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Chocolate Lime and Buttermilk Cake

Large Cakes | 12th March 2010 | By

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.
I have to say I was disappointed with this cake. It tasted lovely and the lime came out good and strong with a delicious tanginess that made a good contrast to the sweetness of the cake. But the consistency was not in the least sponge like, it was like a bread pudding – solid! I was really excited (sad I know) about using buttermilk in a cake and was convinced it would give a particularly light texture – how far off the mark I was. I don’t know what I did wrong, surely all that whisking of the egg white had to have done something – maybe it was the coconut flour, maybe I didn’t get a good balance of ingredients or maybe I forgot to use the baking powder (this has been known to happen). I was also excited about using coconut flour for the first time. Now I’m wondering whether I dare risk using it in cakes again. However, the flavours were great, so I shall not be defeated and will try to make a better stab at something similar another time. CT tells me I worry too much and that the cake is delicious as it is. I have my pride, however.


  1. Lucie

    12th March 2010 at 3:20 pm

    Wonderful combination Choclette – this looks a lovely cake, just what you needed after all the digging 🙂 Lucie x

  2. Sushma Mallya

    12th March 2010 at 3:40 pm

    beautiful cake and loved the combo too

  3. Katie @ Cozydelicious

    12th March 2010 at 4:46 pm

    This is such a greta flavor combination. Very interesting! I don’t think I’ve ever done lime and chocolate before – I’m going to have to give it a try. Thanks!

  4. Chele

    12th March 2010 at 6:35 pm

    I too have had many a baking let down by forgetting that one little ingredient. I’m with CT! Your cake looks brill and sounds wonderfully tasty!

  5. Kath

    12th March 2010 at 7:58 pm

    Oh no, another flour that I now have to search out. I had no idea that coconut flour even existed! Mr OC will start barricading me off from the flour aisle soon to save our savings! Sorry to hear it didn’t meet your expectations, but I love the consistency of bread pudding so I think I would have been with CT too on this one. It looks lovely and I love cakes that have a syrup poured over fresh from the oven.

  6. Janice

    12th March 2010 at 9:41 pm

    ooh chocolate limes, remember them? Gorgeous crunchy lime candy with a soft chocolately centre, your cake combo is bound to be a success!

  7. Celia @ Fig Jam and Lime Cordial

    13th March 2010 at 7:51 pm

    I’ve never heard of coconut flour before, Choclette! Though maybe the heaviness is from the spelt – I know when I bake bread that spelt loaves always have a denser texture and less rise than traditional wheat flour?

  8. mangocheeks

    14th March 2010 at 8:35 am

    HI Chcolette,
    Lime in a chocolate cake is a new one to me, so than you for introducing me to the idea.

    I understand where you are coming from in relation to your disappointment about the cake, but you know where you ‘may’ have gone wrong, so that is good starting point. Ultimately, the cake albeit a little heavy, still tasted good, so that is what really matters. I personally would love a slice right now, and its only 8.30 in the morning.

  9. mangocheeks

    14th March 2010 at 8:37 am

    Oh I forgot to add, I’ve never come across coconut flour either, and love the idea of using it in sweet dishes, so Thank you for pointing that out. Did you get it from a specialist shop? or on-line?

  10. oxslip

    14th March 2010 at 9:12 am

    Don’t be downhearted, it looks amazing and I am sure it tasted fabulous – just not what you’d imagined. We are all our own worst critics, but I’m in awe of the amount of inventive baking you do, plus you have an allotment too. Very cool

  11. Foodycat

    14th March 2010 at 2:56 pm

    I make lime syrup yoghurt cakes reasonably often, and they are usually very light! I blame the different flour!

  12. Choclette

    14th March 2010 at 8:06 pm

    Thank you everyone for your kind words and reassurance – it’s very comforting and much appreciated.

    Kath and MangoCheeks – I found the coconut flour in Greenlife, an extra large health food shop in Totnes, which I should be banned from as I always end up spending rather more than I had bargained for.

    Janice – I had completely forgotten about chocolate limes. Have to say I do not remember them with any fondness.

    Celia – I don’t think it was the spelt as this is the flour I use most often in baking and don’t normally have any problems.

  13. The Caked Crusader

    15th March 2010 at 8:20 am

    Lovely – I bet the lime really lifted the chocolate

    BTW – my daisies were rice paper. I think I got them from Jane Asher

  14. Jacqueline

    15th March 2010 at 12:13 pm

    Oh pooh! That is a shame. I did like the cake thingy, that made me smile 🙂

  15. dana

    16th March 2010 at 2:01 am

    hi there! landed here via celia, just wanted to say hello, lovely spot you have here! as for this cake, it’s still an interesting flavour combo, and if it’s a bit dense, that never killed anyone. cheers

  16. Pascale

    16th March 2010 at 7:43 pm

    I love the interesting flavour combinations you have in this. I really think you should try some little adjustments to get it exactly as you would like as it sounds great and unique.

  17. Jacqueline

    17th March 2010 at 12:38 pm

    Hi Choclette, I am not on twitter. I did join it a couple of years ago, but realised I just didin’t have the time and it is even more impossible now I have a baby. Good luck with the chocolate competition. The company choose the winner, but I will cross my fingers for you 🙂


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