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Toasted Coconut Orange Cake




  • 600 ml soy milk (or any other plant milk)
  • 1½ Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 500 g all-purpose flour
  • 55 g corn starch
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  •  tsp baking soda
  •  tsp salt
  • 120 ml fresh orange juice
  • 2 tsp orange zest
  • 2 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 420 g sugar
  • 220 ml melted margarine or vegan butter (equals 190 g solid margarine)


  • 213 g margarine or vegan butter room temperature
  • 213 g vegetable shortening
  • 550 g icing sugar, sifted
  • 2½ Tbsp vanilla extract (to get a fully white frosting, use clear vanilla extract)
  • ¼ tsp salt


  • 300 g shredded coconut, toasted



  1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Prepare four 7″ cake pans by greasing and flouring them. Reserve.
  2. In a medium bowl, add soy milk, apple cider vinegar and whisk until foamy. Let it rest for 8 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large bowl sieve flour, corn starch, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Reserve.
  4. In the bowl with the milk and apple cider vinegar, add orange juice, orange zest, vanilla, and give it a mix. Add sugar and stir. Finally, add melted margarine/vegan butter (lukewarm) and mix.
  5. Add the previous mix to the dry ingredients and mix until no flour lumps are visible.
    *Don’t overmix, otherwise it could affect the cake texture.
  6. Divide the batter evenly between the 4 cake molds and bake for 30-34 minutes or until you insert a toothpick in the center of the cake and it comes out clean. I bake two pans at a time due to my oven model, but if you can pop all of them in at once, go for it. Just double check the baking time.
  7. Once they’re cooked, remove from the oven and let them cool down for 15 minutes (still in the cake pans). Afterwards, tap the pans a little bit and flip them over (you can use a cooling rack to help yourself flipping the pans).


  1. While the cake tiers are cooling down, make the frosting by beating the margarine until creamy and fluffy (about 4-5 minutes).
  2. Add the vegetable shortening and keep beating until well combined.
  3. Add half of the icing sugar, and beat until combined. Add the other half and beat 2 minutes.
  4. Finally, add vanilla, salt and beat for another 2 more minutes. Reserve.

Cake assembling:

  1. To assemble the cake, place one layer of cake on a plate or cake base. Spread some frosting on top (about three ice cream scoops of frosting). Add 100 g toasted coconut and continue adding up the rest of the layers: cake, frosting, coconut, cake, frosting, coconut, cake (place the flat part upwards). Cover all the gaps with the rest of the frosting and some more on top of the last tier.
  2. Decorate the rest of the cake to your liking.


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