08/ 09/ 2016



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This is a perfect cake made by the talented and funny chef Rita Lobo. And it is always a huge success at home when I make it. Its flavour, taste and tenderness are the characteristics that make it impossible to eat only one slice. (hahaha!). Jokes aside, the limone cake is so fluffy that is quite difficult to cut one slice. But, of course that is not an obstacle to taste it! The other day, my mum made this cake for our family; almost the whole family was there and in a few minutes there was less than half cake left and we were only six people (hahaha!). The following morning, I arrived at my mum’s house dying to eat a slice of cake, but my youngest sister had already eaten the whole cake (sniff!). In this recipe I added poppy seeds and I thought the taste was fantastic. But, if you don’t have poppy seeds, no problem because the taste is gonna be delicious as well. Thank God the import of poppy seeds is free now in Brazil! It’s extremely easy to find this kind of cake in Europe and the USA. So, we can find this cake at Starbucks cafeteria, but the taste is not as amazing as the recipe by Rita Lobo. And nothing compares to the fluffy texture of her cake! Ah, another tip: my sister makes this cake with lemon instead of limone and it is good too! Let’s go to this tasty recipe!


                  Total time: 1 hour                                   Serves: 12 slices



- 200 grams unsalted butter at room temperature

- 2 cups sugar, sifted

- 4 eggs at room temperature

- 1 cup milk at room temperature

- Zest of two limones

- 2 tablespoons poppy seeds (optional)

- 3 cups plain flour, sifted

- Pinch of salt

- 1 tablespoon baking powder



1. Pre-heat the oven to 180°C. Grease a round baking pan (32 cm) or a round one with a hole in the middle (28 cm) and reserve. I prefer baking the cake in a pan without a hole in the middle because to me the proportion of cake with frosting is better;


2. Beat butter with sugar until you get a creamy and pale mixture;


3. Then, add eggs, one at a time and mix well;


4. In a low mixing speed add milk, zest of limone, poppy seeds and mix until get uniform mixture;


5. Slowly, add salt, plain flour and baking powder, sifted. Mix well to combine. Then, with a spatula mix the cake;


6. Pour the cake batter into the greased pan and bake for about 45 minutes. It will be done when a wooden toothpick is inserted into the middle of the cake and, it comes out clean;


7. Then, leave to cool and when the cake is cold, spread the frosting.




- 1 cup icing sugar, sifted

- 2 tablespoons of Tahiti limone juice

- Zest of one limone



1. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl and spread over the cake.


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