chocolate, schmocolate…

Yes Yes It’s valentines day, let the hoo haaa begin, but before you jump on the chocolate bandwagon, consider this as a easy, delicious alternative.

This cake made made it’s way to me via my good Australian buddy Jesika and it’s been on the top of the recipe pile for awhile now, but I never seem to have any macadamia nuts on hand in the pantry… so it’s been quietly waiting patiently for me to remember to get some.  Unfortunately that never happened, but I do however have huge amounts of blanched almonds laying around and suddenly I could wait no longer to make this!  One of these days I will get macadamia nuts and try again.  You use whatever you have on hand.

Macadamia (or Almond) Coconut & Lime Cake

1 1/4 cup macadamia nuts (or blanched almonds)
1/3 c ap flour, 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1/8 tsp  salt
6 eggs, separated
3/4 cup sugar
zest of 1 lime
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut

Lime Icing
1 cup confectioner’s sugar
2 Tbsp lime juice
1 tsp lime zest

Toasted coconut for garnish.

Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease a 9 inch springform pan.
Place nuts, flour, baking powder and salt in food processor,  pulse until nuts are finely ground. Beat egg yolks and sugar, with a whisk, until pale and creamy, fold in zest and coconut then nut mixture. The batter will be quite thick.  In a clean bowl of a standing mixter, whisk egg whites until stiff (but not dry) and then fold lightly into batter.  Pour into your prepared pan. Bake for 40 mins, until golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean.  Let cake rest for 10 mins before unmolding.

Mix all the ingredients for lime icing and pour over cake.  Garnish with toasted coconut.


  1. Posted February 14, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Permalink


  2. Posted February 14, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Permalink

    Oh my god this looks good. Printed out, and will definitely use macadamia nuts!

    • thecatskillkiwi
      Posted February 15, 2011 at 9:33 am | Permalink

      its very easy and really really good!

  3. jesika
    Posted February 14, 2011 at 9:11 pm | Permalink

    Hey Toni,

    Looks great! I love the toasted coconut garnish – I’ll definitely be adding that next time!!

    • thecatskillkiwi
      Posted February 15, 2011 at 9:32 am | Permalink

      finally right, took me long enough, it was the elusive macadamia nuts!

  4. Sarah
    Posted February 16, 2011 at 8:40 pm | Permalink

    Oh Yum!

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