Postres: Pastel de Leche de Coco (Coconut Milk Cake)

Coconut Milk and Lime Cake

Coconut Milk and Lime Cake

Hot muggy days inspire cool citrusy desserts. This recipe is a rendition of a chiffon cake developed by a baker in Mérida, Mexico via Barbara Hansen’s Mexican Cookery. I simplified the chiffon recipe by breaking it down to wet/dry rather than separating the yolks from the fluffy whites and remixing it all in the end (which makes baking this cake so much breezier!). Denser than a chiffon, this cake absorbs the coconut milk + lime juice well, for an uplifting tropical touch.


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease two 10 inch cake pans with shortening and dust with flour.

Mix dry ingredients. Mix wet ingredients. Add dry mixture to wet mixture 1/3 at a time stirring thoroughly between each addition. Pour batter into each pan 3/4 full. Bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Cool. Meanwhile, prepare the “leche” by combining orange zest, coconut milk, lime juice and sugar.

Invert one cake onto a large plate. Poke holes in cake with a toothpick. Pour 1/2 the “leche” over the first layer of cake. top with 1/3 cup whipped white frosting. Add second layer of cake. Poke holes and drench with remaining “leche.”

Frost cake and garnish with lime slices.

Keep refrigerated.

13 Responses to “Postres: Pastel de Leche de Coco (Coconut Milk Cake)”
  1. Nicole says:

    Your cake is beautiful! I love the sliced limes on the edges, so pretty.

  2. Perel says:

    DO you cut the cake after you take it out of the oven in layers?

    • gabriellemarielopez says:

      The cake batter is split between two round pans, so it’s already in two layers, although feet free to experiment … nad let me know what happens! You just poke the holes with a toothpick so it can more easily absorb the coconut milk mixture (like trs leches cake).

  3. Mama says:

    Zesty Goodness! Not only was this cake delicious. . . it was so much fun to make! Squeezing the limes and the oranges in the old Juice-O-Mat, measuring 1-1/2 Tablespoons of Baking Powder!, and poking the holes to pour the leche. . . it was fun. Took it to a potluck, the last 3 pieces came home and were shared with Nina, Christine, and ME! Yummy! Hmmm. . . what should I try next?

  4. so beautiful! and I was just going to make it out of a box lol!

    • gabriellemarielopez says:

      Box desserts are fine by me- you could even be sneaky and dress it up just by adding the sliced limes.

  5. Rebekka says:

    Ahhhh! Love your blog. Love the chalkboard recipe! Can’t wait to look around!

  6. judycheske says:

    This looks great! I love the idea of mixing coconut and limes; I’ll be trying this soon (maybe in a crockpot to keep my kitchen cool – I’ll let you know if/how that turns out.

    • gabriellemarielopez says:

      Crockpot baking is genius! Especially since I suddenly got the urge to bake in the middle of summer.

  7. Jessica says:

    It looks delicious and refreshing! I’ve never thought of a cake as refreshing. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Mama says:

    My! Oh! My! I am seriously going to make this Pastel de Leche de CoCo this weekend! Your dessert recipes are firing up my desire to bake once again!
    Somebody Stop ME!

  9. Cate says:

    Gorgeous! I love the look of the lime slices and anything with coconut milk is a hit with me!

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