Coconut Ice (perfect for school fetes & cake stalls!)

Coconut ice is the most deliciously simple treat! It’s completely no-bake and takes less than 10 minutes to whip up. Perfect for school fetes & food gifts.


This week I thought I’d share a very old-school Coconut Ice recipe that reminds me of school fetes, farmers markets and homemade cake stalls. Coconut Ice is as pretty as it is delicious. Mind you, I think the reason that coconut ice is associated with fetes and stalls is because it’s so super sweet, you can only eat a tiny amount at a time!

Coconut Ice

Now with Valentines Day around the corner, this recipe is perfect. You don’t even need to make it for your special someone (although I’m sure they would love you even more if you did). Instead, you could use a little heart cookie cutter and take the coconut ice into work for a Valentines Day surprise, or perhaps make a big batch and have afternoon treats sorted for a week.

Coconut Ice

I love this recipe because it’s so simple. It’s completely no-bake and takes less than 10 minutes to make. And who on earth doesn’t love a totally yummy and ridiculously easy recipe?
 Coconut Ice

Coconut Ice

Coconut Ice is a classic, no-bake recipe that evokes memories of school fetes, cake stalls and farmers markets.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Slices
Keyword: Coconut Ice
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Chilling time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 16 serves
Calories: 275kcal


  • 300 g (2 cups) pure icing sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 395 g sweetened condensed milk
  • 3 1/2 cups desiccated coconut
  • 5-6 drops pink food colouring


  • Grease and line a 20 X 30cm rectangular slice tray with baking paper (allowing the edges to overhang).
  • Sift the cream of tartar and sugar into a bowl.
  • Add the condensed milk and coconut and stir until well combined.
  • Divide the mixture equally into two bowls.
  • Add the food colouring, one drop at a time, into one of the bowls, until desired colour is achieved and stir well to combine.
  • Place the white mixture into the base of the pan and use a spoon to firmly press down and level out.
  • Carefully spread the pink mixture over the top and press down firmly.
  • Refrigerate for at least 1 hour to allow to fully set before cutting.


Calories: 275kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 39mg | Potassium: 200mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 33g | Vitamin A: 65IU | Vitamin C: 0.9mg | Calcium: 75mg | Iron: 0.7mg
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41 thoughts on “Coconut Ice (perfect for school fetes & cake stalls!)”

  1. Rochelle says:

    Can I reduce the icing sugar to reduce the sweetness?

    1. Lucy Mathieson says:

      Hi Rochelle, you need this amount of icing sugar to make the slice set to a firm texture. And yes, coconut ice is very sweet! 🙂

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