Mango, coconut and Thai lime leaf mini cakes recipe


I absolutely love baking with mango and it’s a great option for a year round fruit because the canned and frozen varieties are great. If you can’t find freeze-dried kaffir lime powder you can use the fresh version of this incredible fruit, or just regular limes instead.

For the cake:

150g all-purpose white flour

75g ground almonds

2 tsp baking powder

Pinch sea salt

75g fine desiccated coconut, lightly toasted

100g caster sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

1⁄2 cup light olive oil

1 cup coconut milk

2 tsp freeze-dried kaffir lime leaf powder, or the zest of 2 fresh kaffir limes, or the zest of 2 regular limes

200g fresh mango, peeled and cut into 1cm cubes

For the icing:

200g cream cheese

Juice of 1⁄2 lime

3 tbsp honey

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp freeze-dried kaffir lime leaf powder, or the zest of a fresh kaffir, or the zest of a regular lime

For the decorations:

1 tsp of freeze-dried kaffir lime leaf powder, or the finely grated zest of a fresh kaffir lime, or the zest of a regular lime

Fresh flowers, optional

  1. Preheat oven to 180C. Grease or line 9 holes of a large muffin tin.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the flour, ground almonds, baking powder, salt, coconut and sugar.
  3. Gradually add in the vanilla, oil and milk. Stop your electric mixer once all the ingredients are combined, being careful not to over mix. Finally, by hand fold through the lime powder / zest.
  4. Divide the batter between the mini muffin holes and dot a few pieces of mango into each, pressing down in the batter.
  5. Bake for approximately 30 minutes or until golden in colour, springy to the touch and a skewer inserted in the centre of a cake comes out clean.
  6. Allow the cakes to cool for 10 minutes in their tin before turning out onto a cooling rack.
  7. Meanwhile, make the icing. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese until completely smooth. Continue to add the rest of the ingredients and beat until fluffy.
  8. Once the cakes are fully cooled, use a piping bag, a resealable bag with the tip cut off or just the back of a spoon to apply some icing to each cake.
  9. Decorate with a sprinkling of lime powder or zest and fresh flowers if using.
  10. Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 3 days.