Key Lime Cake is a delicious layer cake with the perfect taste of key lime. If a key lime pie and a cake had a baby it would taste like this amazing cake recipe.
A few years ago we were fortunate to be on a cruise that made a stop in Key West. And I ate everything key lime that I could get my hands on. I’ve been a lover of Key Lime pie and Key Lime Martinis forever!
Now, you can have the delicious taste of key lime, in cake form! This great Key Lime Cake recipe has the perfect taste of key lime in each moist cake layer plus in it’s amazing homemade frosting.
How to Make Key Lime Cake
- Sift the dry ingredients. This is an important step, please do not skip it. Sift the cake flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar together.
- Beat the eggs. In either a large bowl with a handheld mixer or the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the eggs and then add in the oil and evaporated milk.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients.
- Stir in the lime juice and lime zest.
- Evenly divide the batter to three cake pans. Now bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean.
Sifting the Dry Ingredients
As mentioned above, sifting the dry ingredients is really important. Do not skip this step. I do my sifting with a mesh metal strainer. In this recipe, the sifting of the dry ingredients makes the cake much lighter and fluffier.
Cake flour is lower in protein than all purpose flour and more finely ground. Because of this, it behaves differently than all purpose in baking recipes and you cannot swap one for the other.
While you will get the best results following the recipe and using cake flour, if you truly cannot find any, you can remove 6 tablespoons of all purpose flour from the 3 cups and replace it with 6 tablespoons of corn starch.
Frosting Key Lime Cake
The Key Lime Frosting used in this cake is made using a combination of vegetable shortening and room temperature butter. We then add in powdered sugar, and key lime juice. The end result is a delicious frosting that has the perfect taste of key lime while also being ideal for piping.
If you are looking for the best tutorial on frosting cakes, look no further than my friend Lindsay from Life, Love, and Sugar. She is a master cake maker, and her tutorial on How to Frost a Cake has been a life saver for me. This frosting recipe makes enough to follow Lindsay’s instructions.
This cake can be stored at room temperature. Cover any exposed areas of the cake with plastic wrap. This cake is best enjoyed within 4 days of making it.
To freeze left overs cut the cake into individual pieces. Freeze the pieces on a tray covered in wax or parchment paper for two hours. Then transfer the cake to an airtight container and store in the freezer for up to three months.
Key lime juice can be found with the lemon and lime juice in your grocery store. If you can’t find it in your store, it can be purchased on Amazon.
Key lime juice is literally the juice of key limes.
Both key limes and limes are citrus fruits, but they do have a different taste to them. Key limes are much smaller than regular limes and have a thinner skin. Though they have a difference in taste, when baked into desserts the difference is very subtle.
Yes, this recipe won’t work with all purpose flour. In a pinch, you can make your own cake flour by removing 2 tablespoons of flour for every 1 cup and replacing it with 2 tablespoons of corn starch. In this recipe, you would need to remove six tablespoons of flour and replace it with 6 tablespoons of corn starch.
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I hope you love this Key Lime Cake recipe! If you make it please leave me a comment and tell me what you think!
Key Lime Cake
Key Lime Cake
- 3 cups cake flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 3/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1 1/4 cup evaporated milk
- 1/3 cup key lime juice
- 1 tablespoon lime zest
Key Lime Frosting
- 1 cup vegetable shortening
- 1 cup unsalted butter room temperature
- 8 cups powdered sugar
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 7 tablespoons key lime juice
Key Lime Cake
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Prepare three 9 inch cake pans by lining the bottom with parchment paper and greasing the sides of the pan with butter.
- In a large bowl, sift the cake flour with baking powder, baking soda, salt, and sugar. Set aside. Do not skip this step.
- In a large bowl using a handheld mixer or in the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the egg. Then add in the oil and then the evaporated milk.
- Slowly add the flour mixture to the egg mixture and beat together on medium speed, for about 30 seconds.
- Stir in the lime juice and zest so that the zest is evenly distributed throughout the batter.
- Evenly divide the batter between the three cake pans. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until the cake springs back when lightly touched in the center. Let the cakes cool in the pans for 2 minutes before removing them from the pans to a cooling rack to cool completely.
Key Lime Frosting
- In the bowl of a stand mixer beat together the shortening and butter. Add in the powdered sugar, salt, and key lime juice and beat until light and fluffy.
- To frost add 1/4 cup of frosting and spread it evenly over the top. Add the second cake and frost with another 1/4 cup of frosting. Top with the remaining cake and then frost the top and sides with a thin crum coat. Once the crumb coat has set frost the cake with the remaining frosting. There will be excess frosting if you wish to pipe decorations onto the tops or sides. Top with more lime zest for decoration.