This recipe was found at www.sydneymarkets.com.au & is posted here for the Zaar World Tour 5. [NOTE: The recipe was edited on 17 May as per Tinkerbell's review!}
FOR THE CAKE
- 2 large eggs
- 1 lime, zest of, minced
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- 1⁄2 cup buttermilk
- 3 bananas (large, very ripe, mashed)
- 3⁄4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1 1⁄2 cups granulated sugar
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1⁄2 teaspoon baking soda
- 2⁄3 cup shredded coconut
FOR THE ICING
- 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, reduced fat, room temperature
- 1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
- FOR THE CAKE: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F, then grease a 9-inch springform pan & line it with parchment paper.
- In a medium bowl, combine eggs, zest, lime juice, buttermilk & mashed bananas, then whisk together until well combined. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat together the butter & sugar until light & fluffy.
- Add banana mixture & beat on low until combined.
- In another bowl, whisk together the flour & baking soda, then add this to the banana/buttermilk mixture, whisking until well combined.
- With a large metal spoon, gently fold in only half of the coconut untl just combined.
- Spoon the batter into the prepared springform pan & bake for 50 minutes or until golden & a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then remove the springform sides before transferring the cake to a wire rack to cool completely.
- Meanwhile, in a pan over medium heat, toast the remaining 1/3 cup of shredded coconut, stirring constantly, until golden in color, then remove from the heat.
- FOR THE ICING: In a bowl & using an electric mixer, combine the cream cheese & powdered sugar, & beat until smooth.
- Spread over the cake, then sprinkle with the toasted coconut before slicing & serving.
VERY moist, almost like pudding. Tasty. As I had no plain flour, I used 1/2 whole wheat flour and 1/2 rice flour. Used white vinegar to generate my buttermilk. Since I accidentally put all the coconut in the cake and used another 1/3 cup for top. Added lime zest and juice to icing....and another cup of powdered sugar. I like the extra coconut in the cake. Next time I might try zest of 2 limes in the cake. Adding the zest and juice to the icing really served this cake well.
This was a MARVELOUS cake! I made as directed, using gluten-free flour and neufchatel cheese. I did add 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice to the frosting and used the toasted coconut. I think I'll add more lime juice to the cake batter next time, as I couldn't really taste it - the banana flavor was most prominent. I made this for a lady at work for her birthday and everyone loved it - not overly sweet but with exotic flavors. My husband got a small piece of it and really loved it so I'll have to make him his own cake. I definitely like this recipe - it was easy to make and the flavor is outstanding and so different from most cakes. Thanks for posting Syd - we loved it. Made for "All You Can Cook Buffet" Tag in the Cooking Games With Friends Forum.
Utterly scrumptious! Moist, slightly chewy from the coconut, sweet and tart from the lime frosting. I would have been happy with it without the frosting--it is plenty moist--as more of a coffeecake, but the frosting put it way over the top! I garnished with both the toasted coconut and a second lime's grated peel. Also, I mixed the rest of the first lime's juice (about 2 T) into the frosting so it was nicely tart and flavorful. I can't recommend this highly enough!