I have been dying to bake with lime for ages as it my absolute favourite citrus fruit. Coming up to summer as well, I think citrus fruits are a great flavour to bake with. I wanted to start with a simple recipe so I could see how lime tasted in cakes as I've never tried it before. I found this recipe on the Be-ro website.
To make the sponge I creamed together 100g butter and 100g caster sugar, added 2 eggs and 1 tbsp milk and mixed in, then folded in 25g dessicated coconut and the zest of one lime. Finally I folded in 100g self raising flour.
I poured the mixture into a standard loaf tin and baked on 180C/350F/Gas Mark 4 for about 45 minutes.
I poured a mixture of 2 tbsp caster sugar and the juice of one lime onto the hot cake and left it to cool in the tin.
When it was cool I sprinkled the top of the cake with some dessicated coconut.
This loaf was simple to make, with a superb result. The lime is a delicious flavour and the coconut adds texture. It went down very well with my colleagues, and I even passed on the recipe to one of them. The only thing I would change is to double the recipe next time! I will definitely be making this for my Charity Cake Sale in a couple of weeks time!
UPDATE: I have made this recently and doubled the recipe - which I highly recommend! Bake on 180C/350F/Gas Mark 4 for 30 minutes, then 160C/325F/Gas Mark 3 for a further 45 minutes.