340 g caster sugar
175 g butter
0,5 tsp vanilla extract
400 g self-raising flour
1 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tbsp milk
1 large lime , half zest pared , half zest grated
450 ml double cream
250 g quark or creamy white soft cheese
4 tbsp icing sugar
4 small , ripe pears. peeled and cored
500 g plump , ripe blackberries
5 small ripe plums cut into 6 pieces
50 g pomegranate seeds
6 tbsp apple juice
1 tsp arrowroot
1. Preheat the oven to 160C . Grease two , 20 cm cake tins and line the bases with baking parchment. Put the eggs ina bowl with the sugar . beat it until thick and pale. Than add the melted butter and vanilla extract , whisking .
2. Sift the flour and cinnamon over the surface and gently fold in with a metal spoon , adding the milk to slacken slightly. Divide the mixture between the two prepared tins and level the surfaces. Bake in the oven for 40-45 min . Remove from the oven and leave to cool for 5 min.
3. Zesty filling . Squeeze the lime juice. Wrip the cream , cheese , icing sugar , and the grated lime zest until peaking. Set aside a quarter of the cream mixture for the top. Chop three of the pears and toss in 1 tsp lime juice . Fold trough the remaining cream mixture.
4.Fruity topping Cut the remaining pear into neat slices , toss in a further tsp of lime juice , and set aside for the topping with a third of the blackberries, plums and pomegrabate seeds.
5. Split each cake in half. Top one piece with third of the pear and cream mixture , then a third of the fruit not reserved for decoration. Repeat the layers then top with the last cake half. Top with the reserved cream mixture and fruit. Drizzle the syrup over the fruit. sprinkle with pared lime rind. Chill until ready to serve