Lemon and Lime Madeira Cake

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Summer is in it’s final days and many of us on this fair island are seeing it out with a foreboding sense of disappointment.  Without being too glum, it’s fair to say that Summer didn’t really arrive at all this year.  According to Met Eireann, it has been one of the coldest since records began.  Lovely.  Here’s a little recipe that might inject some citrussy sunshine into your day.  The weather might be atrocious but there’s nothing quite as nice a as a big slice of cake while you look out the window at the wind and rain. Wash it down with a big, steaming mug of tea.  Enjoy!

Ingredients:

90g butter softened

90g margarine softened

175g caster sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

3 eggs, lightly beaten

zest and juice of 1 large lemon and 2 limes

225g plain flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

For the Icing:

75g icing sugar

Juice of one lemon and one lime

  1.  Grease and line a loaf tin with parchment or baking paper and preheat your oven to 170 degrees Celsius.
  2. In a large bowl with a food mixer, add the butter, margarine and sugar and beat until pale and fluffy.
  3. Add the vanilla extract and then add the eggs a little at a time, beating well in between each addition.
  4. Add the citrus juices and then sift in the flour and baking powder.  Fold it in, taking care not to over mix as this will make the cake too heavy.
  5. Put the mixture into the loaf tin and place on the middle shelf of the oven for about 50 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.  Once out of the oven, allow it to cool in the tin for a few minutes before removing and peeling off the parchment paper.  Leave to cool completely on a wire rack.
  6. To make the icing:  in a small bowl, combine the icing sugar and lemon and lime juices.  Stir well and spread over the cooled cake.
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