Easy Key Lime Cake with Key Lime Cream Cheese Frosting

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It’s a good thing I shared this cake with a friend.
Otherwise, I would have eaten the entire cake.
One of my favorite things to do is take an extensive recipe and
make it easier to prepare.
(You know how impatient I am!)
I would love to spend hours in the kitchen baking and decorating cakes,
prepping and preparing beautiful meals.
But, the truth is, I just don’t have that kind of time.
My boys have activities and still need help with homework and such.
I did implement a chore system for them to follow this summer,
but they still need supervision.
Therefore, for now
it’s simple, easy, and quick dishes!! (Mostly)

This recipe was inspired by Trisha Yearwood’s Key Lime Cake, but I made it easier!

Easy Key Lime Cake

Easy Key Lime Cake

cake mix and gelatin
add oil
add eggs
mix together
I got excited and didn’t take pix of adding the orange juice, lime juice, and vanilla
Pour into pan
I gave this cake away so I used an aluminum dish.
See notes on baking for a stack cake and baking in a sheet pan.
Key Lime Cream Cheese Frosting!
key lime cake www.callmepmc.com
Easy Key Lime Cake with Key Lime Cream Cheese Frosting
1 pkg white cake mix

1 3 oz pkg lime gelatin
1 c vegetable oil
¾ c orange juice
4 eggs
2 T lime juice
½ tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 3 – 8 inch round cakes pans or 1 – 9×13 cake pan.

In a large mixing bowl, add cake mix and gelatin. Add 1 c oil and ¾ c orange juice and beat on low. Add eggs, one at a time. Add lime juice and vanilla. Beat 2 minutes on med hi, scraping sides. Pour into cake pans. Bake 8 inch layers 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Bake 9×13 inch cake 30 minutes. Cool completely before icing with Key Lime Cream Cheese Frosting.

*For stacked layered cake, I used three 8 inch pans and cooked them for 27 minutes at 350 degrees.

Key Lime Cream Cheese Frosting:
1 stick butter, room temp
8 oz cream cheese, room temp
3 1/2 c confectioners sugar
2 T lime juice
1 tsp vanilla

Beat 1 stick butter and 8 oz cream cheese until smooth, add confectioners sugar with mixer on low. Add lime juice and vanilla. Mix until smooth.

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  1. Your Key Lime Cake looks delicious and so simple! I bet the cream cheese frosting tastes super yummy with lime juice added to it.

  2. This looks fantastic! I will have to make this very soon! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I'm following you back from What's Cooking in the Burbs. Have a great weekend!

  3. Now this looks delicious! I want a piece right now! Thanks for sharing at Heavenly Treats Sunday!

  4. Wonderful and unique-color looking cake :)

  5. This looks so delicious!! I would love for you to link up to my linky party at The Mandatory Mooch. Still open for another day!!


    Thanks, Nichi

  6. Oh yum! I need to make one of these. It looks amazing!

  7. I love key lime pie, so I need to try this. Would be great for St. Pattys Day! My Get Social Sunday link party is live. Would love to have you come link up your homepage and promote your blog!


  8. I've seen Trisha's key lime cake and your's look delishhh and easy! Thanks for sharing on Southern Sundays!

  9. I have seen so many pictures of Trisha's cake! But you've made this so simple and it looks so tasty! I have to tyr this for my husband. He loves key lime!

  10. The Mandatory Mooch says:

    Thanks for linking up to Tasty Thursdays at The Mandatory Mooch.

  11. Yum!!! I love how bright the green is! Looks delicious!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!

  12. I love Key Lime – I can't wait to try this! Pinned it :) Thank you for sharing at All my Bloggy Friends this week! I hope to see you again Tuesday! :)

  13. mmmmmm- I love key lime and pretty much anything with cream cheese frosting. Thanks for sharing on Whatcha Whipped Up

  14. I just came by to pin this recipe, and ended up browsing and pinning tons more! You have an awesome site. I hope you’ll visit “One Creative Weekend” on OneCreativeMommy.com (open Fri-Wed)and link up some of your great recipes!

    New GFC follower.

  15. Love key lime! Looks yummy!!!!!!!

  16. Looks so delicious! I love the vibrant colour – so pretty :)

  17. Judi says:

    I made the Easy Key Lime cake and it was scrumptious!!
    It was my first PMc recipe to make and it surely won’t be the last..
    Can hardly wait to try others!! Hotty toddy!

    • Yayy!! oh, that’s one of my favorite, that one and the Easy Strawberry Cake. I’m so glad you liked it. Hotty Toddy… just 45(or so) more days! :)

  18. Joan Demshock says:

    I think I would substitute out the orange juice as would rather have a pure lime flavor. Wondering if I could just use water with possible addition of True Lime packets (crystalized real lime juice)? That is what I always use to replace lemon, lime, and orange juice. Only buy them when I need rind.

    • I’m not familiar with those lime packets, but if you’ve used them in the past they’ll probably work. I can’t get a handle on the all lime, but I’m sure it would work.

  19. This looks and sound delish; not to mention extremely easy!

  20. Dear Paula, This sounds wonderful. I love Key Lime Pie, so I know I would enjoy this cake. Blessings, Catherine

    • Thank you,Catherine. It’s really good, I like anything with cream cheese frosting! :) I actually like this cake better than a pie. Thanks for stopping by.

  21. This cake is gorgeous, Paula! :) LOVE the updated photos! I am willing warmer weather to get here fast with this cake!

  22. i love the color. this is great for st. patty’s day. i also love lime!

    • I thought it would be a fun St Patty’s day dessert too! I love lemon and lime desserts, makes me think of Spring.

  23. I adore key lime, Paula….it reminds me of my honeymoon! This cake looks incredible and I love your photos of it. Thanks so much for sharing at Saturday Night Fever!!

  24. This looks delicious.
    Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above

  25. I LOVE anything key lime! This cake would make a great St. Pat’s cake too. So fun! BTW, I host a link party every Wednesday night and would love if you stopped by sometime. Have a great rest of the week!

  26. Candi says:

    I like to add milk to make cake mixes for extra moisture. Do you think I could use milk instead of the orange juice?I’m looking so forward to trying this as lime is one of my favourite flavours!

  27. This looks and sounds sooo appealing! Thanks so much for sharing at Weekend Potluck. Love your awesome recipes.

  28. I’ve made this twice. Once with your frosting (delicious) and once with just a whipped fluffy white frosting. Both ways are yummy! Thanks for a great recipe, I’ve shared it with so many!
    @ A Place for Pictures and Memories

  29. Stopping by from Cast Party and these looks so yummy!

  30. Emily Walsh says:

    This cake tastes amazing!
    I made this cake for my dad’s birthday and everyone in my family loved it.
    I would suggest making this.

  31. Robyn says:

    Just finished making this, whipped up super fast, tastes heavenly! Used juice of one orange mixed with fresh lime juice to make up the 3/4 cup of orange juice called for. Also added lime zest to the frosting. Thanks for sharing, going in the ‘keeper’ file!

  32. This cake is so deliciously moist! I have added 7-Up instead of orange juice. When I make the icing, I squeeze the limes to get extra pulp in there. It gives it an added tangy-ness! One of our favorite cakes!

  33. Yummo! Thanks for the recipe.

  34. Emily says:

    Hi Paula,

    I cant get the lime gelatine here, in my country.
    Is there any subtitute for this?
    thank you..:)

  35. Ashanti says:

    Hello Paula,

    Me and the kids tried baking this cake. The icing came out great but the cake not so great.. I greased my 9 by 13 baking aluminum cake pan, but I ended up burning the cake, I don’t know what happened :(

    • Awe, I’m so sorry. Have you calibrated your oven. A lot of time the oven temp can be way off from what it’s set at, this sounds like what may have happened. You can get an oven thermometer from Walmart and test it. set the oven to 350 and when the oven says it’s at that temp check to see what the thermometer says, the themometer will be correct.


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