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Lime, Coconut and Cardamom Loaf Cake

Loaf Cakes | 20th February 2013 | By

Having received a basket of Brazilian limes back along, I needed to start using them. This really wasn’t an issue as I do have a particular penchant for limes. One of the first things I made was based on the recipe for Lime and Coconut Cake from one of my favourite baking books, Cakes by Pam Corbin. Coconut and lime are a natural pairing and I think the flavours work to remind us over here in dear old Blighty that there is a tropical paradise somewhere. Adding a note of cardamom just seemed like a good idea at the time, although I was debating using ginger instead. Of course I had to get a little white chocolate in and I did. Pam’s recipe is a gluten free one, but as I didn’t need to do that, I went for low gluten rather than no gluten.

This is how I made:

Lime, Coconut and Cardamom Loaf Cake

  • Creamed 175g unsalted butter (left on the heater for half an hour to soften) with 175g cardamom (caster) sugar until pale and airy.
  • Grated in the zest of three well scrubbed limes and creamed some more.
  • Beat in 3 duck eggs, one by one.
  • Sifted in 125g flour (75g wholemeal spelt, 25g coconut flour, 25g white) with 1 tsp baking powder.
  • Stirred this into the mixture as gently as possible.
  • Added 50g desiccated coconut and mixed gently again.
  • Added 50g chopped white chocolate.
  • Spooned into a 2 lb loaf mould (which I put inside a loaf tin to stop it bowing out) and baked at 180C for 45 minutes.
  • Whilst cake was cooking, juiced the 3 limes and added 60g cardamom sugar. Left to dissolve, stirring occasionally.
  • As soon as the cake was out of the oven, spooned the lime juice over the cake, then left in the mould to cool.

The cake was utterly scrumptious, zesty and moist with a lovely chewy texture from the coconut and little caramel bites from the white chocolate; it was definitely a notch up from a standard lemon drizzle. Because it was so moist, it tasted just as good several days down the line as it did when it was freshly baked.

I’m sending this cake over to Javelin Warrior’s Cookin w/ Luv for his Made with Love Mondays, a weekly challenge where anything can be made, but it needs to be made from scratch.

As limes are in season, I’m also submitting this to Simple and in Season, a monthly challenge founded by Ren of Fabulicious Foods. This month is being hosted by C of Cake, Crumbs and Cooking.

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    Hannah
    20th February 2013

    How beautiful are those limes?! Your loaf sounds so delicious, and love the glorious golden colour of it. I’ll be day-dreaming about this at elevensies!

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      Choclette
      21st February 2013

      Thanks Hannah. I was so pleased with the colour, just what is needed to cheer us all up at this time of year. Hope your elevensies weren’t too disappointing.

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      Choclette
      21st February 2013

      Haha, what an idiot I am! Of course there was chocolate there, how could I forget? Thanks for pointing it out 🙂

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    belleau kitchen
    20th February 2013

    oh my word, what an incredible sounding cake and you’re so right… coconut and limes, what a perfect pairing… I know what i’m baking this weekend x

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      Choclette
      21st February 2013

      You know just how to make a girl feel good Dom. Hope you do try it, it’s a real winner.

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      Choclette
      21st February 2013

      Sometimes, quite often in fact, I think I need a brain transplant. There was of course white chocolate in the cake and I’ve amended the post to reflect that now.

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    Jayne
    20th February 2013

    This cake sounds wonderful and that basket of limes is just gorgeous, what a fabulous way to use some of them!

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      Choclette
      21st February 2013

      Thanks Jayne. A basket of limes goes a long way, I’ve used quite a few now and there are still loads left.

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    Susan Lindquist
    20th February 2013

    Looks fab, but all I can think of now is that ‘put the lime in the coconut and drink ’em both down’ song … ah, the connections the brain makes, huh?!

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      Foodycat
      20th February 2013

      Hilarious! I didn’t think of that and now I can’t get it out of my head.

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      Choclette
      21st February 2013

      I hadn’t heard this song before or even Harry Nilsson, but I did have a very sheltered upbringing 😉 That has all changed now, I’ve been enlightened. Hopefully, my cake won’t give anyone bellyache.

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    laura@howtocookgoodfood
    20th February 2013

    What a winner of a recipe. I have not even heard of coconut flour before. Where will I find this? So interesting yet again, I learn something new. I have made a coconut loaf before but this is definitely a flavour combination I will be trying out :))

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      Choclette
      21st February 2013

      Laura, I bought mine in Greenlife in Totnes, but any good health food shop should stock it. They have a wonderful array of flours as well as lots of other interesting ingredients.

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      Choclette
      21st February 2013

      Thank you Mich, it tasted wonderful, but the colour made it particularly appealing – need all the sunshine we can get at the moment.

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    Angela Darroch
    21st February 2013

    Makes me think that summer is coming. Looking forward to lots more lime recipes if that gorgeous basket is anything to go by.

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      Choclette
      21st February 2013

      Thanks Angela. Today, it seems as if spring has retreated, so it might just have to be sunshine in a cake. I’ve used loads of limes, but there still seems to be an awful lot left. I will be posting another couple quite soon.

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    The KitchenMaid
    21st February 2013

    Ooh, that does look lovely. Cardamom is such a fantastic thing in cakes, people can never quite identify it so they need to have a second slice to figure it out (very gratifying for all concerned!)

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      Choclette
      21st February 2013

      Haha, yes a second slice is just what you want people to have. It’s even more subtle when used in sugar format, but it really does add a certain je ne sais quoi.

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    Katie
    21st February 2013

    Oh that looks lovely and delicious flavours. What flour or ground nuts etc did Pam use to make it GF?

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      Choclette
      21st February 2013

      Hi Katie, it is a lovely zesty cake. Pam used 125g rice flour, with2 tsp baking powder (GF free of course) and 1 tsp xanthan gum (optional)

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    Javelin Warrior
    21st February 2013

    So moist! The texture looks amazing, Choclette, and I love the combination of lime and coconut in the cake. I’m trying to imagine how cardamom would taste with these two as I’ve never had the combination, but I’m a fan of cardamom so I’m imagining it would taste delicious… Thanks so much for sharing!

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      Choclette
      21st February 2013

      Thanks JW. As the cardamom has only infused the sugar, it’s quite a subtle taste, but I think it works well.

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    thelittleloaf
    21st February 2013

    What a beautiful looking loaf (or cake)! I love the idea of coconut, lime and white chocolate combined.

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      Choclette
      21st February 2013

      Thank you. It tastes lovely and those three flavours make for a really good texture contrast as well as flavour combination. But mostly, at the moment, it reminds me of sunshine and warmth and is this very welcome.

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      Choclette
      28th February 2013

      Thanks Hazel. Ginger would have been good as well, In fact after this one, I made a ginger and lime curd cake and it was a great combination.

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    Alida
    22nd February 2013

    Coconut and lime: I could not think of a better combination. You have made a delicious cake Choclette!

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    Caroline
    24th February 2013

    All this talk of limes is really making me crave them! This looks like a delicious cake Choclette – beautifully moist and I can just imagine how fragrant and delicious it must taste!

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    Katharine
    24th February 2013

    Amazing flavours and a wonderful looking cake. I love these kind of deceptive loaf cakes, they look so simple but pack an incredible punch – fragrant, moist and original!

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    Janine
    27th February 2013

    This cake looks delicious! I’ve never tried coconut flour before, but might give it a go since I expect it has a more pleasing texture than dessicated coconut.

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    prwilson
    19th February 2014

    More baked goods should have cardamom in them, much underused in my opinion.

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