Coconut Lime Pound Cake

Soft and citrusy, a slice of this coconut-glazed pound cake hits the spot for breakfast or dessert. It’s a sweet and scrumptious treat!

Coconut Lime Pound Cake – Soft and citrusy, this coconut-glazed pound cake hits the spot for breakfast or dessert. |

These days, most of my meals are rushed – breakfast, especially. My morning meal goes by in the blink of an eye before baby wakes up, and somehow, my 15-minute window has dissolved into nanoseconds. But, what keeps my breakfasts super speedy? Having slices of soft, yummy quick breads on hand – they really live up to their name!

I’ve baked all kinds of breakfast breads and pound cakes over the years. Lemon-blueberry and cranberry-orange are longtime favorites (you can find those and more here). For the warmer months, though, I was in the mood for something a little brighter, sunnier and… limey-er?

From cocktails to sweet treats, I can’t get enough of that summery citrus!

Coconut Lime Pound Cake – Soft and citrusy, this coconut-glazed pound cake hits the spot for breakfast or dessert. |

Coconut Lime Pound Cake – Soft and citrusy, this coconut-glazed pound cake hits the spot for breakfast or dessert. |

Every slice of this buttery soft pound cake is heaven on a plate. Or, just in your mouth if it doesn’t quite make it to a plate. No need to be civilized about this.

Since the cake isn’t overly sweet, a creamy coconut-lime glaze is the perfect finishing touch. Before the glaze sets, sprinkle it all over with shredded coconut for a fun look! It’s not only a beauty but absolutely scrumptious for breakfast or dessert – and the slices freeze well, too! Wrap individual slices in plastic wrap, place in a tightly sealed plastic bag, and microwave for a delicious morning treat.

Coconut Lime Pound Cake – Soft and citrusy, this coconut-glazed pound cake hits the spot for breakfast or dessert. |

Coconut Lime Pound Cake

Coconut Lime Pound Cake

Yield: 1 pound cake (8 servings)


For the pound cake:

  • 1/2 cup 1 stick butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt or sour cream
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Zest of 2 limes
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda

For the glaze:

  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 2 teaspoons coconut extract
  • 1 to 1 1/2 tablespoons heavy cream, half-and-half or milk
  • Shredded coconut, optional


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9 × 4- inch loaf pan with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Coat with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add yogurt, eggs, vanilla, lime zest, and lime juice; blend until smooth. Add flour and baking soda; mix on low speed until smooth. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake 60-80 minutes, until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Allow cake to cool completely on a wire rack.
  3. After cake has cooled completely, prepare the glaze. Using a hand mixer, mix powdered sugar, lime juice, coconut extract, and heavy cream in a medium bowl until smooth and pourable. Pour glaze over the cooled cake, using a rubber spatula to spread the glaze evenly. Sprinkle with shredded coconut if desired. Allow to cool completely before slicing. Store in an airtight container, up to 5 days.
  4. Enjoy!

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  1. This recipe sounds wonderful! Great flavor combination. Wouldn’t it be nice to have cake (or pie, or cookies) for every meal and not worry about calories! I love your photos. Thanks for sharing the recipe. :)

  2. This looks like the perfect fresh and citrus-y summer dessert! I didn’t know I could freeze cakes once they’re cooked so this sounds amazing to me! No more rushing in the morning!

    xo, Elisa

  3. This cake looks refreshing and delicious! Great recipe!

  4. This is insanely pretty, Georgia! And the flavors sound like summer perfection!

  5. Mmmm yes, I’d gladly have me a slice of that for breakfast any day! I only need a lime at hand and I could whip this up with cupboard ingredients :D I love the fact that you haven’t made it too sweet either, I prefer it with a bit of zing to accompany it :D Ah, I remember whenever granny would make lemon cake, with a super tangy and sweet drizzle – SO good (*starts singing* So good, I’ve gotta-you, buh-ba-buh buh-bu-bam AO!) Happy Monday Georgia, I hope you have a lovely start to your week :) x

  6. Hope all is well with you and baby! This pound cake looks wonderful. I love having this kind of cake/bread around for quick breakfast or snacking.

  7. There’s something about citrus desserts in the summer that I just love, chocolate kind of goes out the window for me. I love something refreshing, and coconut makes this especially summery!

  8. Oh yum, I would love me a slice of this for breakfast tomorrow indeed! It looks super soft and moist, and the flavor combo really hits the spot – so summery!
    Hope you get some relax time soon Georgia! <3

  9. Coconut and lime go so well together don’t they?! Amazing recipe!

  10. This has to be THE definition of foodporn. Gorgeous, mouth watering pictures my friend!

  11. this sounds absolutely awesome! i love coconut & lime so so much :)

  12. Yes yes yes!!! I’m such a fan of pound cake, and this coconut lime pound cake looks fabulous!!

  13. Coconut and lime = best combo ever!

  14. Lime and coconut are the perfect combo (and, I promise I won’t start singing the song) :) This is a great creation, Georgia!

  15. Coconut and lime is one of my favorite combos! This pound cake looks ridiculously good. I love having baked goods like this on hand for breakfast / snacking!

  16. This looks so dreamy! I love this flavor combo!

  17. Georgia… This looks completely amazing! My teenagers will love it! Pinned :)

  18. oooo I love the flavor combo here, and pound cake is the best. Love this!

  19. I love this combo and it’s such a pretty cake too!

  20. If this is breakfast at your house, I’m moving next door. :)

    When you have a new baby everything you eat must be done with one hand.

  21. Must try this cake! Thanks for the recipe, it looks really good :)

  22. Bright citrus is perfect for the summer. This bread looks delicious.

  23. I love citrus! I’m a lemon freak, but lime is a close second. And coconut? Yes, please. So you have a couple of my favorite flavors going on in this great looking pound cake. Thanks for this.

  24. If this doesn’t scream summer then I don’t know what does :). This pound cake looks so light and features some of the best flavors, of course. Love!

  25. 5 stars
    You are my new best friend. I love this recipe and the flavors you combined.
    Look how summery and beautiful it turned out. It’s a show stopped without being out of my ability as a cook. Well done!

  26. I am a citrus freak, absolutely love it! Therefore I love this pound cake too of course :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  27. Just beautiful! Pinned to our coconut board!
    Have a wonderful weekend!

  28. Isn’t it crazy how you have to eat so fast when you have little ones around? I don’t think I tasted anything the first 3 years when my kids were little! haha This pound cake looks so scrumptious, and I love the coconut-lime combo. Have a wonderful Fourth, Georgia! :)

  29. 5 stars
    This is the perfect breakfast so you can carry a slice of this delicious bread in one hand and your sweet little precious one in the other. Have a super weekend. BAM

  30. 5 stars
    This is the perfect bread to wake up to on a busy morning – and once your baby is a bit older I’m sure she’ll appreciate quick breads too :) Love the flavour combination!

  31. This looks like summer perfection!!! I want a slice!

  32. Gorgeous pound cake, I love the coconut lime pairing!

  33. 5 stars
    I just made this pound cake about 2hrs ago and took a beautiful picture! It was a success! My friends loved it and so did I! Great combination and certainly really good !!

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