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Key Lime Layer Cake

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Key Lime Cake

Moist cake layered with buttercream and tart key lime filling.  A perfect summer treat!

Key lime pie is one of my favorite desserts.  It’s just so refreshing and fun!  Whenever I am pondering the question of what dessert to try in a restaurant I am always caught between chocolate and anything key lime.

I’ve already done a few key lime recipes here on Easybaked, but never a cake.  Until today…..

Key Lime Cake

The key lime filling is tart, but the sweet buttercream layered with it makes each bite a refreshing treat!

Here’s how to make it: (printable recipe)

INGREDIENTS:

  • One boxed yellow cake mix (with eggs, oil and water to make according to package)
  • 1 cup of key lime juice
  • 1 can (14 oz) of sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 egg
  • 2 sticks (8 oz.) of salted butter
  • 2 sticks (8 oz.) of unsalted butter
  • 3 cups of powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of clear vanilla
  • 1/4 cup crushed graham crackers

DIRECTIONS:    (make filling 1st to save time)

Cake:

  • Make cake mix according to package and bake in two 8 or 9 inch round pans.
  • Turn cakes out of pans onto a cooling rack and cool completely.

Filling:

  • In a medium mixing bowl blend together key lime juice, sweetened condensed milk and egg until combined.
  • Pour into a small casserole dish and bake at 325F degrees for 15-20 minutes until center is set.
  • Cool completely (I make this 1st and place it in the fridge while I make the cake and frosting)

Frosting:

  • In a large mixing bowl, add softened butters, powdered sugar and vanilla.
  • Beat on high for several minutes until frosting is light and very fluffy.

Putting the cake together:

  • Trim the tops of cakes to make them flat using a large serrated knife.
  • Cut each cake into 2 layers using the same serrated knife.
  • Place 1st layer on a serving plate and lightly layer with frosting.
  • Spread 1/3 of the cooled key lime filling over layer
  • Place 2nd layer on top and repeat until last layer has been placed on top.
  • Frost entire cake (top and sides) with buttercream frosting.
  • Crush a few graham crackers and gently press the crumbs along the sides of the cake.
  • Decorate as desired.  I used little dollops of extra frosting and little lime green chocolates.

Key lime cake!!!(Aren’t they cute?!?)

Key Lime Cake!!

Key Lime Cake!!

Key Lime Cake!! 

My thoughts:  I love this cake so much!  It’s not only one of my favorite flavors, but it’s pretty and it holds together so well and cuts beautifully!  If you love key lime like I do, this is the cake for you!  I hope you get a chance to try it!!!    Enjoy!  ~r

Key Lime Cake!!!

Other layer cake recipes you might enjoy:

Strawberry layer cakePeanut Butter Cup Layer CakeStrawberry-Lemonade Layer CakeMedovnik in Prague

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About Ruthanne

Ruthanne is a scientist with a passion for baking and food photography. Using her kitchen as a lab, she loves experimenting with a variety of flavors and ingredients to create unique, fun and ultimately tasty delights! Thus she created EasyBaked, a website where sugar and chocolate overflow in fun and easy recipes. Her Motto: Money can’t buy happiness -- but it can buy marshmallows, and that’s nearly the same thing! www.easybaked.net

25 responses »

  1. What a beautiful cake and your photo’s are amazing. I just love key lime pie and I know the cake is heavenly!

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  2. Love key-lime anything and this cake looks perfect! I made one a while back and it didn’t stand up as well as yours. PInning! 🙂

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  3. I’m obsessed with key lime pie! Though I don’t have the same dilemma as you because I’m not a fan of chocolate. 🙂

    This cake looks totally amazing, I will definitely be pinning this to try soon!

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    • You don’t like CHOCOLATE?!? How did I not know this about you? Lol- well at least your dessert choices are less complicated. I hate cooked fruit desserts, which is helpful in eliminating lots of options!

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  4. Great photo’s.I want a piece of that cake!

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  5. SO amazing! I’m very glad I’ve found your blog: stunning photos and gorgeous recipes 🙂

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  6. I love key lime pie, so this sounds good to me!

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  7. huntfortheverybest

    I love key lime pie so i’d love this too!

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  8. This looks awesome!! Love all the layers!

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  9. I’ve never baked key lime dessert, but this recipe is something I must try!

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  10. Hi, this looks amazing! I plan to make it the day before though. Should I refrigerate it before eating?

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  11. This is an amazing cake!!! All about it is delicious, and was such a success for my party. Sold out! Everyone loved it and had to make a good comment about it. I made two cakes, for two different parties. I froze one of them for a week for my second party, and it kept really well. I put it in the fridge through the night and out of the fridge about 5 hours before serving it. By the time of serving, it was perfectly smooth and moist. My mistake with the first cake for my first party was to keep it in the fridge until the time of serving it, it tasted great, but it wasn’t as soft. I would recommend to take it out of the fridge at least an hour before serving it. Thanks a lot for this recipe! I’m already passing it a long to all my friends 🙂

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  12. This cake is AMAZING. Everyone raved about it! My filling came out a bit runny (should have cooked it a couple of minutes longer!) but no one cared it was so delicious. Perfect blend of tart/tangy/sweet! Thank you so much for sharing!

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  13. What exactly is the key lime juice?

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    • It is juice squeezed from key limes (available in most produce sections of grocery stores). If you can’t find them, you can use juice from limes.

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