Friday, October 2, 2009

Lime Banana Coconut Cake



This recipe comes courtesty of Reeni of Cinnamon Spice & Everything Nice. It's a great cake and one of those recipes that when you see it makes you want to immediately make it! I seem to always have extra ripe bananas on hand so this was perfect. The lime gives it a little extra zing and really makes it stand out. So the next time you have extra bananas that are a bit too ripe, instead of making a banana bread, try this recipe! Thanks Reeni for another great recipe!

Have a great weekend everyone. We are going to the Virginia State Fair on Sunday. Hope the weather is good since it's no fun to walk around in the rain!

1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1/2 cup sour cream
1 cup mashed bananas (about 3)
1 tablespoon grated lime zest (about 3 limes, save them after zesting for the glaze)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups sifted all-purpose flour (sift first, then measure)
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
10 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
Lime Glaze to follow

Preheat over to 350F degrees. Butter and flour a 9-inch springform pan.

In a dry saute pan toast the coconut flakes over medium low heat until golden brown, turning often. Set aside.

In a medium bowl beat the sour cream, banana puree, lime zest and vanilla together about 2 minutes with an electric mixer on low.

In a large mixing bowl combine flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, 3/4 of the toasted coconut and salt. Add the butter and 1/3 of the banana puree. Beat for a minute on medium speed. Add another third of the banana puree and beat until well incorporated. Repeat with the last third of the banana puree.

Pour into prepared pan and bake for 40-45 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool for 10 minutes and remove the sides. While still warm, brush with glaze.

Lime Glaze

Juice of one - two limes
Confectioners' sugar

Make a very thin glaze, start with the juice of one lime and gradually add the sugar a little bit at a time. Whisk well. If it gets too thick add more lime juice, it should be very thin. Almost a watery consistency.

Poke holes in the cake with a chop stick or butter knife about an inch apart over the entire cake while still warm. Brush with glaze over the cake and especially into the holes. Repeat.

Let the cake finish cooling. Use the remainder of the glaze to make a thicker icing. If there isn't any left, start again with the juice of one lime, add confectioners' sugar a little bit at a time and whisk well. This should be thicker than the first glaze but not as thick as a standard frosting. Taste - it should have a very strong, pronounced lime flavor. Add more lime if needed. Once the cake is cooled, glaze and sprinkle the rest of the toasted coconut.

29 comments:

Palidor said...

Wow, that a scrumptious cake! Seeing glaze dripping down the side of a cake always makes me smile. Have a great time at the Fair!

Jenn said...

I remember seeing this that. Great job in making it. Looks very delicious. Can I have a slice? hehe...

Have fun at the Fair!!

Cinnamon-Girl Reeni♥ said...

This looks so delicious! I want to go make it! This is one of my favorites. Thanks for making it! So glad you liked it! Have lost of fun at the fair!

Donna-FFW said...

This has been on my list to try also.. looks fantastic Debbie, love the glaze. I always have bananas hanging around too:)

Ingrid said...

Looks good and like yourself banana desserts are always a hit with me!

Happy Friday!
~ingrid

Manggy said...

I love banana cake with cream cheese frosting, but the lime glaze sounds nicely refreshing :)

Coleen's Recipes said...

GREAT looking cake (it even looks like it might still be warm). Yummmmmmm!!

Katy ~ said...

Don't you just sometimes enjoy a cake that's not a layer cake? Love the idea that this is made in a spring form pan and served with a glaze. Always up for a banana cake!

Lara said...

That looks and sounds totally amazing! What a fun combination of ingredients!

teresa said...

i just love all the flavors in this cake, it looks killer!

Foodie with Little Thyme! said...

I love the idea of adding lime to the banana cake. It looks so moist and delicious.

Monica H said...

This is a gorgeous cake. love all the flavors in there too.

Amanda said...

Beautiful cake Deb! Hope you had fun at the fair!

Mary said...

Oh, my but this sounds good. It's on my try-me list and I plan to do just that very soon. Have a great day.

Sophie said...

MMMMMMMMMMMMM,...looks very tempting!!!!

Lovely!!

Cheryl said...

Gorgeous, that sounds really interesting, that combo! I hope you had fun at the fair!

noble pig said...

Oh man this sounds delish...I never would have put the three flavors together but now it's stuck in my head!

Emily said...

Hope you had a good time at the fair!

This cake sounds so tropical. I love it!

Cassie said...

Wow, look at that glaze!! DELICIOUS.

I hope you had fun at the Fair!

Pam said...

This looks absolutely divine. This is my kind of cake!

5 Star Foodie said...

Excellent, gorgeous cake!

Ingrid said...

Hey,I'm pretty sure you're not shocked to hear that I think this sounds terrific. Like you me and bananas are always welcome in any dessert!

Btw, hope you don't mind but I added you to my blogroll. I also want to say thanks for always taking a moment to leave me a comment!
~ingrid

The Blonde Duck said...

I hope you had a good time at the fair!

Mini Baker said...

wow! banana and coconut?! reminds me of a pina colada, but in cake form!! :D
I love your blog! I'm so glad I found it! I'll be back often :)
-Mini Baker

thecookieshopinenglish said...

I'm curious about this flavor combination, sound amazing!

Bridgett said...

This looks absolutely yummy and would go perfect with my tea this morning. How delicious.

Angie's Recipes said...

Banana and coconut are wonderful together! I will find a chance to try the recipe. Love that free flowing icing too.
Angie's Recipes

Elra said...

Gosh, every times someone say "gooey", I just assume that I am going to like it. Sounds so scrumptious Debbi!

Nutmeg Nanny said...

This cake looks great! I remember when Reeni made it....:)