Spelt Coconut Birthday Cake

Spelt Coconut Birthday Cake from Briana Holt of Tandem Bakery

This recipe makes 2 9’’ round cake pans (you may have extra if your cake pans are short, we use 3.5’’ high pans here but household pans are often 2’’ just make sure your pans are ¾ full no matter the height!!)

  • 4 eggs

  • 3 yolks

  • 2 T good quality vanilla or rum or coconut rum or coconut extract (whatever really)

  • 1 cup sour cream

  • ¼ cup + 2 T buttermilk (shake well before using)

  • 120 g AP flour

  • 250 g spelt flour

  • ½ cup dessicated unsweetend coconut, lightly toasted

  • 770 g sugar

  • 1 t baking powder

  • 1 t baking soda

  • 1 t salt

  • 22 oz butter, soft (22 oz browned butter if you’re feeling ambitious)

Spray pans well

Preheat oven to 350

Whisk together the: Eggs, yolks, vanilla, sour cream, buttermilk until nice and combined and smooth

In a stand mixer (or with a hand mixer) put all the dry ingredients and mix together, then add the soft butter and beat together until combined and ‘sandy’ texture

Add half the wet ingredients and combine gently, scrape the bottom of the bowl with a spatula to be sure there are no clumps at the bottom.

Mix gently, then add the rest of the wet ingredients and combine until batter is mostly mixed but do NOT worry about some lumps, those are ok. Just be sure there are no clumps of dry ingredients or streaks of butter/egg

Divide batter evenly in pans, bang pans on counter to release any air bubbles and let batter spread evenly

Bake for 15 min then turn oven to 325

Bake for 15 min more? Depends on oven. Cakes should be risen, golden, and slightly bouncy in middle. Cake tester should come out with damp crumbs, not wet batter or completely dry

Let cool for a bit, and if desired, brush with some kind of simple syrup, rum and sugar or something tasty, let cool, and build your birthday cake to your hearts desire!

You can also bake this recipe in a 9×5 loaf pan for a tea cake style cake!


Briana Holt is a born baker. She has baked all over the island of Martha’s Vineyard and also learned a thing or 2 in NYC from her time at M. Wells and Pies and Thighs. Briana is also a recent James Beard nominee. Will, Kathleen and Briana have been friends for almost 20 years. A bakery is something they had been scheming about doing together since they all lived in NYC back in 2011.

This recipe was provided in support of World Wide Community Bake Day 2020