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Coconut Bites with Lemon & Vanilla Icing

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Coconut Bites with Lemon & Vanilla Icing
Courtesy of Tiny Sarah's Cakes
2 spoon difficulty rating


Coconut Bites with Lemon & Vanilla Icing

Spring also means fruits! This coconut bite recipe, topped with a lemon and vanilla icing, will prep you right off for summer.



  • 70g coconut oil, melted                                 
  • Seeds of one vanilla pod                    
  • 160g golden caster sugar
  • 120g plain white flour
  • 80g desiccated coconut                     
  • 20g cornflour            
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 3 flax eggs (3 tbsp ground flax seeds, 7.5 tbsp water)
  • 1 cup almond milk


  • 50g vegan shortening (eg Trex. This can be bought in most supermarkets)                                         
  • 50g vegan margarine                                      
  • 250g Icing sugar (plus up to 250g extra for thickening)                                       
  • A splash of lemon juice                                       
  • 1 vanilla pod                                         



  1. Preheat oven to 170°C/340ºF/Gas Mark 3.
  2. Mix the coconut oil, vanilla seeds, sugar, flour, desiccated coconut, cornstarch, baking powder and salt.
  3. Add half the flax egg, stir and then add the other half.
  4. Add half the milk, stir and then add the other half.
  5. Stir the mixture thoroughly. 
  6. Spoon the mixture into individual cupcake cases. 
  7. Put in the oven and bake until golden – check with a cake tester or knife after 10 minutes. The smaller they are, the faster they’ll be ready.


  1. Mix the shortening and margarine.
  2. Add the first 250g of icing sugar, and mix well until it becomes fluffy.
  3. Add a splash of lemon juice and mix well.
  4. Add the remaining icing sugar and the vanilla seeds.

You will need to check the consistency of your buttercream – you might need to add some liquid – lemon juice – or some icing sugar.



  • Fill a piping bag (these can be bought online eg Lakeland, Tesco Direct or from a Kitchen shop, Wilko etc) with the buttercream. Tip: If you are using a disposable piping bag, cut a small snip at the end of the bag, then cut of more if necessary (it's easy to make it too big!).
  • Create a big swirl with the piping bag and then top with any vegan sweet of your choice (see the Viva! shop for lots of lovely options).



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