Why can’t cake be good for you?! I have the same problem with cake as I do with cheese, in that I want to eat it ALL the time! I therefore try and make cakes that I can devise some sort of excuse to make them ‘good for you;’ like it contains lime, which counts towards your 5 a day; or I’ll make a butternut squash cake and claim it’s full of vegetables and so not as fattening as chocolate. These are of course all lies (just like wine and cider count towards your 5 a day – heellllllllloooo, they are totally make from fruit), but they make me feel better about stuffing my face and give me another reason to be inventive in the kitchen. Everyone enjoys a good lemon drizzle but it always baffles me why more people don’t bake a lime drizzle, it delicious (especially when you add a drop of rum to the mix)!
- 125g butter – softened
- 175g caster sugar
- Zest of 2 limes – juice of 1
- 2 eggs
- Pinch salt
- 4 tbsp milk
- 175g self-raising flour
For the drizzle
- 100g caster sugar
- Juice 1 lime
- 1 tbsp run
Preheat the oven to 160’C
Grease and line a standard sized loaf tin
In a large bowl – beat together the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy
Add the eggs one at a time and then fold in the flour, milk, salt and lime
Tip the mixture into your lined baking tin and place in the middle of the oven to bake for 35-40 minutes. It will be ready once it is bouncy to touch and a cocktail stick comes out clean if inserted into the centre.
In a saucepan, gentle heat the sugar, run and lime juice until the sugar has dissolved
Pour this over the cake, while it’s still hot in its tin and allow to cool.
Once cooled slightly, tip out to cool completely on a rack before slicing up and enjoying with a big mug of tea.