Monday, August 23, 2010

Key Lime Cake

Erin over at Little Texas Love Nest shared a Trisha Yearwood recipe for Key Lime Cake back in May, and I've been waiting anxiously for a chance to try it out. I promised Kate that if the recipe turned out nicely, I would share it on the blog. If you are at all observant and read the title of today's post, you know where I'm heading with this today.

I normally subscribe to the "it's not dessert if it doesn't have chocolate in it," but I'm telling you...I almost shorted out my keyboard from thinking about all the drool over the tangy cake and the rich cream cheese icing. I know.

Key Lime Cake

Cake Ingredients:
1 (3 oz) pkg. lime flavored gelatin (I used Jello)
1 1/3 c. granulated sugar
2 cups 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.

It doesn't have any other fruit in it, but even Rachel Zoe (who has clearly never eaten cake before) would say that it is "Ba-nanas."

That hunk was all that was left after my MOPS planning meeting, and I was never more happy that T has a serious cheese aversion that includes cream cheese (that's a whole other post, really).
It's too fabulous to not include a side glamour shot.

Bon Appetit!

Linking to Tasty Tuesday and Tutorial Tuesday.

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  1. oh yum! that looks much yummier than my bagel and I think it would go nicely with my coffee!!

  2. That looks divine! Your cakes are so much prettier than mine. Look how pretty your layers are! Thanks for sharing. I didn't realize T didn't eat cream cheese either. Bless his heart. He's starve at my house.

  3. Mmmmm, I love key lime but have only made key lime pie before. I can't wait to add this too my recipes!

  4. Yes yes, so glad you posted this !!

  5. Looks and sounds wonderful! I must give it a try! Thanks

  6. I'm not normally a fan of key lime..but this looks FAB!!
    I may have to try it!

  7. Oh yumm! Anything with cream cheese frosting gets my vote.

  8. My husband doesn't eat chocolate. This will be the perfect addition to our dessert list!

  9. I have heard great things about Trisha Yearwood's recipe book. I'm saving this recipe because this is something that I know that I would like. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  10. Oh, gosh. This looks absolutely heavenly. I seriously love Key Lime Pie. . . and this year Preston requested Key Lime Pie as his birthday "cake"--so I'm gonna have to make this for him!

    As for cream cheese frosting--well, it's just to die for. I make a Pumpkin Cake with cream cheese frosting in the fall. I'll have to post the recipe in a few weeks!

  11. I'm seriously considering just making a vat of the cream cheese frosting and eating it for dinner. It's been that kind of a day.

    Thanks for sharing. It sounds delightful.

  12. I have never had anything Key Lime before... but that sounds yummy!! even more yummy ... any semi spice flavored cake with cream cheese frosting!! YUMMO! Banana, Carrot, Spice, Pumpkin... Oh those are the things I love about Fall.. *ahem* not that I eat those things on my heart healthy diet plan!! ;)

  13. I'm a charter member of the "If It Isn't Chocolate - It Isn't Dessert" Club - but that cream cheese frosting might just change my mind!

  14. I love anything Key Lime - and your recipe sounds wonderful! It looks delicious too!

  15. Amanda, this cake is the bomb! I love anythiny that is Key Lime and your presentation is wonderful! By the way, I love the PB knock-offs and have become a follower. Joni


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