Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Pineapple Lime Cake with Lime Glaze

Today was my son's 5th birthday. He spent the day being a spoiled little beast. Well, not the entire day. But there were moments where I wanted to return all of his birthday presents. But I didn't. He did get some pretty cool toys, the coolest being the remote control helicopter from his Grandma Sue. As I am typing this, I can hear Ethan playing with it downstairs. And Jack is asleep. Boy toys know no age boundaries. I fear that Ethan is going to break the thing while trying to chop down the birthday streamers hanging from the ceiling.

While I am of course wowed by the fact that I have a 5 year old, I am completely fine with it. Last month, I registered him for kindergarten and it didn't rock me to the core like I thought it would. The child is ready for school and I am excited to watch him to continue to grow and learn.

This cake wasn't his birthday cake, it was a snack cake I whipped up a little while ago. When I made this, it was sitting on the counter when my in-laws came through town on their way home to California. My mother in-law saw the plastic covered plate on the counter and she said, "You know, Dad would love that cake." And I happily packed up a big hunk of it and a plastic fork. Around 10:00pm that night, I received a text from my mother in-law. "We just took bites of that cake. It is fabulous! Thank you!" Take my mother in-law's word for it. It is moist, dense, tart from the lime and sweet from the pineapple.

There is something so sexy about glaze dripping down a cake. Like lace on lingerie.

For the cake:
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup sugar
2 limes, zested and juiced
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
4 eggs
1 cup sour cream
1 20 oz pineapple chunks, drained

Set oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9x5 inch loaf pan with non-stick spray and set aside.

In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt. Whisk well to combine. Set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer, add butter, sugar and lime zest and cream until light and fluffy. Add vanilla. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add flour mixture in three additions, alternating with sour cream, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Mix until just combined. With a rubber scraper, fold in pineapple.

Pour batter into prepared pan and smooth the top. Bake for 1 hour to 1 hour and 10 minutes. Cool in pan for 20 minutes. Invert onto cooling rack and cool completely. Place cooling rack over the sink or in a baking sheet. Evenly pour glaze over the top of the cake. Let glaze set for 15 minutes before slicing.

Yields 1 loaf cake, about 6 servings.

For the glaze:
1 1/4 cup powdered sugar
2 Tbsp lime juice

In a small bowl, whisk together powdered sugar and lime juice until smooth. Pour over cooled cake.


SeƱora H-B said...

That looks delicious. I am always looking for different ideas for quick breads. Guess what I'm making this rainy, dark day?

Erin said...

That looks amazing!!

{Erica} said...

Showed this to my husband who adores anything lemon and he begged me to make it this weekend. I hope mine turns out as good as yours. Thanks for sharing.

p.s. Your sister has done it again with her talents! I love your new look and your picture is very cute.

Hope you are feeling well. Lately I've had to correct myself and walk normal instead of waddling...awesome.

Jessica said...

Lace on lingerie. Hehe.

likeschocolate said...

I go away for a week and you completely change your site. WOW! I am still in shock. I kind of miss the photos of the food at the top. It seems like everyone is switching to this new formattings??? The cake looks devine.

Jelli Bean said...

Living in the land of pineapple and limes all year round, I´ve gotta try this. It always saddens me to walk into the local bakeries which have almost no goodies made with the bounty of fresh fruits that I love so much and that lend themselves so well to baked goods. Can´t wait to try this!

heather said...

pineapple & lime sound like an amazing combo! why haven't I ever had those two together before?? ps. LOVE the new look of your blog.

Ingrid said...

Happy belated birthday Jack!

Btw, I like your new look but I do miss those tasty photos in your header.

Sarah said...

My dad was just looking over my shoulder, "That looks good doesn't it?!" Yes, it does