It’s sweet, it’s rich and dense, but not heavy, not sickly. Instead of needing a nap after a slice, I’m inclined to start leaping. And my, isn’t that fabulous for a fudge cake? I think so.

Now, please know that I have nothing against butter, in fact I’m very fond of it. And a little sugar is darn fine too. But I wanted something different from my coconut flour. It’s quite the delicate ingredient, you see, so I was determined to create a cake favouring more wholesome, nutritious ingredients. And so with a little hard/delicious work and many test batches, I find myself blessed with a lovely treat.

Oh, and then I went and put frosting on it. Frosting without added sugar or butter – rather, frosting with greek yoghurt…yeah, I did. Add some cherry jam and coconut sprinkles and you’ve totally got yourself a Cherry Ripe cake. A rather wholesome, fudgy Cherry Ripe cake. Yes indeed. And call me crazy, but the longer this cake stays in the fridge, the more delicious it becomes.

I find this cake to be entirely pleasurable and uplifting. I do indeed want to plough my face into it. It’s love. Cake love.



As I am so very dearly keen on coconut flour, I’ve decided to do a little giveaway – naturally in honour of coconut flour, but also this cake. And my birthday! Today I turn 27. Happy birthday to me. I’m going to celebrate with friends, family and woodfired pizza. Ricotta doughnuts will also be involved. And later on, I might just celebrate a little more by dipping into my endless supply of Cherry Ripe Coconut Fudge Cake found in my freezer (FYI, without frosting, this cake freezes very well).

To enter this giveaway for a lovely bag of coconut flour, please write a comment below telling me a memory of your most favourite birthday cake ever (one you made, one you ate – whatever you wish, as long as it’s birthday cake). Last year Ben surprised me with mini cupcakes and candles from Little Cupcakes while having dinner with friends at Izakaya Den. Everyone sang happy birthday to me in the restaurant, a lovely act which always makes me turn bright red but I always absolutely adore it. Please email me if your contact details are not clear, so that I can easily contact you if you win. This giveaway is open to Australian readers only. I’ll decide the winner in one week’s time, on the 30th September.

Cherry Ripe Coconut Fudge Cake

Cake Ingredients

150g Coconut Oil (Unrefined, in it’s solid form. I use Melrose brand)
100g quality Dark Chocolate (at least 70% cocoa)
1 cup Coconut Flour (from health food stores)
3 tablespoons Dutch Processed Cocoa Powder
1 1/4 teaspoon Baking Powder
1/4 teaspoon Salt
1/2 cup Honey
4 Eggs
1/2 cup Milk
2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract

Frosting Ingredients

100g quality Dark Chocolate (at least 70% cocoa)
1/2 tablespoon Dutch Processed Cocoa Powder
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1/2 cup Greek Yoghurt (I use Chobani Plain Non-Fat Greek Yoghurt)
1 heaped tablespoon Cherry Jam (I used St Dalfour Black Cherry Jam)
2 tablespoons Shredded Coconut


1. Preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius (convection setting). Grease and line a 22cm round springform cake tin with baking paper.
2. Over a double boiler, melt the coconut oil and chocolate, stirring often until melted. Allow to cool.
3. Sift your dry ingredients (coconut flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt) into a large mixing bowl. Stir to combine.
4. In a separate mixing bowl, whisk the eggs vigorously. Add the vanilla, milk and honey, stirring to combine.
5. Add the cooled, melted coconut oil/chocolate mixture to the dry ingredients and briefly fold through. Add the egg mixture and fold until all the flour is incorporated. Leave for a minute or so to allow the mixture to thicken, then fold once more to ensure there are no lumps.
6. Pour the mixture into the cake tin and then place in the oven and cook for 12 minutes. After 12 minutes, rotate the pan then cook for a further 5 minutes. Your cake will be cooked when a skewer inserted in to the middle comes out clean – you still want it fudgy so be careful to not overcook it (best to take it out earlier rather than later, in my opinion). Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes in the tin, before removing the tin and baking paper, and allowing the cake to cool on a wire rack.
7. Once your cake is cool, assemble your frosting by melting the chocolate over a double boiler, stirring often. Allow to cool a little but keep the bowl over the water with the heat off. Add the cocoa powder and vanilla, then the yoghurt. The mixture will seize a little as you add the yoghurt, just stir firmly to incorporate and turn the heat on to help melt the chocolate again if required. The mixture should end up nice and smooth, and rich brown in colour. Place frosting in the fridge to allow it to thicken.
8. Top the cake with the frosting, smoothing to ensure an even spread. Swirl through the jam, as much or as little as you wish – I favour haphazard, swirly blobs, and then sprinkle the shredded coconut over the top. Slice and serve.

Heidi xo

Giveaway Winner Announcement

Thank you for all your comments – they were just lovely, truly. I read each one with a huge smile on my face and joy in my heart. Who knew how popular Australian Women’s Weekly cakes were?!!

I had to choose KittyCate as the winner, though. A piano cake – that is terribly nostalgic for me and so it instantly sang to my heart. Cate, please email me with your postal address details and a bag of coconut flour will be heading your way!

Thank you all again for your birthday well wishes and beautiful comments.

Heidi xo
  • Hannah September 23, 2012 at 11:29 am

    Oh Heidi! How I wish I was in Australia (not really, but hear me out), not so much to enter the giveaway, but because I wish I could make this for my Cherry Ripe loving dad! How perfect this looks!

  • CC11 September 23, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    Holy Moley woman – I can't emphasise enough how large the pool of drool at my desk is – this cake is deliciousness personified – yum!

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) September 23, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    oh my – I have put this on my 'to make' list !!!

  • Danielle Lorkin September 23, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    Our birthday tradition always involved flipping through the Women's Weekly birthday cake book to select our novelty cake, so it was very exciting for my Mum to give me the recipe book so I can continue the tradition for my little boy and my most Favouriteite cke was recreating the train cake on the front cover for his 2nd birthday and it actually looked like it!

  • Iron Chef Shellie September 23, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    Oh my Heidi, this cake is TO.DIE.FOR!!

    My Mum always made me the most spectacular birthday cakes, from mini coopers, to fish bowls, and smurf huts. But my favourite memory was the clown cake she made for my cousin. He was sitting up, with his big round belly, and big round head, and when it came to cutting it, she had to decapitate the clown and his head sat in a bowl for the rest of the party. I pulled his fingers off and put them on the edge of the bowl to it looked like he was trying to climb out 😛

  • Jac September 23, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    Happy birthday! This cake looks delicious. I don't have a particular favourite birthday cake memory but they are all favourites because they are shared with family and friends 🙂

  • KittyCate September 23, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    Happy birthday Heidi! I've never even heard of coconut flour, this cake sounds beyond amazing

    My all-time favourite birthday cake was a piano cake my mum made for me when I was about 8 (from memory?), and learning to play. I had keys and a piano stool and everything, and there is a photo of my pretending to "play" it. So, so cool

  • The InTolerant Chef September 23, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    Well a very happy birthday to you indeed! Delicious cake, and one worthy of a great celebration 🙂
    My best birthday cake was not the space shuttle, treasure chest, fairy palace, mad scientist or pharoh sarcophagus that I've created for my kiddies, but the very plain glutenfree chocolate cake my sister made for me last year. The first ever purposely made cake just for me made by someone other than my husband- or me!

  • Anonymous September 23, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    Dear Heidi, only just read your blog. So, HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY! Your cake sounds Devine & perfect for my family & a few friends. Although you havnt advertised it as gluten-free, it is wonderful that it is. I Am always looking for new g-free recipes. I can't wait to try it! Thanku. My favourite birthday cake memory is from last year, when a dear friend surprised me by making me my own g-free cake – cinnamon swirl, chocolate chip. She even decorated it with hand made decorations. It really touched my heart that she went to so much trouble for me.

  • Alex September 24, 2012 at 6:48 am

    I've never used coconut flour. I'm not sure they even sell it around here. I'll be looking for it next time I'm going shopping.

  • Nic@diningwithastud September 24, 2012 at 11:19 am

    Pure fudgey awesomeness!

  • Lisa @ Blithe Moments September 24, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    In 2010 I decided to have a kids birthday party and so made my own dolly varden cake. You know the one with half a barbie stuck in the top? It was an absolute vision of pink frosting and while it wasn't the tastiest cake (it is really hard to bake, they are so huge) the look on my friend's 6 year old daughter's face was magic when she saw it.

    Other than that the time someone at work made me a birthday cake with Lisa Simpson iced on the top was pretty awesome.

  • Emma Galloway September 24, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    Your cake looks beautiful Heidi! Happy belated too 🙂
    My best birthday cake memory was from way back when I was a little girl. I don't remember the actual cake flavour (most probably wholemeal banana with carob icing knowing my mum!) but it was how she decorated it that I used to love. No bright colour-laden lollies for me, nope. Only fresh angelica leaves around the outside and chopped fruit on top. Simple, but mums cakes will always be the best in my mind… and sure beats making my own cake every year since I left home! 😉

  • Chobani September 25, 2012 at 2:02 am

    awerawe'gnsdgkj'lkh. Sorry, wiping drool off the keyboard. This cake looks so divine, moist, and decadent! Just the name alone piqued our interest, but we can practically taste how delicious it is just by your pictures. Consider yourself pinned!


  • Leah September 25, 2012 at 9:26 am

    Wow I have been waiting for this one, now to find coconut flour…..

    The best memory i have of a birthday cake, is making my daughters first one. The look on her face when she ate her first cupcake, was priceless. I will never forget that moment. Baby girl loved it!

  • Julia Finnane September 26, 2012 at 10:22 am

    This looks ridiculously delicious!

    I also got to pick my own cake from the Womens weekly book each year, loved the piano, the sweet shop, the bunny, the butterfly, the train! But i think my favourite may have been for my 10th birthday, I got not one but two Hanson cakes haha! One to take to school was made into the shape of the hanson logo, and the one for my party had a photo of them stuck on top of the page with decorations around the edge to look like a frame. I was so obsessed. Now Mum makes me more grown up cakes, this year was a ricotta cake and last year was flourless chocolate cake topped with chocolate mousse!

  • Clare September 26, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    Not a single favourite per say- but the excitement of getting to choose several different cakes from the women's weekly birthday cake, then sneaking out to try and catch a glimpse of which one mum ended up picking, only to be outwitted by her. The anticipation was unbearable but so worth it when all was revealed at the birthday lunch. Then the count down began for the next year….

  • Theresa September 26, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    My fav bday cake moment? How my mom always made me and my twin brother strawberry shortcake (for me) and blueberry shortcake (for him). One year, we were selling our dog's puppies and put her inside the house for a few minutes, unsupervised — only to walk back in and find her eating my brother's cake!

  • onika September 26, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    oh my god heidi i am drooling….. i dont want to go home but when i do i will have my kitchen back and be making this!!! yuuuuuuum!!!!!!!

    we were never big cake people in our family for birthdays but this year for my brothers birthday (35) i thought i'd suprise him and as we were having duck dinner at old kingdom, i made a cake in the shape of a duck. it was hilarious as i'm completely hopeless at that sort of thing and ended up being a very funny duck cake. you may have seen on fb or insta. ha. i tried.
    i want to make this one now!!! maybe when H, you and I have our wine day we can all bring our fave homemade snacks too! yuummmmyumyumyunyumymyummmmmmmmm


  • Haley September 27, 2012 at 4:40 am

    One time, when I was little, I made a rainbow cake for my Grandmother out of jello pudding mixes. I would NEVER do that now (too many artifical colors and dyes and chemicals!) But I loved how happy it made my Grandma when she cut into the cake! I am working on a natural rainbow cake! (:

  • Mel September 29, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    This sounds amazing!!!!

    The cake I remember most, was for my 8th Birthday. Mum made me a pink castle. The recipe was from the women's weekly cookbook, and 4 ice cream cones made the pointy bits of the castle. Then we covered it in lollies 🙂

  • Nikki September 29, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    Heidi this looks sooo yum! I would have to say my favourite birthday cake was my daughters 1st birthday cake. Mostly due to the sentiment of my little girl turning 1 but also due my highly impressive creative decorating skills (I was impressed at least!) It was a huge purple octopus complete with cupcake tentacles and googly chocolate eyes. The icing was fresh cream coloured purple with berries. It was pretty tasty too!

  • Heidi September 30, 2012 at 10:34 am

    Thanks, lady 🙂 My mum is a Cherry Ripe lover!! I love them too, must say xo

  • Heidi September 30, 2012 at 10:34 am

    hahaha love it!! Thanks, lovely xo

  • Heidi September 30, 2012 at 10:34 am

    Yay! xo

  • Heidi September 30, 2012 at 10:36 am

    Oh how special!! Bravo on the train cake. My mum made that one once too – v impressive! xo

  • Heidi September 30, 2012 at 10:38 am

    Michele…I cannot even begin to explain how awesome this is. Not surprising, though – clearly cooking genius runs in the family!! 😉 xo

  • Heidi September 30, 2012 at 10:40 am

    Well said, lovely. So true 🙂 xo

  • Heidi September 30, 2012 at 10:41 am

    This makes me so very very happy. My brother was all about the piano, so, yes, this sounds super special xo

  • Heidi September 30, 2012 at 10:43 am

    It's all about the thought, isn't it? That's just lovely xo
    p.s. the space shuttle, treasure chest, fairy palace, mad scientist AND pharaoh sarcophagus sound just ridiculously amazing haha. Your skills never cease to amaze me.

  • Heidi September 30, 2012 at 10:44 am

    Thanks! That sounds so special, what a beautiful friend! Hand-made decorations are unbelievably impressive. What a treat 🙂 xo

  • Heidi September 30, 2012 at 10:45 am

    Hopefully you've got a good health food store near you! If not maybe try ordering online if you're very keen? Good luck xo

  • Heidi September 30, 2012 at 10:45 am

    oh yeah xo

  • Heidi September 30, 2012 at 10:46 am

    um, yeah that's awesome! So impressive. I need to work on my decorating skills! xo

  • Heidi September 30, 2012 at 10:46 am

    Your mum sounds fabulous 🙂 Thanks, lovely xo

  • Heidi September 30, 2012 at 10:47 am

    Hehe, thanks!! xo

  • Heidi September 30, 2012 at 10:47 am

    Your daughter is far too gorgeous – can't handle it 🙂 xo

  • Heidi September 30, 2012 at 10:48 am

    Ok, this is just incredibly awesome. Hanson cakes?! Two of them?! Amazing. & the ricotta cake sounds particulary delicious also xo

  • Heidi September 30, 2012 at 10:49 am

    What a beautiful comment, Clare. Thanks! Cake anticipation – the best 🙂 xo

  • Heidi September 30, 2012 at 10:51 am

    Haha oh my!! Naughty pup! At least yours was fine 😉 xo

  • Heidi September 30, 2012 at 10:51 am

    YES! I saw that picture, it was crazy impressive, lady! That sounds like a great plan 🙂 xo

  • Heidi September 30, 2012 at 10:52 am

    Sounds amazing!! That's really sweet 🙂 xo

  • Heidi September 30, 2012 at 10:53 am

    I can totally picture it!! How special. I would have loved that too xo

  • Heidi September 30, 2012 at 10:54 am

    Wow, your octopus cake sounds truly spectacular!! Highly impressive indeed 🙂 & yes, I'm sure it was very tasty! xo

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  • Kathleen December 17, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    Wow this cake is amazing! Every other coconut flour recipe I’ve tried has ended up quite dry, but this really was moist & fudgey. I iced it with the rest of the block of dark chocolate melted & mixed with a can of chilled coconut cream. Totally delicious 🙂

    • Heidi December 17, 2014 at 3:21 pm

      Kathleen that makes me so happy!!! YUM. Yes, this recipe took a while to perfect as coconut flour is a tricky beast! Thanks for letting me know x