Lime & ginger drizzle cake

Lime & ginger drizzle cake

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 1 hr - 1 hr, 15 mins


Serves 8
The combination of lime and ginger gives the classic drizzle cake a modern twist

Nutrition and extra info

  • Can be frozen un-iced

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal487
  • fat27g
  • saturates17g
  • carbs58g
  • sugars38g
  • fibre2g
  • protein6g
  • salt0.74g
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  • 200g unsalted butter, softened, plus extra for the tin
  • 175g caster sugar
  • 4 lime



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  • 3 large egg, beaten



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  • 200g plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
    Baking powder

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  • 1 rounded tsp ground ginger
  • 50g desiccated coconut
  • 3 balls stem ginger, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp milk



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  • 3 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 3 tbsp stem ginger syrup
  • chopped crystallised ginger, to serve



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  1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Butter and line the base and ends of a 900g loaf tin with a strip of buttered baking parchment. Cream the butter and caster sugar together until really pale, light and fluffy. Grate the zest from 3 of the limes and add to the mixture. Gradually add the eggs, mixing well between each addition.

  2. Sift together the flour, baking powder, ground ginger and a pinch of salt. Using a large metal spoon, fold into the cake mixture with the coconut and chopped stem ginger. Add the milk and juice from 2 of the limes and mix until smooth. Spoon the mixture into the prepared tin and spread level using a palette knife.

  3. Bake in the bottom third of the oven for 1 hr - 1 hr 15 mins, or until golden brown – a skewer inserted into the middle of the cake should come out clean. Cool the cake in the tin for 10-15 mins.

  4. Use a wooden skewer to make holes all over the top of the cake. Meanwhile, mix the remaining lime juice with the granulated sugar and the stem ginger syrup. Slowly spoon the sugary mixture over the top of the warm cake and leave in the tin until completely cold. Top with the chopped crystallised ginger to serve.

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Comments (39)

Lynnp1956's picture

Lovely and moist, zingy but It tasted more like lime and coconut cake - added 2tsp ginger as suggested, but where did it go ? LOL
My oven - cooked perfectly 50 mins fan 160c
TBH - I'll stick with my lemon drizzle

ejemph's picture

Lovely cake, just not enough ginger!

saltrams's picture

A good tasting cake but the ginger didn't come through much; next time I will add at least another tsp of ground ginger.
The lime drizzle is pretty essential as I found the cake crumb/structure quite crumbly if not on the dry side. Personally, I wouldn't heat the drizzle syrup to melt the sugar as you would loose the granulated texture.
There is another coconut and lime cake on the site which I'm looking forward to trying as a comparison.

climbup's picture

very delicious, i made this out of the original recipe in the magazine and it has worked perfectly twice! a brilliant flavour combo and a tasty change from lemon the drizzle- yum!

pinkice's picture


The cake has cooled and I've added the glaze. Only one lemon/lime was needed though, and I heated the mixture in the microwave to make it easier for the sugar to dissolve. It makes just enough glaze so the finished cake isn't soggy.

pinkice's picture

I have just made this cake and I had no problems with it sinking. I did however use soft margarine instead of butter, but it worked just as well. I also used lemons instead of limes, I haven't tasted it yet but it smells yummy.

patricia60's picture

Lovely cake no probs with rising.

patricia60's picture

I made this cake this afternoon. This is a very nice tasty cake. It rose well was nice and moist but was overpowered by the coconut.

I agree it could have more ginger, possibly fresh.

Why do you need 4 limes, the recipe only used 3?

kitster84's picture

This was fantastic and it tasted so good I am going to make it again for fathers day since my dad loves ginger! Really good although 4 limes was a bit much and we only used 2

kitster84's picture

This was fantastic and it tasted so good I am going to make it again for fathers day since my dad loves ginger! Really good although 4 limes was a bit much and we only used 2

kitster84's picture

This was fantastic and it tasted so good I am going to make it again for fathers day since my dad loves ginger! Really good although 4 limes was a bit much and we only used 2

sandra51's picture

Nice change to lemon drizzle cake, didn't change anything, looked out 4 limes but recipe only uses 3 so think that is a typo....another fab recipe from GF Mag ;)

ellie5678's picture

I made these for a charity bake at work and got really good feedback - several people commented on the perfect balance between lime and ginger. (I did omit the coconut as mine was out of date - having read the above comments if I made them again I don't think I'd add it)

kvhodgson's picture

This is one of the nicest cakes I have ever made - very moreish. The combination of lime and ginger works very well, and I definitely thought the ginger taste came through - the coconut was quite subtle and really just added to the soft texture of the cake. I will be baking this again! Also worth saying it will keep for a good few days as it is so moist.

lentonlo's picture

Lovely, easy recipe to follow. But shall also use a tad more ginger next time.

merylmontague's picture

Kept the recipe as it was and the cooking times were perfect Easy to make and a real winner on our charity function. Very moist, full of flavour, kept well and will certainly be making it again

mrspinnywinny's picture

When I commented that the cake took longer than the 45 mins specified in the recipe, I meant the recipe as originally printed in the magazine, not on the website, which you've now amended. Time is now about right.

The first time I've contributed to a site like this and it's very reassuring to read others' comments. Amazing how many of us alter a recipe before we've even made it once.

As I didn't love this cake, I'll either give it away or give it a whirl with custard which might help.

mrspinnywinny's picture

I couldn't wait to get my pinny on and make this recipe because it contains 3 ingredients I love - lime, ginger and coconut. But somehow there was one flavour too far. It confused rather than delighted the tastebuds. Next time, I will use lime and coconut only - if there is a next time.

Made it in a fan oven at 160C and it needed longer than specified in the recipe - about 1 hour 10mins. I normally cut down on sugar in cake recipes but this needs all the sugar since lime is quite tart. I used wholemeal self-raising flour and added an extra tablespoon of milk because I'd used medium eggs and wholemeal flour which absorbs more liquid.

heatherelmer's picture

Seemed rather a lot of mix so put in a slightly bigger loaf tin, rose well and tastes lovely, really nice with the hint of coconut coming through... usually make lemon drizzle cake but will be making this again for a change

bethocallaghan's picture

No problems with the cake sinking with the above recipe. Very nice and moist though neither the lime or the ginger (though I added extra ground ginger) came through that well.


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