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11 January, 2014

Baked Coconut Burfi (soft cake)

Comments : 6 Posted in : Gluten free baking, Indian sweets, snack on by : apsara Tags: , , , ,

Coconut burfi (bur-fee) is an Indian sweet traditionally made by cooking in a saucepan, fresh coconut, condensed milk and sugar. It is stirred over a low flame till most of the water evaporates and then cooled on a sheet and cut into squares. In my effort to avoid constant stirring in a non-stick teflon coated pan, I tried baking a mixture of coconut, sugar with a small amount of butter, and voilà, yummy coconut burfi with very little effort!

But first, here’s how to make coconut flakes from a fresh coconut:

After breaking a coconut in two, use a knife to make pieces.


Peel and discard the brown layer (with a peeler/knife) and use a blender to grind to make finely ground, moist flakes.


Baked Coconut Burfi

  • Servings: 12 pieces
  • Time: 35 minutes + cooling time
  • Difficulty: easy
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moist coconut- 1 cup, packed

confectioner’s sugar- 3/4 cup

butter- 2 tbsp.

cardamom powder- 1/4 tsp.

small cashew pieces- 2 tbsp.

saffron- a pinch


  1.  Mix all the ingredients, except for the saffron, in a mixing bowl.

2.  Spread in a greased baking pan (I used glass) with a spatula.

3.  Bake in a preheated oven at 325 °F for 25-27 min.

4.  Sprinkle saffron on top. Cool for 30 minutes outside and for about 1.5 hours in a refrigerator. Cut into squares and enjoy!





6 thoughts on : Baked Coconut Burfi (soft cake)

    • February 1, 2014 at 10:46 am

      Just an effort to avoid slowly stirring on the stove top. This is easier!

  • September 30, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    Woe this s awesome. While seeing your coconut burfi I saw this post in suggestion glad I saw. Baking traditional sweet is ripper thought.. I m definately trying this.. Awesome Apsara

    • September 30, 2014 at 8:14 pm

      It’s easy, Vidya. Thanks for commenting on this old post!

  • Latha
    October 26, 2014 at 6:15 am

    I tried this recipe and it turned out yummy!!Saving so much time and effort by not stirring!! Super….

    • October 26, 2014 at 7:14 am

      aww, thank you so much for the review, Latha. So glad you liked it!

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