Garri Cake by Naijafoodie_Main Picture

Garri Cake with Coconut and Fruits

This is a tribute to my boarding school days; I used to make the meanest garri cake back in the day. For those who haven’t had the great pleasure of making/eating garri cake, let explain this milky deliciousness.

No bake Garri cake is made by combining dry garri with a little water, incorporating butter and sugar to form a cakelike structure. A mixture of Butter, sugar and milk is then created and used as icing. This stuff is really good. For those who have never tried this, it’s definitely more like a cookie cake than a sponge cake. It’s dense due to the nature of garri but delicious all the same.

Garri cake is definitely the inspiration behind this garri cookie cake, I had a blind taste test and no one guessed the cake contained garri until I told them. If you are not adventurous enough to try the recipe as is substitute garri with cassava flour.

For the Garri Cookie Cake

  • 113 cups Garri*
  • 1¾ cups all-purpose Flour
  • 2 Teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 100g Butter
  • 4 Eggs – at room temperature
  • 1½ cups Whole Milk (liquid)
  • 2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract (Optional)


* Make use of fine garri or dry blend regular garri in a blender or food processor until smooth.


  • Preheat oven to 350 F and generously grease a baking dish of your choice
  • In a large bowl, thoroughly combine the garri, flour and baking powder. Set aside
  • With the help of a mixer or food processor, cream together the sugar and butter. Beat in the eggs then add in the vanilla

Garri Cake Step 3

  • Add in the flour mix to the creamed mixture and combine well. Finally stir in the milk until batter is smooth. Spoon batter into the prepared pan

Garri Cake Step 4

  • Bake for 30 to 40 minutes in the preheated oven. Cake is thoroughly cooked when a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out cleans. Remove cake from oven and set aside to cool

Garri Cake 6

Garri cake 7

Garri Cake step 5JPG

Coconut milk Topping

  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup condensed milk
  • ⅓ cup coconut milk
  • 2 egg yolks
  • ¼ cup shredded coconut (Optional)


  • Place the flour and half of the condensed milk in a pan and stir to combine.
  • Add the coconut milk and the remaining condensed milk. Cook over low heat for 10-15 minutes, stirring constantly until thickened. Remove from the heat

Garri Cake_Milk Step 1

Garri Cake_Milk Step 2

  • Lightly beat the egg yolks in a bowl, stir into the condensed milk mixture until well combined
  • Preheat the oven on broil at 500F
  • Cut away the edges of the cake. Use a straw to make deep holes in the cake spacing about ½ inch apart

Garri Cake 8

Garri cake_Milk step 5

  • Pour the topping over the cake and spread evenly. Add on the shredded coconut if using. Return the cake to the oven and cook for 3-5 minutes (just until the top is a bit browned)

Garri Cake _Milk step 6

  • Remove cake from over, set aside at room temperature until the topping is set and the cake is semi-cooled

Serve Warm with your choice of fruit and other toppings