Coconut-Lemon Loaf with Coconut Lemon Glaze, an exceptionally moist, tender and delicate cake, bursting with lemon and coconut flavor.
Is there anything more delicious than lemon-y sweet treats? From lemon poppy seed ice cream and creamy lemon pie to a tender and zippy limoncello pound cake and ultra springy lemon Bundt cake, you can’t go wrong when lemon is on the dessert tray.
Coconut-Lemon Loaf with Coconut-Lemon Glaze Recipe
This coconut-lemon loaf with lemon loaf glaze is a foolproof recipe. You don’t even need to get the mixer out, just a couple of bowls.
The homemade lemon loaf is such an easy recipe to put together and the coconut-lemon combination cannot be beat.
You will find versatile recipe perfect by itself or an excellent sweet treat for breakfast or brunch, served with yogurt and fruit on the side. It’s also a great afternoon pick-me-up with hot tea or coffee.
Ingredients for Coconut-Lemon Loaf with Coconut-Lemon Glaze
Full recipe and instructions can be found at the bottom of the post.
- all-purpose flour -this recipe has not been tested with any other type of alternative flour
- baking powder – make sure it’s fresh
- table salt
- granulated sugar
- canola oil – vegetable oil works too
- lemon extract
- pure vanilla extract
- sweetened, flaked coconut – found in the baking aisle
- confectioners’ sugar
- unsalted butter
- lemon zest and lemon juice – remember to zest your lemon before juicing it
- whole milk – full-fat milk will yield the best flavor
- eggs – size large
- buttermilk – full fat is best but 2% is okay too
How To Make a Coconut and Lemon Loaf with Lemon Glaze
Step one: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Step two: In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
Step three: In a large bowl, whisk together granulated sugar, butter, oil, lemon zest, lemon extract, vanilla extract and milk.
Step four: In a small bowl, whisk eggs and buttermilk until evenly blended.
Step five: With a wooden spoon, stir about a third of the flour mixture into the sugar mixture, then alternately add half of the egg mixture and half of the flour mixture, stirring after each addition just enough to blend. Stir in coconut.
Step six: Pour batter into a 9 x 5 loaf pan lined with parchment paper (or greased and floured). Place in oven on the center rack for about 45 to 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
Step seven: When loaf comes out of the oven, place pan on a cooling rack for about 15 minutes before removing the loaf from the pan.
Step eight: While loaf is cooling, make the glaze. Combine confectioners’ sugar, lemon juice, butter and lemon extract. Whisk to blend. The glaze should have the consistency of heavy cream. If needed, add more sugar to thicken it or more lemon juice to thin it.
Step nine: When the bread has completely cooled, spoon the glaze evenly over the bread and immediately sprinkle the coconut over the top.
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- Make sure your loaf pan is 9 x 5 in size, otherwise you will have too much batter to fit and it will overflow in the oven.
- Fit your loaf pan with parchment paper so the loaf can be successfully lifted out of the pan before it is completely cooled.
- Lemon extract really gives this loaf and glaze a burst of welcome lemon flavor, do not leave it out.
- Make sure loaf is completely cool before adding the glaze.
When tightly covered, this lemon loaf lasts on the counter for a good three to four days.
If you would like the loaf to keep longer, up to a week, store tightly covered in the refrigerator for up to a week.
Can I Freeze This Loaf?
The loaf freezes quite well with the glaze. It’s up to you whether you want to keep the loaf whole or cut into individual slices. Either way it will need to be tightly wrapped with plastic and placed into a zipped-top for best results.
Thaw the loaf or individual slices on the counter when ready to eat.
Freeze for up to three months.
Other Dessert Loaf Recipes You Might Like
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- Avocado Banana Bread
- Coconut Milk Nutella Swirl Bread
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Coconut-Lemon Loaf with Coconut-Lemon Glaze
- 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2-1/2 tsps baking powder
- 1 tsp table salt
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 5 tbsps unsalted butter, melted
- 3 tbsps canola or vegetable oil
- 1-1/2 tbsps finely grated lemon zest
- 1 tsp lemon extract
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup milk
- 2 large eggs
- 3/4 cup buttermilk
- 1/2 cup (2 oz) sweetened, flaked coconut
- 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp melted butter
- 1/4 tsp lemon extract
- 1/4 cup sweetened flaked coconut
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, whisk together granulated sugar, butter, oil, lemon zest, lemon extract, vanilla extract and milk.
- In a small bowl, whisk eggs and buttermilk until evenly blended.
- With a wooden spoon, stir about a third of the flour mixture into the sugar mixture, then alternately add half of the egg mixture and half of the flour mixture, stirring after each addition just enough to blend. Stir in coconut.
- Pour batter into a 9 x 5 loaf pan lined with parchment paper (or greased and floured). Place in oven on the center rack for about 45 to 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
- When loaf comes out of the oven, place pan on a cooling rack for about 15 minutes before removing the loaf from the pan.
- While loaf is cooling, make the glaze. Combine confectioners' sugar, lemon juice, butter and lemon extract. Whisk to blend. The glaze should have the consistency of heavy cream. If needed, add more sugar to thicken it or more lemon juice to thin it.
- When the bread has completely cooled, spoon the glaze evenly over the bread and immediately sprinkle the coconut over the top.
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And you & your boys are so right cathy! I find that boys in foodie families develop a good taste for food & pottering around in the kitchen. My boy always loves to give me a hand too. The daughter on the other hand, wants me to give her a hand & do the dirty work…aaaargh!! This loaf is yum, & I’ve bookmarked it for without coconut. It looks os moist & delicious1
Now that I have 4 loaves, yes 4 LOAVES of that delicious ‘Hungry Housewife’s Banana Bread’, and a little of the cranberry bread left….you post another quick bread I will HAVE to make. The banana bread is very, very good and I suspect the coconut loaf is too!I tell you, I am putting on some extra pounds here Miss Noble Pig!
That’s the cake I want for my birthday this Saturday!!! Unfortunately, I’d have to make it myself.
A great choice! This loaf looks ever so scrumptious and moist! Wow!
Your boys wanted it, now I want it. It looks divine! Absolutely BEAUTIFUL!! I will so be trying this! It truly is so very pretty!!
Rindy R says
This looks uber moist and yummy – I LOVE coconut. This is going on my “To Try” list immediately! Thanks for sharing!
That looks delicious. And I love lemon stuff.
I have started my Boo with the simple stuff, soon we’ll move on to recipes.
I love that all the magazines are featuring lemony baked goods. I have my eye on making a few lemon cakes, myself. This bread looks wonderful though…coconut is my favorite and the combination would be delicious!
Liz C. says
Ummm… Yeah! I want it too. My mouth is literally watering because it looks so deliciously moist.
Uh, what Liz C. said. And Aunt Julia is always happy to help out with the cooking projects.. that sounds fun, fun, fun!!! You just give me a call and let me know!
Oh my … what a lovely loaf! I tagged the so I can try the recipe. Thanks for sharing!
Mental P Mama says
…and to think, I have all those ingredients right now. I may have this for breakfast!
The picture itself made my mouth water! Yummy! Lemon and coconut, you can NEVER go wrong!
Wow! That is one delicious looking loafing. I am always looking for new recipes to take to our potlucks and that one looks like a winner. Thanks!
Natasha - 5 Star Foodie says
Mmmm… this looks delicious! Love the lemon-coconut glaze on top.
Cathy at Wives with Knives says
Love the lemon-coconut combo. My son was at my elbow in the kitchen when he was young, now its my grandson. Very special times.
Leah - Chef Maven says
This looks so moist and amazing, I am drooling on my keyboard – you must stop sending us such amazing photos when we haven’t eaten while reading your blog posts! lol If I lived at your house, I wouldn’t be worried about the magazine, but I would certainly have a seat ready by the kitchen counter to when these lovely food bits come out of the oven for the first taste!
I’m a fool for any “lemon” baked good. And this is no exception!
Looks good! My daughter will help out when it comes to baking, my son loves to play clueless, but has been known to make a mean tuna salad when no one is looking!
See, this is what happens when I don’t get to sit down and actually READ my Family Fun! Yum!!
Fun House Jennifer says
The lemon and coconut sounds like a great combo! i get Family Fun too but have been throwing them out lately since I’m on a decluttering spree–thanks for posting that!
We love that magazine. I can feel the fat cells collecting at my thighs, just gazing lovingly at your pictures of food. You take great food pictures!
That looks so moist & delicious!!!
I love coconut on muffins and loaves. I love toasted coconut on anything.
I’ll save this one for later for sure.
Smart boys, that bread looks luscious!
Misty Smith says
Cathy..that looks HEAVENLY! I think I may make this over the weekend for my guests! Thanks for posting this!
Auds at Barking Mad says
I am so blessed in that my hubby’s mum taught him well when it came to cooking and knowing his way around a kitchen!
That loaf looks so wonderfully moist. Lately none of the breads I’ve made have come out very moist…mostly tough and dense. Almost like pound cake. I’m going to give this recipe a whorl this weekend and hopefully it will come out as beautiful and delicious as yours did!
YUM!! Can’t wait to make this one at my house.
Bellini Valli says
Coconut and lemon are my next favourite food groups next to potatoes:D
this is my favorite…my mother in law makes this and it is delicious…your photo’s make me want to pull out my baking supplies and get busy…I â™¥ this bread!
Another delicious cake, Cathy you are amazing mom! Cheers,
Scary Mommy says
In my next life I want to be born as one of your kids. 😉
Cathy - wheresmydamnanswer says
I want it too!! and I am sure so would the incredible “boys” in my life. Hubby and Dad!!! Thanks for this you are going to make me look like a rock star!!
Another recipe I will try…I love anything with coconut.
I just made your blueberry, banana, coconut and walnut bread – it was AMAZING!
Sarah S. says
Oh My that looks divine!
Oh my. I LOVE coconut and this looks amazing. I MUST make this also. Your killing my waste line Cathy. I made the buffalo chicken dip and it was a hit at the potluck. And your so right about appreciating a man who knows his way around the kitchen!
I know my girlfriend appreciates me knowing how to cook. Especially since the only thing she can make is banana bread. Heh.
That loaf looks awesome, shredded coconut is one of my favorite things. When I was a kid I used to eat it by the handful.
I’m all over anything with coconut! It looks really yummy!
Cathy this cake is gorgeous! Your photos make me want to bite into the screen. Yummmmm!
Saver Queen says
This looks great. The only thing I am missing is the coconut, which I plan to pick up this week. Is a bulk food store best for coconut – anyone want to weigh in on that?
Those boys had all the reasons in the World to have this cake. It’s gorgeous.
This looks heavenly….
I like coconut and lemon, so what could be better?
I bet your kids had a blast with that shredded coconut. What fun–and it looks great too.
I bet the coconut glaze makes this!!
My SIL doesn’t cook – well, she makes hamburger helper. Sadly my two teenage nieces know nothing about cooking!
I love it when Hannah helps – although she tends to put things back before I am done with them!
Today was the first drive to school in her car. She was so excited. I asked her what time she was leaving, and she said 6:45 (which is kind of early). When I asked why that time she said “because I have a coupon at Dunkin Donuts if I buy a muffin I get a large coffee for free!”
She’s so cute.
I’m so hungry that I want to lick the screen.
Oh my! That Coconut-Lemon Loaf looks dangerously good.
gfe--gluten free easily says
Spectacular pics! My son and I used to love that magazine. We made lots of recipes and did lots of projects from it. I just loved reading it, even when we did nothing. We also went on a lot of trips based on info in FF, like our trip to a dude ranch. Can’t wait to convert this to gluten free and try it out!
Coconut and Lemon … 2 of my favorite flavors. I had forgotten about Family Fun magazine. My 2 oldest have outgrown it, but my youngest is getting to be a great age to start a subscription again.
Yum. For some reason this cake reminds me of my favorite childhood treat — coconut covered zingers. *drool* can taste them right now!
Oooh I just made this. I didn’t have any buttermilk for once, so I just put some lemon juice in with regular milk. I didn’t cut back on the rest of the lemon either. It did take a while longer for mine to cook for some reason. Boy does it smell good. I took a little sneaky snack of it and it’s good. Can’t wait for it to cool so I can glaze it and eat it!!
This was amazing!
I love Family Fun magazine! Their website is wonderful as is their theme guide books. Good for your boys for showing their interests like this! That cake looks great, and I bet every crumb will get eaten! YUM!
Stacey Snacks says
I was searching on line tonight, what to bake?
Just found my answer!
The Duo Dishes says
Lemon coconut party in the mouth for sure.
Oh, I just want to bury my piggy little face in that!
this is so damn orgasmic! love it.
Lemon, coconut. Yum! 🙂
Blond Duck says
That looks perfect for taking over to a friend’s house.
We loved this recipe!
Yummy Cathy..I love that your kids pick what they want you to cook for them!
Wow this looks wonderful!! I love the pictures, it looks so moist!
It looks beautiful and yummy. I have finally come to admit that I don’t like cooking with the kids. But I’ll do it anyway 🙂
Becky Caldwell says
OH MY HEAVENS!! I AM IN LOVE LOVE LOVE with your blog…. and the recipe above….. heavens. YUMMMY.
What I wouldn’t do for a slice…it’s just so cheery looking. I swear your food is the best.
That looks so good.
My Dad would come home for lunch when I was a kid, Mom would be out workin’ in the garden or tendin’ the cows, so Dad would cook his own lunch, he actually liked to. Both my brothers are the cooks in their households. My husband doesn’t even know where I keep my knives. AND he doesn’t want to know!
Patricia Scarpin says
Your boys wanted it and I want it now, too. 😀
Love lemon in just about anything and it goes so well with coconut, Cathy!
This was so good!
Looks sooooo good!!!
of course they wanted it! who wouldn’t want it? anybody anti-coconut is no friend of mine. 🙂
I would’ve chosen this too! Sounds like a great combination, and so pretty too.
That looks great Cathy! I’m impressed that you got the boys involved. Eli loves ‘helping out’ in the kitchen, ie. egg on the floor, flour on the walls, mum screaming bloody murder. It’s not pretty.
That lemon cake looks good! I like the additio of the coconut!
Gretchen Nurczyk says
I love you.
Just made this as muffins and they were as delicious and moist as the pictures make the loaf look!
I added some blackberries, too, which were a great compliment to the lemon/coconut flavors. I would highly recommend this recipe!
recipe calls for 3tb melted butter, direction says to combine 5 tb melt butter????
Five is correct, sorry about that.
My boys love lemon, but not coconut, so I baked this without the coconut. The loaf was yummy, but it seemed a little dry without the coconut. Any suggestions on how to add moisture, without adding coconut?
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Betsy Carney says
You can’t ever go wrong with coconut and lemon! We loved this!
This is seriously amazing! Everyone at my house was impressed with this!