Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Key Lime Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting {dessert recipe}

The dessert recipe I have to share with you today for Key Lime Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting is so good that you're gonna want to make two cakes. One cake will be to share with your family and friends, and they will rave over it and tell you how amazing you are. The other cake is for you to hide somewhere safe and sneak slices when no one is looking.
Key Lime Cake with homemade Cream Cheese Frosting, from Serenity Now

I spotted this Trisha Yearwood cake recipe on Little Texas Love Nest and shared it a few years back, but my photography was so awful that I decided to take some new shots.

**I will note ahead of time that I used bottled lime juice and bottled lemon juice, which does change the taste, but is still extremely addicting and completely delicious! Having two kiddos running around and a fussy pants baby who wanted his bottle made it virtually impossible to hand squeeze lemons and limes. Trust me, it's okay to use the bottled stuff!

Key Lime Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
Key Lime Cake with homemade Cream Cheese Frosting, from Serenity Now

Cake Ingredients: 

1 (3 oz) pkg. lime flavored gelatin (I used Jello brand)
1 1/3 c. granulated sugar
2 c. sifted, all-purpose flour
1/2 t. salt
1 t. baking powder
1 t. baking soda
5 large eggs, slightly beaten
1 1/2 c. vegetable oil
3/4 c. orange juice
1 T. lemon juice
1/2 t. vanilla extract


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour three 9 inch round baking pans. In a large mixing bowl, mix gelatin, sugar, flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda. Stir to mix well. Add eggs, oil, orange juice, lemon juice, and vanilla extract.

Divide batter evenly among the three pans and bake for 35 to 40 minutes. (Test by inserting a toothpick in the center of each cake layer)

Cool layers in the pans for 5 minutes and then lay out on baking racks.

Pierce layers with a fork and spread glaze over top. Cool completely and ice.

Glaze Ingredients: 

1/2 c. Key Lime juice (I just used lime juice in a bottle from the store)
1/2 cup confectioners sugar
(Mix together before pouring over cake layers)

Cream Cheese Icing: 

1/2 c. butter
1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese. Both at room temperature.
Cream the butter and cream cheese.
Beat in 1 box confectioners sugar until smooth and easy to spread.

Notes: Do not skip the glaze! This part is important to getting the cake infused with that awesome tangy taste. It also makes for a more moist (I hate that word) cake. Also, I doubled the icing recipe. I wanted enough to make a sizable crumb layer. And, yeah, I really like icing.
Key Lime Cake with homemade Cream Cheese Frosting, from Serenity Now
Key Lime Cake with homemade Cream Cheese Frosting, from Serenity Now

This makes such a yummy treat for get-togethers. And it's so tall that it doesn't fit in my glass cake stand; I have to keep it in the good old Tupperware cake carrier. It's really a crowd pleaser! Even my kids, who were grossed out by the idea of a green cake, raved about it.
Key Lime Cake with homemade Cream Cheese Frosting, from Serenity Now

Do you have a favorite spring dessert recipe?

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  1. This looks so good! Lime flavor is perfect for spring.

  2. Oh, my word, Amanda! That looks absolutely amazing! I love, love, love key lime flavor, but a pie doesn't serve very many people. Love the idea of a cake with that kind of flavor! And I absolutely adore cream cheese frosting. I'm afraid I really WOULD want to make two of these cakes--and I would totally eat the second one all by myself.

    Hope you're having a wonderful week!


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