Chocolate Lime and Buttermilk Cake
After a hard day spent trying to play catch-up on the allotment last weekend, we needed cake! Having been inspired some time ago by two virtually simultaneous posts using lime and buttermilk, I had been storing up this rather luscious sounding idea – check out Hilary’s Lime Buttermilk Cake and the Caked Crusader’s Lime Syrup Buttermilk Cake. Now as good as these cakes sounded, surely they could be improved by a little chocolate! This is how I adapted, combined and re-imagined these two recipes.
- Creamed 180g light muscovado sugar with 200g unsalted butter until light and fluffy.
- Beat in grated zest of 1 lime followed by 2 egg yolks.
- Sifted 200g flour (I used 30g coconut flour, 70g white spelt and 100g wholemeal spelt), 2 tbsp cocoa powder and 1 tsp baking powder
- Added this to the butter and sugar mixture alternately with 200ml buttermilk.
- Whisked 2 eggs whites until stiff then folded into the cake mixture.
- Spooned this into a 23 cm round cake thingy.
- Baked at 180C for 40 mins.
- Gently heated 50g granulated sugar in juice of 1 lime in a pan until dissolved.
- As soon as the cake was removed from the oven, made small holes all over the cake with a toothpick and poured the warm syrup over the top.
- Left to cool, then decorated with shavings of white chocolate.