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Greek Coconut Cake with Orange Syrup (Ravani)

We ate plenty of these beautiful cakes while travelling around Greece. I have adjusted the recipe to reduce the sweetness to my preference.
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Cooling Time 1 hr
Total Time 2 hrs 30 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Vegetarian
Servings 24 pieces


What you need:

  • 23cm x 33cm pan
  • 150 g butter at room tempurature
  • 250 g caster sugar
  • 4 eggs separated
  • 200 g lukewarm milk
  • 250 g self-raising cake flour or 245 g plain flour + 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 200 g desiccated coconut
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • zest of 2 oranges

For the syrup:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup orange juice


  • Preheat oven to 170 C
  • Line baking pan with baking paper
  • Beat egg whites until shiny with stiff peak
  • Cream butter + sugar + salt until light & fluffy. Gradually add egg yolks, one at a time, beating continuously
  • Add milk + vanilla. Beat until well mixed.
  • Add baking soda + dessicated coconut + flour + orange zest. Mix with spatula.
  • Add in half egg whites. Fold gently until all incorporated.
  • Add remaining half egg whites. Fold gently.
  • Pour batter in the pan. Bake for 50-60 mins or until clean skewer inserted come out clean. Leave the cake to cool completely.
  • When the cake is fully cool, cut them into squares
  • Heat orange juice + sugar on medium heat and bring to boil. Boil for 10-15 mins until the syrup slightly thickens.
  • Slowly ladle the HOT syrup over the COOL cake. Allow each ladle to absorb fully before adding more syrup.
Keyword Vegetarian