Um… YUM! I originally found this Vanilla Lime Loaf Cake recipe at How Sweet It Is while I was searching for a relatively easy Lime Loaf Cake to try. Definitely check out her recipe too – she takes prettier pictures than I do. In fact, I didn’t take any until the end because I was making this cake at the same time I was providing technical support to my parents who recently overhauled their entire PC network to a new all mac network. (finally!) So yes, I was troubleshooting time capsule network problems at the same time I was zesting my limes!
I was so excited to share this, that I haven’t even iced it yet! I’m debating, icing or powdered sugar. I often times don’t like icing loaf cakes because they are more difficult for me to store. I like to wrap them in saran wrap to keep them fresh. Then when I have the munchies, I slice off a little piece, sprinkle some fresh powdered sugar on top and viola. But I do like icing and because I had forgone the vanilla bean, I wanted to put a little vanilla in the frosting to make up for it. I guess by the time you read this, you will know which route I had chosen!
I reposted her recipe because I had changed the fats in it… if you prefer all butter, definitely use her recipe. I switched and did 1/3 cup olive oil and 1/2 stick of butter. I also left out the vanilla bean. I didn’t have any and I’m not very familiar with working with them (yet!).
- 1½ cups of all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¾ cup white sugar
- 3 tablespoons milk
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 3 limes zested and juiced
- ½ stick of unsalted butter, softened
- ⅓ cup of olive oil
- 3 large eggs
- Preheat the oven to 350 and prepare a 9×5 loaf pan with parchment paper or non-stick spray.
- Whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar.
- Place milk, vanilla extract, lime zest, lime juice, olive oil and softened butter into the bowl and mix (hand mixer or stand mixer work great here).
- Next, add in the three eggs and mix again, taking care not to over mix.
- Bake for 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.