Air Fryer Cakes: Lime with Macadamia Nuts
It's still to hot to bake! Hot! Hot! Hot! Nonetheless, it's not too hot to eat, especially when dessert is involved. My solution is to use my air fryer to make mini cakes, in this case little Lime Cakes With Macadamia Nuts. The little cakes are infused with bright, citrus flavor from lime zest and juice. Tangy buttermilk keeps them moist without the need for a lot of fat. You can serve the cakes plain with just a dusting of powdered sugar or top them with a simple glaze and adorn them with macadamia nuts--chopped or not. The little cakes bake in the air fryer in about 20 minutes. They're great the day you make them and taste just as good, maybe better, the next day as the glaze sinks into the cake. And certainly if you're hot, like me (literally, not figuratively!), you might consider serving the cakes with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or perhaps some lime or coconut sherbet or sorbet alongside. Ummmmm.
Mini Lime Cakes With Macadamia Nuts -- Makes 2 6-inch cakes
Zest and juice of 1 medium-size lime
2/3 cup of sugar
1/4 cup of canola oil
3/4 cup of buttermilk
1 1/4 cup of flour
1/4 teaspoon of salt
3/4 teaspoon of baking powder
1/4 teaspoon of baking soda
Reserved lime zest
2 tablespoons of lime juice
3/4 cup of confectioner's sugar
1/2 cup of toasted macadamia nuts (chopped or not)
Coat two 6-inch round mini cake pans with baking spray (the kind with flour in it) and set them aside. In a medium-size bowl, mix the sugar and all but 1 teaspoon of the lime zest (reserve it for the glaze). The lime zest should blend into the sugar a little and release some of its oils. The mixture should smell quite "limey" as you mix it. Add 2 tablespoons of the lime juice, the egg, the oil, and the buttermilk and whisk the mixture well. Stir or sift together the flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda and then whisk the dry mixture into the wet mixture until everything is just combined and barely smooth. Don't over-whisk! Heat the air fryer to 320 degrees. Pour the batter into the prepared pans. Bake the cakes, one-at-a-time, in the air fryer for 18-20 minutes. (The cakes are done when they turn golden brown and a pick inserted in the middle of the cakes comes out with just a few moist, not wet, crumbs.) Bake the second cake while the first is cooling. While the cakes bake/cool, make the glaze. Combine the reserved teaspoon of lime zest, 2 tablespoons of lime juice (you should have some left from your lime), and the confectioner's sugar. Stir the mixture well and then microwave it for about 30 seconds or until hot. Stir the mixture again until it's smooth and can be poured/drizzled. If the glaze seems to thick, add a little water, a drop or two at a time, and stir it again. Pour half of the glaze over each little cake and top each cake with some of the macadamia nuts. Devour!