Hi to you. I mean You, the one reading my blog. I want to talk about perfection.
I'm not perfect.
I don't wash my hair every day, I have a big pile of laundry, I have a couple of pimples, I eat too much butter, and my shower could use a good scrubbing.
If you were in front of my face, I'd be embarrassed admitting those things, but you're not, and so I can say those things and thank you for accepting me for who I am.
Earth Day was yesterday. I love Earth Day. I love nature, and limes, and all things green. I was a day late making this cake, oh well. Once again, I'm not perfect.
This cake is almost perfect, just almost. It tastes awesome, and any other day I might consider it perfect, but today I think I'll say it's not. I don't think anything can be perfect. It is delicious though. The kind of cake that makes you say "mmm, yummy".
This cake alone is great, but the lime glaze really adds a tangy deliciousness. Be prepared to say "yum" out loud. It's fantastic and addicting. If you love glaze, make extra for this cake.
Not Perfect Glazed Lime Cake
Adapted from Bon Appetit January 2009
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, room temperature
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar, divided
2 large eggs, room temperature
1/4 cup milk
1 1/3 cups self-rising flour
2 to 3 large limes
1/4 cup sugar
Note: This cake has no salt or leavening. That’s because self rising flour has all the stuff you need.
Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter and flour 8-inch square baking pan. Using electric mixer, cream butter and 11/2 cups powdered sugar in large bowl. Beat in eggs 1 at a time. Beat in milk, then flour. Transfer batter to prepared pan; smooth top. Bake cake until tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 35 minutes.
Meanwhile, finely grate enough lime peel to measure 1 tablespoon. Halve limes; squeeze enough juice to measure 1/4 cup. Mix peel, juice, and 1/4 cup sugar in small bowl. Set lime syrup aside.
Using skewer, poke holes all over baked cake. Spoon half of lime syrup (about 3 tablespoons) over hot cake. Cool.
Whisk 1 cup powdered sugar into remaining lime syrup; drizzle over cake. Let stand 1 hour. Cut cake into squares.