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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.

46 Comments

  1. Hannah

    20th February 2013 at 7:58 am

    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 at 7:22 am

      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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  2. Vivian Pang

    20th February 2013 at 8:55 am

    Looks so delicious and well done!

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  3. Foodycat

    20th February 2013 at 8:57 am

    No chocolate? What the heck?! It looks delicious though 😉

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    • Choclette

      21st February 2013 at 7:30 am

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

      Reply
  4. belleau kitchen

    20th February 2013 at 10:08 am

    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 at 7:32 am

      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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  5. hungryhinny

    20th February 2013 at 10:36 am

    Where’s the chocolate?!

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    • Choclette

      21st February 2013 at 7:35 am

      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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  6. Jayne

    20th February 2013 at 1:17 pm

    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 at 7:37 am

      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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  7. Susan Lindquist

    20th February 2013 at 4:22 pm

    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 at 8:35 pm

      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 at 7:42 am

      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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  8. cupcake girl

    20th February 2013 at 7:49 pm

    I’ve never put lime in cake before, bet that was nice and tangy! It look lovely and moist.
    My Cupcake Habit.

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    • Choclette

      21st February 2013 at 7:48 am

      Thank you. Limes are so worth trying out in cake, give it a go.

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  9. laura@howtocookgoodfood

    20th February 2013 at 8:36 pm

    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 at 7:52 am

      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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  10. Mich Piece of Cake

    21st February 2013 at 4:20 am

    What a beautiful loaf, love how golden it looks and I would enjoy the coconut and lime combination.

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    • Choclette

      21st February 2013 at 7:53 am

      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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  11. Angela Darroch

    21st February 2013 at 6:23 am

    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 at 7:56 am

      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.

      Reply
  12. The KitchenMaid

    21st February 2013 at 6:27 am

    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 at 8:00 am

      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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  13. Katie

    21st February 2013 at 6:44 am

    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 at 7:18 am

      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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  14. Javelin Warrior

    21st February 2013 at 1:13 pm

    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 at 8:35 pm

      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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  15. thelittleloaf

    21st February 2013 at 1:28 pm

    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 at 8:37 pm

      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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  16. Galina Varese

    21st February 2013 at 6:45 pm

    Fab looking loaf, so moist and crumbly. Love the combination of flavours.

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    • Choclette

      21st February 2013 at 8:38 pm

      Thanks Galina, it was a good one and I will be making it again.

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  17. Eva Vida

    21st February 2013 at 7:37 pm

    I love coconut in everything

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    • Choclette

      21st February 2013 at 8:39 pm

      Coconut is one of the wonders of the world.

      Reply
  18. Hazel - Chicken in a Cherry Sauce

    21st February 2013 at 9:55 pm

    This sounds gorgeous! Coconut and lime really are an amazing pairing. Ginger would be my first thought. I’d never think of cardamom but it sounds wonderful!

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    • Choclette

      28th February 2013 at 9:24 pm

      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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  19. Nutritious Deliciousness

    22nd February 2013 at 2:10 pm

    I adore coconut in breads and cakes, this looks divine, will have to give it a go!

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  20. Alida

    22nd February 2013 at 5:09 pm

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

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  21. Caroline

    24th February 2013 at 11:45 am

    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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  22. Katharine

    24th February 2013 at 6:34 pm

    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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  23. Janine

    27th February 2013 at 3:27 pm

    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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  24. Elaine Livingstone

    5th March 2013 at 8:21 pm

    this sounds like my sort of recipe, and would adapt easy for us. why duck eggs?

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  25. prwilson

    19th February 2014 at 1:12 am

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

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