Lime & Coconut Icebox Cake with Fresh Whipped Cream recipe combines the ever-popular Icebox Pie with a layer cake. This dessert is cool and refreshing. Spiked with tropical flavors of citrus and coconut this makes a tasty hot weather dessert.
I’m really pleased with how this came out. It’s a great alternative to Key Lime Pie for the summer.
Lime & Coconut Icebox Cake with Fresh Whipped Cream
I made this white cake from scratch. If you prefer, you can just as easily use a white cake mix. It will still be delicious.
Wait until the cake is completely cool before frosting. For a more professional cake, remove the domes from the tops of the cake layers with a cake leveler or large serrated knife.
Frost with an offset spatula. This makes it really easy to get an even layer.
How to make this cake
First, you will make the cake layers. Always have your butter, milk, and eggs at room temperature before you begin mixing the ingredients together. This will make for a fluffier cake.
While the cake is baking you can make the lime filling. This process is similar to make lemon or lime curd.
Next, make the frosting. Use caution and don’t overbeat.
Wait until the cake is completely cool before frosting. For a more professional cake, remove the domes from the tops of the cake layers with a cake leveler or large serrated knife. Using an offset spatula makes it really easy to get an even layer of frosting.
Lime & Coconut Icebox Cake
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- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/2 cup shortening
- 2 cup sugar
- 2/3 cup coconut water unsweetened
- 2/3 cup milk
- 3 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 Tablespoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon lime zest
- 1 lime juice about 1 T
- 6 large egg whites
- 3/4 cup milk
- 1/4 cup cornstarch
- 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
- 3 large eggs
- 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
- 3 Tablespoon butter
- 1 Tablespoon lime zest
Homemade Whipped Cream
- 1 pint heavy cream
- 2 Tablespoon confectioners sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/3 cup flaked coconut
- Beat butter and shortening at medium speed until fluffy; add sugar and cream until fluffy.
- Combine coconut water and milk. Stir together flour, baking powder and salt. Add butter mixture alternately with milk mixture. Begin and end with flour mixture. Add lime zest and juice.
- Beat egg whites at medium speed with an electric mixer until stiff peaks form; fold in to batter.
- Pour batter into a 9x13 pan.
- Bake at 350 degrees 25 to 30 minutes or until wooden skewer inserted in center comes out clean.
- Cool in pan 10 minutes.
- Remove cake from pan onto a wire rack. Cool completely.
- Whisk 3/4 c milk and 1/4 c cornstarch in a 3 quart heavy saucepan, whisking until cornstarch dissolves. Add sweetened condensed milk and eggs until blended. Whisk in lime juice.
- Boil 1 minute, whisking constantly or until mixture thickens. Remove from heat. Whisk in butter and lime zest. Pour filling into a bowl and place bowl in a larger bowl filled with ice. Stir until cold about 10 minutes.
- Cut cake horizontally into 2 equal parts. Spread lime filling on bottom layer. Replace top. Spread Whipped Topping over entire cake and sprinkle coconut over topping.
Laurie McDonald says
I’m making the filling and am a bit confused with the ingredient list. The instructions say to whisk in the butter and lime zest after cooking the mixture and removing it from the heat . . . but butter isn’t listed in the ingredients. I guess I’ll leave it out, and see what happens! Am preparing the cake for a visit from my cousin . . . I’m sure we will both devour it with gusto!
Just got this, let me look
Laurie, I did leave out 3 T butter in that step. I have updated the recipe. I hope you get this before you finish, I do think the filling will be fine with out it though.
Laurie McDonald says
Thanks for your quick reply, Paula. I did add the 3T of butter and the lovely mixture is now cooling. Am really excited to assemble it. I baked in two 9″ cake tins, and I’m thinking of halving each one to make four layers. I’m going to really try to keep the cake whole until I serve it to my cousin tomorrow night!
That’s my biggest problem, my friends are used to me bringing them a cake with one piece gone! 🙂 I know it will be beautiful.
yum this looks good! a twist on good ole key lime pie, pinning to try soon!
Thank you and thanks for Pinning. I really enjoy this cake in Summer
Sounds delicious!! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!
Amber @ Dessert Now, Dinner Later! says
Perfect Combo!!! Sounds amazing! Thanks for sharing at Sweet & Savory Saturdays #12!
Dessert Now, Dinner Later!
Hi! I found you at Ducks ‘n a Row and had to come get this recipe! I’m a sucker for anything lemon or lime so I have to try this recipe!
I hope you will join me Friday for my very first Foodie Friday Blog Hop where you can link up your favorite recipe(s) and find some new ones, as well.
Have a wonderful week and I hope to see you Friday!
Melissa @ A Room for Two with a View
Mrs. Tucker (Patti) says
OMGosh, that cake looks amazing, I may have to make it tomorrow!
Popping in from Oh, Mrs. Tucker!
Thank you!! I sent that one to school, I need to make US one now 🙂
Kari@Loaves n Dishes says
This lovely citrus flavored cake is just the kind of dessert that I can eat, no matter how full I am!
Thank you. Me too, I always save room for dessert (prob not a good thing)
Sinea Pies says
Thanks so much, Paula. for sharing this link on my hop. THIS week, your post is one of my features. It is so gorgeous….must be seen! Stop by tonight and add some more?
Thanks so much. ♥
Ducks ‘n a Row
Cindy Harris says
Wow. This looks like the perfect cake–nothing better than lime and coconut!
Thank you! I do love a really moist cake and this one is with the filling, of course, I could just eat the filling by itself too 🙂 Thanks for stopping by.
Diane Balch says
I read cookbooks like novels too… your blog reflects all the energy you put into it… very impressive. Now the dessert, love it! Such a great warm weather treat, thanks so much for sharing on foodie friday Paula.
Thank you, Diane! I do love blogging, sometimes I wonder if anybody is reading, but I love it all the same 🙂
Claire @ Lemon Jelly Cake says
I love this idea! The warmer weather is making me crave lime like nothing else. 🙂
Me too! Lemons and Limes and Coconut, yum! They all say Summer to me!
I would love for you to share and link up at my TGIF Link Party.
Sinea Pies says
Wow…this is sooooo beautiful. Any chance you might stop by my blog hop this week and add the link?
It is Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop and goes live TUESDAY nights at 7pm EDT.
Hope to see you there!
Ducks ‘n a Row
This looks so perfect for summertime! Found you via The Pink Momma blog hop. 🙂 xoxo
Paula, your cake looks amazing! I could just eat spoonfuls of that magnificent filling! Great improv challenge dessert!
Your cake looks fabulous Paula ! Wish I could just dig in.
Gorgeous icebox cake with these flavors. Would love a slice. Now I have Tequila on my mind lol.
I so wanted to add tequila to this recipe! You’re right, natural fit. Thanks for stopping by.
Nava Krishnan says
Came over to your space after discovering another who participated in the same challenge. Fabulous and I adore the creamy soft layer in between the cake. Perfect with the coconut and lime punch.
Thank you! and thanks for visiting
I think your Icebox Cake looks delicious! Great idea!
Thanks so much!
Linda@With A Blast says
Pinned ! You have outdone yourself, Paula!
Thank you!!! Thanks for pinning too, Linda. Have a great day!
The Ninja Baker says
Your icebox cake looks and sounds superb, PMc. I am fascinated by all things Southern and your lovely creation is no exception. Bravo!
Thanks so much! I hate I promised it to my sons’ teachers 🙁
What a pretty cake….I am wishing I had a fork and it is 6:00 AM!
I’m wishing I hadn’t promised to take it to the teachers today! 🙂
Cindy Eikenberg says
This looks so yummy delicious! Am pinning! Have a wonderful Thursday!
Thank you Cindy, have a great day too!