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Union Jack cake by Nadia Sawalha

Union Jack Cake by Nadia Sawalha

Feeling patriotic? Why not try your hand at this crowdpleaser Union Jack Cake recipe by Nadia Sawalha.


  • 225g butter
  • 225g caster sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 225g self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking flour
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
For the topping:
  • Lemon curd
  • 500g desiccated coconut
  • Red and blue food colouring


Union Jack cake by Nadia Sawalha
Step 1

Heat the oven to 180C/gas mark 4. Butter and line a rectangular 20x30cm tin. Put the butter and sugar into a bowl and whisk until light and fluffy.

Step 2

Gradually add the eggs, whisking the entire time, and fold in the flour and vanilla extract. Pour into the prepared tin and bake for 40 minutes until light golden-brown.

Step 3

Allow to cool on a wire rack, then spread lightly with lemon curd and cover the entire cake in white coconut.

Step 4

Separate the rest of the coconut into two bowls. Put two thirds of it in one and the remaining third in the other. In the bowl with two thirds, put five to six drops of red food colouring and mix well, adding more colouring if necessary.

Step 5

Put the same amount of blue food colouring into the other bowl and mix thoroughly. Then sprinkle the coloured coconut onto the cake in a Union Jack shape. Place in the centre of the table and show off your hard work.

Nadia Sawalha

Many thanks again to Nadia for sharing this fun Union Jack cake recipe!