I don’t bake all that often (Jane certainly has that covered), and when it comes to cakes I’ve stuck to the pretty traditional butter, sugar, eggs and flour formula. But I’ve always been intrigued by yoghurt and olive oil based cakes, so when I came across this Lemony Yoghurt Cake recipe from London Bakes I stashed it away for later reference.
My opportunity came when Jane bought home a beautiful, weighty pomegranate with no plan to use it in mind. A little naughty, because this pom was imported from the US, but it was a stunner. (The season starts soon enough in Australia so you can hang in until then if you want to buy local.)
I made a couple of tweaks to this recipe. The major one, no doubt, was turning it from a lemony cake into a limey one. Now I know this sounds terrible as a name, particularly to the English (sorry, London Bakes!) but I had a hunch the flavour would work well and stand out. Based on Kathryn’s tip on the original recipe I also increased the zest, using some lemon plus two limes (just check the name of this blog after all!).
My other tweak is pictured above: garnishing with a few crushed pistachios along with the recommended pomegranate. Certainly not necessary but I think it adds nice colour, flavour and texture!
Challenges and Tips
The recipe was clear and easy to put together, even easier than a more traditional cake. The batter is quite wet so easily spread into the tin. The only challenge I had was getting it out afterwards! I used a greased, non-stick tin and lined the bottom. Unfortunately, because the cake edges are quite sticky, one corner stuck and broke on removal! Next time I’ll use a better lining as you can see Kathryn does in her original post.
Win. This cake came out super moist but not too heavy, laced with beautiful fragrant lime. It doesn’t rise too much and even sinks a little when it cools as Kathryn warns. It’s right on the edge of too moist I’d say, so I might try a little more flour next time just as an experiment. But the proof is in the eating and Jane and I (with a little help from Miss One) completely demolished this cake. It didn’t last long enough for any visitors to even see it, so it’s lucky we have photo evidence!