I made this yummy cake earlier today. I had a slice while princess played with her toys. I told her we weren’t going to have it today but tomorrow for breakfast. The cake was just sitting there, staring at me. I decided it made sense for me to try it since I needed to know if it tasted any good in order to share the recipe with you guys.
Well, it tasted good.
I liked it. It’s not super sweet. You might have noticed that I use very little sugar in my recipes or I decrease the sugar amount. I like pastries but prefer them not too sweet. I wasn’t always this way. But after always decreasing sugar amounts for my mother (she doesn’t like sweets) I sort of started preferring things less sweet.
My little helper kept on asking to try the batter. I ended up letting her and she said she loved it! I don’t know if she’ll like the cake. I’m hoping she will. Her taste is a bit questionable. She decorated a section of the Christmas tree and she said it was beautiful and she loved it. It was quite unique and by far the most decorated section of the tree…some branches had 3 or 4 ornaments hanging from them! But she had fun so we left her decorations there and finished up the rest of the tree.
I used anise water in this cake. During a convo with my mom this past weekend, we got to talking about my grandmother and how much she loved to bake. Most every memory I have of her involve some type of pastry. I remember her making the most delicious things even though she didn’t own a lot of baking gadgets (she rolled her dough with a 1 or 2 litre soda glass bottle). She also never used vanilla but used anise water in most of her baking. Sometimes as vanilla or as the main liquid. So I thought I’d give her methods a try!
Here’s the recipe. I do hope you enjoy it!
- 2-1/4 all-purpose flour
- 3-1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup shredded coconut
- zest of one lime (about 1/2 tsp – lime is quite strong in flavour and I wasn’t sure if princess would like it, otherwise I would’ve aimed for 1 tsp but I am still happy with the results)
- 8 tbsp of melted butter or vegetable oil (what does that equal to? I added it by tbsp so I’ll have to look it up…I melted about 3 tbsp of butter – princess didn’t want me using veg. oil…she also wanted to use milk in the recipe, yea that didn’t happen)
- juice of one lime (set aside 1 tsp for the glaze)
- 1/4 tsp almond extract
- 1 cup anise water – cooled (about 2/3 cup used in batter, and 1 or 2 tbsp used in glaze)
- Preheat oven to 375F then grease and dust your pan.
- In a large bowl, mix flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, coconut and zest.
- In a smaller bowl, combine melted butter or veg. oil, juice of lime, almond extract, and anise water.
- Add liquid ingredients to dry ingredients and mix thoroughly. If batter is dry, add more anise water a tbsp at a time. The batter should be somewhat sticky.
- Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 28-35 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
I checked my oven at 28 minutes and the cake was done. I left it in for 30 minutes mainly because princess “needed” an oven mitt too! Thankfully I had one small enough for her tiny little hands.
- 1 tsp lime juice
- 3/4 cup icing sugar
- pinch of salt
- about 1.5 to 2 tbsp of cold anise water
In a small bowl add in lime juice, icing sugar and salt. Mix while slowly adding anise water until you have a glaze of a thick consistency but liquid enough to pour. Pour the glaze on a slightly warm cake and let it cool before serving/eating.
I didn’t use all the glaze…and maybe I made it too runny. But that’s ok with me. We’ll see what the critics say tomorrow during breakfast. I’ll pop in for a QUICK update.
Take care & Thanks for stopping by!