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Weekend Cooking: Lime & Buttermilk Cake

on June 10, 2012

Last week in her Weekend Cooking post, Marg from Adventures of an Intrepid Reader called me out! She featured something from a cookbook that I had recommended to her – one of the few cookbooks I’ve bought and have enjoyed. I mentioned I had thought about doing a blog post each time I made something from the book. She encouraged me to link the posts up to Weekend Cooking. I don’t particularly like cooking but I do like baking. I just don’t like the mess that comes with it! So it’s not often I get the urge, but I have to admit, this book definitely made me want to make things.

The book is Merle’s Kitchen, which if you’re not Australian, and not a fan of reality TV cooking show Masterchef Australia, will mean absolutely nothing to you. But Merle was featured last year on Masterchef Australia as one of the experts a contestant in the show had to go up against in a challenge, cooking their signature dish. Usually the expert is a qualified chef but occasionally they’re a celebrity cook, such as Maggie Beer and or in this case, Merle Parrish. Merle has been baking competitively for over 70 years and the dish she chose for the contestant to cook was her Peach Blossom Cake which looks spectacular, I might add (it’s the one featured on the cover of her book in the picture below). I haven’t attempted that one yet, but the first thing I did attempt from her book was a Lime & Buttermilk Cake.

Lime and Buttermilk Cake

250g butter at room temp
1 cup white sugar
finely grated rind of 2 limes
3 eggs, separated
200ml buttermilk
2 tbsp lime juice
2 cups self-raising flour

1 cup icing sugar
1.5 tbsp lime juice
1 tsp water

(sorry to the Americans, these measurements are all metric)

1. Preheat oven to moderate (170 degrees C) and grease a 22cm (base measurement) round cake in tin and line the base with baking paper.

2. Use electric beaters to cream butter, sugar, lime rind until white and fluffy. Add egg yolks one at a time, beating well after each addition.

3. Add half the buttermilk, half the lime juice and half the flour and then fold through. Add the remaining buttermilk, lime juice and flour and then fold through. Use electric beaters to beat the egg whites into soft peaks, Fold into the cake mixture and spoon the mix into the tin. Use a knife to smooth the surface.

4. Bake for 50m or so or until springy to a gentle touch in the centre. Leave in tin for 5m and then turn out onto wire rack to cool.


Combine all ingredients until smooth and then spread over the cooled cake.
Being such an amateur baker, I did things here that I’ve never actually done before such as needing to separate eggs and beat the whites into soft peaks! However I found this such an easy recipe to follow and execute, even though I am pretty inexperienced when it comes to baking cakes. And that’s why I really like this book because everything in it looks this easy but the end results are amazing and look fabulous and sort of like they take more effort than they really do!

I learned a little bit baking this cake – because I don’t bake very often, I’m pretty sure my oven is hotter than it should be. 170 degrees and cooking this for 45m resulted in a crack across the top of the cake (which the icing luckily hid!). So now I’m going to buy a thermometre and test my oven but I’m pretty sure it is a little out, degree wise. My mother was visiting last week and used it a couple of times and she remarked that it was definitely hotter.

I think this book would be fabulous for inexperienced bakers who want to experiment a little more and expand their repotoire and people with kids who love to ‘help’. I have a three year old who loves to sit up on the bench while anyone (usually his father as he’s the cook in this family!) is making something and assist. He helped me with this cake and loved it so I’m already thinking of more recipe’s in the book that we can make together: something where he’ll appreciate the end result a little more than he did with this cake! He didn’t really like the lime flavour!

The finished product! I have to say, this was one of the nicest cakes! It was so light and the lime flavour in the cake itself was very, very subtle… but the icing was very strong! I tasted the icing alone and it was so tart it tasted like sherbet! But together it was the perfect blend of rich, creamy buttercake and citrus. I’d definitely make this cake again but first I’m going to have to make a few other things from this book!

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10 responses to “Weekend Cooking: Lime & Buttermilk Cake

  1. wow, lime cake sounds delicious! thank you for sharing!

  2. Carole says:

    this does sound good. Have a great week.

  3. Beth F says:

    The cake looks beautiful! I love citrus, so I think I need to try this one.

  4. I’ve never made a lime cake, this one sounds delicious.

  5. VeganYANerds says:

    I really like this feature, hun! Lime + cake = a wonderful combo! I’ll be veganising and de-glutening this for sure!

  6. Little Nell says:

    That looks deliciously light!

  7. I have bookmarked this page! I love lime anything. Will convert the metric:)

  8. Marg says:

    Yay! You did it!


  9. Heather says:

    This sounds wonderful. I don’t think I have ever made a lime cake. Must try this. Thanks.

  10. Heather says:

    Made this last week for a Bridal Tea Party and it turned out wonderful. Thank you so much for the lovely recipe. I’ll be making this again.

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