little lime cakes

When it's cold outside I start craving citrussy things to wake up my foggy head, like these little lime cakes. I wish they'd teach me how to be a flirt ('cause I'm really lacking in that department). They're made with confectioners/icing sugar instead of granulated, which gives them a hard little crust on top. Then you make an easy little lime syrup and crack a hole in the crust, pour in some syrup and stick a candied lime slice on top to hide the hole.

You end up with a zesty moist cake and a sugared slice of limelovin'.

You want some?

You'll need:
3/4 cup soya margarine
1 1/2 cups confectioners/icing sugar
1/8 cup sunflower oil
1/4 cup soy milk
1 1/3 cup self-rising flour
zest of 2 limes

for the syrup:
the juice of 1 lime
around 1/2 cup confectioners/icing sugar

for the candied limes
1 lime, cut in half and then sliced
1 cup granulated sugar (plus a little extra)

I know, I know, a lot of sugar in this but whatever, I don't care, just brush your teeth afterwards.
So first make the candied lime slices because they take the longest. Grab a lime, cut it in half and then slice it thinly. Bring a couple of inches of water to the boil in a pan and blanch the slices for 2 minutes.

Use a slotted spoon and scoop out the slices.

Add a cup of granulated sugar to the boiling water and stir until it's dissolved. Turn down the heat, bring the sugar syrup to a simmer and re-add the limes.

Leave them in the syrup for about ten minutes, then carefully take them out and lay them on a board or cookie sheet to cool.

Some of them will have disintegrated but you'll have a few that are alright. Leave them for about an hour, until they're tacky, then dip them into a little sugar on both sides, then lay them flat and chuck them in the fridge.

So that's done!
Now for the cupcakes. Ea-zee. Put the margarine and confectioners sugar into a bowl.

You need to cream it and it's hard at first but it gets easier quickly. Once you've mixed it, add the oil and beat and it should look like this:

Add the rest of the ingredients (the soy milk, the flour and the zest) and mix into a smoooooth batter. Line your cupcake pan with papers and pour the mix about 2/3 of the way up. Bake at Gas mark 4/180C/350F for about 15-20 minutes, until browned.

Take them out and leave them to cool.

To make the syrup, it's literally juice and sugar. Just put 1/4 cup of confectioners sugar into a bowl and add the juice, a little at a time, until it's runny enough. Then bash a hole into the top of each cake (only the top, not all the way down or you'll soak the paper), then just spoon a bit of syrup over the hole so it runs in.

Grab a candied lime, and use it to hide the hole!

Speaking of limes, my lovely fellow blogger Adeline sent me these pictures today of her making my key lime pie! How cute?! (you guys, that 'thanks' part is my actual handwriting! messy right?)

If you make any of my recipes, show me! I'll love it!


Liz said...

Oh me, oh my I wish I had time to bake all of these delicious treats you post :(

Rose said...

Those candied lime slices are adorable. These sound delicious. I know what you mean about citrus clearing up a foggy head. I like to bring lemons into work, slice them in half and sniff throughout the day.

Naomi Rose said...

Oh Lizzy, me too! I wish I could send you some :(

Rose! I've been meaning to add your blog to my blog list for ages, I've finally done it xx

veggievixen said...

this is so fantastic! it sort of reminds me of the process of sugaring the lemons for shaker lemon pie. i've been wanting to try candied fruit recently, i need to do it soon!

Naomi Rose said...

Aw I hope you do make some!

aDeLiNe said...

The pleasure was all mine, lovely.
Now off to the kitchen to eat some KeyLimePieNomNomNom.

ashlina said...

ok...i came across your blog and am now obsessed...i made a suggested dish and it was fantastic....
thank u. u rock my world.

Ninki said...

Hi Naomi - I noticed Joe P was following you, so I checked out your site.

I'm allergic to dairy and so cake is normally a tricky issue for me. We made your little lime cakes for my birthday at the weekend and they were quite possibly the most delicious way to eat my own bodyweight in sugar. Amazing. Yummy yummy. Bit of a sugar high, but we did have three each...



Gauri Radha गौरी राधा said...

These look splendid!!

Kat said...

I just made these; they're to die for!

As a new vegan, I thought I might never eat yummy sweet things again, but you have proved me wrong. I love you rather :D