Zesty Lemon Lime Cake

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Hello there, I have the perfect cake to celebrate the sunshine, Zesty Lemon Lime Cake. Perfect for picnics, packed lunches or pausing for a cuppa in the garden!

Zesty Lemon Lime Cake - perfect with lemon tea!
Zesty Lemon Lime Cake – perfect with lemon tea!

 

The combination of lime with lemon results in a deliciously moist, tangy cake. Using the zest of the fruits gives a delightful depth of flavour to this delicious cake.

Zesty Lemon Lime Cake - sunshine in cake form!
Zesty Lemon Lime Cake – sunshine in cake form!

 

A gorgeous glaze made with both fresh lemon and lime juice is the perfect topping. Not too sweet, with a lovely zing!

I probably should have opted for an all over glaze instead of criss-cross!!
I probably should have opted for an all over glaze instead of criss-cross!!

 

I love cake, especially in the summer. There’s nothing quite like opening up a tin at a picnic, with friends and family, to find a pre-cut, delicious, home made cake to tuck into. That’s when tray bakes or square cakes really come into their own – perfectly portable pudding!!

Recipe :

225g/8oz Caster Sugar

225g/8oz Unsalted Butter – room temp

1/4tsp Salt

1 x Lime

1 x Lemon

1tsp Vanilla extract

4 Large Eggs – pref. free range

150ml/5fl oz Sour Cream

225g/8oz Self Raising White Flour

225g/8oz Icing Sugar

Method : Preheat Oven to 175C/160C fan

In a large bowl whisk together the butter, sugar and salt until light and fluffy.

Add the vanilla extract, eggs, sour cream and zest of the lemon and lime and mix thoroughly – if the mixture starts to curdle add a couple of tablespoons of the flour.

You can finely grate the zest or use a zester to get long strips of zest as I have done.
You can finely grate the zest or use a zester to get long strips of zest as I have done.

Next add the flour and mix until just combined. Stir through the juice of half the lime.

Pour the mixture into a greased and line (I only line the bottom of the tin) 21cm x 21cm (8″ x 8″) square cake tin.

 

Smooth over the cake top for an even finish.
Smooth over the cake top for an even finish.

 

Place in the oven and bake for 45-50 mins until the cake spring back when lightly pressed – or a cocktail stick comes out cleanly, when inserted into the centre of the cake.

Cooling in it's tin for 10 minutes - Zesty Lemon Lime Cake
Cooling in it’s tin for 10 minutes – Zesty Lemon Lime Cake

 

Once cooked remove the cake from the oven. Leave to cool for 10 minutes in the tin, then turn out onto a cooling rack.

Tip – once the cake is turned out onto the cooling rack I remove the parchment paper and the use a second rack placed over the bottom of the cake and flip it. Now my cake is the right way up!! Very handy when you want the top of the cake to be on show.

Once the cake is cooled, transfer to a serving plate, as the icing drips down the sides of the cake.

To make the icing, add the juice of half a lime and enough lemon juice to the icing sugar, in a bowl, mixing until you reach a nice smooth consistency.

Lemon lime flavoured icing, perfect for drizzling over your cake.
Lemon lime flavoured icing, perfect for drizzling over your cake.
Drizzle the icing over the cake, encouraging some icing to drip over the sides!
Drizzle the icing over the cake, encouraging some icing to drip over the sides!
I may have slightly overdone the drizzling???!!!
I may have slightly overdone the drizzling???!!!

Allow the icing to set and then cut into squares – I made 12, but if you want larger pieces that’s fine

This Zesty Lemon Lime Cake has a lovely soft crumb texture and delicious citrus flavour. Perfect with a cup of lemon tea!

Do you have a favourite drink/cake flavour combination?

Enjoy feasting on this cake!

Sammie x

 

 

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Hi, I'm Sammie, a young 40 something girl who loves life, Jesus, her family, cooking, gardening and photography. I have a passion for sharing and encouraging others to share. My way to show love is through food whilst having fun. Hence Feasting Is Fun!!

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