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Coconut Fingers

A delicious cake unique to St Helena. Learn how to make Coconut Fingers with this easy to follow recipe. Including video and images.
Total Time3 hrs
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Saint, Saint Helena, Saint Helena Island, St Helena, St Helena Island
Servings: 30 Fingers
Author: The Saint Cooks


  • Flat Cake Tray (Approx. 3-5cm high)
  • Cooling Rack


  • 283 g Plain Flour
  • 225 g Granulated Sugar
  • 225 g Butter or Margarine
  • 4 Eggs
  • Vanilla Essence
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 750 g Icing Sugar
  • 1 kg Desiccated Coconut
  • Pink or Red Food Colouring


Making the Cake Base

  • Cream the sugar and butter/margarine in a bowl until soft and light in colour.
  • Mix in the eggs one at a time, and one tablespoon of sifted flour to the mixture.
  • Add a few drops of the vanilla essence to the mixture.  Mix well.
  • Add the remaining sifted flour and the baking powder.  Mix well.
  • Line the baking tray with bakery parchment.
  • Place mixture into a flat cake tin and bake in a moderate oven at 350F / 180c / Gas 4 for 18-20 minutes.

Making the Coconut Fingers

  • Make sure that the cake is completely cooled from baking.  Otherwise the icing will melt during decoration.
  • Cut the cake into fingers about 7-10 cm long by 2-3 cm wide.
  • Using a medium/large bowl, mix some of the icing sugar with water to make the icing mixture.  Start with a few drops of water, adding more as you mix, until it has the consistency of Tomato sauce. (Note: Depending on the amount of cake fingers you have, it is best to make make a small amount of icing and make more as required).
  • Add a few drops of the food colouring to the icing sugar mixture.  Mix it well.
  • Add some of the Coconut to a medium/large bowl.
  • Using a fork or your fingers dip the fingers into the icing sugar bowl, making sure to cover all the sides of the cake with icing.
  • Then roll the fingers in the coconut bowl.
  • Leave to set on a plate.
  • Once set, enjoy with a hot beverage, or a glass of milk.  Perfect for any occasion really.  Robin likes to eat as many as he can just by themselves.  Whereas Emma-Jane likes hers with a nice hot cuppa.