Regular readers know that I bake like other people exercise. Often. Sometimes daily.
The last couple of months, I ‘ve been so slammed that baking (and all its therapeutic powers) have had to take a back seat.
Thus, there is a large stack of recipes sitting in a pile ready for me to attack over the holiday break.
This cake was one of them. The flavours in the title are really what makes the world go round. Show me anyone who doesn’t like vanilla, passionfruit and lime..?
Turns out it is as delicious as the adjectives promise and dead easy.
It’s a crowd pleasing, keeper cake.
Vanilla Cake with Lime Passionfruit Icing.
1 1/2 cups sifted plain flour
1 1/2 teaspoons Baking Powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
125g butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs, room temperature
1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup milk
Heat the oven to 200 degrees and line a 20 x 4 cm cake pan with baking paper.
Sift the flour, baking powder and salt into a large mixing bowl. On a low speed beat in the butter one heaped teaspoonful at a time until the mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs. Beat in the sugar a third at a time then the eggs one by one. Add the vanilla and milk and beat on medium-high until blended.
Pour batter into the prepared pan and bake for 30 to 35 minutes until a wooden skewer inserted in the center comes out clean.
Cool cake in the pan on a wire rack for 5 minutes and then remove and allow to cool completely.
For The Icing…
120 gm softened butter
1 tablespoon vanilla
Half a lime
4 cups sifted icing sugar
To make the icing; cream butter for 2 mins, add the milk, vanilla essence and passionfruit pulp, then add ½ sifted icing sugar. Beat for 3 mins. Add remaining icing sugar and beat another 3 mins. Add a squeeze of lime juice – then taste it. A squeeze more if you like it a little sour.