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Papaya Coconut Cake

 Papaya coconut cake is a delicious, moist and buttery cake and the inspiration is from the  by the Bahamian papaya cake.Usually a little of rum is added for extra flavor in these cakes.This cake can be better known as a papaya sauce cake as I cooked the papaya into a chunky sauce before adding to the cake. You can also add the puree or just chopped papaya, but cooked papaya reduces the water content and gives it a sweet caramelized flavor which you will surely enjoy. Here are the ingredients.

All purpose flour- 2 cups
Baking powder- 1 1/2 tsp
Baking soda- a pinch
salt 1/3 tsp

Papaya sauce-1 cup
( I used an orange red papaya for this recipe)
coconut- 1/2 cup
Sugar- 3/4 cup
brown sugar- 1/3 cup
( Adjust sugar according to the sweetness of the papaya)
butter- 1/2 cup
egg - 2
candied ginger- one tsp ( optional)
Vanilla essence- 2 tsp
Imitation Rum Extract- 1 tsp ( Optional)
( I used McCormick Imitation Rum Extract or you can add 1/3 cup rum )

orange zest- 1 tsp
sour cream- 1/2 cup

( you can also add nuts and raisins)

To make the papaya sauce heat one tsp of butter and brown sugar in a sauce pan.When it gets caramelized add the papaya and cook  till all the water gets evaporated and almost dry. Allow this to cool completely.
Sieve in all flour, baking powder,soda, and salt. mix nutmeg or candied ginger,coconut  salt and keep aside.
Preheat oven to 350 degree F. Prepare cake pan by greasing with butter and dusting with flour and set aside.
Beat room temperature butter and sugar till light and fluffy. Add in eggs one at a time and beat till fluffy. Mix in vanilla essence, orange zest and sour cream. Now add little by little the dry mixture and spoon in the papaya sauce alternatively and gently fold in. Pour into the pan and bake for 20 minutes or till the tooth pick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
For the icing Combine two tsp of butter and one cup of icing sugar using an electric mixer in low speed. Add two tsp of milk and 1/2 tsp of vanilla essence and  a  few drops of imitation rum and beat till smooth and creamy. Spread on the cake when it is completely cool. I have used nuts and coconut for decorating the cake.

Cake without icing..

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Hope you will all enjoy..


  1. Fantastic cake :) I have never imagined papaya in cake. Awesome :)

  2. Wow, that cake looks so good! I've never tried this one, but coconut and papaya seems like a killer combo!

  3. Wow ...looks so delicious ...and love the combo

  4. Unique combination, looks super yum

  5. Cake sounds very interesting .I have never tried with papaya

  6. Very unique and yummy! Adding papaya is such a great idea...

  7. Fabulous cake never used papaya in a cake before.

  8. Papaya and coconut must be a very delicious combination, looks very attractive.

  9. awesome dear....superb n very interesting combo
    Super Yummy Recipes

  10. Awesome cake suja..loved the combo,oru piece ingottu parcel cheyyuttoo..:)

  11. wow, what a great looking cake. Beautifully done.

  12. wow, looks perfect and so mouth watering.

  13. superb presentation . Perfect slices like a storebought one..Perfect to the core ...:)

  14. this looks creamy and nice textured cake.....loving it

  15. amazing cake healthy and attractive gr8 recipe

  16. Exotic cake, papaya and coconut cake looks very attractive, delicious and gorgeous..

  17. Adipoli cake, new recipe, will try later.

  18. wow..i can see how papaya and coconut go so well each other. Looks so soft and yummy...


  20. I never tasted it.. bet it is yummy combo & sounds interesting tooo

  21. Drool..drool, can I have few please..loved the combo :)

    US Masala

  22. Very unique combination indeed !! Cake slices are tempting me a lot. Wonderful job done

    Hamaree Rasoi

  23. Never had papaya in cake..looks perfectly baked.

  24. Looks perfect !!
    Do collect ur award :)

  25. I love the flavour of coconut in cream cakes,you make me drool,love the recipe a lot,wish I could try without eggs :)

  26. now this is really unique,very nice and worth trying

  27. Suja,
    Thats very unique recipe to me for cake using used raw papaya may be not the ripened ones I guess..cake looks very moist ..wonderful ..hugs and smiles

  28. Thanks all for stopping by and for the sweet comments:)
    @ Jaya..I used a ripe sweet papaya...I chopped it into small pieces and added into caramelized brown sugar. Allow its moister to evaporate and it will attain a chunky sauce like consistency.

  29. haila tell about it, this is fab and exceptionally very new for me and looks luscious!

  30. WOW! Ethoru interesting combo annallo..Kandittu super-yummy..Perfect and moist..

  31. padam adipoli....they look soooo delicious

  32. Never heard of the one'...sure looks great' awesome...beautiful clicks too:)

  33. Thanks Aruna,Ananda,Maya,Urmila , Akila and Malar for the sweet comments:)

  34. this recipe means a lot to me!! i'm passionate abt cakes and desserts and may change my blog to one like tht exclusively some years later.

    i've this papaya here and i'll choose half the quantity as i'm so sceptical...or you think it's worth trying for 2 cups maida. i'm from kerala too so tastes may be similar :P

  35. could you mention the papaya least small, medium, big..

  36. Thanks Kitchenmorph for stopping by..I am so happy that you like the recipe
    I used a medium papaya and the final sauce was about one and one half cup and I used only one cup for this recipe( rest I used for another recipe).The sauce I made was somewhat nearing a jelly consistency with very little moister( if you are familiar with Kerala Varattu).Adjust sugar according to the sweetness of your papaya.

  37. Awesome look!!!! So, I guess there is no compromise on the taste!!!

  38. i've made the papaya sauce and it tastes good like papaya jam!! now i'm confident to try for 2 cups maida. thank you. i'll let you know once i bake it.

  39. i made it! all loved it. couldn believe it was hey, papaya. passing it on to mom. the recipe mentions candied ginger and the method mentions nutmeg powder?? i used a little of both. i had both. substituted 1/3 cup brown sugar with milkmaid and the rum extract with brandy. came out very well. thanks once more!!

  40. Thanks for the feedback,you made my happy to know that you like it..
    Thanks for pointing out,actually I used both and some may feel its a whole lots of flavors, but I love nutmeg and ginger flavors in my cake.The first time I tried was in my pineapple cake :)
    Great to know that you used brandy,The orginal recipe uses rum or brandy and I had only the extract, so I tried with that..Milkmaid must have made it more flavorful..will surely try that next time,thanks for visit often :)

  41. oh i jus bought a pineapple to preserve it. where's your pineapple cake recipe? in blog? coz i have some lal carrots too. they make an amazing comb.
    papaya cake is a hit with my family, maid's family and neighbour!!

  42. Thanks..there is a pineapple coconut cake and a pineapple pear upside cake, Pls check my recipe index,hope you will like it..
    I always end up adding pineapple in my cakes and deserts and was trying to keep away from the temptation..and now you have shared two
    interesting combos..pineapple jam squares in your blog( lovely recipe) and pineapple carrot combo,both sounds interesting:)

  43. Nice I need to add color to the papaya.

  44. Thanks:) I used red papaya which had a beautiful color,you can you the regular one too

  45. am trying the recipe without a few ingredients as i had leftover papaya(fingers crossed it will turn out okay)-will let u know the feedback-thanks!


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