Layer Cake with Coconut Citrus Filling

    1 hour 40 minutes

    This is a very special cake, four layers of cake with an orange, lemon and coconut filling. It is very rich and delicious, perfect for a special occasion like Christmas.

    4 people made this

    Makes: 1 layer cake

    • Cake
    • 2 cups raisins
    • 2 cups shredded coconut
    • 1 cup chopped pecans
    • 3 cups (375g) plain flour
    • 250g butter
    • 2 cups (440g) sugar
    • 6 egg yolks
    • 4 teaspoons baking powder
    • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
    • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
    • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
    • 1 cup (250ml) milk
    • 6 egg whites
    • Filling
    • 2 cups (440g) sugar
    • 1/4 cup (30g) plain flour
    • 1 1/2 cups (375ml) water
    • 2 lemons, peeled and seeded
    • 2 oranges, peeled and seeded
    • 2 cups shredded coconut

    Preparation:1hour  ›  Cook:40min  ›  Ready in:1hour40min 

    1. Cake: Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Grease and flour four 23cm round cake tins.
    2. Toss together the raisins, coconut and pecans in 1 cup of the flour until coated. Set aside.
    3. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in yolks one at a time. Sift together remaining 2 cups flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Add to creamed mixture alternating with milk, stirring until blended. Fold in raisin, pecan and coconut mixture.
    4. In a clean bowl, whip egg whites until stiff peaks develop. Fold into batter until no streaks remain.
    5. Divide batter into prepared cake tins (about 1 1/2 to 2 cups per tin). Bake in preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean. Cool in their tins for 10 minutes, then turn out onto wire racks to finish cooling.
    6. Filling: Mix the sugar and flour in a saucepan then add water and stir until dissolved. Chop lemons and oranges into small pieces and add to saucepan. Bring to a boil and cook until thick; about 10 minutes. Stir in coconut. Allow to cool.
    7. To Assemble: Layer the cake with filling between each layer, ending with a layer of filling on top.

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    ALMOST like the Japanese Fruitcake my grandmother made. To die for....  -  13 Jan 2005  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    I have been looking for this taste for years and tried many different recipes. This is the best I have come across so far. It is spicy and not "over sweet". An excellent accompaniment to the holiday dinner after eatting so many very sweet treats during the holiday season. It is also very impressive to look at with 4 layers! I garnished the top with extra raisins, coconut, pecans and a sprinkle of all the spices in the recipe!  -  28 Dec 2007  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    My mother-in-law made Japanese Fruit Cake every year for Christmas and this tastes very much like hers. My husband was very pleased. I had a lot of leftover icing so, next time, I may make 2 2-layer cakes and give one as a gift or serve one for Thanksgiving and one for Christmas. It makes a very large cake.  -  26 Dec 2008  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)