Moist Key Lime Cake With Key Lime Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe
For Thanksgiving dessert this year, I decided to bake a key lime cake. Yes, not a key lime pie. A few days before Thanksgiving, I was looking for refreshing dessert ideas that my family and I can have rather than just something accustomed we have after dinner. I thought of something citrusy and tangy. Voila, I have an idea to make a key lime cake with a refreshing key lime juice and zest. I promised you, this key lime cake with fluffy key lime cream cheese frosting is a perfect dessert!
How to Make Key Lime Cake
The key lime cake is easy to make. Similarly to a regular cake recipe, it requires key lime as the core ingredient. I expected fresh and natural flavor inside the cake and the frosting comes from the fresh-squeezed key lime juice and fresh grated zest. I also decided to use oil in the mixture because oil has more moisture texture than butter. Did you know oil cakes tend to bake up loftier and stay moist and tender for longer than cakes made with butter? However, this is optional. If you prefer butter, you are welcome to use it.
The basic yellow cake for this recipe is simple and takes 30-35 minutes to bake. I would recommend layering the pan with baking parchment or paper to get a smooth texture and the cake tends to come out easily. In the meantime, I also have used two 8-inch pans so I can make layers for this cake. However, if you don't have these pans, you are welcome to use a regular baking size pan for the cake.
Delicious and Moist Cake
I was delighted with the outcome. The cake was delicious and super moist with incredibly rich lime flavor. I was happy with my decision of using oil for this recipe. In the meantime, the cream cheese frosting was light and fluffy. The cake was a hit! Everyone loved it. I think it was one of the best lime cake I've made.
This cake is perfect not just for summertime, but as a holiday dessert for you and your family. I hope you will try making it—and that you will enjoy it as much as we do!
Let's see the full ingredients.
For the Yellow Cake:
- 3 eggs, room temperature
- 1 1/3 cup whole milk
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup granulated sugar (add 1/2 cup more if you prefer sweetened)
- 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- 2 tablespoons fresh lime zest, grated
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
For the Key Lime Cream Cheese Frosting:
- 8 ounces cream cheese
- 3-4 cups powder sugar
- 8 ounces cool whip or whip cream
- 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- 1 tablespoon fresh lime zest, grated
- Fresh sliced lime
- Fresh grated lime zest
- Preheat oven to 325º F. Line two 8-inch round baking pans with a parchment or baking paper.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the eggs, vegetable oil, whole milk, lime juice, and lime zest. Use a hand mixer to whisk these ingredients at a lower speed. Mix until all ingredients are well-combined. Set aside.
- In a medium-sized bowl, sieve the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Use a whisk to incorporate the ingredients evenly.
- Gradually add the dry mixture into the wet mixture. At this point, you can use a whisker or a hand mixer to combine.
- Pour the cake batter into the prepared pans.
- Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
- Remove the cakes from pan and let cakes cool completely on a wire rack.
- To make the cream cheese frosting: In a stand mixer, combine the softened cream cheese and powder sugar. Remember to start the mixer at a lower speed as the powder sugar might be splattered. Cream for 5 minutes or until it's all combined.
- Add the cool whip or whipping cream, lime juice, and lime zest into the mixture. Mix until it's all light and fluffy. Cool the frosting in the freezer before assembling.
- Assembling the cake: Remove the parchment paper on both cakes. Place the first cake on a plate or cake stand. Spread the frosting with a spatula all over. Garnish with some fresh lime zest. Place the second layer on and continue spreading the frosting. Use the same technique to spread the frosting all over. Garnish the top with fresh sliced lime and sprinkle fresh lime zest.
- Slice the cake and enjoy!
Did You Know?
Key limes are an excellent source of vitamin C.
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