Monday, February 2, 2009

Lime yogurt cake and the power of positive thinking

Lime yogurt cake

I usually think of myself as a realistic person, but also believe that good things come to those who think positively. Seating on the couch without actually doing anything will get you nowhere, but keeping a positive attitude towards life and being grateful for what you already have may help you succeed.

The Pollyanna side of me worked hard last Saturday – at least for the entire time this cake was in the oven. Even though I used a larger pan than the one called for in the recipe it still got very full. After reluctantly placing the cake in the oven all I could do was hope for the best. Using the correct pan - which I firmly believe not to be the one in the recipe - would have delivered a much prettier and fluffier cake, I’m sure. But in the end the batter did not overflow and the cake turned out very moist - due to the yogurt - and tasted good. St. Lawrence would be proud. :D

Lime yogurt cake

Lime yogurt cake
from here

220g unsalted butter, melted and cooled
330g caster sugar
2 eggs
250g Greek style yogurt
¼ cup (60ml) lime juice
1 ½ tablespoons lime zest
2 cups (280g) all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder

1 ½ cups (210g) confectioners’ sugar, sifted
1 ½ tablespoons lime juice
1 ½ tablespoons water
lime zest, to decorate

Preheat the oven to 160ºC/320ºF. Grease a 10x20cm* loaf pan and line the bottom with baking paper.

Place the butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer and beat until combined. Add the eggs, one at a time, and beat to incorporate. Beat in the yogurt, lime juice and zest. Sift the flour and baking powder over the batter and beat to incorporate.

Pour the batter into prepared pan and bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Remove from the oven and let cool in the pan.

Make the icing: place all the ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Add a few drops of water if necessary.
Turn the cake onto a serving plate, drizzle with the icing and sprinkle with the zest.

* I used a 10.5x26cm loaf pan and the batter almost overflew :(

Serves 8-10

Lime yogurt cake


Erin said...

That is such a lovely presentation! I'm not a fan of lime backed good generally but this is just too pretty to pass up.

Snooky doodle said...

what a nice cake ! i like it. that icing drizzle looks so nice and I bet it is delicious looks so moist :)

Poornima Nair said...

thats a beautiful cake and great photos too...

Ash said...

I love all things lime! I must try this!!

apparentlyjessy said...

Ooooh yummy, I love yoghurt and lime together! Must bookmark this to try, its perfect for this summer time :)

Cookie baker Lynn said...

I love baking with yogurt. It makes everything so moist. And with lime? I'll bet this cake didn't last long!

Anonymous said...

Love the lime zest drizzled on top -- could that be mixed right into the icing? Beautiful cake!

Dewi said...

Like it!
Such a fabulous combo "yogurt cake and the power of positif thinking"

Sharon said...

I love everything about your cake - the vibrant colors, dripping icing...Yum!

eatingclubvancouver_js said...

So yummy: I'm craving the hit of lime right now and your cake.

Dragon said...

Positive thinking never lets me down.:) I love the green flecks in the icing. It's so fresh looking.

Peter G | Souvlaki For The Soul said...

I agree about positive thinking Patricia. Gorgeous combination of flavours and beautiful pics too!

The Food Librarian said...

Just so lovely. I love it and can't wait to make it, Patricia!

Chris said...

I am dying to try this. I'm sure Greek yogurt made the resulting cake deliciously moist and made a perfect pair with the lime zest.

KJ said...

I'm sure this cake would be lovely and refreshing. It certainly looks that way!! Lovely.

Kirby! said...

Wrong cake pan size or not, this looks lovely! Yogurt cakes are the best.

sunita said...

Pat, this is such a gorgeous cake :-)

Anonymous said...

This cake is putting me in the mood for Springtime, it's beautiful and delicious--I'm a big fan of yogurt cakes.

Anonymous said...

Yes, good things do come to those who think positively. :-)

This cake looks so moist and delicious. Baking cakes with yogurt is great. I love the sprinkling of lime zest over the top. Gorgeous!

Abby said...

I LOVE that green-specked icing. So summery!

Anonymous said...

I sure would want that for dessert right now!

Ingrid_3Bs said...

Looks so tart & refreshing! I love how you really poured on the glaze!!!

Anonymous said...

i can just imagine how that would melt away in the mouth ! A very refreshing cake.

Donna-FFW said...

Gorgeous cake, I ususally use buttermilk, I am going to have to try this with the yogurt!! YUM!

Fitness Foodie said...

Wow that is one of the best sounding cakes I have ever heard the lime topping...absolutely gorgeous.

Fitness Foodie said...

Wow that is one of the best sounding cakes I have ever heard the lime topping...absolutely gorgeous.

Aimée said...

Would these make a good cupcake? They sure would be pretty! Keep up the positive thinking, dear, it can't hurt!

Manggy said...

Looks absolutely perfect to me, Patricia... I need me a slice of that right now! :P```

Lael Meidal said...

yum, I would love to try this some time! I don't have any limes on hand, but I do have lemons and all the other ingredients are on hand, so many it won't be too far away! You've got a beautiful little blog, Patricia.

Unknown said...

oh this looks so yummy! i'll have to try it out!

Andrea said...

That is just a beautiful cake, and I'm glad that your positive thinking worked so well! Must not have had anything to do with all of that talent, huh? ;-)

Gattina Cheung said...

oh darling, I see the interior of your cake and the icing are incredibly beautiful! Yes, I need to think more positively these days:)

Patricia Scarpin said...

Erin, I love lemons, too, but can't find them always. Limes are favorites of mine as well.
Thank you!

Miss Kate, thank you for your kind words!
Those versions sound amazing! I especially love the idea of chamomile cake. :D

Natalie, thank you, sweetie!

Poornima Nair, thank you!

Ash, I love lime, too! Hope you like it!

Jessy, I would love to hear your opinion about it!

Lynn, isn't yogurt perfect for baking? And I know your hubby loves lime. :D

Lydia, it could, indeed! Thank you, darling!

Elra, thank you - I'm glad you like it!

Sharon, tks for stopping by!

Eating Club, I always have limes around, love them!

Dragon, thank you, sweetie!

Pete - positive things never hurt, right? :D
Thank you, my friend!

Food Librarian, I would love to hear what you think of it!

Chris, very moist and with a nice tang!

KJ, thank you, darling!

Sunita, thank you!

Sophie, I love baking with yogurt, too.

Lisa, I'm a sucker for zest. :D
Thank you!

Abby, thank you, sweetie!

Veron, I wish I could share it with you!

Ingrid, tks for visiting!

Kate, thank you! It was very moist.

Donna, tks for stopping by! I really like using buttermilk too.

Parker, tks for visiting! You are far too kind. :D

Aimée, I really don't know - let me know if you try it!

Mark, I would love to serve you a slice of cake with some fresh tea, my friend.

Lael, tks for stopping by! You are very kind and thank you for your inspirational comment.
I bet this would be delicious with lemon!

Kaitlyn, thank you for visiting! I'm glad you like the cake!

Andrea, tks for stopping by! You are so kind you are making me blush. :D

Gattina, I'll be sending you some happy thoughts. ;D

Anonymous said...

Ok. Yum. This looks totally amazing. And zesty! I love zest.

test it comm said...

That cake looks good!

Diana said...

Wow, it's so beautiful and yet so simple. It looks really good. I think I will make this next time I need to bring a dessert somewhere.

Anonymous said...


This looks awesome!

TBC said...

OMG! This looks absolutely stunning. I want to try this one out ASAP!
Love the way you have presented it.:)

dhan said...

whether the difference between kefir and yogurt?
Which is better between them?
whether kefir has the same flavor of yogurt?
It looks very tasty

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