February 16, 2024

This Toto Coconut cake recipe produces a delicious a Jamaican coconut spice cake. It’s not fancy but really good. When my kids were young it was a sweet treat that I’d add to their lunch bag. Today I make it for most family gatherings. A traditional Toto doesn’t include raisins, but I like to add them and some rum for extra flavour and texture. Try my recipe … it’s so easy and delicious!


3 cups All-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups Brown sugar
1 1/2 cups Desiccated (unsweetened) or freshly grated coconut
3 tsp Baking powder
1 tsp Baking soda
1/2 tsp Ground Allspice
1/2 tsp Ground Nutmeg
1 tsp Ground ginger
1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 cup Raisins (optional)
2 Eggs, well beaten
2 cups Milk
1/2 cup Butter, melted
1 tsp Vanilla Extract (optional)
1 Tbsp Jamaican rum (optional)


Preheat oven to 350 F
1. In a large bowl mix together all dry ingredients.
2. Beat eggs and milk together and add melted butter.
3. Add vanilla and rum (optional).
4. Add above liquid to bowl with dry ingredients mix until blended. Do not over mix.
5. Place batter in a greased oblong baking dish (about 13″ x 8″) and bake  at 350F for 1 hour.

Cool on rack in baking dish and cut into squares.

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I’ve been cooking Jamaican food for my family for more than 50 years! Now I'm teaching my daughter Angela and you how to cook my treasured family recipes! I'm happy to be of service and love hearing from you so don't forget to leave a comment below.


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