Makes 12 slices
225g softened butter – plus extra for greasing
225g golden caster sugar
4 medium eggs
2 limes – grated zest and juice
250g self-raising flour – sifted with a pinch of salt, plus extra flour
25g ground almonds
100g each of blueberries and raspberries
8tbsp lime juice (I got this amount from 3 limes)
1 lime grated zest
140g golden caster sugar
- Line the base and sides of a 20cm/8in square cake tin (not loose-based) with greaseproof paper and butter the paper. Set oven to 180C/Gas 4/fan oven 160C.
- Cream the butter and sugar together until light. Gradually beat in the eggs, adding a little flour towards the end to prevent curdling. Beat in the lime zest, then fold in the flour and almonds. Fold in enough lime juice – about 3 tablespoons – to give you a good dropping consistency (the mixture should drop easily from the spoon when tapped).
- Fold in three quarters of the blueberries and raspberries and turn into the prepared tin. Smooth the surface, then scatter the remaining fruit on top – it will sink as the cake rises. Tip – I dusted the raspberries and blueberries slightly to stop them from sinking to the bottom.
- Bake for about 1 hour (cover with foil if beginning to brown too much), or until firm to a gentle prod in the centre. A skewer pushed into the centre should be clean when removed. I baked it for about 1 hour 5 mins and it was perfect.
- Meanwhile make the syrup: put the lime juice, zest and sugar in a small saucepan. Put over a gentle heat and stir, without allowing to bubble. The sugar should dissolve a little. As soon as the cake comes out of the oven, prick all over with a skewer then spoon the syrup over it. Tip – The syrup took about 5-10mins to do so I would start doing this about 10mins before the cake needs to come out of the oven to save it sitting around for too long which can cause a “syrup skin” to form.
- Carefully remove the cake from the tin, discard the lining paper and cut into 12 slices to serve.
My cake didn’t rise very much but it was yummy and loved by everyone. I would definitely recommend a slice with a cup of tea 🙂