Our Best Tropical Baked Goods

8. Tropical Hummingbird Layer Cake 

In this Tropical Hummingbird Layer Cake, we swapped out pecans for macadamia nuts and reconstituted dried apricots in pineapple juice for a unique spin on this timeless treat blanketed in rich, swoopy frosting.

Edd Kimber’s Passion Fruit and Chocolate Bundt Cake

9. Passion Fruit and Chocolate Bundt Cake

This cake’s texture is between that of a classic pound cake and the incredibly moist texture of a polenta cake. It’s the perfect cake for elevenses, what Brits refer to as a morning coffee or tea break, or when a layer cake seems like too much effort. 

10. Coconut Buttermilk Pound Cake

Fluffy, moist, and filled with all kinds of coconut, this Coconut Buttermilk Pound Cake is a true crowd pleaser. Don’t skip the toasted flakes on top—the subtle crunch makes this cake absolutely irresistible.

11. Right-Side Up Pineapple Crumb Cake

Inspired by the upside-down classic, we flipped the script on this golden beauty. A brown sugar crumb topping and warm lemon glaze pair with pineapple rings to give this moist cake a sweet caramelized flavor.

Coconut Popoers
Photography and Styling by Mason + Dixon / Recipe Development and Food Styling by Ben Mims

12. Coconut Popovers with Mango Chutney 

The coconut in these Coconut Popovers with Mango Chutney by food writer and cookbook author Ben Mims lends a sweetness that pairs well with curries and other spicy dishes. Ben suggests using the mango chutney as a spread on sandwiches with thick slices of Cheddar cheese, or mix it into mayonnaise as a dip for chicken fingers or a spread for deli sandwiches.

Key Lime Pie

13. Key Lime Pie

Our take on the beloved original key lime pie features a salty sweet crust and intense lime flavor thanks to a cup of juice from this pie’s tiny namesake citrus.

14. Coconut Cream Pie 

This creamy, tropical dessert makes use of unsweetened coconut milk in both the filling and the fluffy cloud of whipped topping.

Spiced Pineapple Linzer Cookies
Photography by Matt Armendariz/ Recipe development by Christine Carlson

15. Spiced Pineapple Linzer Cookies

No holiday season passed without a batch of Christine Carlson’s fragrant mini pineapple tarts. These uniquely spiced Linzer cookies are flavored with earthy sage, spicy ginger, and warm toasted coconut. These bright and buttery cookies will have you dreaming of sunny afternoons no matter how distant summer feels.


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