Cranberry Lime Tea Cake

with cinnamon

I hope that everyone enjoyed their New Year’s Eve celebrations! Kramer and I went to our friend Danny’s apartment for a party. We danced and played games and went to the roof to drink champagne and briefly watch the fireworks go off, before immediately heading back to the apartment because OH MY GOD it was freezing outside. I couldn’t feel my hands when we got back and they started thawing out. All in all, I think 2014 was a good year. Working at Business Insider has been awesome, the blog has been doing splendidly and I’ve gotten to do plenty of freelance work on the side, I’m continuing to improve my photography skills, and we got to do plenty of traveling. Kramer and I went to Thailand, the Catskills, Montreal, North Carolina, Washington, D.C. and even back home to Phoenix. 2015 has even more in store for us, so I can’t wait to get started. Most importantly, today marks our 5 year wedding anniversary. I can’t believe it’s been 5 years. I was truly a child bride, ha. Kramer was 22 and I was 21 when we got married, if you can believe it. Now we’re real life human adults, paying our own rent in New York City, working grown-up jobs and just generally being somewhat upstanding members of society. I won’t get too sentimental on you, because that’s not really my thing, but I think we’re pretty damn good together and I couldn’t imagine being married to a funnier, smarter, more supportive person than Kramer. Without him, I don’t know how I’d function, let alone watch as much TV as I do when I’m with him. That’s what love is really all about – liking the same shows. Ask anyone. So, here’s to another 5 years of Kramer awesomeness and to the rest of 2015!

cranberry lime tea cake

This is a cake made up of leftovers. Mainly, leftovers from the holidays. Leftover limes from countless gin and tonics. Leftover cranberries from baking and sides dishes over the past two months. Leftover flour, sugar and butter from all of the treats I’ve made for friends and family. Throw it all together and you get this light little tea cake, perfect for having as a quick breakfast in the morning or as a simple dessert in the evening. It’s a festive, colorful little cake, but it’s not laden with too much of this or that so as to make you feel overly full. I’d like to call it a transition cake, when you’re ready to start cutting out frosting and chocolate, but you’re not quite ready to go on a diet yet (that’s what Mondays are for). Kramer surprisingly adored this cake, having two whole slices, which is rare for him. I also brought it into my office where it was immediately demolished, so yeah, I think it was a success. Make it and see for yourself.

cranberry lime tea cakecranberry lime tea cakeYour cake ingredients.

cranberry lime tea cakeMake your batter.

cranberry lime tea cakeToss your flour and cranberries.

cranberry lime tea cakeAdd your batter to the pan and sprinkle generously with raw sugar before baking.

cranberry lime tea cakeAllow to cool before slicing.

cranberry lime tea cakecranberry lime tea cakeHere’s to 2015!

Cranberry Lime Tea Cake
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Serves: 10
A light cranberry lime tea cake, perfect for using up your leftover holiday fruit.
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 2 limes, grated and juiced
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¾ cup heavy cream
  • 1 bag cranberries, frozen + 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • raw sugar, for sprinkling
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Generously butter an 8x8-inch cake pan and set aside. In the bowl of your mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in the egg and lime zest, scraping down the side of the bowl as needed. Add in the lime juice and mix until combined.
  2. Whisk together the flour, baking powder and cinnamon in a small bowl. Add a third of the flour mixture to your batter, then add half of your cream, alternating until you finish with the last third of the flour, scraping down the bowl as needed. Toss the cranberries with 2 tablespoons of flour, then fold them into the batter.
  3. Spoon the batter into your prepared pan, smooth out the top with a spatula, and sprinkle generously with raw sugar or granulated sugar. Bake for 45 minutes or so, until set and lightly golden. Allow the cake to cool before slicing and serving - you may also dust the top with powdered sugar, if you so desire. This cake will keep well, covered tightly at room temperature, for up to 3 days.


9 Responses

  1. Karishma says:

    This looks so delicious! I love how moist it looks. It sounds like you had an awesome 2014. Hopefully you get to do more traveling in 2015, as well! Super jealous you went to Thailand.

  2. Leftover baked goods are my favourite, especially when they turn out well. (Sometimes they just end up being an inedible disaster. Oops.) Happy New Year Sydney =)

  3. Nami says:

    Happy anniversary! I read (aka lurk) more often than I comment but I’ve been following your blog since the BakeBakeBake on LJ days/before your more pro photography days and I remember when you posted your wedding pics on the old site. We’re the same age and I’m not married (and can’t imagine being so for at least another 5 years lol) but I can tell you guys have a great relationship!

    This recipe couldn’t come at a better time. I’m helping with a bridal shower tea party and this will be perfect.

  4. This tea cake looks positively lovely! Definitely digging the lime and cranberry mix!

  5. themoonblushbaker says:

    You are have to be perfect couple! You complement each other so well. I am loving the tart flavours of this cake and can not wait to try it for myself. Have wonderful 2015 Sydney. :)

  6. This sounds lovely! Can I have a gin and tonic on the side? 😉

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  8. laurie klett says:

    1 bag = how many ounces?

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