Delightful Lime Cake with Ginger Cream Cheese Icing

St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner and I thought it was a perfect opportunity to get Max excited about eating something green.  Food coloring is one of those things that I try to stay away from so I started researching baking sweets with spinach.  Apparently, spinach lemon cake is a traditional dessert in Turkey.   After reading dozens of similar recipes, I knew it would work in theory but I wasn’t convinced that it would be delicious.  I am now thoroughly convinced!  This cake is spectacular!

The Delightful Lime Cake with Ginger Cream Cheese Icing is a perfect St. Patrick's Day cake!  Check out Max in the background, he is obviously loving this cake and oblivious to the fact that he is eating a lot of spinach!

The Delightful Lime Cake with Ginger Cream Cheese Icing is a perfect St. Patrick’s Day cake! Check out Max in the background, he is obviously loving this cake and oblivious to the fact that he is eating a lot of spinach!

Some of the recipes I found called for lemon juice and others called for the fresh squeezed juice and zest of a lemon.  I  didn’t have any lemons or lemon juice so I used organic lime juice.  Max, my dad and I tried a piece right after I iced it and it was a perfect cake but the lime flavour was not apparent at all.  We all had a piece after dinner today and the lime flavour was there but very light and subtle.  For the icing, I knew I wanted a light cream cheese frosting that wasn’t too rich so I eased up on the normal amount of powdered sugar and added some ginger syrup.  The texture was beautiful but the ginger didn’t pop as much as I had imagined it would.

We enjoyed this cake so much I am already dreaming about making it again with more lime in the cake,  more ginger in the icing and some candied ginger sprinkled on top.

Delightful Lime Spinach Cake
 
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
 
Just in time for St. Patrick's Day, this delicious cake will be enjoyed by everyone and they will never guess that it is full of spinach! The lime flavour is very subtle.
Author:
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 10-12
Ingredients
Delightful Lime Spinach Cake
  • 3 eggs, separated
  • 1½ cup of sugar
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 2 TBS lime juice (can use up to ¼ cup)
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 10 oz organic baby spinach
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
Ginger Cream Cheese Icing
  • 8 oz Cream Cheese, softened and at room temperature
  • ½ cup butter, softened and at room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 TBS chopped ginger
  • ½ cup water
  • 3 cups (approx) of icing sugar.
Instructions
Delightful Lime Spinach Cake
  1. Remove any stems from spinach and puree in food processor until creamy, this could take 10 minutes or more.
  2. Measure out 1 cup of puree and set aside.
  3. Combine egg yolks and sugar in a bowl and mix until incorporated.
  4. Continue mixing and add in olive oil, lime juice, vanilla, and 1 cup of spinach puree.
  5. In a separate bowl, mix together flour, baking powder and salt.
  6. Stir dry ingredients into wet ingredients.
  7. Whisk the egg whites until peaks are firm and fold gently into cake batter.
  8. Divide batter between 2 greased and floured 9 inch round pans.
  9. Bake at 340 for 20-25 minutes, or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  10. Let the cakes cool for 10 minutes in the pans and then on a rack until cool.
Ginger Cream Cheese Icing
  1. Bring water and ginger to a boil and then simmer until it is reduced into a thick syrup.
  2. Strain and set the syrup aside to cool.
  3. Cream together the cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy.
  4. Gradually add icing sugar until you are satisfied with how sweet it is.
  5. Continue mixing at high speed and add in vanilla and ginger syrup.
  6. Icing should be glossy and very easy to spread.

Are you one of those parents that loves to make “themed” foods for all of the holidays?  I haven’t been disciplined enough to do much of it but it really is fun!

12 Comments

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Rate this recipe: