Recipe: Donna Hay’s Banana Coconut Dream Cake Recipe

By Naomi Grant

2 years ago

Let them eat cake!

Looking for an impressive dessert to whizz up this weekend? Try this delicious coconut dream cake recipe from Donna Hay’s upcoming cookbook, The Fast Five, which sees classic recipes reinvented with midweek twists.

Recipe: Banana Coconut Dream Cake

The First Five

Serves 12


  • 2 eggs
  • 390g mashed banana
  • 180ml light-flavoured extra virgin olive oil
  • 250g plain thick yoghurt
  • 240g firmly packed brown sugar
  • 160g desiccated coconut
  • 120g almond meal (ground almonds)
  • 80g rice flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • yoghurt frosting and toasted coconut flakes, to serve


  1. Preheat oven to 160°C (325°F). Line a 20cm x 30cm (8 inch x 12 inch) slice tin with non-stick baking paper.
  2. Place the eggs, banana, oil, yoghurt and sugar in a bowl and whisk to combine. Add the coconut, almond meal, rice flour and baking powder and whisk to combine.
  3. Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and bake for 45–50 minutes or until cooked when tested with a skewer. Allow cake to cool in the tin for 10 minutes, before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  4. Place the cake on a serving plate. Top with the yoghurt frosting and sprinkle with coconut flakes, to serve. 

The Fast Five by Donna Hay, out 27 October 2022, buy here

Featured Image: Con Poulos