Why would anyone refuse a piece of cake that tastes like a Bounty except without the chocolate? Our recipe for the traditional Goan Christmas Cake will have you baking a crumbly-on-the-outside, moist-and-dense-on-the-inside, not-overly-sweet kinda of cake that will be demolished at first smell.

Would we stop you from serving it with a drizzle of melted dark chocolate? Never!

RECIPE (we doubled this recipe to make the 3 cakes you see in the picture)



  • In a heavy based casserole dish, boil 1/2  cup water with 500g sugar till the sugar dissolves
  • Lower the heat, then add 250g butter
  • when the butter melts turn off the stove then add 1 cup (250ml) milk250g semolina and 250g desiccated coconut
  • Stir till the liquid is absorbed by the dry ingredients.
  • Set the mixture aside to cool.
  • Now whisk 6 eggs till light.
  • When the mixture is cold add the beaten eggs.
  • Rest for 3 hours minimum (overnight if possible), in the fridge.
  • When ready to bake stir in 1 teaspoon vanilla essence1 tsp ground cardamom (seeds from 10 pods), 1 tsp baking powder.
  • Heat oven to 150C
  • Line a baking pan with baking paper.
  • Transfer the cake mixture into the pan then bake for 60 minutes, till golden brown.

We take this opportunity to wish you all a wonderful Christmas and a splendid time with your family and friends.  We are very grateful for your support and encouragement. 

May the New Year bring you good health and happiness in abundance.