Meaning ‘dream cake’ in Danish, this caramelised coconut sponge makes loyal followers out of anyone who steals a bite. Believed to have originated in Brovst in the northern region of Nordjylland, this now-favourite teatime treat is a relative newcomer, making its first appearance in the latter half of the 20th century.






Skill level

Average: 3.1 (295 votes)


  • 115 g unsalted butter, chopped
  • 185 ml (¾ cup) milk
  • 185 g caster sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 vanilla bean, split, seeds scraped
  • 185 g (1¼ cups) plain flour
  • 1½ tsp baking powder
  • double cream or crème fraîche, to serve


Coconut topping

  • 150 g unsalted butter, chopped
  • 250 g (1 cup firmly packed) brown sugar
  • 60 ml (¼ cup) milk
  • 200 g shredded coconut

Cook's notes

Oven temperatures are for conventional; if using fan-forced (convection), reduce the temperature by 20˚C. | We use Australian tablespoons and cups: 1 teaspoon equals 5 ml; 1 tablespoon equals 20 ml; 1 cup equals 250 ml. | All herbs are fresh (unless specified) and cups are lightly packed. | All vegetables are medium size and peeled, unless specified. | All eggs are 55-60 g, unless specified.


You will need a 20 cm x 30 cm slice pan for this recipe.

Preheat oven to 180°C. Lightly grease a deep 20 cm x 30 cm slice pan. Set aside.

Place butter and milk in a small saucepan over low heat and cook until butter is melted. Set aside. Meanwhile, using an electric mixer, beat sugar and eggs for 8 minutes or until very thick and pale. Add vanilla seeds and ½ teaspoon of salt and beat for a further 2 minutes or until combined.

Sift flour and baking powder together 3 times. Using a metal spatula, fold flour and butter mixtures through egg mixture in 3 batches or until just combined. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 22 minutes or until a skewer inserted into centre of cake comes out clean.

Meanwhile, to make coconut topping, place butter, brown sugar and milk in a small saucepan over medium heat and stir until sugar dissolves. Bring to the boil, add coconut and simmer for 1 minute or until thickened. Remove from heat.

Increase oven to 210°C. Spoon coconut topping evenly over cake. Return pan to oven and bake for a further 5 minutes or until top is golden brown and crisp. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely in pan on a wire rack. Turn out cake onto a serving platter and serve with double cream or crème fraîche.



Photography Ben Dearnley. Food preparation Kirsten Jenkins. Styling Justine Poole.


As seen in Feast magazine, October 2014, Issue 36.