“It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes Happiness.”
Charles Haddon Spurgeo
Here’s a cake that makes me H A P P Y! Every baker worth his salt has a bunch of tried and tested favourite pound cake recipes in their collection. Hopefully I’m worth some salt, and I too hold a few favourites amidst a bunch of well thumbed pages in my oldest hand written book. The one that holds top place is this adaptable one from BHG, but it’s one I bake when I feel b-utterly inclined and especially indulgent … because it uses a cup of good sweet butter. It is rare that I exceed that quantity, but have to say that butter makes the world go round. As Mr PAB would announce, There is but one life, live it up!

The other fave that I hold close to my heart is this Lime Buttermilk Pound Cake that I have baked for years. I have baked this for friends and family, and it’s one of the first recipes I offer when  anyone asks me for a simple, yet delicious change from chocolate. I baked one yesterday, and while I drizzled it with glaze, I saw this itsy bitsy spider busy weaving its magical web! Intriguing creatures these!
Back to the cake … The crumb is light like air, the taste refreshing and citrusy. The secret lies in the buttermilk that  goes into the batter and makes for a really delicious pound cake. The cake itself isn’t very sweet, but the glaze lends to the final taste. The lemony sugar glaze, lovingly poured over while the cake is still hot asures you of instant love at first bite! It’s a good choice for a picnic basket, for a bake sale, for high tea, for the odd hungry nibble … whichevah!

Yep, this cake is good; one that is great for beginner bakers as it offers a wonderful boost of confidence. It’s also a good choice for veterans because you can put it together in next to no time {and  bonus, you can also tweet as it bakes!}. The slices also offer an apt choice for dessert if you top them with mascarpone or whipped cream, and fresh fruit. Bliss!

I blogged about the cake almost 2 and a half years ago, one of my initial blog posts;  it was a hot fave then too. Making it yesterday, I tweeted about it, and knew I had to post it again especially for Ahn, who impatiently waited for a slice. This one’s for you Ahn. Sorry I didn’t send you a slice yesterday. Each crumb screamed your name!! Sorry it has to be virtual! Sigh …

Lime Buttermilk Pound Cake
1 1/2 cups plain flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup vanilla or plain sugar
2 eggs
100ml buttermilk {or substitute recipe below}
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
Juice of 2 limes {or 1 lemon}
Zest of 2 limes {or 1 lemon}
To make buttermilk substitute at home:
Take 100ml milk at room temp; add 1 tsp white vinegar. Let it stand 5-10 minutes. When it curdles, it’s ready.

Grease and flour the sides of a 8″ ring tin, or a 6″ round tin. Line the bottom. { I play safe line the sides too}.
Preheat the oven to 170C.
Sift the flour with the baking powder, baking soda and salt. Reserve.
Cream the butter and sugar. Beat in eggs one at a time, followed by the vanilla extract, lime juice and zest.
With beater on low add the flour and buttermilk alternately in three lots.
Bake for 50-60 minutes till golden brown on top, and the tester comes out clean.
Meanwhile, make the glaze…
Juice of 2-3 limes {as required}
1/2 cup powdered sugar
Stir in the juice of 2 limes into 1/2 a cup of powdered sugar, and stir till all lumps have dissolved. Add some more powdered sugar if it isn’t as thick as you like it. The glaze should be nice and thick, yet of flowing consistency. Add a little zest if you like.

Finishing off…
Overturn the cake out gently on rack, and remove the lining. Turn it back on another rack, and poke holes with a skewer through it. Pour the glaze evenly over the hot cake, coaxing it all around, letting some drip over the sides. Decorate with sprinkles immediately if you like. {I had some left over royal icing which I drizzled over}.

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  • 6 years ago

    looks fab! am attempting a choco icecream layered cake… if i live to tell the tale, i will post it

  • 6 years ago

    This looks fantastic. Anything with lime catches my eye and I really love the glaze colours. Yum.

  • 6 years ago

    Didn’t know how to import the comments from blogger…so here they are!


    Blogger Umm Mymoonah said…

    Very colourful, soft and moist. Perfect with a cup of tea.

    September 19, 2010 11:07 PM
    Blogger Rosa’s Yummy Yums said…

    A lovely fluffy cake!



    September 19, 2010 11:10 PM
    Blogger Amanda said…

    That looks positively sinful Deeba! Love the idea of lime in a pound cake, so yummy!

    September 19, 2010 11:12 PM
    Anonymous Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets said…

    Sweets with some tart flavor are my favorites. Beautiful clicks and delicious sounding treat, Deeba!

    September 19, 2010 11:19 PM
    Anonymous Kulsum@JourneyKitchen said…

    I’m a chocolate aficionado! And you can’t even imagine what I mean by that. But if there is anything that stands a place with chocolate is Citrus Cakes. And such tried, tested and family favorite recipes are just one needs to start a journey in baking. I have a similar recipe but LIME is my favorite citrus! YUM

    September 19, 2010 11:22 PM
    Blogger Cool Lassi(e) said…

    A truly moist and scrumptious cake!

    September 19, 2010 11:52 PM
    Anonymous Prerna@IndianSimmer said…

    Gosh Vindee! I almost die everytime I look at your photographs. You have a beautiful sense of styling! Wish someday I can do something like you 🙂
    Thanks for sharing the recipe! Love it!

    September 19, 2010 11:55 PM
    Blogger Miriam said…

    Oh my, lovely photos and cake! Loved the spider too… I wonder what program you use to reduce your photos so that they don’t lose resolution… I must use the wrong method.

    September 20, 2010 12:06 AM
    Blogger Jagruti જાગૃતિ said…

    Truley Divine Cake..pics are great!

    September 20, 2010 1:16 AM
    Blogger Pam said…

    Your cake is definitely happy looking and bet it’s delicious!

    September 20, 2010 1:37 AM
    Anonymous Joy said…

    I’ve to admit first that I had to skip most of the entry because of the spider. {blush} I quickly looked for the crumb/slice photo (love it) then the recipe. This looks so good, Jamie! I’d have to bake this soon, perfect for tea this autumn.

    September 20, 2010 2:04 AM
    Blogger MeetaK said…

    this looks incredibly moist and tangy! i love these kinds of cakes they are simple and always big on flavor. brilliant!

    September 20, 2010 3:10 AM
    Blogger Silence Sings said…

    Loved the rainbow sleeked topping…though the itsy bitsy tiny devil made me little odious, the cake then hypnotised me in the realm of temptation…

    September 20, 2010 4:28 AM
    Blogger Chef Dennis said…

    what an incredible pound cake, I love your recipe, lemon and lime zest has always been a favorite of mine in baked goods, and your colorful drizzle is simply beautiful!
    thanks so much for sharing it with us!

    September 20, 2010 5:34 AM
    Blogger Jess @ Bakericious said…

    the cake looks delicious, I espicially love the rainbow glazing, beautiful.

    September 20, 2010 7:40 AM
    Blogger WizzyTheStick said…

    Lime is one of my favourite flavours. I always like my sweet things paired with a bit of tart so this is definitely for me!

    September 20, 2010 9:18 AM
    Blogger Ellie (Almost Bourdain) said…

    Your cake look delish! Love the pastel colours icing!

    September 20, 2010 9:53 AM
    Blogger Happy Cook said…

    I hav eto admit cakes like these are my all time fevourite too. And I agree we all started baking with these cakes and i still love baking and eating them.
    love the deco on top .

    September 20, 2010 2:04 PM
    Anonymous Sanjeeta kk said…

    Lovely pound cake, Deeba. The icing looks colorful and tempting.

    September 20, 2010 3:13 PM
    Blogger Cherine said…

    A delicious moist cake!!

    September 20, 2010 4:12 PM
    Blogger Anh said…

    hey lovely, I loveee this cake! (Actually, any kind of pound cake!). See, it ‘says my name’ 😉

    September 20, 2010 4:17 PM
    Blogger shaz said…

    I’m going to live it up with your rainbow of a pound cake Deeba 🙂 Just lovely.

    September 20, 2010 6:22 PM
    Blogger Curry Leaf said…

    Wow. Fabulous. Its a must try Deeba.Will the recipe work if I replace lemon with oranges or instead of lemon 1-2 tbsp of orange juice and go for orange glazing?

    September 20, 2010 8:44 PM
    Blogger Saee Koranne-Khandekar said…

    What a pretty looking cake! Love the colors and the zesty flavors.

    September 20, 2010 9:10 PM
    Blogger Deeba PAB said…

    Hey Curry Leaf, I think that’s a fab idea. Of course it’ll work!

    September 20, 2010 9:33 PM
    Blogger Amanda Hawkins said…

    This sounds delightful! I am still apparently not worth my salt…because I am in desperate need of reliable pound cake recipes! So thanks for helping with that.

    September 20, 2010 10:11 PM
    Blogger Curry Leaf said…

    Thanks Deeba,will try and get back to you

    September 20, 2010 10:18 PM
    Anonymous Su-yin said…

    Oooh when I skimmed through the recipe I initially thought there was no butter in it, and was thinking how good this cake would be for me! Lol. Looking back I can see that there is some butter in it, but that’s not gonna stop me from trying this out. 🙂

    September 21, 2010 3:47 AM
    Blogger Bonnie said…

    I love pound cake. The flavors sound delicious in this one. Butter makes everything better.

    September 21, 2010 6:51 AM
    Blogger Maria said…

    Deeba, I am in love with cake! Gorgeous!

    September 21, 2010 7:07 AM
    Blogger Barbara Bakes said…

    Definitely looks like a cake worth repeating to me. I love anything citrus, especially cake!

    September 21, 2010 7:13 AM
    Anonymous Vending Machines Sydney said…

    Ooh, yummy! I love eating, especially healthy foods! I really do hope that such yummy treats will be available in vending machines for people like me who are always on the go.

    September 21, 2010 7:48 AM
    Anonymous Honey @ honeyandsoy said…

    I can see why this cake makes you happy, Deeba! Other than it looking lusciously moist and gorgeous, the cheery colous of the frosting are so happy!

    September 21, 2010 11:51 AM
    Anonymous Barbara said…

    Looks like such a light pound cake,
    Deeba. I always wish they didn’t have so much butter, but then it wouldn’t be a pound cake! I really like the touches of lime and lemon.

    September 21, 2010 3:25 PM
    Blogger Brilynn said…

    That looks like a perfect afternoon snack!

    September 21, 2010 7:20 PM
    Anonymous bunkycooks said…

    This is definitely a happy dance cake! How pretty and I am sure the lime is incredible with the pound cake!

    September 21, 2010 8:27 PM
    Blogger Curry Leaf said…

    Deeba, I tried it with oranges. EXCELLENT,SCRUMPTIOUS and whatnot.I tried it in my bundt pan and simply replaced the egg with the replacer powder and lemon/lime with orange juice/zest. Thanks for the recipe.I did not get any nice clicks,but hope to next time and will shortly be posting my attempt.THANKS again.Its a keeper recipe

    September 21, 2010 11:05 PM
    Blogger Indie.Tea said…

    I’m reading this as I sip on a mojito fruit soda (mojito w/o alcohol and with sparkling water)…thinking of how delicious limes are.
    Your pound cake is gorgeous, the pastel streaks are a unique decorative touch.

    September 22, 2010 7:45 AM
    Blogger Divya Kudua said…

    I just baked this Deeba..tastes so good,love the burst of lime flavor in each bite!!

    P.S-Though my cake and pics look nowhere next to yours in prettiness scale!!

    September 22, 2010 12:42 PM
    Blogger Nicisme said…

    That icing is sooo cool! What a great cake to adorn it with too. Have missed you, hope you had a good summer! xx

    September 22, 2010 5:17 PM
    Blogger diva said…

    A good pound cake is a necessity, like salt and pepper in the kitchen. This looks awesome mama.

    September 22, 2010 9:47 PM
    Blogger Hanaâ said…

    Beautiful, Deeba. You can tell from the picture of the slice that the texture is just perfect! I love simple citrus cakes and make a similar recipe with homemade plain yogurt. When I’m out I use sour cream or buttermilk. Try your cake with orange sometime and use an orange glaze. Yum!

    September 22, 2010 10:37 PM
    Anonymous Lora said…

    making my mouth water. beautiful cake..

    September 23, 2010 1:30 PM
    Blogger Twinsy Rachel said…

    I just wanna say the cake is awesome n well loved by both Beulah n amma (hubby’s mom) 🙂 Tx for the call Deeba… Just read the new post which says about being flu-ridden…According to my mom, her fav cake so far is L’orange gateau.. am sure this also will be added to her list 🙂 Get well soon 🙂

    September 23, 2010 8:45 PM
    Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hey Deeba…made the cake 4 times over this weekend…we just couldn’t get enough of it…thanks for such a marvelous recipe…when lemons were over i used orange juice for the glaze…

    September 28, 2010 8:01 AM

  • 6 years ago

    oh i know what you mean by tried and tested recipes – these are usually simple but extremely flavorful cakes. i have them too. loving this!

  • 6 years ago

    I know I would love this one. I have just made my first pound cake recently with blueberries…..so happy. I would love it with lime too. This is great for any time, especially great when shared with friends 😀

  • 6 years ago

    Buttermilk creates a whole new texture and flavour in baking. Loving this cake Deeba:D

  • 6 years ago

    So pretty! Love buttermilk in cakes, makes it so moist and tender…yum!

  • 6 years ago

    SOOO pretty!

  • caroliny
    6 years ago

    olá!!parabéns!!,maravilhoso!sua fã

  • Helen
    6 years ago

    Very tasty! so pretty!

  • Save a slice for me! I love lime in a cake… or anywhere.

  • couscous
    6 years ago

    Nice pictures. cake is lovely. Can we use “lassi” in place of buttermilk?

  • 6 years ago

    I have been lurking around this fabulous site for quite sometime and I had to comment today coz of the fabulous pound cake I made with this recipe, Thanks a ton!

  • 5 years ago

    Hi Deeba… made this cake with Passion fruit pulp and it was really delicious! Just posted it on my blog… please do check …

  • Prabs
    5 years ago

    Deeba, I baked this cake yesterday & it came out very nicely. I loved the flavour and the texture. Thank you!

  • Dhannya Prakash
    5 years ago

    Hiiiii Deeba!
    I loovvvee your blog,, the photographs, recipes, descriptions, the little anecdotes…. FANTASTIC!! I’ve been baking for quite some time now but once I settled down in India have limited myself to the standard cakes, muffins, desserts, due to the lack of ingredients here… especially down south. But your blog is really broadening my horizons (and my waistline too :))! Could you pls let me know whether the amul cheese spread could be used as a substitute for cream cheese? I’ve heard this but am still a little hesitant to try it out. Tried your strawberry cheese cake, the healthier version with the cheese made of hung curd (came out beautifully), but now want to give the original cheese cake a try. And am going to try out this lime pound cake too.. looks lovely.. and pound cakes are a family favourite.. so should be a hit :)!!
    Thank you soooo much for this blog! Please keep on going :)!!

  • 4 years ago

    I’m definitely trying this@

  • 4 years ago

    Deeba, made this wonderful cake again with Lemon.. Thanks a lot dear…

  • Vimala
    4 years ago

    can i substitute flax seed and water instead of eggs in this recipe .would love to try these:)

  • Vimala
    4 years ago

    can i substitute flax seeds with water instead of eggs? would love to try this recipe.

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