Cranberry, Lemon, White Chocolate and Coconut Cake

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Cranberry, Lemon, White Chocolate and Coconut Cake

This Cranberry, Lemon, White Chocolate and Coconut Cake takes minutes to prepare and is studded with tart, fresh cranberries.  Lots of lemon zest brightens this moist cake and the white chocolate and coconut compliment the tartness beautifully.  The hardest part is waiting for it to bake and, even more difficult, is having to resist having a second piece!  It’ll be your new favourite when you’re craving something sweet!

Hi guys! How’s it going? How was your weekend? It was Thanksgiving in Canada two weeks from today.  I took last week off from posting, but I’ve brought you something extra special today! More on that in a bit 😉   I just can’t believe Thanksgiving has come and gone already and I just know that after Halloween, it’ll be full-on advertising for the upcoming holidays. And you know what? I’ve actually started to do some shopping!! I figured I may as well get a head start on it. I don’t know about you, but I am not one for crowds. Put me in a mall swarming with people or in a line up with people strangers closer than an arm’s length away from me and I’m uncomfortable. Not my jam. Not at all. Plus, I wanna start early so I can actually get to enjoy the season, especially in December when all the holiday movies are on, drive around and admire all the pretty lights and decorations and, most importantly, get ma bake on!! Woot woot! So many things, so little time. Do you have a plan for this upcoming holiday season or are ya gonna wing it?

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So, let me tell you…this Cranberry, Lemon, White Chocolate and Coconut Cake is the cake that could not be blogged. ‘What?’ you say.  ‘Well, duh, Dawn, it’s here now, so what do you call that?’  You see, I like you guys.  And I like sharing tasty, delicious recipes with you.  Share the food love, feel me?  I’ve made this cake a bazillion times with dried cranberries….ok, not a bazillion ’cause if I did my butt would not fit into ma pants, but you get the drift…..and hubby loves it so much, he did not want me to share!  Scandalous, right😮?   Well, this is a slight variation from the original version; in my original recipe, I use orange zest and dark chocolate instead of the lemon zest and white chocolate. Like I said, I’ve made both a bunch of times and both versions are absolutely wonderful!   I simply could not resist sharing this Cranberry, Lemon, White Chocolate and Coconut Cake with you guys.  I felt I couldn’t keep such a delicious recipe to myself;  I’m just nice like that 😏

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Cranberry, Lemon, White Chocolate and Coconut Cake -

A little while back, I shared a delicious little recipe – a Sweet-n-Tart Cranberry Smoothie.  To me, cranberries are a fall thing.  When I tried ’em in a smoothie, I was in cranberry love if there is such a thing<—–if not, it is now, k👍?   I thought this cake  would even be better with fresh cranberries.  I gave it a go and there’s no looking back!  Now, don’t get me wrong, dried cranberries work wicked here too, but the fresh ones just add that extra tart factor, ya know?

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Loads of lemon zest adds so much flavour too and just brightens this moist cake.  To balance out the tart factor of the cranberries and the fresh lemon zest, there are chunks of white chocolate dancing about the cake, as well as shredded coconut (in addition to coconut oil instead of butter).  I just roughly chopped the chocolate ’cause you wanna know it’s there when you bite into it.  I’ve tried many variations of quantities of coconut oil and sugar and what’s used here is the perfect amount, but I may be a little biased 😉

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After this beauty is finished baking, please have the patience to wait for it to cool in the pan for a bit.  Patience is something I often sometimes lack.  I was going to share this cake with you guys before now, but I had an incident; I took the cake out of the oven and didn’t wait long enough.  And ya know what happened?  I’m sure you can pretty much figure it out.  All excited, I dumped the cake onto the cooling rack and, surprise surprise, half of the cake was left in the bundt pan😳  Well, you can understand my frustration, I bet.  I could have taken the whole thing and tossed it out the window.  However, after a few choice words, I calmed down and did what any reasonable person would do – I scraped the whole lot of it into a bowl and hubby and I ate it anyway.  Suddenly, the cake became a ‘crumble’, if you will 😜  Now, here we are a couple of weeks or so later (& armed with a new fall themed bundt pan), I have attempted it again and it was a success, if I do say so myself😄
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So, my friends, get your cake on and get baking.  You’re gonna love this one!  It’s truly a favourite in our home and I’m sure it will be in yours too.  Love to hear if you try it!

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Until next time, take care and chit chat again soon 🙂


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Cranberry, Lemon, White Chocolate & Coconut Cake
This Cranberry, Lemon, White Chocolate & Coconut Cake takes minutes to prepare and is studded with tart, fresh cranberries. Lots of lemon zest brightens this moist cake and the white chocolate and coconut compliment the tartness beautifully. The hardest part is waiting for it to bake and, even more difficult, is having to resist having a second piece! It'll be your new favourite when your craving something sweet!
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 60 minutes
Passive Time 30-45 minutes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 60 minutes
Passive Time 30-45 minutes
Cranberry, Lemon, White Chocolate and Coconut Cake -
  1. In a bowl, combine flour, baking powder, lemon zest, shredded coconut, salt, cranberries and chocolate. Lay to one side for later. Spray bundt pan with Pam. Preheat oven to 325F.
  2. In stand mixer, mix cream cheese and coconut until smooth and creamy, about 3-4 minutes.
  3. Add sugar to cream cheese mixture and blend until combined, about 1-2 minutes.
  4. Add vanilla & coconut extract to mixture and blend about 30 seconds or so.
  5. Add eggs (one at a time) to mixture, blending each until just combined.
  6. Add flour mixture to cream cheese mixture, blending until just combined, about 1-2 minutes.
  7. Pour mixture into prepared pan. Bake about 60 minutes, or until wooden skewer comes out clean. Allow to cool in pan for about 30-40 minutes before removing to cool completely on wire rack. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

When I chopped the chocolate, I left it in little chunky bits, but you can chop as small or as large as you wish 🙂

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49 thoughts on “Cranberry, Lemon, White Chocolate and Coconut Cake

  1. Marcie says:

    I made this cake for Thanksgiving and it was DELICIOUS! You referenced a variation of this made with orange zest and dark chocolate pieces. Since this version was so good I would like to try the other version for New Year’s. Is it the exact same recipe with just those changes or are there other changes in the recipe? Thanks so much!

    • Girl Heart Food says:

      I’m so happy to hear that you enjoyed the recipe, Marcie! Thanks for letting me know 🙂 Basically, you would use the zest of about 1 orange instead of the lemon zest (more if you like more orange flavour), use cocoa powder instead of the shredded coconut, dark chocolate instead of the white (or a Terry’s orange chocolate ball chopped works wonderfully), 1 cup of unsalted butter instead of the 3/4 cup of coconut oil and replace the coconut extract with orange extract. It’s baked the same. Love to hear how it turns out for you. Enjoy and Happy New Year!

  2. Jolina says:

    This cake looks scandalously good Dawn! It has all my favourite things in it what what. I bet it will be one of my favourite cakes. Thanks for the tip on the bundt pan. I don’t own one you see, I’m deathly afraid of cakes getting stuck in normal round pans and pretty bundt pans with patterns like that? No thanks. So ok, now I know patience is key (which yeah might be a problem lol!). I usually do my shopping online before Christmas then I brave the crowds on Boxing Day. Crazy yes? Hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving. Let’s have a blast holiday baking!

    • Girl Heart Food says:

      Thanks Jolina! It is quite scandalous 😉 You know what, when I had the patience to let this cool and turned it over, the pan was fit to go back in the cupboard, really. Nothing left in those little crevices! I don’t think I’d be able to go shopping Boxing Day! I wouldn’t be able to handle all those people! Ahhhhh 😀 Hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving too! Have a great weekend 🙂

  3. Miriam - says:

    How funny that your husband did not want you to share this recipe – it must be amazing! Love the combination of cranberries and white chocolate – delicious! I have not prepared anything for the Christmas season yet but since I am entertaining my parents in law this year I will give it some special attention. Already have some old family recipes in mind that I would like to prepare. Have a lovely weekend!
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  4. Adina says:

    I hope you had a good Thanksgiving, when I hear people talking about it, I always regret that we don’t have that in Europe as well… This cake looks amazing, I love the combination of tart cranberries and sweet white chocolate and that moist looking crumb is to die for. 🙂
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  5. Shashi at RunninSrilankan says:

    I have been guilty of being impatient too – just this weekend I couldn’t wait for some Carrot cake cupcakes I made for a friends’s bday to cool completely and guess what – yup, I had to make another batch – but hey – I got the crumbled up first batch so win win right?
    While I love the orange and dark chocolate version of this GORGEOUS bundt, I must say this white chocolate + cranberry + lemon one has my heart! What a lovely combo of flavors and so festive too! Speaking of festivities, I sure hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I started seeing Christmas decorations in stores in early October here in Atlanta, Georgia and I must say I don’t mind as it’s my favorite time of the year – even though I wait till the last minute to get my shopping done and whittle my menu down! This year, this bundt is going on my list too! Thanks so much for deciding to share this recipe Dawn! 🙂
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    • Girl Heart Food says:

      Haha! Glad I’m not the only one who can’t wait for things to cool 😉 And, I agree with ya – win win for sure!!
      Thanksgiving was great:) I can’t believe it is over already. We just heard our first Christmas advertisement for the season on the radio last night! It has started! Christmas is definitely a favourite of mine too, though I don’t like the snow that follows it, lol 😀 I hope you do get a chance to make this cake over the holidays. We love it in our home and I’m sure you will too! Thanks so much, Shashi!

  6. Kathryn @ Family Food on the Table says:

    You are so smart to be doing your holiday shopping already! I just thought yesterday that I need to at least plan it out soon so I can get to buying and hopefully have things wrapped up early. I love being down with that part so I can enjoy the rest of the holiday season 🙂
    Like making this cake… oh my goodness, I LOVE all the flavors you have here! Cranberry and white chocolate is one of my fall favorite combos, plus all that fresh lemon and then coconut too? Swoon! Pinned! Have a great week girl! XO
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    • Girl Heart Food says:

      Yes! Getting things done early is definitely the way to go! I don’t like being rushed last minute 🙂 So happy you love the recipe, Kathryn! It’s a favourite in our home! Thanks for the kind words & Pin, my friend! xoxo

  7. karrie @ Tasty Ever After says:

    Ummm, I checked my mailbox and didn’t see one of these cakes in there. It must be arriving tomorrow because I just know you baked one of these for me! Looks so moist and yummy! I’ll have to make this for our Thanksgiving holiday. Glad you had a wonderful holiday break and very happy you are back to posting recipes 🙂
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    • Girl Heart Food says:

      I’m sure it would have arrived by now 😉 But, seriously girl, I would totally make ya a cake…even two if ya wanted! It’s so good! If you do make for Thanksgiving, let me know. I know you’re gonna love it! Thanks Karrie! xo

  8. Ala says:

    Hehehe, I love reading your posts so much! This one had me giggling–I never, ever have the patience to let my cakes cool, hence the half-deformed mutations that sometimes come dragging themselves out of my pan and onto the potluck dish. Thankfully, I’m sure I wouldn’t mind saving this cake all to myself, cooled or not! 😉 that lemon, white chocolate, and cranberry combo tho!!

  9. Sues says:

    This sounds soooo delicious and is totally getting me in the holiday season!! Also, I may have had a minor panic attack that I haven’t done any holiday shopping yet and I reallyyyyy wanted to get it done early this year. Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving 🙂
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  10. Stephanie | The Foodie and The Fix says:

    Cranberry love is most DEFINITELY a thing and your smoothie had me feeling it! But THIS. Seriously, Dawn, I heart this so much. This cake has such an amazing flavor combo and is so pretty. <3 <3 <3 Fresh cranberries are one of my favorite things about fall, we finally got some in our store this week and I loaded up my freezer! Btw, I never used to like white chocolate until somehow I ended up with some "good" white chocolate and OMG, I never looked back 🙂 I'm so terrible with bundt cakes. I feel like no matter what I do, I can't get them out in one piece! That being said, it has never once stopped me from making them, because like you, I just scrape out what's left in the pan and eat it out of a bowl 🙂 Pinning!
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    • Girl Heart Food says:

      You’re definitely too kind, Stephanie! If we were neighbours, I would totally share with ya!! So happy you like the recipe! Yay!! Hope you get a chance to try it. I’m sure you’re gonna love it and, plus, it’s super easy to prep, which is always a bonus in my book 😉 Thanks for the kind comment and Pin. Have a wonderful week 🙂

  11. Kevin | Keviniscooking says:

    Lovely and I’ve missed your posts! I have had a few of those “turn it over and half is left in the pan” moments. I’ve gone from way upset to chill. Rolled with it and made sure the pan gets super greased prior and the finished is cooled down. I’m a cranberry fan, fresh or frozen and definitely over dried, but each has it’s place, right? This looks so moist and is just a beauty Dawn. Love the white chocolate addition, too. As for the organized holiday shopping, we gave it up years ago. too stressful and frankly we decided that we didn’t need a day to give each other a gift so all year is good – hehehe! Both our families agreed so it’s a win win. I definitely prefer saving for a cool tip somewhere. 🙂
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    • Girl Heart Food says:

      Awww, thanks Kevin! We’ll just chaulk those ‘left in the pan’ moments to testing or kitchen experiments, right 😉 ? I’ll certainly think twice, though, before turning the pan over next time, lol 😀 You know what? Saving up for a trip someone instead of gifts sounds like the perfect plan. I could totally go for that! I’m pretty sure it would be a lot more enjoyable 🙂 Thanks so much Kevin!

  12. Michelle | The Secret Ingredient Is says:

    Good for you for already getting on your shopping! I always say I should start it early…and then I never actually do. Maybe this will be the year?! I hope you had a great Thanksgiving! This cake is so beautiful, I’m obsessed with the flavors! Lemon bundt cakes are definitely my jam — and when you add the rest of those delicious ingredients, you’re bound to have something mouthwatering! I definitely would be lacking in the patience department with this one and would want to eat it IMMEDIATELY!
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  13. Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen says:

    Hope your Thanksgiving was fabulous Dawn! I totally love this cake. The combo of the cranberries, lemon and white chocolate is just perfect. And the added coconut makes it extra special in my book. I’m not keen on mall shopping around the holidays either Dawn. One trip there to see the decorations and that will be enough for me for the season. Have a great week!
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  14. Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary says:

    I hope you had a FABULOUS Thanksgiving girlfriend!! I’m certain it was filled with amazing food, because hello this is YOUR Thanksgiving we are talking about! 😉 I’m with you on avoiding crowds… especially during the holidays at the stores. BUT I don’t shop early, that’s too organized for me! LOL. Instead I wait till the last minute and do my shopping online. 😉 Anyways, LOVE this cake!! Cranberry, lemon and white chocolate is the jam but paired together in a CAKE? YES please! And, I’ve been there with the bundt pan!! But this looks perfect! Cheers, lovely! xo
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  15. annie@ciaochowbambina says:

    I’d definitely have to go for a jog while waiting for this beauty to bake. A) It’ll relieve me from pacing in front of the stove for 100 minutes, and B) I’ll be able to eat a slice or two or…(you get the picture) with no guilt! Such a stunning dessert for fall and the holidays!!! Have a great week, my friend!! xoxo
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  16. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice says:

    I hope you had a good Thanksgiving, Dawn! It seems like as soon as Halloween is over, the Christmas commercials and ads start playing. I’m half excited, half not, as that means winter is coming! 🙂 And I HATE crowded malls, too. Actually, I try to avoid the malls on regular weekends because it’s crowded then, so me and holiday mall time just don’t mix!
    Onto this cake…wow is it gorgeous! I just love the pretty color and fresh flavors. Such a great idea to add in lemon and white chocolate, too! Looks SO delicious, Dawn! Piined! Hope your week is off to a great start!

    • Girl Heart Food says:

      Thanks Gayle! We had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I don’t care for winter or the malls, either. I think the older I get, the less and less I like the winter and the cold….brrrrr!! Thanks so much for the sweet comment and Pin! Hope you have a great week, my friend 🙂

  17. David @ Spiced says:

    Oh, I have definitely had bundt cake mishaps because I got too excited and didn’t let ’em cool long enough! I can totally feel your pain there. And, yes, I wanted to throw the whole thing out the window when it happened, too! 🙂 But I’m glad you stuck with it and made this one again. It sounds amazing! I agree that cranberries remind me of Fall, and I love baking with fresh cranberries this time of the year. Sign me up for this one, please! Also, good for you about shopping for holidays already. That’s really smart! I’m not a last-minute guy, but I also don’t start early enough…maybe you’ve inspired me to get going with at least making a list! 🙂
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