Simple Pol Cake/Coconut Cake Recipe – Sri Lankan Style

Coconut is one of the major plantation crops in Sri Lanka which accounts for approximately 12% of all agricultural productions. Sri Lanka is one of the leading countries in coconut production. It has a significant share in the world coconut market.

The main ingredient of this cake is grated coconut.

Pol Cake / Coconut cake is a traditional dessert recipe which is among the top 10 food list in Sri Lanka. Unlike other cakes, we don’t use butter or eggs for this cake recipe.

This is a rich dark and a moist cake made with freshly grated coconut. This authentic traditional cake is flavoured with an amazing blend of Sri Lanka’s finest spices and coconut.

Primary Ingredients –

  • 3 Nos of grated coconut
  • 750g of brown sugar
  • 50g of Rulan/Semolina
  • 100g of Dates
  • 1 tsp of grated Ginger
  • 1 tsp of Lime Zest
  • 1 tsp of Vanilla
  • 8 crushed cardamom pods
  • ½ tsp of baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • ½ cup of Milk
  • ½ of water
  • 300g of Flour

Optional Ingredients –

  • 1 cup or Cashew
  • 1 cup of Puhul Dosi/Winter Melon Candy


  1. Roast the semolina in a medium-high flame until it’s golden brown. Set aside.
  2. In a large pan caramelize the sugar and add water slowly until you have a thicker mixture.
  3. To that, add the grated coconut and mix it well until the coconut is well soaked with the sugar caramel.
  4. Into that, add all the dry ingredients including spices, Flour, baking powder, roasted semolina, dates etc.
  5. Finally, add Milk and vanilla essence.
  6. Line a baking tray with parchment paper and grease it well. Pour the mixture and spread evenly.
  7. Bake in a moderate heat for about 45-60 mins

Baking Tips

  • Use some sticky kind of dates and remove the seeds. Cut the dates into small pieces
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