Routing through my mother’s recipe folder (I’ve scanned the whole thing onto my computer) I came across a recipe for a lime cake. On speaking to my mother she had no recollection of where this hand written recipe came from and it wasn’t any handwriting I recognised! Well I’d just bought a bag of limes so felt compelled to make the recipe and I can say it was quick, simple and a big hit with the family. I did adjust the recipe slightly as it called for the juice of 2 whole limes in the icing when you barely needed 1, hence my icing was a tad runny so learn from my mistake and add the juice gradually to get a good consistency.
I’ll definitely be making this cake regularly as the lime was such a refreshing change from lemon and the cake vanished within a couple of days!
My kids loved having this cake in their lunch boxes so I’m entering it into Family Foodies challenge where the them is Lunchbox Ideas run by Lou at Eat Your Veg and Vanesther at Bangers & Mash who is also hosting. As this cake is very frugal I am entering it into Credit Crunch Munch which I run with Helen at Fuss Free Flavours and is being hosted this month by Sarah at Dinner with Crayons. Then as it’s made from scratch I’m also entering Made with Love Mondays which is run by Mark of Javelin Warrior’s Cookin w’luv.
- 170g / 6 oz Buttery spread or softened butter
- 170g / 6 oz Caster sugar
- 225g / 8 oz Self raising flour
- 1 ½ tsp Baking powder
- 3 Large eggs
- 3 tbsp Milk
- Grated zest of 2 limes
- For the icing:
- Juice of 1 lime (approx)
- 225g / 8 oz Icing Sugar
- Optional Decoration:
- Lime zest
- Pre-heat the oven to 180°C.
- Grease and line a 23cm / 9 inch square tin.
- Place all the cake ingredients into a mixer or use a hand mixer and mix until well combined.
- Tip into the tin and spread out to the edges and level with a palette knife.
- Bake for about 35 minutes until springs back to touch or an inserted skewer comes out clean.
- Allow to cool in the tin for 5 minutes before turning onto a rack to cool.
- Make the icing by mixing in enough of the lime juice to make a pourable but not too runny icing (or it will run off the cake).
- Pour onto the cake and allow to spread.
- If you have any more limes you could decorate with some zest.