Coconut, Ginger and Lime Pound Cake

Here's a recipe that I stumbled upon recently.  I was looking through a copy of the first draft of my manuscript and found this little gem.  I had to edit it out of the book as my publisher needed to keep the page count down to save money and quite a few recipes hit the cutting room floor.  Sadly this was one of them.  But thanks to the internet I can now share it with you. 

And for those of you wondering what a pound cake is, it is the American version of a Madeira type cake. It's a dense, mosit butter cake and in this version, studded with bits of crystallised ginger and flavoured with lime and coconut.   


Preparation time


100g gluten free flour
100g ground almonds
1 tsp xanthan gum
50g dessicated coconut
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
150g unsalted butter
185g caster sugar
2 tsp grated lime zest
2 eggs lightly beaten
55g crystallised ginger, chopped
185g sour cream
1 tbs lime juice
Icing sugar (about 100 g)
Lime juice
Lime zest


  Preheat oven to 180 C. Grease a loaf tin measuring approximately 14cm x 23cm x 7cm(deep) or line with a greaseproof liner.  In a large bowl combine the flour, ground almonds, coconut xanthan gum, baking powder and salt and mix through.  Beat the butter and sugar in a mixing bowl. Add the grated lime. Beat in the eggs one by one to make a mixture resembling mayonnaise. Add the chopped ginger.  Now sift in half of the flour mixture into the egg, sugar and butter mixture. Fold in gently. Add the sour cream and mix. Add the remaining flour and mix through. Do not over mix.  Pour into the prepared pan and bake for approximately 50 minutes until a skewer inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean. Allow to cool for ½ hour.  In the meantime prepare the lime drizzle. In a medium sized bowl put 5 or 6 tablespoons of icing sugar. Add the lime juice gradually, mixing as you go and getting rid of any lumps. Add more or less lime juice to get a nice opaque runny consistency. Drizzle over the cake and leave to cool before serving.   Serves 6