This is my go to cake when I’m craving something warm and freshly baked but do not have any “fancy shmancy” ingredients at home. All you need for this cake is some everyday staples. No biggie if you don’t have lime at home cause you could always sub in lemons for limes. Sometimes I just like a simple, not too sweet, zesty, moist cake. And this is it!
The yogurt is essential for retaining moisture in the cake. Even for days and after days. The olive oil is a healthy alternative to using butter in cake and it also balances well with the citrus taste from the lime. Some people say to never use olive oil in baking due to the stronger flavour it has than some other oils, which may affect the flavour of the baked product. But this is one scrumptious cake where it works well!
Photo credit: Souvlaki for the Soul
- 1 cup whole full fat Greek yoghurt
- 1/3 cup of olive oil
- 1 cup caster sugar
- zest of one lime
- 1/4 cup lime juice
- 2 eggs
- 1 3/4 cups of sifted plain flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Pre-heat your oven to 180 deg C
- Grease a 22cm springform baking tin (I used olive oil spray)
- In one large bowl mix all the wet ingredients until well combined.
- In another separate bowl combine the flour, baking powder and salt.
- Pour the wet ingredients mixture into the flour and using a wooden spoon mix until just combined. Do not overwork the batter!
- Pour into the baking tin and cook for approx 45-50 mins. The cake is ready when it has browned on top and a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.
- Leave it to cool in the cake tin for five minutes and then invert it onto a cake cooler.
- Once cooled, sprinkle with sugared lime zest (combine one tablespoon of lime zest with two tbsps of sugar)
- Use lemons if you can't find limes.