Lime and coconut cakes

In the page about our sources of recipes and cooking advice, I mention David Herbert. Maggie has only become aware of him since we began to live and cook together. During the previous eight years, which I spent living alone, David was one of the two greatest influences on my cooking skills, knowledge and repertoire. (Towards the end of this phase of my life, my ideal concept for a dwelling was a wonderful kitchen with an en-suite bedroom; fortunately, Maggie rescued me!)

In 2013, Penguin Australia published twelve Lantern Cookery Classics, each one devoted to time-tested recipes from an Australian cookery writer. We bought two copies – one copy for us, the other for a cooking group I support at an aged care facility in Melbourne.

One of the first recipes I tested with the cooking group was for lime and coconut cakes – they were very well received. On the weekend, Maggie and I made a batch, including a lime and sugar syrup that is spooned over the cakes after you have made several holes in each cake with a skewer.

Lime cakes

The publishers of David’s book have given me a link to the recipe to share with you:


About rmgtravelsandfood

Maggie and I are both in our late 60s and live in Melbourne, Australia. This blog is devoted to our shared passions for travel and fine dining at home. As cooks, we are skilful and adventurous within a framework of mainly traditional ingredients and techniques, and we aim to prepare nutritious food that looks good and tastes delicious. Our evolving repertoire is influenced by both our travels and Melbourne's vibrant food culture. From 2008 to early 2020, our priority travel destinations were overseas, although we have always spent a bit of time each year exploring parts of Australia. Our first overseas journey together was to Italy in the northern autumn of 2008. We later travelled in France (2009), Spain (2011), Singapore and Cambodia (2012/13). Most of our international adventures from 2014 to 2020 are covered in this blog. We have now reached a time in our lives when the prospect of long flights to distant places are unappealing, so we will travel mainly within Australia or to countries that are close to home.
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3 Responses to Lime and coconut cakes

  1. I will definitely buy a copy! Thanks Rick and Maggie


  2. Gordo says:

    Hi, I just saw this recipe mention on your blog and thought you might like to link to the recipe on the Penguin Australia website which is here:

    I am definitely going to cook this on the weekend, I love lime and coconut, yum!


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