What could be a better way to spend your Sunday, than lazing around in the sun, chilling in the pool and enjoying a good barbecue. Last Sunday a very sweet and generous friend was kind enough to have us over, to spend the day. Specially since it was my little boy’s first swim and as a new mom nothing’s more comforting knowing that its a private pool, very clean and the chlorine is on a lower level … just right for my baby! Well we had just the perfect Sunday, good company and good food = Happy Times 🙂 For my part, I took a Cranberry and Coconut loaf covered in Vanilla buttercream frosting. And what can I say … it was like “Icing on the cake ” !!



  • 250 gms unsalted softened butter
  • 250 gms superfine sugar
  • 250 gms self raising flour
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/4 cup skimmed milk
  • 1 cup dessicated coconut
  • 1 tbsp lightly toasted dessicated coconut for garnishing
  • 1 1/2 cups dried cranberries

Preheat the oven to 180C. Place the butter, sugar and vanilla in a bowl and beat with electric beater. Beat till light and creamy. Add the eggs one by one, mixing well after every addition. Add the flour and beat well to combine. Fold through the milk, adding more if the batter is a bit dry. Add the coconut and cranberries and give it a good stir. Spoon into a greased and lined 35X11cm loaf tin. Bale for an hour or till skewer comes out clean. When done remove from tin and let it cool on the wire rack.

Butter Cream Frosting

  • 1/2 cup softened unsalted butter
  • 3 cups icing sugar
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons cream

In an electric mixer, or with a hand mixer, cream the butter until smooth and well blended. Add the vanilla extract. With the mixer on low speed, gradually beat in the sugar. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add the milk and beat on high speed until frosting is light and fluffy (about 3-4 minutes). Add a little more milk or sugar, if needed. Spoon into a piping bag with start nozzle. Pipe out on top of the cake and sprinkle with the toasted coconut.

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Comment :

oh sounds like the perfect sunday! too cold for swimming outside here right now but soon! the loaf looks amazing. nice and moist


Thanks Meeta … its sunstroke hot here … need to cool off all the time !

Coconut & cranberry – I really love the flavours in this cake!

This is beautiful!

This is the third cake recipe I’ve seen today and now I feel like baking! Looks absolutely gorgeous Kate…I love all those flavours especially coconut. Glad you got a chance to enjoy a swim with your little one.


Maninas and peachkins … thank you

Peter … haha well then get crackin … lets see a wonderful cake from you

Oh sure sonds indeed perfect, but a pool that we don’t have 😉
Beautiful cake. I love the combo cranberry and the coconut.

a perfect combination! That exotic cake must be irresistible!




Your cake looks good. I love anything with coconut.


If only I could have this loaf on my plane ride I’d be one happy lady. YUM YUM YUM

I am so enamored with this loaf! I have had coconut for months stashed in the fridge wondering what to do with it; now I know~

Sounds like you had a great sunday! The cake would have had to make it amazing! I mean, it looks so delicious 🙂

Hello Kajal!!

Your cake looks so tempting & appetizing too!!



What a great looking cake, I bet it’s delicious! Oh, how jealous am I of your warm weather. Spring has yet to reach Holland!

Perfect cake for summers kate!

Fabulous cake. I love guests who come bearing gifts of food:-)

O I so long for days like that!! If only spring would finally arrive then summer should not be too far away! Love the cake!

Glad you had a lovely first ‘swim’ with baby! Treasure these moments!

And lovely recipe too, of course!!!


Wow, nice loaf….love the combination of cranberries and coconut…it would be a nice treat for breakfast 🙂

Kajal – my darling – that cake looks amazing, but more importantly, your photo of the pool in the backyard brought back, yet again, another flood of lovely Nigerian childhood memories. I’ll reply to your email in a bit xxx

What an enjoyable afternoon that must have been! And to follow it up with such a toothsome treat – paradise on earth.

Perfect Sunday with tasty cake…still waiting for pool season in this part of the world…

Bruce Mackh

Great blog! Love reading!

Best, Bruce Mackh

What a great resource!

Nirvana K, just awesome good stuff!


I made the cake last night and it came out more dense than the pic showed. I think it is because I used fresh cranberrys and not dried. Maybe you can explain why. But it is tasty.

Brilliant, cheers, I will visit again now.

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