tropical vegan cake on a plate with white flowers

Share the enjoyment of summer with this Tropical Vegan Cake

tropical vegan cake on a plate with white flowers

Tropical Vegan Cake

I thought it was about time to have a new cake! There’s always a reason for cake! A birthday (yes mine)!; a thank you (yes, you!); coffee with a friend (who’s coming?); or just because you deserve it (that will be me too at the minute)!

Why a tropical cake? Well, I thought I should try something different and these ingredients were just waiting to be used! It has been hot and very Summery and these ingredients are light, delicious and go together so well.

slice of cake with flowers
Sweet cream cheese filled tropical cake slice

Of course, cake is great on its own, with tea, coffee, or a lovely refreshing cold iced drink. Cake like this can be enjoyed any time of the day – I think you could even have this for breakfast!

The Cake Recipe

This recipe loosely follows my standard cake recipe of butter, sugar, flour, yogurt & apple cider vinegar, with a few additions. I have added carrot and mixed spice to make it more like carrot cake. I have used tinned pineapple and the juice in the cake. The cake also has dried coconut and currants to really add to those flavours. When the cake is baked, you can eat it as it is, or use your favourite icing or frosting. You could try using whipped cream, or make a soft cheese filling with icing sugar, cream cheese and cream.

round cake on a wire rack
Freshly baked tropical cake

Tropical Cake

A light summery carrot cake bursting with pineapple, coconut and spices.

Course: cake, Dessert
Keyword: afternoon tea, cake, cake recipe, carrot cake, dairy free, egg free, egg free cake, free from recipes, fruit cake, passion cake, pineapple ideas, summer cakes, tropical cake, vegan cake
Created by:: Laurena @LifeDietHealth
  • 75 g plain yogurt
  • 100 ml pineapple juice (from the tin)
  • 100 ml milk (I used Oato)
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 50 g butter
  • 150 g sugar
  • 240 g plain flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon mixed spice
  • 200 g grated carrots (approximately 2 medium carrots)
  • 100 g pineapple chunks (chopped)
  • 25 g dessicated coconut
  • 25 g currants
  1. Put the yogurt, pineapple juice, milk and apple cider vinegar in a bowl, mix well and leave to curdle for 5-10 minutes (you can do this whilst preparing the other ingredients and your tins).

  2. Cream the butter and sugar in a large bowl.

  3. Add the liquid mixture with the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and mixed spice to the creamed mixture and mix gently to combine.

  4. Stir through the remaining ingredients, carrot, pineapple, coconut and currants until evenly distributed throughout. Try to keep mixing to a minimum.

  5. Pour into 1 large cake tin and bake at Gas Mark 4 (375f /190c) for 55-60 minutes. A skewer might still come out slightly sticky but you will be able to tell from this if the cake is uncooked in the centre.

  6. Allow to cool in the tin for 20-30 minutes before removing to a wire rack where it can cool properly.

  7. Enjoy as it is, or slice in half and fill with your favourite cream or icing. Altenatively, leave the cake plain and allow each person to add their own toppings and/or fillings.

  8. Enjoy!

What do I need?

I have used tinned pineapple in juice for this recipe but you could also use fresh pineapple and add more milk to make up the additional liquid. You can use currants as I have, or use raisins or sultanas if that’s what you have. The coconut can be flaked or dessicated, although you can always blitz flakes in a food processor to get smaller pieces. The mixed spice can be swapped for your favourite spice – ginger would work great, as would cinnamon or nutmeg.

slice of layer cake on a plate
Flowers and cake

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You can serve this cake with your favourite cuppa or with an ice cold drink. I love a slice with a glass of Oat milk or a coconut latte.

close up forkful of cake
Light sponge, sweet creamy filling, pineapple & sugar topping


This cake does not store well in my house! I ate it all in 2 days! Oops! If you have more self restraint than me (this is a really good cake)! then store this covered in a cool place. If you have added cream, then store refrigerated, and if it’s really hot where you are, then that’s probabaly a good choice anyway. You can slice and individually portion this cake for freezing, making sure you wrap each piece well before labelling. It should freeze for up to three months.


close up forkful of cake
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I hope you make time to try this tropical cake! I love seeing your adaptions and interpretations of my recipes and I’d love to see your photos of this and hear your comments!

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I hope to speak with you soon

Laurena x


  • tulips79 17th June 2021 at 16:35

    Lol Laurena, it’s good if cakes hang around for more than 2 days with us😋 Absolutely sweltering over here (35’🥵)- it’s the only time I’m not thinking of cake haha. Your tropical cake does look lovely though. Wishing you a very happy birthday weekend in advance🎉xxx

    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth 17th June 2021 at 17:12

      Haha, it might have only been me eating it though! Oops! 35c OMGosh we had around 29c and it was very hot! Thunderstorm yesterday and now very humid. This Tropical cake would be delicious straight from the fridge – especially with the cream cheese frosting… now I’m wondering if you could turn it into an ice-cream cake!!! Thank you for the Geburtstag wishes! 😛 x

  • Violet's Vegan Comics 18th June 2021 at 12:40

    What a beautiful cake! I agree, there’s always a reason for cake 😀 Happy birthday! ❤

    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth 18th June 2021 at 13:05

      Awww… thank you😘 Hope you’re well. I’m testing out the vegan menu at Chiquitos 😋🎉

      • Violet's Vegan Comics 21st June 2021 at 13:26

        Ooo fantastic! I hope you enjoyed it. 🙂

        • Laurena@LifeDietHealth 21st June 2021 at 14:37

          Yes thank you😊It was really good… I also discovered Rebel Vegan over the weekend 🙈🤣😍

          • Violet's Vegan Comics 28th June 2021 at 17:54

            Oh fantastic 😀 I’m so glad to hear that 🙂

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