Zesty lemon & coconut loaf with a lemon glaze

My second Mother’s Day is coming up this Sunday – our beautiful daughter is 1 and a half years old. My husband will be returning from Johannesburg on Sunday morning and we have decided to spend the day at home, treating the three of us to the most delicious tea-time, lunch and dinner treats. For morning tea we will be having this fabulous zesty lemon & coconut loaf, topped with a sharp, sweet lemon glaze. It is light and fluffy, yet moist, and is perfect with a comforting cup of rooibos tea. I used Sasko Quick Treats Vanilla Flavoured Muffin Mix as a basis for the loaf – it takes all of the effort out of baking!

The rest of our menu is already planned: it involves proper Greek Lamb Moussaka for lunch, cheddar scones with clotted cream and raspberry jam for afternoon tea, and spinach & feta soup for dinner. I can’t wait to treat the 2 most special people in my life…

Ingredients for loaf:

  • 1 x packet Sasko Quick Treats Vanilla Flavoured Muffin Mix
  • 140 ml vegetable oil
  • 120 ml milk
  • 2 XL eggs
  • grated rinds of 2 large lemons
  • 3/4 cup desiccated coconut
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice

Ingredients for glaze:

  • 60 ml icing sugar
  • 1 and a half teaspoon lemon juice


  1. Pre-heat oven to 180 C.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, mix oil, milk and eggs well using a whisk or electric beaters. Add muffin mix and whisk for 1 minute.
  3. Add lemon rinds, coconut and lemon juice, then fold in with a metal spoon. Pour batter into a greased loaf tin (+- 20 x 10 x 7 cm) and bake for 50-60 minutes until an inserted skewer comes out clean.
  4. Turn out on a wire rack and leave to cool completely.
  5. Make glaze: mix icing sugar and lemon juice together, then drizzle on cooled loaf. Serve at room temperature with tea.
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  1. Colleen Conradie

    Hi can you please give us the recipe for your spinach and feta soup as well please?

    1. Ha-ha, I’ll try to post it next week! Thanks for the interest!

  2. Hi. I’d love to make this cake but I usually make from scratch i.e. I don’t have the “vanilla muffin mix” at home. Any ideas of the recipe to make it from scratch?

    1. Hi Kim, yes, you can follow the recipe for any vanilla sponge cake. I have one posted under “Custard Cake”. Check it out in the search bar! Enjoy!!

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