Friday, 23 January 2009

chocolate coconut slice

This month’s theme for Sugar High Friday, hosted by Rachel from Vampituity, is “childhood delights” and requires participants to cook desserts from their youth.

Chocolate Coconut Slice features firmly in my mind and reminds me of two people: my highschool friend Gemma, who used to make it and bring it to school to share, and my mother who made it at home and taught me how to do it too.

It’s a perfect recipe to whip up if you have impromptu guests or a late-night craving for something sweet. I usually have all the ingredients in the pantry.

It’s also great to make with kids because there are quite a few non-heat related stages where they can safely assist you - the way I used to help out my mum.

Most of all, it’s really delicious and somehow has a salty-sweet edge from the chewy coconut. Best served cut into small squares, I defy you to eat only one.

Chocolate Coconut Slice

Kay's very own recipe. Makes approx. 12 squares.


Slice1 cup plain flour
½ cup sugar
1 cup desiccated coconut
1 tablespoon cocoa
200g dark chocolate, melted
185g butter, melted
½ teaspoon vanilla essence
1 egg, beaten
Icing1 cup icing sugar
3 tablespoons cocoa
30g butter, melted
1½ tablespoons hot water


1. Preheat oven to 180’C. Lightly grease lamington tin (28cm x 18cm).

2. To make the slice, sift the flour, sugar and cocoa into bowl.

3. Stir through the coconut.

4. Add melted butter, melted chocolate, vanilla essence and egg and mix well.

5. Press mixture over base of tin. Bake for 20 minutes. Cool in tin.

6. To make icing, sift icing sugar and cocoa into a small bowl, add melted butter and water and mix until smooth and glossy.

7. When cool, ice while still in tin and allow icing to set. Cut into squares.


  1. Ahh, something fast and easy for those late nights. It sounds delicious and I look forward to giving it a go. Thanks for sharing with all of us for the occasion of Childhood Delights SHF!

  2. I am not on a strict diet but I am keeping away from these temptations. Yummy, I love coconut and chocolate.

  3. It's award time.
    I was given the butterfly award for coolest blog and am now passing it onto five other sites, of which you're one.

  4. I just tried this recipe and it is a disaster....!!!
    I don't know why you are saying to put 200g of dark chocolate along with the butter. There is way too much oil in this... the whole thing looks like a floating block in a pan of oil.

    I have just wasted alot of ingredients... please don't waste your time on this recipe.

  5. fiona - i'm sorry you had such a bad experience with the recipe, but as you can see from my photos, mine turned out ok.
    i wonder what went wrong?
    the recipe probably went out the window with your manners!

  6. Hiya,
    Where am I supposed to put the 200g dark chocolate? I know Fiona was rude when she said the recipe was a disaster, but,like her, I really can't see where, or at which stage, the chocolate goes in??!!

  7. anon - you're totally right!!! i seem to have left the chocolate out of the method section. i will amend immediately :)
    thanks for the heads up!


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