This simple Coconut Lime Cake is perfect for those who are lactose intolerant since the butter is replaced with coconut oil. You can omit the lime syrup glaze if you want to use a little less sugar.
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Grease a 9 x 5 x 3-inch loaf pan with coconut oil. Set aside.
- Sift the flour, salt and baking powder together into a bowl. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, cream the sugar and the coconut oil together. When they are well combined and light, beat the eggs in a little at a time. Stir in the lime zest, then the grated coconut. Gradually sift and fold the flour into the egg mixture just until absorbed. The batter will be very loose.
- Pour the batter into the loaf pan and bake in the center of the oven until it is golden and a toothpick comes out clean, about 40 minutes. Let the cake sit in the pan for about 5 minutes, then tip it onto a rack to cool.
- While the cake is cooling, mix the lime juice and remaining 2 tablespoons sugar together in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over a medium high heat until the sugar has melted and has formed a syrup with the juice.
- Set the cake onto a plate, it will still be warm, and prick the top all over with a toothpick. Gently spoon the lime syrup over the cake, letting the cake absorb it before adding the next spoonful. It will run down the sides of the cake. Serve with diced mango or a tropical fruit sorbet.
- 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour (see Ann’s Tip)
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1½ teaspoons baking powder
- ½ cup coconut oil, melted
- ½ cup sugar, plus 2 tablespoons for glaze
- 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
- Grated peel of 1 lime
- ⅓ cup dried coconut flakes, unsweetened
- Juice of 1 lime
Ann's Tips and Tricks
When making cakes with oil instead of margarine or butter, the batter will always look runny in comparison.
To liquefy the coconut oil, simply stand the jar in a bowl of hot water until it has melted.
If you cannot find whole wheat pastry flour then substitute half whole wheat flour and half all-purpose flour. Just swapping in whole wheat flour will result in a drier and grittier cake.
Eat all sweet, sugary treats in moderation. A little bit of what you fancy does you good, but not the whole thing!