Coconut Ice

A classic sweet Coconut Ice recipe made with icing sugar, desiccated coconut and sweetened condensed milk that takes just 10 minutes to prepare! The perfect slice for fetes, fundraisers and bake sales. 

Pieces of white and pink coconut ice on a cake stand.

Coconut Ice is the ultimate old fashioned baking recipe. Just like apple and sour cream slice, vanilla custard slice, jelly slice and peppermint slice, there’s a very good reason that these famous classic slice recipes are just as popular now as they ever have been!

 

No-Bake Coconut Slice Recipe

This sweet slice is traditionally made with two coconut layers – one white layer and pink layer. Quick and easy to prepare – you’ll have it mixed and in the fridge within 10 minutes!

White and pink squares of coconut ice on a white cake stand.

The 5 Ingredients

*please scroll to the recipe card at the bottom for ingredient quantities and tips!

The 5 ingredients for coconut ice.

How To Make Coconut Ice

Step 1 – Sift the pure icing sugar and cream of tartar then add the sweetened condensed milk and coconut and mix

A bowl with coconut and sweetened condensed milk.

Sweetened condensed milk, coconut and icing sugar mixed together.

Step 3 – Divide the mixture into 2 equal portions and press one half into a baking tin

A sweet coconut slice in a square baking tin.

Step 4 – Add 5-6 drops of pink colouring to the remaining portion and press into the tin

Pink coconut and condensed milk mixture in a bowl.

Pink coconut slice in a baking tin.

*Scroll to the recipe card at the bottom for detailed instructions as well as hints and tips. 

 

The Best Type Of Coconut To Use

Coconut ice should be made using desiccated coconut which is a dry, fine coconut that can be bought in packets in the baking section of any supermarket.

Shredded coconut should be avoided as it tends to crumble when cut. Moist coconut flakes are also not recommended as they cause the slice not to set firm. 

 

Storing Coconut Slice

Coconut ice is the perfect recipe for bake sales, fetes and fundraisers as it can be made ahead of time and stored at room temperature for up to 1 month. 

Two layered no-bake coconut slice with pink and white on a cake stand.

FAQ

Can I use any type of icing sugar?

We recommend using pure icing sugar for coconut ice as it’s helps to set the slice hard. If you choose to use icing sugar mixture, it will be soft and difficult to cut. 

Do I really need to use cream of tartar?

Cream of tartar is a white powder than can be bought from the baking section of any supermarket. It helps to stabilise the coconut ice, making it firmer and easier to cut. If you don’t have any cream of tartar at home, you can omit it, as the recipe only calls for a very small amount (1/4 tsp). 

Can I make this ahead of time and store it?

Absolutely! You can store coconut ice in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 month. 

Can I make coconut ice in my Thermomix?

Of course! The recipe card below includes both conventional (bowl and spoon) and Thermomix methods. 

How many serves does this recipe make?

Coconut ice is super sweet, so the perfect serving size is a small piece. This recipe will make 30 small pieces. 

 

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Pink and white coconut ice.

Coconut Ice

A classic sweet Coconut Ice recipe made with icing sugar, desiccated coconut and sweetened condensed milk that takes just 10 minutes to prepare! The perfect slice for fetes, fundraisers and bake sales. 
5 from 2 votes
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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: 30 serves
Calories: 147kcal

Ingredients

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

Instructions

Conventional Method

  • Grease and line a 20 X 20cm square baking tin with baking paper (allowing the edges to overhang).
  • Sift the pure icing sugar and cream of tartar into a bowl.
  • Add the condensed milk and coconut and stir until well combined.
  • Divide the mixture equally into two bowls.
  • Add the pink food colouring, one drop at a time, into one of the bowls, until desired colour is achieved and stir well to combine.
  • Press the white mixture into the base of the prepared baking tin 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 2 hours to allow to fully set before cutting.

Thermomix Method

  • Grease and line a 20 X 20cm square baking tin with baking paper (allowing the edges to overhang).
  • Place the pure icing sugar and cream of tartar into the Thermomix bowl and sift by pressing Turbo for 5-10 seconds.
  • Add the condensed milk and coconut and mix on Reverse, Speed 4, 5 seconds. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and repeat for a further 5-10 seconds or until combined.
  • Remove half of the mixture and press into the base of the prepared baking tin and use a spoon to firmly press down and level out.
  • Add 5-6 drops of food colouring to the remaining mixture in the Thermomix. Mix on Reverse, Speed 4 until the colour is evenly dispersed.
  • Carefully spread the pink mixture over the top of the white layer and press down firmly.
  • Refrigerate for at least 2 hours to allow to fully set before cutting.

Notes

RECIPE NOTES & TIPS
Coconut - Coconut ice should be made using desiccated coconut which is a dry, fine coconut that can be bought in packets in the baking section of any supermarket. Shredded coconut should be avoided as it tends to crumble when cut. Moist coconut flakes are also not recommended as they cause the slice not to set firm. 
Icing sugar - We recommend using pure icing sugar for coconut ice as it’s helps to set the slice hard. If you choose to use icing sugar mixture, it will be soft and difficult to cut. 
Cream of tartar - Cream of tartar is a white powder than can be bought from the baking section of any supermarket. It helps to stabilise the coconut ice, making it firmer and easier to cut. If you don’t have any cream of tartar at home, you can omit it, as the recipe only calls for a very small amount (1/4 tsp). 
Storage - You can store coconut ice in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 month. 
Serves - This recipe makes 30 small pieces (it's a very sweet slice so you only need small serves!). 

Nutrition

Calories: 147kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 21mg | Potassium: 107mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 35IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 1mg
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47 Comments
  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! 🙂

  2. Steff says:

    Can you use something else instead of cream of tartar??

    1. Lucy says:

      Hmm the cream of tartar helps to keep it all together nicely so I wouldn’t recommend leaving it out or substituting it. xx

  3. Cate says:

    How long can this stay in the fridge for

    1. Lucy says:

      Hi Cate, you can store them in an airtight container for up to 1 month. xx

  4. Baria says:

    Hi Lucy,do you grease the bottom of the tin or the baking paper,? And thanks,at last I found the recipe

    1. Lucy says:

      Hi Baria, yes I like to grease and line the base and sides with a sheet of greaseproof paper as it makes it easier to remove.

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