Butternut Squash Coconut Cake

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Fabulous butternut squash cake

Fabulous butternut squash cake

Butternut squash is full of health benefits. Peel off the skin and you see the beautiful, bright orange colour of the flesh beneath which is high in vitamin A, a powerful anti-oxidant. It is also rich in minerals and vitamin C which helps the immune sytem. It has no fat and no cholesterol which makes it ideal for those who have to follow a strict, special diet. It’s high fiber content is good for digestion and bowels.

So far I know that butternut squash makes excellent curry and also Thai soup with coconut. But what about making a Butternut Squash Coconut Cake? After making the Sweet Potato Cake last week, I am convinced that this cake is going to be very delicious. I was right. The cake was moist and flavourful. It is a healthier cake and full of wholesome goodness. Here’s my recipe to share.

Ingredients A
250g butter
1C sugar (or less)
2 eggs

Beat butter and sugar together until light. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.

Ingredients B
1/2C dates
1/2C desiccated coconut
1/2C cranberries
300g pumpkin (grated)
1/2C coconut milk
2C self-raising flour

Chopped dates and cranberries

Chopped dates and cranberries

Mix up everything

Mix up everything

Add everything in Ingredients B (except flour) to the butter mixture and mix through. Finally add the flour and mix well.

Ready to bake

Ready to bake

Pour into a lamington (shallow) tin lined with baking paper. Bake at 160 degrees Celsius for about 20 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean. Cool before cutting. It is great with a cup of hot tea or coffee. This cake is really fabulous. I shared with friends and they all like it very much.

Have you ever tried a butternut squash cake? What is your favourite cake? Please share, add and comment in the comment box below.

Other healthier cakes that you may be interested:
Fast, Easy, Healthy Carrot Cake
Best Banana Cake
Rum Sultana Cake
Sweet Potato Cake

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34 Comments

Erika from The Pastry Chef At Home  on November 21st, 2009

This cake looks gorgeous, delicious and healthy! I’ve never made a butternut squash cake, but my love of Butternut Squash + Pear Soup will definitely inspire me to make this cake.

Mary  on November 21st, 2009

@Erika - This cake actually surprised me. It was really delicious. Those friends whom I shared with all loved it. Hope you try out soon. I would also love to try butternut squash + pear soup….sounds delicious.

Lauren @ CoffeeMuffins  on November 21st, 2009

Another beautiful recipe, love the idea of butternut squash and coconut!

Divina  on November 21st, 2009

Now, that’s something different. I haven’t tried a butternut squash coconut cake. I’m sure you can send this to me. :D

kristy  on November 21st, 2009

Another refreshing and scrumptious cake! So, who is the luck person to share with… hehe….

Jeannie Tay  on November 21st, 2009

Yummy cake indeed. I like the fact that you made the steps so easy.

foodlovee  on November 21st, 2009

looks yummy and first time hearing about butternut squash cake.

Conor @ HoldtheBeef  on November 21st, 2009

What a cool recipe for a cake!

Corrine  on November 21st, 2009

This cake looks great. I love butternut squash but I never thought to put it together with coconut. Sounds really tasty. I love it when you make something for the first time and it turns out even tastier than you thought possible!

Mary  on November 21st, 2009

@Lauren - Thanks for compliment. Hope u try out soon. the combination was beautiful.

@Divina - I wish I can send it to you. Maybe the best is to come here…you get to eat it fresh from the oven :)

@Kristy - My friends here are lucky to get to eat my cakes. You have to come here to have a share otherwise you have to make yourself…hehe

@Jeannie - Thanks for comment. I hope my instructions are easy for people to follow. Also I don’t really go for difficult recipes. Most of my recipes here are easy ones.

@foodlovee - Thanks for comment. It’s the first time I tried and I’m glad I did. I’ll be making it again soon.

@Conor - Thank you for comment. Hope you try out soon

@Corrine - Thanks for sharing. I think it is always fun to try out something new. The expectation of the outcome always thrills me. That’s why I love cooking.

Shirley  on November 21st, 2009

I’ve never tried coconut milk in a cake. Must try that.

cheah  on November 21st, 2009

How does butternut squash taste like? Somewhat like pumpkin? This cake sure looks good.

Brie  on November 21st, 2009

lovely color - looks savory and sweet.

Mary  on November 21st, 2009

@Shirley - If you like coconut milk, I believe you will like this cake. I love the flavour of coconut. I always use it in curries but I have a new discovery…in cakes.

@Cheah - Butternut squash actually tastes quite like pumpkin with a slight different flavour. I like both. You can use pumpkin too. The bright colour gives the cake a beautiful look.

@Brie - It’s delicious….not savoury but sweet and very flavourful. Hope you try out soon.

rebecca  on November 21st, 2009

oh wow so cool you are so creative and the color is amazing

uberVU - social comments  on November 21st, 2009

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lululu  on November 21st, 2009

Mary, your baked goods are always so unique in terms of ingredients and the flavor they come with!
Using coconut milk sounds a wonderfully delicious idea!

Mary  on November 21st, 2009

@Rebecca - Thanks for compliment. I was surprised too but love it.

@lululu - Thanks for compliment. I’m going to use coconut more often in my baking. It gives such a lovely flavour.

Janet @Gourmet Traveller 88  on November 21st, 2009

Very nice combo, I would not have thought coconut can match with pumpkin but it does sounds good together with the cranberry. I also all three ingredients at home, should try that too !

Stacy  on November 21st, 2009

Looks great! Send me a slice :)

Mary  on November 21st, 2009

@Janet - I love the combination. The flavour was lovely. I’m so glad I tried it. Hope you try out soon.

@Stacy - Thanks. I would if I could.

Bren  on November 21st, 2009

girl i can’t believe we follow each other on Twitter and this is my 1st time coming to your site! Great stuff! Love the butternut squash. I just did a mash on my blog that was sooo delish that a woman from S. Africa emailed me to tell me it was great. I’m sure yours is fabulous!

Blackswan  on November 21st, 2009

Yum-yum, this looks delicious!

Alta  on November 21st, 2009

What a creative, lovely cake! Yum!

penny aka jeroxie  on November 21st, 2009

this is very different! I like ;)

Mathea  on November 21st, 2009

Wow! I love the photo of it ready to bake! Just a big sea of golden goodness… bravo!

Cookin' Canuck  on November 22nd, 2009

What an original recipe! This is a wonderful way to use butternut squash.

Mary  on November 22nd, 2009

@Bren - Haha….it does sound strange but glad we finally actually met. Twitter is still too overwhelming for me. Takes time to get to know each other. Will have to check out your blog for your potato mash. I’m sure I will like it.

@Blackswan - Thanks for your comment

@Alta - Thanks for your compliment. You can use non-gluten flour so that you can enjoy this cake too.

@Penny - Thanks for comment. This is high in fiber and good for you. Hope you try out soon.

@Mathea - I like the bright colour too. Makes me love the cake even more. But the taste is really good.

@Cookin’Canuck - Thanks. I’m so glad I tried it….another new way to eat butternut squash. A healthier cake too.

Christine@Christine's Recipes  on November 22nd, 2009

Butternut squash tastes wonderful. I’ve used it to bake cake too.
Love your idea of mixing with dates and desiccated coconut, great combination.

Mary  on November 22nd, 2009

@Christine - Thanks for sharing. Lovely to know you also use butternut squash to bake cakes. I’m sure they are very delicious too.

Candice  on November 22nd, 2009

Nice flavor combo!

Mary  on November 22nd, 2009

@Candice - Thanks for comment. Hope you try out soon. I really like it. The flavour and texture were really good.

joylicious  on November 24th, 2009

I have butternut squash left over from my party!! I will definitely use it for this — I would’ve never think to mix butternut squash and coconut. How creative :)

Mary  on November 24th, 2009

@Joylicious - Looks like you can make a big butternut squash cake. Good idea from you. Always have butternut squash for parties….any left over can be used to make cake.

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