Gluten free lime yoghurt cake and awash in tears

Our house was awash in tears on the morning I made this cake. Our mostly calm before school routine was offset by self-disappointment, childlike hurt and a more grown-up, deeper sadness.

All surfaces seemed awash with liquid. Bench tops, faces, cupboards and eyes reflected a watery glow. We were in fear of drowning. Even in the car, tears continued to flow and school drop off was a sombre and quiet occasion.

Upon returning home, I was relieved to see our house had not been swept into the valley and that Noah and his Ark were not loading our dogger friend, cockatoos and other assorted wildlife on board.

From the fruit basket these gem like, green, freely given, home grown organic limes greeted me. They went a little way to soothing my aching head and worn out from weeping eyes. They spoke to me in limey voices (‘hello guv’nor!’) of a sweet something, that would greet my citrus loving progeny upon their return from school.

There is nothing like the smell of lime to put some pep in your step and allow a breath to be taken. This lovely cake is tangy from the citrus and Greek yoghurt with an extra fruity hit from the olive oil. The first recipe trial was fine, the second tweaked version you find here, is damned fine. And not a salty tear in sight.

Note to self, never leave a cake and the camera alone with The Yak, not even for a moment.


1 cup full fat Greek yoghurt
2 eggs
1/3 cup olive oil
1/4 cup lime juice (this is roughly the juice of one lime)
Zest of one lime
1/4 tsp vanilla bean paste, vanilla bean powder or 1/2 tsp vanilla essence
210g gluten free flour (1 cup/140g gf plain flour, 1/4 cup/40g almond meal, 1/4 cup/40g brown rice flour)
3/4 cup raw caster sugar (or white caster sugar)
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsps baking powder

1 tbl brown sugar (I used raw caster sugar)
1 tbl extra lime zest (I used the zest of one lime)

Preheat oven to 180C and grease and line a 22cm springform tin with baking paper.
Mix all the wet ingredients including the lime zest in one bowl until well combined. (If using vanilla essence or paste add it here.)
Sift all the dry ingredients into a large bowl. (If using vanilla powder, add here.)
Pour the combined wet ingredients into the dry ingredients bowl and using a wooden spoon, mix until just combined.
Pour into the prepared baking tin and cook for approx 40-45 minutes. The cake is ready when it has browned on top and a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.
Cool in the tin for ten minutes, then turn out and cool on a wire rack.
When the cake is completely cool sprinkle with the topping mixture. This is delicious served with a big dollop of yoghurt on the side.
Feel free to use lemons if you can’t find limes.

A Cheergerm adaptation of a recipe from the blog Souvlaki for the Soul which was in turn adapted from a Smitten Kitchen recipe.

35 thoughts on “Gluten free lime yoghurt cake and awash in tears

  1. Ah, when I am sad I also turn to the kitchen. It helps. And what a great idea for a cake, perfectly complemented by that gorgeous avocado-green plate. I must say, the Yak looks very determined in his Pursuit of Cake! Not unlike a certain Large Man known to me πŸ™‚

  2. A.PROMPTreply

    You know, I could never pull off posts like this even when I manage to produce something edible that looks halfway decent, the rest of my kitchen and my hands, clothes, etc. would never allow photographs like this….it would look more like a disaster zone with a nice-looking edible hidden somewhere in the pic! πŸ™‚

  3. Why is it that the kitchen and the comfort of food is standard first aid for heavy hearts? For whatever reason, I am grateful. And you’re right, Cheergerm, the bright and beautiful presence of lime is a tiny zing to a struggling spirit. The cake looks divine. And the Yak is quite brilliant. Humor helps too. ❀

    • I don’t know but it sure as heck can be comforting, I too am grateful. Thanks Mrs P, it is a good wee cake, the first thing I liked about the Yak was his sense of humour, if he keeps knicking my camera, it may start to grate on me… He, he..😁

      • As a follow up side note (but still totally relevant), my daughter is home from uni for spring break week, and has been so chronically stressed from the academic rigours and depressed that she has 7 more full weeks to head back to–and into a city that has broken all records for snow (Boston) and will still see gobs more before spring finally hits, all she’s been doing has been baking. Everyday, in the kitchen, baking, baking, baking. It totally floors me, as she has not one interest in anything “domestic-related,” and her Suzy Homemaker happiness gene has exploded all over my kitchen counters. There’s something about food that comforts and calms.
        Hope your tears are easing up.
        Cheers, Cheergerm

      • That’s lovely to hear (well, not the stressed out university bit) but that the Remedy of Baking is a soothe to her worn out soul. And the side benefits for the rest of you are pretty darned good too!! (Thanks, tears have eased, ah, the rollercoaster of life.) ☺️

  4. Aww, bummer about all the tears.
    I’d ask what you guys were crying about but then again you would have told us if you wanted to πŸ™‚
    Happy to see/hear that you all feel better – a cake like this (yours, not mine) is bound to put people in a good mood πŸ™‚

    • Yeah, the rollercoaster of life…don’t ‘they’ say (whoever ‘they’ are) that to know great joy you must also know great despair and all that? I think all cake (including you Ms Cake) is a good pick me up! ☺️

  5. Cake makes everything feel orright especially with a nice cuppa tea! The Yak looks very determined to get his hands on said cake, I hope he shared! I hope you’re feeling brighter today….

    • Yes Mrs Recipe, tea and cake, a wonderful prescription, yes indeedy. Determined indeed, probably as he knew the boys would come in and gobble it up right quick! Yes thanks, a spot of sunshine peeking through today.

  6. Oh dear, now every time I see a lime, I’ll expect it to whisper to me in a dreadful cockney. This cake looks fabulous and just the thing to cheer you up! Must have been an accident leaving the camera and cake unattended. Sneaky men and their addiction to cake – must be universal.

    • Ha! Talking fruit, creepy yet intriguing….imagine walking past the fruit bowl at night and hearing a ‘hullo guv’nor’? Thanks KW, the cake was a good pick me up, the process of cooking can be so therapeutic. Comfort in the ritual I guess. I don’t know what I was thinking, cake + camera + unattended = Yak shenanigans! Strangely enough my camera stopped working 2 days later, does that mean I can blame him? 😁

    • Thanks Mme Chef M! It was delicious. Yes, the photo is hilarious, shhhh….don’t tell him. He continues to make me laugh, even after 14 (or is that 13?) years of marriage! The Yak hankers for his gluten filled days of yore, (as he shakes his fist at his coeliac disease) However, he knows there are far worse things to suffer from but he is always excited when he sees a cake he can actually chow down on! 😁

      • I understand. We’ve been married 33 years and he’s still hysterically funny to me! So sad about celiac – that’s serious. At least these days you can find so many options for pasta and grains. Back in the old days, I just liked using products made from different grains, without having to worry about gluten, and you had to go to Whole Foods to find them!

  7. No more tears, I hope, Mrs Cheergerm? Lime cake should be medically prescribed for such occasions, me thinks. And as for The Yak being left alone with said cake and camera … that’ll teach you!! Proof coeliacs do have a sense of humour, if hidden deep underneath large slices of gorgeously baked lime cake. 🍰 xxoxx

  8. I make a cake that uses a cup of oil. I add it a bit a time and have to make sure that it’s well mixed before moving on. Once, when I was in a hurry, I just poured it all in. It came out soggy. I take it that you don’t have that sort of trouble with your fabulous sounding cake?

  9. Are you wondering, why I am back here, Cheery? It’s because I’m hanging out for your next post. I will be checking out some of your older posts as well, so be at your best. πŸ™‚

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