Donna Hay fast melt and mix chocolate coconut cake

19 Jul


You may already know I worship at the shrine of Donna Hay. My bible is Modern Classics Book 2 and it is a well-thumbed book. When a lovely friend at work announced she was leaving for an amazing job opportunity I knew a choc cake was in order.

This is a melt and mix cake, meaning you chuck it all in and away you go – no fuss, no faff and no KitchenAid needed. I reduced the sugar [like I usually do].



250g melted butter, slightly cooled

3/4 cup milk

1 cup caster sugar

1  ½ cup plain flour

1 ½ teaspoons baking powder

3 eggs

1 ½ cups coconut [I used a mix of dessicated and shredded]

¾ cup sifted cocoa



Preheat oven to 180C, grease and line a 20cm round cake tin with baking paper. Put everything in a large bowl and whisk until smooth, tip into tin and bake for 40-ish minutes.

When cold ice with chocolate ganache [see the recipe here: chocolate ganache] and sprinkle with extra shredded coconut.


29 Responses to “Donna Hay fast melt and mix chocolate coconut cake”

  1. Keep Calm and Eat On July 19, 2012 at 11:01 am #

    No mixer needed! Now that’s a cake I wouldn’t mind baking! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    • thehungrymum July 19, 2012 at 11:09 am #

      Quick & easy – that’s my mantra! Cheers for the feedback [gold star for being so quick] x

      • Keep Calm and Eat On July 19, 2012 at 11:12 am #

        Ha ha! I love a gold star. Thank you! I was browsing the reader when you popped up saying hello!

  2. Little Gumnut July 19, 2012 at 11:10 am #

    mmmm now that’s my kind of cake! Might have to try that one!

    • thehungrymum July 19, 2012 at 11:16 am #

      Is so easy that you can make it after work while cooking dinner [as I recently did :)]

  3. MarksSparringPartner July 19, 2012 at 11:48 am #

    Looks great. I’m a big fan of one-pot meals!

    • thehungrymum July 19, 2012 at 11:52 am #

      I’ll do anything to reduce the washing-up 🙂

  4. mydearbakes July 19, 2012 at 12:13 pm #

    This is so amazing! I got hungry just by looking at your post! =)

    • thehungrymum July 19, 2012 at 10:42 pm #

      You’d be able to make this with your eyes closed & one hand behind your back x

  5. Bam's Kitchen July 19, 2012 at 1:59 pm #

    Nice and simple. I will do anything to not have to wash and extra dish.

    • thehungrymum July 19, 2012 at 10:43 pm #

      Me too! One bowl & whisk is about my limit 🙂

  6. theveryhungrybaker July 19, 2012 at 5:49 pm #

    Looks brilliant! I love easy cakes.

    • thehungrymum July 19, 2012 at 10:42 pm #

      Same – all in one bowl & bung in the oven. I don’t *get* why some people insist on packet mixes, this is as simple as ABC.

  7. Dione July 19, 2012 at 11:01 pm #

    YUM! What did you put between them, ganache?

    • thehungrymum July 19, 2012 at 11:50 pm #

      Indeed – my stand by, go to Donna Hay ganache recipe. I always have a pot of in the fridge x

  8. girlinafoodfrenzy July 20, 2012 at 11:44 pm #

    Hey hungry mum, gotta love Donna Hay! I’m more of a melt & mix gal too. Of course if I’m making something a little more involved I’ll get those beaters out, but cakes can be so simple and just as pleasurable without the fuss! Looks great 🙂

    • thehungrymum July 21, 2012 at 2:19 am #

      Thank you! I *adore* my KitchenAid but sometimes a bit of a whisk can a great stress reliever 🙂

  9. Christine (@cookingcrusade) July 24, 2012 at 3:13 am #

    i love donna hay too! its so great to find a good melt/mix cake you can always go back to!

    • thehungrymum July 24, 2012 at 9:28 am #

      Isn’t she unreal? I just wish her mag was weekly! Bookmark this recipe, it is a keeper.

  10. Don't Quote Lily July 25, 2012 at 11:32 am #

    So hard not to get hungry looking through these recipes! Or even just looking at the banner of cookies. Yum!

    • thehungrymum August 26, 2015 at 5:07 am #

      Yep, that’s probably why I always hungry 😉

  11. ellebakes November 3, 2012 at 8:13 am #

    I love the mixture of chocolate and coconut!! Thanks for sharing!

  12. mutteringhousewife December 19, 2012 at 5:51 am #

    I made a very similar thing on the weekend, trying to use up a whole lot of coconut. I have that cookbook and I didn’t even look at it! The proportions are a little different to those I used, I was thinking it was a recipe that could stand variation. Must try.

    • thehungrymum December 20, 2012 at 8:33 am #

      Coconut tends to breed in the pantry, doesn’t it?! Would love to see what you created – did you snap it?

  13. Victoria March 10, 2013 at 4:33 am #

    What a deliciious combination….chocolate and coconut. This looks delicious!

    • thehungrymum March 10, 2013 at 8:57 am #

      Choc & coco is just a match made in heaven 🙂 Thanks for your kind words.

  14. Peggy Pharazyn November 24, 2017 at 11:25 am #

    hi just a quick question, no milk?

    • The Hungry Mum November 29, 2017 at 8:35 pm #

      omgosh!!! I left out the milk!!! Good catch Peggy, yes you need 3/4 cup. Have fixed now. THANK YOU!

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