This website uses cookies to improve your experience navigating our site. By continuing to browse, you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

OK, I understand

Julia's Raspberry, Coconut And Lime Cake


Is it possible to go to the supermarket/grocery store/farmer’s market at the moment and not be tempted by the mounds of fragrant berries that have popped up overnight? Strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, and raspberries are at the peak of season (and flavour!),  and we can’t get enough of them.

Luckily, our trusty food columnist Julia Busuttil Nishimura knows what to do with an abundance of these juicy, zesty morsels. Read on for her delicious (and easy!) recipe combining delicate berries with heady tropical ingredients like coconut and lime to make a buttery, pillowy cloud of a cake. This crowd-pleasing loaf smells and tastes like holidays – and we could all use some of that right now!

15th October, 2020

The perfect cake for sharing with friends. Photo – Julia Busuttil Nishimura.

Lime, coconut and raspberries are a tropical triple-threat, and we are here for it! Photo – Julia Busuttil Nishimura.

The lime glaze is inspired by the towering chiffon cakes at Beatrix Bakes. Photo – Julia Busuttil Nishimura.

Julia Busuttil Nishimura
Thursday 15th October 2020

Julia’s Raspberry, Coconut and Lime Cake

Coming into high spring, berries are noticeably more affordable and tasting as they should. Every time I go grocery shopping, I can’t help but pack punnets and punnets into my basket. They’re often eaten even before we make it home (anyone with a small child knows their love for berries knows no bounds). But sometimes they last long enough to make it into a cake. Here bright raspberries are folded through a coconut and lime cake batter and baked into a loaf cake. It’s perfect for afternoon tea or to pack for a picnic, now that we can!

The glaze is inspired by the sour cream glaze which graces the tall chiffon cakes at Beatrix Bakes. It just sets and isn’t too sweet. I’ve mixed in some lime zest to bring out even more lime flavour from the cake, and topped it with some shredded coconut. While a dusting of icing sugar would do, the glaze turns it into a rather special loaf. While I used fresh, frozen raspberries are also perfectly fine to use, which makes this cake a great all year-rounder. Other berries like blueberries and blackberries would work in this cake wonderfully too.

Soft, sweet and buttery, this pillowy delight is a cloud of cake! Photo – Julia Busuttil Nishimura.


(Serves 8)
200g unsalted butter, softened
200g caster sugar
3 eggs
Juice and zest of two limes
150g sour cream or crème fraîche
100g desiccated coconut
250g self raising flour
125g raspberries, plus extra to serve

Lime sour cream glaze
70g sour cream or crème fraîche
150g Icing sugar, sifted
Zest of a lime and juice, if needed
Shredded coconut, to serve


Preheat oven to 180C. Grease and line a 23 x 13x 8cm loaf pan.

Cream the butter and sugar with a wooden spoon or in a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment until light and fluffy (around 3 minutes). Beat in the eggs, one at a time, followed by the zest and juice of the limes. Mix in the sour cream then the coconut. Finally sift in the flour and stir until just combined. Gently fold in the raspberries and spoon the batter into the prepared cake tin and bake for 50-60 minutes until a skewer is clean when inserted or the top of the cake bounces back when pressed. Allow to cool in the tin briefly then complete cooling on a wire rack. 

Make the glaze by combining the sour cream in a medium bowl with the icing sugar and lime zest. The glaze should be pouring consistency, but not too thick. Add in a little lime juice if needed. If it is too thin, add some more icing sugar. Pour the glaze over the cake and allow it to drip down the sides. Scatter with some shredded coconut and serve with extra raspberries, if desired.

What else I’m cooking with…

Asparagus, broad beans and peas! It’s all about new spring greens right now, and one of my favourite ways to enjoy them is in a risotto. I make a light stock with the asparagus ends and pea pods for that maximum green flavour.

What else I’m eating…

Ricotta cannoli from T. Cavallaro and Sons in Footscray. They make the BEST cannoli in Melbourne – piped to order for maximum crispness and a not-too-sweet ricotta filling. Gerald’s Bar in North Carlton were recently selling them which means we could enjoy them safely inside our 5km zone! It’s the little things!

Click here to download recipe printout

View Comments

Similar Stories


Julia Busuttil Nishimura's Seasonal Flavours: Strawberries

Strawberries are back in season, and Julia shows us how to make the most of them, baked in a strawberry galette!
Julia Busuttil Nishimura


Julia's Teriyaki Chicken Rice Bowls With Cabbage Salad + Pickled Carrots

A bright and healthy rice bowl with plenty of colour and crunch for a satisfying lunch or dinner.
Julia Busuttil Nishimura


Julia Busuttil Nishimura's Eton Mess

Hazelnutty and creamy with sweet juicy peaches, this easy recipe is the perfect solution if you're on Christmas dessert duty for the whole f...
Julia Busuttil Nishimura

This Week

Design Eye

Studio Martin on Refined Rattan

Emerging design duo Lauren and Amanda Martin share their advice on using rattan furniture in contemporary interiors, in partnership with DOM...


A Pint-Sized Coastal Home That Does More With Less!

Harriet Birrell aka Natural Harry, and building designer Fraser West, turned an exisiting structure into a dreamy 40 square metre home on Vi...

TDF Design Awards

You’re Invited To The Design Files + Laminex Design Awards 2020!

Join us on November 5th at 7pm for our online ceremony as we celebrate the finalists and reveal all the winners – and WIN a bespoke sculpt...

Creative People

Australia's Original Instagram Secondhand Furniture Seller

We chat with OG Instagram seller Pip Newell of Curated Spaces, about how she grew her business out of her living room to a network of more t...

On The Market

The Colourful Beach House Of Kip&Co’s Co-Founder Is For Sale!

The renovated 1970s beach house in Sorrento, Victoria, of Kip&Co's Kate Heppell has hit the market.


These Recycled Tote Bags Are The Real Deal!

The winner of 2019 TDF Design Awards Textile Design category, Georgina Whigham, debuts a new collection of zero waste denim bags with local
Sasha Aarons


The Artist Painting Her Way Through Lockdown

Regional NSW-based landscape artist Edwina Edwards retreats into nature for a new exhibition, ‘Bush Solace’.
Sasha Gattermayr


A Lush New Line Of Contemporary Furniture From Jardan

The ‘Living Form’ collection reinterprets Jardan’s classic designs, with traditional Australian textures - and some brand new silhouet...
Sasha Gattermayr


This Sydney House Takes The High Ground

A previously granted development approval allowed the sandstone ridge on this Seaforth site to be cut away, but Stafford Architecture had ot...


A Rustic, Inner-City Family Home Of 33 Years

Inside a Cornish/Spanish/Greek style home terrace renovation – in Port Melbourne!


Space Furniture Is Having An EPIC End Of Year Sale Right Now!

Enjoy savings of up to 50% off (!!) furniture, lighting, and accessories from some of our favourite local and international designers, both

Studio Visit

Artist Callum Preston Joins Forces With MONOPOLY and Movember, To Raise $150,000 For Men's Health

The Australian street artist reimagines 'MR MONOPOLY' in a new light – and it's all for a great cause!
Lucy Feagins
  1 hour ago


A Stunning Coastal Home, Created From A Revolutionary Building Material

This house by FMD Architects is built using CLT (cross laminated timber) – a revolutionary, sustainable building material.


A Mood-Enhancing Melbourne Home

Kennedy Nolan have knocked it out of the park again, transforming a Victorian house with a dated extension into a cohesive home, with uplift...


A Generous, Light-Filled Addition To A Heritage Home

A restoration and renovation project in Kensington, NSW by Studio Prineas creates a harmonious dialogue between old and new.
Sasha Gattermayr
  17 hours ago

Similar Stories


Julia Busuttil Nishimura's Seasonal Flavours: Strawberries

A delicious strawberry galette - perfect for Spring picnics and entertaining.
Julia Busuttil Nishimura


Julia's Teriyaki Chicken Rice Bowls With Cabbage Salad + Pickled Carrots

A bright and healthy rice bowl with plenty of crunch!
Julia Busuttil Nishimura


Julia Busuttil Nishimura's Eton Mess

Hazelnutty and creamy with sweet juicy peaches, this easy recipe is the perfect solution if you're on Christmas dessert duty for the whole f...
Julia Busuttil Nishimura

The Design Files acknowledge the traditional custodians of the lands on which we work, the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to Elders past and present.

First Nations artists, designers, makers and creative business owners are encouraged to submit their projects for coverage on The Design Files – we would love to hear from you.

Please email us here.