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Reader Recipe: Key Lime Cake

You may have heard of a key lime pie, but how about a key lime cake? TeamSugar member LaylaCams shared her favorite version over a year ago, but recently made it again and took pics for us!

She says it tastes even better than a key lime pie, and the amazing color would be great at a Spring-themed party. This cake is easy and fail proof — it's really a jazzed-up box mix — and comes together in a snap. Similar to the strawberry shortcake I made yesterday, this recipe's secret ingredient is jello.

To get the recipe — thanks for sharing LaylaCams! — and make one for yourself,


Submitted by TeamSugar member LaylaCams.

Key Lime Cake

Key Lime Cake


  1. Here's the recipe:
  1. 1 (18.25 ounce) package lemon cake mix
  2. 1 1/3 cups vegetable oil
  3. 4 eggs
  4. 1 (3 ounce) package lime flavored gelatin mix
  5. 3/4 cup orange juice
  1. 1/2 cup butter
  2. 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
  3. 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  4. 4 cups confectioners' sugar


Combine cake mix, gelatin mix, oil, eggs and orange juice. Pour into three 8-inch cake pans. Bake according to instructions on box. Allow to cool, then frost.
To make the frosting: In a large bowl, beat the butter and cream cheese until light and fluffy. Add lime juice and confectioners sugar. Mix well.

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Shaquera3531181 Shaquera3531181 4 years
I loved the recipe...I made it that was really moist and yummylicious! I'm definitely going to make it again for christmas brunch and dinner. Thanks for that yummylicious recipe! :-)
Charlene3140127 Charlene3140127 4 years
This is really close to the recipe my great-aunt gave me, except with a few adjustments. Lemon cake mix, lime gelatin, 5 eggs, 1/3 c. oil & 3/4c. orange juice. Bake @ 350 for 20- 25 or when toothpick comes out clean. Now for the frosting I don't put lime juice , but I do add 1/4 to 1/2 tsp of vanilla flavoring. If you love a thick frosting use 2 pkgs of cream cheese, 1/2 c. butter, softened, 3-4 c. powdered sugar. To make the frosting pop add a cup of chopped pecans. If you can find the spiced pecans or candied ones, wonderful. My mother loved this recipe when I baked it and it's the one my husband ask me to bake for him. I hope you will try it. If you are in no mood to bake, DON'T. When the mood hits you everything seems to flow and just that much more LOVE goes into it. Happy baking & be blessed(*>*).  
Ann3018956 Ann3018956 4 years
you should have added more confectioners sugar!!!!
Ann3018956 Ann3018956 4 years
@ Shawnda Forman...  When I made this cake I dissolved the jello in the orange juice, and it did great....No undissolved crystals in the batter, and I baked it in three layers, too much batter for two pans.
mjohnwilson1127 mjohnwilson1127 5 years
This is perfect lime cake I ever had, actually I had my old version of it where I discover at gourmetrecipe. This page provides me more cake recipes so I rely into it. My wife also loves this cake!
Justa-Baker Justa-Baker 5 years
The cake has been made and served. It is easy to make, and there was sufficient frosting for a three layer cake. The cake was very moist. The frosting was runny. I used the 1/3 less fat cream cheese. I am not sure that should have made any difference. I put a light layer of frosting on the cake and then placed the cake in the refrigerator. Once the frosting was firm I put on another layer. Overall it is a decent recipe. A family member suggested that it would be refreshing in warmer weather. You may also want to check out suggested modifications from other bakers on the website where this was originally posted,
Justa-Baker Justa-Baker 5 years
Why does the recipe say to use THREE 8" pans? The photo shows a TWO layer cake. I am in the process of making this cake. I hope the recipe makes enough frosting for a three layer cake.
djw2011 djw2011 7 years
This looks so good and I am trying it. I am debating on whether I should add red food coloring to the icing to make it more Christmas worthy. LOL.
adcrawley adcrawley 9 years
I can't believe that I found this cake! I am soooooo excited! My hubby's boss made this cake for a party and I have been dreaming of it since, it is the best cake ever, hands down! I can't believe that I found the exact cake, it is so delicious. I will be making it tonight.
anne_ anne_ 9 years
adco adco 9 years
The color is beautiful!! Sound tasty too.
guinnevere guinnevere 9 years
shoneyjoe- guess you've never had an avocado smoothie :)
devils devils 9 years
Think I'm gonna give this a looks really good !
dkaanoi dkaanoi 9 years
oh im totally makin this tonight!!! yummy!!!
shannon_xo shannon_xo 9 years
thats so cool! im trying to find a cake recipe to make for my friends birthday and this one would definitely been new and interesting!
tweet-hotpants tweet-hotpants 9 years
fantastic! thanks!
ChrissyBaby ChrissyBaby 9 years
I will definitely be making this in a cupcake version. Thanks for the recipe LaylaCams!!!
Anabellatc Anabellatc 9 years
I looove key lime pie so i will def try this cake! Thanks!
0danielle0 0danielle0 9 years
Ooh, good idea! This would be great as cupcakes!
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