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Lime Pound Cake

Adapted from chocolatechocolateandmore.com, which is somewhat strange to us because there is no chocolate whatsoever in this cake.

Words can’t describe how excited we are to be leaving winter behind! Really, despite the weekend forecast for snow, it’s gone. In an effort to convince Mother Nature as well as ourselves of this, we have really been trying to channel our enthusiasm for spring into our baking. The end result has been some very bright and fresh items ending up on your baking table. We think this cake is the perfect way to say spring has sprung.

For the Cake:

1 cup butter

2 cups granulated white sugar

3/4 cups buttermilk

1/3 cup fresh lime juice

5 large eggs

3 cups all purpose flour

1 1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

Green food colouring (optional)

For the Icing:

1/4 cup softened butter

3-4 tbsp fresh lime juice

1 1/2 – 2 cups icing sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and then set the rack in the lowest position. In a small bowl combine buttermilk and lime juice, set aside for later use. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, or find a fantastic volunteer to do it for you.

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Add in eggs one at a time mixing well to fully combine. Always best to crack the eggs in a separate bowl to avoid any extra crunch.

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You then whisk together the dry ingredients in a separate bowl and add the dry to your batter alternately with your buttermilk and lime mixture.  We dislike dishes though so, we prefer to throw caution to the wind and add all the dry and the buttermilk mixture into our batter at the same time.  We’re just wild and crazy and like living on the edge.

Either way, beat the mixture well, until it is thoroughly combined and no lumps remain. If you want a more vibrant green cake, add your desired amount of green food colouring. Pour the batter into a well greased bundt pan and bake on the lowest rack for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. While the cake is cooling you can begin the argument over who will wash the dishes.

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For the icing you will want to mix your lime juice and softened butter well.  Add your icing sugar in small amounts, until the desired consistency is reached. Drizzle over the well cooled cake and enjoy a very yummy bit of spring.

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