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Moist Key Lime Cake With Key Lime Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

Updated on December 9, 2019
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A key lime cake. I made a key lime cake for a Thanksgiving dinner with my family. A fulfilled cream cheese and lime frosting between layers and top of the cake, it was a perfect dessert! A slice of delicious and moist key lime cake.
A key lime cake.
A key lime cake.
I made a key lime cake for a Thanksgiving dinner with my family. A fulfilled cream cheese and lime frosting between layers and top of the cake, it was a perfect dessert!
I made a key lime cake for a Thanksgiving dinner with my family. A fulfilled cream cheese and lime frosting between layers and top of the cake, it was a perfect dessert!
A slice of delicious and moist key lime cake.
A slice of delicious and moist key lime cake.

Refreshing Dessert

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.

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

For Topping:

  • Fresh sliced lime
  • Fresh grated lime zest

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325º F. Line two 8-inch round baking pans with a parchment or baking paper.
  2. 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.
  3. In a medium-sized bowl, sieve the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Use a whisk to incorporate the ingredients evenly.
  4. Gradually add the dry mixture into the wet mixture. At this point, you can use a whisker or a hand mixer to combine.
  5. Pour the cake batter into the prepared pans.
  6. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  7. Remove the cakes from pan and let cakes cool completely on a wire rack.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Slice the cake and enjoy!

Did You Know?

Key limes are an excellent source of vitamin C.

Photo Tutorial

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The core ingredient for this recipe is key lime. After 35 minutes, the cakes are freshly out from the oven. Remove the pans and let cakes cool completely on a wire rack. The smooth and fluffy key lime cheese frosting. Make sure to put in the fridge at least an hour before assembling the cake. Assembling the cake: Remove the parchment paper from both cakes. Use a spatula to spread the frosting on top of the first cake. Take some fresh grated lime zest and sprinkle on top of the first cake. Combine the other cake on top. Use the same spatula to spread the frosting on top. Smooth the frosting with icing spatula. Decorate the cake. I decided to decorate it simple with a few thin slices of key lime. Slice the cake and enjoy this delicious and limey cake.
The core ingredient for this recipe is key lime.
The core ingredient for this recipe is key lime.
After 35 minutes, the cakes are freshly out from the oven.
After 35 minutes, the cakes are freshly out from the oven.
Remove the pans and let cakes cool completely on a wire rack.
Remove the pans and let cakes cool completely on a wire rack.
The smooth and fluffy key lime cheese frosting. Make sure to put in the fridge at least an hour before assembling the cake.
The smooth and fluffy key lime cheese frosting. Make sure to put in the fridge at least an hour before assembling the cake.
Assembling the cake: Remove the parchment paper from both cakes.
Assembling the cake: Remove the parchment paper from both cakes.
Use a spatula to spread the frosting on top of the first cake.
Use a spatula to spread the frosting on top of the first cake.
Take some fresh grated lime zest and sprinkle on top of the first cake.
Take some fresh grated lime zest and sprinkle on top of the first cake.
Combine the other cake on top. Use the same spatula to spread the frosting on top.
Combine the other cake on top. Use the same spatula to spread the frosting on top.
Smooth the frosting with icing spatula.
Smooth the frosting with icing spatula.
Decorate the cake. I decided to decorate it simple with a few thin slices of key lime.
Decorate the cake. I decided to decorate it simple with a few thin slices of key lime.
Slice the cake and enjoy this delicious and limey cake.
Slice the cake and enjoy this delicious and limey cake.

© 2019 Liza

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    • lizmalay profile imageAUTHOR

      Liza 

      8 days ago from USA

      Thank you for commenting, Liz. I have already had a request to make this again.

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      Liz Westwood 

      8 days ago from UK

      This is a great dessert idea. Just what we need as the festive season approaches.

    • lizmalay profile imageAUTHOR

      Liza 

      10 days ago from USA

      Hi Linda, I have a key lime tree in my hometown. Growing up, I like to drink a lime juice that my mother's made. I love the key lime flavor, and I love the citrusy smell. Nowadays, I use lime juice for cooking and baking. By the way, I also used limes to clean dishes such as the cutting board. I think it's worked excellently as a cleaning agent :)

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      Linda Crampton 

      10 days ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This sounds like a delicious cake. I don't eat limes very often and I don't think that I've ever eaten a key lime, but I love the look of your cake. I think it would a great dessert for a special event.

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