Pandan coconut pound cake with frosting

Life have been a bit hectic lately and I had neglected the blog for a while.

To welcome me back I presented you with a sweet treat. It's a pandan and coconut pound cake with butter frosting. This recipe is something I made up with ingredients I thought nice together.


50ml pandan juice (extracted from 10 - 12 pandan leaves + 2-3 tbsp water)
4 medium size eggs
200g plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
200g softened butter
150 - 180g sugar (I used 150g because the frosting is sweet enough)
75g coconut powder
100g desiccated coconut

  1. Rinse the pandan leaves and cut into small pieces then blitz in a mini blender or food processor with some water till pulverised. Squeeze out as much juice as you can. You will get around 50ml. Sieve and set aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 160deg C fan assisted oven or 170 deg C non fan assisted. 
  3. Cream the butter and sugar.
  4. Mix plain flour, coconut powder and baking powder together. Sieve.
  5. Add one egg at a time blend till combined, add a little of the flour mix in between. When all eggs are added pour in the pandan juice. Mix then add remaining flour and desiccated coconut. 
  6. Pour into a lined or greased 2 lb loaf tin. 
  7. Bake for around 60 - 70 min till cooked. Test with skewer for doneness. 
  8. Leave to cool


200g softened butter
200g icing sugar (powder sugar), sifted
75g coconut powder, sifted

handful of dried shredded coconut or desiccated coconut for topping.

  1. Mix the icing sugar, coconut powder and icing by hand first with a spoon till no powder left. Do not blend with electric whisk without mixing the powder into the butter or you will get powder flying all over your kitchen. 
  2. Whisk till frosting is light and creamy. 
  3. This frosting has a lot less icing sugar than normal frosting. I don't like too sweet. The icing can be soft straight after blending. Check the consistency of the frosting. If too soft leave in the fridge for a while till thick enough to spread without being runny.
  4. Put the shredded coconut or desiccated on a oven tray, bake at medium heat for few minutes till light brown. Leave to cool.

To ice the cake
  1. Cut the cake into half. 
  2. Spread the frosting on the bottom half and top of cake. 
  3. Sandwich the cake together. 
  4. Sprinkle on shredded or desiccated coconut. 


  1. Looks fabulous! I think that is a great combination of flavours!

  2. Welcome back

    Excellent recipe. What a great resource your website is.



  3. yeahay're baking again...that's a good sign! ;-)...that colour reminds me of cakes made with that Japanese tea forget the name. I'm going to try it as I can make it dairy free!

  4. The recipe looks delicious. I have book marked your site to see more recipes like this. Thanks for posting.

  5. Hi - where do you get pandan from in the UK? I did locate some in my local Asian food shop but the price took my breath away, something like 3 pounds for a few leaves. Do you know if it's possible to grow it in the garden during the summer?

  6. Hi there,
    Pandan is expensive in UK. Can't compare to buying from Far East or have it planted in your backyard.

    To plant pandan you need to get a young plant with roots don't think you can smuggle it in from far east.

    You can get pandan leaves from London Chinatown. I normally get mine from Loon Moon (Gerrard Street). They have all sorts of other Thai herbs too. Other than that I sometime order online from Raan Thai.


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