This Easy Key Lime Cake Recipe has a perfect balance of fresh, light, and creamy flavor that is just simply delicious.
Key lime is typically thought of as being made in the form of a classic key lime pie, but this cake is really wonderful. The entire family is going to love it.
I think the “key” to a really good cake is how moist it is and this key lime cake is super moist.
It is very easy to make and if you like key lime pie, you will love this cake.
It’s so light and fluffy, and the icing is creamy and cool.
Ingredients you need for Key Lime Cake Recipe with Jello
- 2 1/2 cups of flour (we recommend cake flour)
- 1 – 3-ounce package of Lime Jello
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- 1 teaspoon of baking powder
- 1 teaspoon of baking soda
- 1 1/2 cups of sugar
- 1 1/2 cups of vegetable oil
- 3/4 cup of Key Lime Juice (regular limes will work too)
- 1 Tablespoon of lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon of Vanilla extract
- 5 large eggs – beaten
- Lime green food coloring gel – 1 teaspoon (optional)
FOR THE ICING:
- 1 stick of butter – softened
- 1 package of cream cheese – 8 ounces
- 1 pound of confectioners’ sugar
- 3 – 4 drops of lemon juice
How do you make a fresh key lime cake from scratch?
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 9 X 13-inch dish, and set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, mix the dry ingredients Lime Jello, sugar, flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda on medium speed until completely blended.
Add the wet ingredients, the oil, Key Lime Juice, vanilla, and eggs.
We like using our Kitchenaid with the paddle attachment for this but you can also use a hand mixer.
If you want to make this cake “Key lime” green then you will want to add lime green food coloring. Mix until well blended.
Pour the cake batter into the 9×13 prepared cake pan, greased and floured.
Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Remove the cake to a cooling rack to completely cool.
When the cake is cooled, make the frosting recipe.
In a medium bowl, cream together the butter and cream cheese, until smooth and creamy.
Add the powdered sugar, a little at a time, until all the powdered sugar is added, mixing between additions.
Mix until the icing is smooth and creamy.
Add a few drops of lemon juice at the very end of mixing, just to give the icing a fresh flavor.
Ice the top of the cake with the icing, and sprinkle a few crushed graham cracker crumbs on top – or you can top with green sugars. This makes such a beautiful cake.
Add a slice of lime, serve, and Enjoy! Makes approximately 12 – 15 pieces.
Does Key Lime Cake need to be refrigerated?
No, it does not need to be refrigerated but can be if you prefer to eat it as a colder cake. A cold cake is one of our favorite things!
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