Easy Iced Lime Cake

All-in-one cake, simple, quick, citrus, packed lunch, picnic

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.

All-in-one cake, simple, quick, citrus, packed lunch, picnic

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!

All-in-one cake, simple, quick, citrus, packed lunch, picnic

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.

Family FoodiesCredit Crunch MunchMade with Love Mondays

5.0 from 10 reviews
Easy Iced Lime Cake
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An all-in-one Iced Lime Cake which is so quick and easy to make you’ll be making it again and again.
Recipe type: Snack
Cuisine: British
Serves: 12 - 15
  • 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
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180°C.
  2. Grease and line a 23cm / 9 inch square tin.
  3. Place all the cake ingredients into a mixer or use a hand mixer and mix until well combined.
  4. Tip into the tin and spread out to the edges and level with a palette knife.
  5. Bake for about 35 minutes until springs back to touch or an inserted skewer comes out clean.
  6. Allow to cool in the tin for 5 minutes before turning onto a rack to cool.
  7. 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).
  8. Pour onto the cake and allow to spread.
  9. If you have any more limes you could decorate with some zest.

All-in-one cake, simple, quick, citrus, packed lunch, picnic

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  1. Georgia

    I think I’ll make this for my papa this evening, do you reckon it would be okay to add the juice of a lime to the cake mixture too?

    1. Camilla

      I wouldn’t do that as I have never seen citrus added to a cake mix, you really get a refreshing zing by adding the lime juice to the icing which soaks into the cake so no need anyway.

  2. Jacqueline Roberts

    Love lime cake yum

    1. Camilla

      It is lovely:-)

  3. Helen at Casa Costello

    Really useful recipe for an everyday cake – Would disappear in seconds in this house. Thanks for offering your link – This recipe is featured in this week’s Bake of the Week Lime Roundup x

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Helen, I really should make it more often as it’s so easy. Will be over in the morning:-)

  4. Jane McColl

    so simple and so tasy!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks, it really is:-)

  5. Christine Lockley

    Fab recipe, thanks for sharing x

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Christine:-)

  6. Anne Dalzell

    ooh this looks so tangy and light and delicious.

  7. Margot @ Coffee & Vanilla

    This is recipe I must definitely try out, my husband loves limes and always talk about simple lime cake his granny used to make… I think this is it! Thanks 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Margot it’s so nice and a twist on the usual lemon cake:-)

  8. Paul Wilson

    My gran used to make something very similar – delicious.

  9. Ursula Hunt

    great recipe

  10. Geoff Clark

    can’t beat a tangy cake and I must admit having the word “easy” in the title was an attraction

  11. bev

    Looks delicious – never thought of using lime in a cake before.

  12. Ursula Hunt

    love cakes with lime in, this looks great

    1. Camilla

      Thanks it does make a nice change:-)

  13. Sisley White

    I love limes! I love cake! This is heaven.
    I will be making it this week hopefully 🙂 x

    1. Camilla

      Hope you like it:-)

  14. Jennifer Rhymer

    Oh I love lime, this looks delicious. The cake and the icing look like they have been made perfectly. Must give it a try 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Thank you:)

  15. Marcia Howard

    Oh my, this looks delicious. Limes are one of my favorite things. Can I use a bundt pan?

    1. Camilla

      I’ve never owned a Bundt pan so wouldn’t like to say!

  16. Carolyn Clapham

    I have lots of limes still sitting in the freezer, waiting to be used, so this is a very tempting recipe. Better wait till the little people are here though, so I don’t scoff the lot myself!.

    1. Camilla


  17. Rachel O'neill

    ohhhh I was looking for a lime cake recipe, how fabab

  18. Heather Haigh

    I love lemon cake but reckon this will make a lovely change.

  19. Tracy Nixon

    This is delicious and a nice change to lemon!

  20. gipsipink

    Lemon & Limes Are So Refreshing. I use it on most of my foods. Roast potatoes. & on Feta & Fried Eggs. & Love Egg & Lemon Soup. & lots of things & i very particial to a slice of cake with a lovely cup of tea.. & Lime in a Cake Is One i HAVE NOT tried. :-).. Ive tried Lemon so i will be making this with my daughter fawn.. Definatley..My neighbours love my bakes.. #ShareTheLove Of Good Food..

  21. Maya Russell

    I love citrus cakes. Great review! I’ll be making this soon.

  22. chris hunt

    I made this cake yesterday and it was a great success. I made a tiny adjustment by putting lime juice with half the milk and was very careful with adding the lime juice to the icing. I had to cook it for at least 20 minutes longer than the recipe, but that may be my oven. I also cooked it in a round tin as I have not got a square one (note to self- buy one).
    It tasted divine and is the best cake I have ever made. Thanks very much.xxx

    1. Camilla

      So glad you enjoyed it and your photo on Twitter looked great:-)

      1. chris hunt

        Hi Camilla, I made this cake again yesterday, in case the first one was a fluke. It turned out even better than the first one so this is going to be my signature cake. It did take 20 minutes longer in the oven again. I gave it quite a long mix in the food processor and it seemed to make it lighter than ever. I am no Mary Berry so this is a lovely one for me to use. Thanks again. XX

        1. Camilla

          Excellent, really glad you’re enjoying it:-)

  23. Herbert Appleby

    one of my childhood favorites mm mmmm

  24. helsbells

    I love the sound of this – I prefer limes plus I haven’t done one with icing sugar, a sticky sweet and sour treat that I will make SOON!

  25. Tracy Nixon

    This sounds lovely – I tend to always go for lemon cake so might try lime for a change!

    1. Camilla

      It does make a nice change:-)

  26. Anne Wallwin

    love it – ideal for when the mother in law is visiting.

    1. Camilla

      Yep, you can put it together in no time:-)


    Ooooh looks yum. Never had a lime one before – just the usual orange or lemon. Never even thought of doing a lime one! Thanks for yet more inspiration!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Danielle:-) No I hadn’t had one either until recently and really wanted to make my own so jumped at this recipe!

  28. Deena Kakaya

    Oh Camilla, lovely. Did I tell you how much I love zesty cakes xx

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Deena, no, but now I know:-)

  29. Javelin Warrior

    What a wonderful cake, Camilla! I love lime and it sounds so good in a cake like this. And the crumb looks so moist and marvelous – this wouldn’t last long around me!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Mark. I know you so well now I don’t even need to see your name to recognise your lovely comments:-)

  30. Angela @ My Golden Pear

    Wow – the cake looks so moist. I’m not sure my kids would get any of this – might just keep it for my mid morning snack 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Aah thanks Angela, I’m sure you could spare them a couple of slices LOL:-)

  31. Sarah, Maison Cupcake

    Looks lovely, I love lime rather than lemon occcasionally!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Sarah, I ‘d only tried Lime Cake for the first time recently so had a hankering for it:-)

  32. angela - Garden Tea Cakes and Me

    Love citrus cakes, so tangy and refreshing. I’ll have a large slice with a cuppa please 🙂


    1. Camilla

      Thank you Angela, yes I love citrus cakes too, it’s a nice contrast to the sweetness:-)

  33. Vanesther - Bangers & Mash

    My girls love cakes like this on their hot school dinners days, so they’ve be absolutely overjoyed to find one in their lunch on packed lunch days! What a lovely idea. A fabulous entry for this month’s Family Foodies challenge – thanks Camilla.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Vanesther, it’s nice that there’s some fruit in there too:-)

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