My husband loves limes. It’s insane how many limes we go through (without the help of tequila). When we peruse through the fresh produce aisle of Costco, our cart always leaves the warehouse wonderland with a large bag of limes. Normally, we add a squeeze/slice/wedge (Squidge!!) to our drinking water, but… there are some days where these limes need to be used ASAP!
Inspiration always strikes in the oddest ways. I’m about to put a flat of Diet Coke into my buggy when I suddenly remember a decade old commercial from the Coca Cola company where everyone sings, “You put the lime in the coke, you nut!” (a slightly butchered version of “Coconut” by Harry Nilsson). I get so carried away with the song and thought, ‘if I put lime in the coconut cake, it would be amazing!’ I sang that song while shopping through Costco. I am surprised that I am still alive and no one attacked me for being too irritating.
The only thing I have learned is that when I make delicious concotions, I have to find better cooling places. You see, this recipe makes one decent sized loaf, but I decided to opt for two smaller ones so I could bring one to a meeting with some friends. I had it sliced and ready to go. But as luck would have it, the moment I turn around, my dog, Shadow, decided that she wanted a little snack. For a 90 pound Bull Mastiff/Pitbull/Black Lab, a little snack is a loaf all to herself. She didn’t even have the decency to share with her canine siblings.
It’s a good thing that I wrapped up the remaining loaf (the one that wasn’t sliced up) and put that away. So my meeting had to share half a small loaf and I had to share my half with my husband.
That’s all that was left!
So, if I were to be perfectly honest, this post was more about my troubles preventing my dogs from eating my food. That’s often the biggest problem in my house. From the little bit that we were able to devour, it tasted like what summer should taste like in a pound cake. The coconut really came through in the texture and the smell of the lime zest really lightened up the cake.
It was really delicious! If you don’t believe me, ask my dogs, since they realized that they could jump onto the counters.
Lime in the Coconut Pound Cake
Adapted from Canadian Living
1 cup of butter
1 ½ cups of sugar
2 tbsp coconut milk
½ tbsp vanilla
½ tbsp coconut extract
½ tsp salt
1 ½ cup of flour
½ cup of fine grated coconut
zest of 2 limes
Line a loaf pan with parchment paper or butter and flour it. Set the oven to 325 degrees.
In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until it is light and fluffy. Slowly beat in one egg at a time. Make sure the egg is fully incorporated until you add the next one. Then beat in the coconut milk, extracts, lime zest and salt. Stir in flour and coconut until it is no longer streaky. Try not to over mix.
Pour in the loaf pan and bake for 75 minutes.