When the mood to bake a cake hits out come the cookbooks – notebooks & cuttings!! Oh and not forgetting my pretty baking apron!( I have a special one just for baking ) I have a few old faithfuls but I sometimes like to try something new. Nothing to complicated and hopefully something that I have all the ingredients to hand without having to venture to the shops and come back with even more stuff I don’t need!! I also sometimes take into account the clear up after! Doesn’t everyone?!
I remembered when I had a browse through The Cardamon Trail ( fab book ) a recipe caught my eye that had limes, not only did it sound fresh and zingy but I always have limes! I decided to start my baking urge with something I hadn’t baked before. It does need soften butter! I have mentioned in previous post that this part of baking drives me mad! I’m sure if your a regular baker it’s something you wouldn’t give a second thought to, however it’s a different story if like me it’s an urge! I have tried all the different tricks to speed up this process and now I find getting the butter out of the fridge and getting some chores done works for me!! I do have the added bonus of being able to leave it near the Aga so my chore is often not much more than a quick flick with the Hoover!! ( in truth it’s more likely a flick through a cookbook ) 😉 So the Black sesame and lime cake was my cake of choice. Apart from the softening of butter it all looked straight forward and straight forward it is. In fact it’s a breeze to make because it’s a throw it all in bowl mix it up and pour the batter into a loaf tin transfer to the oven bake & eat cake! ( my kind of cake ) Only problem is it’s a bowl just waiting to be licked!!!!
It keeps for up to 5 days in an airtight container, doubt you needed to know that because that just won’t happen no way will it be around that long!
It’s the perfect toe dip in to this fabulous book, I have tried other recipes and they have also been great. No doubt I’ll be adding a few more to my blog! I definitely recommend giving it ago it’s an easy, light, citrusy cake that I’m sure you’ll be making again, I’ve made it twice in a week, that’s two urges in a short space of time so it must be good!! Also as an added bonus your kitchen will smell amazing!
Recipe serves 8-10
You will need: preheated oven 160 fan Gas mark 4
Grease and line a 900g loaf tin
1 tablespoon black sesame seeds
150g caster sugar
150g unsalted butter, softened
150g self-raising flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
3 large eggs
Finely grated zest of 2 oranges
Finely grated zest of 2 limes
1 tablespoon orange juice
FOR THE ICING AND DECORATION
100g icing sugar, sifted
2 tablespoons lime juice
Finely grated zest of 1 lime
Black sesame seeds for sprinkling
Strips of lime rind
In a small pan dry-roast the sesame seeds for 2 minutes over a medium heat, transfer to a mortar and crush them lightly with the pestle. Set aside.
Combine the remaining cake ingredients in a large mixing bowl and mix with an electric whisk for 2 minutes until the batter is light and creamy. Add the sesame seeds.
Pour the batter into the prepared tin and bake for 35-40 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean. Leave the cake in the tin for 10 minutes, then turn out on to a wire rack and leave to cool completely.
To make the icing mix the icing sugar with the lime juice and zest to produce a runny paste. Spoon the mixture over the cooled cake, then sprinkle with some sesame seeds and lime rind strips.
That’s it! Super simple, it looks so pretty and tastes delicious.
If you try it let me know what you thought I’d love to hear from you.