Key Lime Cake

key lime cake

For the few months before the Wedding Cake Buffet I did a lot of experimenting with cake recipes.   Believe me no one around here was complaining.

I put a lot of time and effort into the cake menu and making sure the flavors were balanced and well represented.

I knew that I wanted to have a California Orange Cake, a recipe I shared several years ago.  I think it is my all time favorite cake!!  I also knew I had to have the Best Chocolate Cake  and the bride’s father had requested Red Velvet Cake.  I love citrus flavored cakes so I knew I needed a lemon cake and when I came across the recipe for a Key Lime Cake over at Bakerella I knew it had to be part of the line up too.  How could Bakerella steer me wrong?  She didn’t.  I loved having three citrus flavors represented – lemon, lime and orange.

Key Lime Cake

I loved this cake.  I think I may have eaten more than my share of it.  It is a sweet cake but isn’t that what cake is suppose to be?  Sweet!

The recipe calls for key lime juice.  If you have ever purchased key limes before you know they are small and it would take a lot of limes to get the amount of juice I needed so I just bought the bottled key lime juice – it works great and used the key limes for the photo shoot!

Key Lime Cake

You are going to notice a bit of a difference in the photos in this post.  The first time I made the cake I tinted the frosting with a little green food coloring (see photo above) so some of the photos have green frosting in it but for the actual cake buffet I didn’t want it green so just left it white.    Bakerella’s cake also was beautifully coated in graham cracker crumbs.  I tried that on the first cake and let’s just say my cake didn’t look like her cake and thus you are not seeing photos of it!!  I left the crumbs off for the wedding.

Cake Buffet Wedding

For the wedding I piped the top with whip cream stars and sprinkles.

Cake Buffet Wedding

The cake is made by splitting your two layers of cake into four and layering with frosting.  I love frosting so for me the more frosting the better!

Key Lime Cake

Then you add a layer of the delicious key lime/cream cheese frosting on the top and bottom.  A light, lovely and sweet cake.  Perfect for a wedding cake buffet.

Key Lime Cake

For other yummy cakes check out these:

 7 Up Bundt Cake

Poppyseed Cake

Banana Cake

Strawberry Cream Cake



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Key Lime Cake


  • 2 C all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 C sugar
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 2/3 C oil
  • 2/3 cup key lime juice
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • Frosting
  • 1 C butter, softened
  • 2 – 8 oz packages cream cheese, softened
  • 2 – 16 oz boxes confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 C key lime juice (optional)
  • green food coloring (optional for color)
  • Whipped Cream
  • 16 oz. heavy whipping cream
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour 2 8-inch cake pans.
  • Mix together flour, sugar, powder, soda and salt into mixer.
  • Add eggs, oil and lime juice. Beat until smooth.
  • Add sour cream and beat until smooth.
  • Pour in prepared pans and bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool and frost.
  • Frosting
  • Mix together butter and cream cheese until smooth.
  • Add in confectioner's sugar
  • Add in vanilla.
  • Add in 1/4 cup of key lime juice.
  • Add a small amount of green food color if you’d like the frosting tinted.
  • Whipped Cream
  • In a chilled bowl whip cream with sugar and vanilla until stiff peaks form.



  1. 1
    Ellen says:

    I’ve actually never made a cake with a whipping cream frosting. How long does this hold up in the refrigerator? Would it freeze well? When you set it out, how long do the decorating dollop thingies hold up?

    • 1.1
      Leigh Anne says:

      The frosting isn’t actually whipping cream just the piped stars on top and they hold up really well. I refrigerated the leftovers and it held up for several days no problem. Not sure about freezing it though?

  2. 2

    This looks AMAZING! I am going to be pinning and trying! Thanks for the awesome recipe.

  3. 3

    Visiting from Mostly Homemade Mom – I don’t even like Key Limes and your photos make me want a piece!!!
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  4. 4

    Your cake sounds really refreshing and the icing looks lovely and light. I found your blog on Whatever goes Wednesday over at Someday Crafts.
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  5. 5
    nancy says:

    Leigh: Can you tell me what size star tip you used for the piped stars on top of cake? Thanks. Can’t wait to try as I love anything “citrusy”

  6. 6
    Michele says:

    How divine! I have got to try this, my mouth is truly watering!! ;)

  7. 7

    As always, this looks delicious girl! I hope you’ll come link this up at the Weekly Creative Link Party that just went live this morning!

    Smiles, Melanie
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  8. 8
    Jeni says:

    This cake looks AMAZING!
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  9. 9
    Traci says:

    Brilliant…. cutting the two cakes into to have 4 layers! Love it! Beautiful.

  10. 10
    natashalh says:

    This also looks super awesome! I love lime. Pinning so I don’t loose track of it!
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  11. 11
    Marigene says:

    That cake looks sinfully delicious!
    Hope you will return the visit…
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  12. 12

    Looks delicious!!! I love key lime pie, so key lime cake sounds divine!
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    Robyn N. says:

    Sounds delicious and as always, pretty!

  15. 15
    Kristen says:

    Oh my goodness, my dad loves Key Lime so I decided to do this for our Father’s Day party today and made them into cupcakes for easier access for the little ones. These are out of this world phenomenal! Now if only I could be on the beach… :)

  16. 16
    Miz Helen says:

    We will just love this cake! Thank you so much for sharing your great recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you have a great week and come back soon!
    Miz Helen
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  17. 17
    Winnie says:

    It’s a magnificent cake!!
    Beautiful done – looks professional
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  18. 18

    That sounds so delicious! I love key lime anything and I love cake! :)
    Lisa @ Stop and Smell the Chocolates recently posted..Puffy Apple French Toast Bake

  19. 19

    Hi, Leigh Anne! I just wanted you to know that I included this beautiful cake in a “Favorite Finds” blog post on Yesterfood.

    Thanks, and I hope you’re having a good weekend!

    Love, Joy
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  20. 20
    Sinea Pies says:

    This key lime cake is elegant! Would you please stop by my Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop and share the link? Thanks! ♥
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  21. 21

    Thanks for recently sharing this post on Tasty Thursdays, Leigh Anne. It will be included in my Unlimited Limes roundup in my Fantastic Fruit series tomorrow.
    Thanks, Nichi

  22. 22
    M J says:

    Greetings, I bought some key limes the other day and am ready to bake. I wanted to turn this into a bundt cake. Any changes in the recipe?

  23. 23
    Tara says:

    I am assuming that the 2 boxes of confectioners sugar ( ingredients)is blended into the cream cheese and butter! It is missing in the directions. Please let me know if this is
    The cake sounds delicious.


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