Coconut Cake with Spun Sugar Christmas Tree – Cheap Family Dinner Party Recipe


For the coconut cake:

  • 250g butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 (about 350g) cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon coconut essence
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup (about 80g) desiccated coconut
  • 3 cups (about 375g) self-raising flour
  • 250g (about 1 cup + 2 tbsp) sour cream
  • 1 cup milk

For the lemon cream cheese icing:

  • 500g (about 17.5oz) cream cheese, room temperature
  • 50g butter, softened
  • 2 cups (about 250g) icing (powdered) sugar
  • Finely grated zest from 1 lemon (about 1 tsp)
  • 1 cup thickened (heavy) cream, cold

For the spun sugar:

  • 1 1/2 (about 350g) sugar
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • Optional: green food colouring, I used Wiltons gel icing colouring



For the cake

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