Chocolate Coconut squares are an all chocolate version of popular lamingtons. They are made with coconut on the inside and out. A soft chocolate cake covered with chocolate icing then topped with desiccated coconut. For a more decadent version dip in melted chocolate like my lamington sandwiches.
This recipe uses butter, but you can also use coconut oil for maximum coconut flavour. For this I used coconut milk instead of cows milk. The batter may appear ‘dry’, don’t be discouraged, the combination of ingredients results in a soft cake when baked. It is crumbly from the use of coconut on the inside.
How to Make Chocolate Coconut Squares
These choc coconut squares are made by making a rectangular cake first, much like lamingtons, then is sliced into squares. Start by making the cake itself. While the cake bakes prepare the icing.
To make the cake combine wet ingredients first then slowly sift in dry ingredients. I used half a cup of flour and half a cup of cocoa in this recipe. After making a flour less chocolate cake with only cocoa powder and melted chocolate, I prefer this method with reduced flour for chocolate cakes.
I use melted butter instead of softened butter, because the coconut is fairly dry and needs some liquid to bind to. Other liquid in this cake is coconut milk, which I used mainly for flavour. Milk can also be used as a substitute.
Once a smooth batter forms, pour int a greased baking pan and bake on moderate heat.
After baking, cool before covering with icing. Top with desiccated coconut.
To make the icing, combine cocoa powder and icing sugar. For full instructions see my icing sugar recipe.
Top with desiccated coconut before slicing into squares.
Chocolate Coconut Squares Recipe