Recently someone was very kind at work to bring in limes from their tree at home. There were bags of them left in the kitchen, so I grabbed a number of them and then pondered about what I could create. I used the limes in a few things, including a lime chilli marinade for prawns (amazing by the way!), but I thought the last few deserved to be made into something sweet and delicious!
I love lemon cake so I thought a lime version would be great - and coconut goes great with lime! Once this idea entered into my mind I just had to create this lime coconut cake; soft and fluffy with a lime and sweet coconut flavour. I then took my whipped butter icing and added in lime zest and juice to make a lovely citrus icing, which really finished it off amazingly.
Lime coconut cake with lime butter icing
125g softened butter or margarine
2/3 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla essence
1/4 cup lime juice
1 1/4 cups SR flour
3/4 cup desiccated coconut
1/2 cup milk
Lime butter icing85g softened butter or margarine
200g icing sugar
1/2 Tbsp lime zest
1/2 Tbsp lime juice
Green food dye
Sprinkle of coconut (for on top)
Before you forget, pre-heat your oven: 180 C (fan forced), 200 C (electric), 400 F.
Next add the coconut, then alternate adding the flour and milk bit by bit. I like to make sure that each time I add the flour or milk that I beat up the mixture again until it's nice and fluffy. Finally fold through the lime juice by hand; keep folding the mixture until the texture is smooth and creamy.
Add the mixture to a greased cake tin and bake it in the oven for 25-30 mins. It is best if you test the cake with a skewer at the 25 min mark, taking it cake out of the oven if the skewer comes out clean. Depending on your oven it could take a little bit longer. Once cooked allow the cake to cool while you start on the icing.
In a small bowl whip up your butter or margarine until fluffy. I usually use margarine and just a wooden spoon, but you can also use electric beaters. Add the icing sugar bit by bit (if you are using beaters, start on a slow speed until the icing sugar is mixed into the butter). Once all the icing sugar has been added, mix through the lime zest and juice, followed by a few drops of green food colouring. You don't have to add the colouring but I really liked the icing having a little bit of green to it. The green colour also reinforces the lime flavour, as green is often a colour associated with lime flavours. A little like if you saw strawberry ice cream that wasn't pink it might not taste as "strawberry" in flavour; just fascinating, isn't it?
Ensure that the cake is cool to touch before spreading the lime butter icing on top, sprinkling a little bit of coconut on top as the final touch.
Now, make a nice big cup of tea (or coffee!) and enjoy a large piece of cake!